A mum who uses adventures and outings around town as an excuse to avoid the housework.
Published January 18th 2017
Beat the heat at this water park and adventure playground
A visit to south-east Queensland's newest water play park, Splash 'n' Play, is perfect for families looking to escape the summer heat. Upon arrival you'll soon discover that there is so much more that this park has to offer than just the chance to cool off. With exciting playgrounds for big and little kids, and not one but two aqua play zones, children won't tire of playing until they run out of energy. Parents have not been forgotten either with modern convenient facilities including toilets and change facilities, picnic shelters, barbeques, a carpark, and best of all a sleek on-site licensed café. Located in the recently developed Providence residential community, South Ripley, Splash 'n' Play is short drive from Brisbane city or a quick commute from the centre of Ipswich.
Splash 'n' Play Water Park and Adventure Playground
The sole purpose for our family's visit to Splash 'n' Play was to take advantage of the free water park in the middle of a recent Brisbane heatwave. With hats, togs and sunscreen at the ready the kids could dive straight in to the water play zones easily accessible to prams and wheelchairs from the nearby carpark. Being older kids, the larger of the two water play areas is where our children spent most of their time creating obstacle course races through the aqua arches, around the spiral sprayer and hula post, beyond the wavy wands, all while avoiding the gusher.
Toddlers won't miss out on the fun either with a second water play zone. Here the squirts were smaller and gentler and a little stream meandered around the fountains. Each water play zone had interactive controls to allow kids to dial up the fun by adjusting spray pressures and directions. Even the big kids had a blast sending water spouts up in the air for their friends to catch.
Toddler Water Play Zone
Parents haven't been forgotten thanks to reclining chairs under the sun shades to keep close to the action. While these were handy to help supervise kids from a close proximity, they were also pretty comfy to enjoy the wafting spray inadvertently received from the play zones.
An unexpected surprise for us as first-time Splash 'n' Play visitors was the adventure playground. Complete with sky towers and elevated skywalk, a flying fox, giant climbing net, twisty slide and long slide (which the kids tell me was super-fast) there's many an afternoon that could be spent exploring the scene.
Adventure waits in this playground
Ride the slippery slides and catch the skywalk breezes
For less adventurous little personalities there is a beautiful garden-themed play area. This zone features swings, a see-saw, spinner, a hive-like cosy dome and a massive butterfly shaped scramble net with hammock and dangling seats.
Butterfly scramble net
Play in the "garden"
To top off our afternoon visit we were able to grab some afternoon tea from on-site café Forty West. The menu was extensive but we will have to make a return visit to give it a proper go as iceblocks were the only request from the kids for our afternoon outing.
A great outlook over the park from the terrace of cafe Forty West
I'm often wary of visiting the newest parks and playgrounds until they have been well-established but Splash 'n' Play already satisfies what I'm looking for in a park/playground as a parent - convenience, space, clean facilities, shade, and the opportunity to relax and have fun with my kids. It is important to note that lifeguards are not on duty at this park so whilst you may be very tempted to chill in the comfy lounges of Forty West, snooze in the sun recliner benches or daydream staring at the undulating hills of the Ripley Valley, active supervision of children around water is the responsibility of visiting parents and caregivers. Additional water play rules can be found below.
Splash 'n' Play: need to know
Splash 'n' Play Water Park and Adventure Playground is well worth exploring particularly during the summertime. The water park is open 1st September – 31st March 8am to 6pm daily and 1st April – 31st August 10am to 4pm daily. It's a pleasant drive along the Centenary Highway to South Ripley and is easy to spot near the Providence sales centre and future community hub.