A stay at home Mum who doesn't stay at home much; too many exciting things to be discovering in this city...
Published July 12th 2013
Secret Playground in South-East
Having lived in the vicinity of Mordialloc for the past six years, four of them with an energetic child in tow, I thought I had unearthed every playground in south-east suburbia. Turns out I was wrong.
Tucked away behind Springers Leisure Centre in Keysborough, is a lovely sprawling playspace, officially named Tatterson Park, or as we like to call it, 'The Ant Playground'. It has been there since 2009 according to my hurried Google search, so why I have only just stumbled upon it I don't know.
If you have children under 10 and live near Keysborough, this park is definitely worth a visit. Step through the enormous magnifying glass and into a world of giant bugs. Huge ants, a monstrous spider and a climbable caterpillar made this playground a hit with my almost four year old. It covers quite a large area, with shelters and barbecues dotted around the perimeter (but alas no toilets within close range).
Lots of children gravitated towards these big dishes designed for sand play
Besides the insects, there is a great range of play equipment featuring swings, slides, see-saws, climbing apparatus, rockers, twirly things, one of those net pyramids which frighten the life out of parents and various other bits and pieces. There is also a lovely sand play area with two huge plastic dishes for filling/dumping/scooping sand which kept my son and even his baby sister amused for a long time.
The playground is thoughtfully laid out with tons of space
The bonus for us is the sports oval right behind the playground, which has a track around it that would be good fun for young bike riders. Close to the oval is also a huge heap of big boulders right by a muddy stream. Now I don't know about your boys, but offer my son rocks and water and a place to ride his bike and he thinks he's in heaven.
To access this great playground, turn off Cheltenham Road as if to go to the Springers leisure complex. Follow the road around to the carpark at the side of the building and you will see the park on your left. There's an extra little bit of carpark right opposite the playground.