Yes, you read right - outdoor table tennis! It seems to be the "latest" thing in playground design, with colourful table tennis facilities popping up in parks around the Canberra region. When you discover them, however, it is a little disappointing that you can't play them straight away as they are BYO paddles and balls - so it is something that you will need to remember to take with you next time! A set will cost about $10 from your local Big W or K-Mart and then you are set for every family BBQ and table tennis championship this summer.
These fun venues are not just for the kids however, with many adults getting in on the action, with serious game-faces on and Olympic-grade smack-downs! If you are having a BBQ or picnic at one of these playground locations, ensure you BYO equipment so you can spend even longer at these modern and new family facilities. Who will be the ultimate table tennis champion in your family this weekend?
Two very pink table tennis tables at Gumnut Playground, Googong
Yerradhang Nguru Park and Gumnut Playground at Googong is one of our personal favourites, as it is very pink! Although Googong is a fair drive from Canberra's city centre, taking 25 minutes, this brand new estate is an interesting area to drive around and try out new, modern playgrounds. Gumnut Playground is the only one with table tennis tables however, so ensure you check this one out on your playground crawl. The two table tennis tables are situated near a free gas BBQ area and colourful playground, so stay awhile and drink in that fresh Googong air! See here for a Google map to find it.
Quean Elizabeth Park II in Queanbeyan is a new and colourful parkland by the Queanbeyan River. Nearby is a new playground, splash park in summer, BBQ area and picnic areas on the grass. This shiny silver table tennis table is on its own, so you may need to share it with the local kids if they bring their paddles and ball! See here for a Google map to find it.
Table tennis, playground and water play in summer, at Queen Elizabeth Park II
Moncrieff Community Recreation Park opened in December 2017, so all the sporting facilities are still brand-spanking new. As well as the impressive children's playground and sports facilities, the two table tennis tables are a lot of fun and are also under shade, which comes in handy in the hotter months. This popular recreation area is the ideal place to take an esky full of food and stay all day, so the kids can tire themselves out trying to beat each other - and you! See here for a Google map to find it.
Franklin Recreational Park is another new and modern favourite, with sports equipment, colourful playground, a skate bowl for the kids and three table tennis tables, just waiting to be utilised! If you are going for the day, take the kids scooters, skateboards, basketballs, soccer balls, table tennis equipment and a whole lot of energy! See here for a Google map to find it.
Do you know where there are more outdoor table tennis tables in the Canberra region? These are the ones that our family have discovered, however if you know of any more, please leave a comment at the bottom of this article and share your tip. If your kids are starting to get bored at their local park, why not surprise them with a table tennis set and get active this weekend? Just be prepared that they will probably beat you!
Smack-down! Fun for all ages at Moncrieff Community Recreation Park