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Thomas Street Reserve

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by Ruth Henwood (subscribe)
I am a mum of two and Primary School teacher whose aim is to never be home during the midday movie. I believe that I am only ever a car trip away from an adventure.
Published August 25th 2013
Discover Secret Paths and Hidden Cubbyholes
With Spring fast approaching and the promise of sunny days and cloudless skies only weeks away it's time to get excited and head outdoors. Our homes have been violated for long enough by small children with raging cabin fever and wallets are feeling lighter after months of indoor activities and trips to the dvd shop. But rejoice those days are nearly behind us and the beckon of green grass, blooming flowers and blue skies will soon have us all enjoying the freedom and luxury of the great outdoors, especially the good old local park.

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Hours of fun and adventure awaits you.


We're very lucky to call the Thomas Street Reserve our local park. I know people drive far and wide to spend a day exploring, adventuring and burning off loads of pent up energy at this glorious fort playground. It's really the most impressive wooden structure you are likely to see and that can only mean one thing, hours and hours of fun for the kids.

This multilevel playground has secret hideaways, tunnels and narrow (very narrow) walkways to keep kids busy and parents disorientated or ungracefully stuck. This certainly provides the perfect environment for a challenging game of hide and seek. There are three slides, a flying fox, turrets to keep watch from in case pirates attempt to invade, a wooden car, sandpit, monkey bars and watch your step, some floor boards are designed to move. There are only four swings all under a shade sail so on weekends and busy periods you may have to wait to have a turn. Thankfully there's so much else going on and tempting the kids that they will probably move off without too much upset.

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A huge wooden fort full of secret nooks and hiding places.


You see, one of the draw cards of this playground is that the fort is just a sample of what's on offer. You can walk, skate or ride a bike along the path, cook lunch on one of the bbq's, or bring your own picnic and rug and enjoy a Chardonnay under the shade of a native tree. On lovely weekends you can even have a pony ride for a small cost. But be careful about promising that out loud because I've been on weekends before and the ponies haven't been anywhere in sight.

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So many levels and pathways to explore.


The space is massive comprising of green lawns, hills to roll down and trees to climb providing a great space for kicking a ball, flying a kite or throwing a Frisbee. If you're into a spot of Geo-caching you might enjoy a find or two as well. There are toilets on site and water taps, too. Dogs are welcome so bring your whole family, however they must be on a leash at all times.

This park definitely has something for all ages although I suspect older kids will make the most of the intricate climbing pathways and towers. You need a lot of dexterity to get around and as a parent chasing after a toddler you may find it a bit tricky, but really it all depends which way they take you, some parts are thinner and smaller than others. The park is partially gated even with a child lock at the front, however as the reserve sits between local streets there are access points which aren't closed off. It's a big space so keep your eyes peeled on wandering feet.

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Three slides of very different styles to choose from.


As we all know, playing can be thirsty work, particularly for those grown ups having to do all the watching, so if you find your supplies have diminished, don't pack up and head home. Just take a short stroll down the road to the quaint Thomas Street Grocery and enjoy a beautiful variety of delicious delights from sweet and savory muffins, slices and biscuits all the way through to soups, salads and hearty breakfast fare. You can sit inside, sit outside or head back to the park with enough takeaway food to keep you going for a while longer.

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Kid size monkey bars for tiny tots to hang off.


However be warned, kids don't leave easily from this park and it's clear to see why. There's always another secret pathway or hiding hole to uncover. In fact, it's hard for anyone to pull themselves away. See how you go after lounging on the grass and soaking up the sun all afternoon.
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Why? Because there's always a new nook and pathways to uncover.
When: Always open
Phone: For information regarding the Reserve please contact Bayside Council on 9599 4444
Where: 164 Thomas Street, Hampton
Cost: Free except the pony rides on the weekends
Your Comment
This is a lovely park but on several occasions here I have seen rats so be warned. Never been a danger but I have seen them scuttling about - freaked me a bit.
by C_gil (score: 0|3) 1850 days ago
The address near the top would be helpful instead of at the bottom.
by Thhum (score: 0|6) 1848 days ago
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