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Published November 8th 2017
Grab a coffee and revive yourself
There are many playgrounds with cafes in close proximity but these playgrounds have cafes right on site – how awesome is that?
1. Wyreena Playspace The Wyreena Playspace is adjacent to the Conservatory Cafe. Not only is the playground super cute, with wooden carvings, small bird statues and a wonderful tube slide, but the cafe serves a lovely selection of meals and light snacks at reasonable prices. The playground would be nice to visit anytime but a visit here could be turned into a real treat with afternoon tea in the cafe. Read my full review here.
A great place for bike riding, ball games, scooters or just walking around, Jells Park is a lovely spot to spend the day. There are several playgrounds in the park and a great bird sanctuary area on the far side of the lake where you can see a large variety of birds from the bird hide or even just the track itself. Whilst there are plenty of barbecues and picnic spots at the park, there is also Madeline's at Jells Cafe which serves take away food as well as sit down meals either outside on the deck or inside overlooking the park. In winter there is even a fire!
Jells Park is in Wheelers Hill with entry off Ferntree Gully Road or Waverley Road.
3. Phoenix Park Kids will love the intricate wooden fort at Phoenix Park. It is unlike any other playground I've encountered in Melbourne and it fantastic for playing hide and seek! There are two swing sets, three slides, multiple monkey bars and a sand pit. The playground is shaded by several large shade sails as well as trees. Whilst there are plenty of spots to sit and eat a picnic, the Phoenix Park Cafe provides that much-needed caffeine hit as well as serving a variety of food. Read my full review here.
4. Union Street Reserve Tucked away in Armadale, the playground at Union Street is not huge but it has enough here to keep kids entertained for an hour or so. It is fully fenced too and has the usual array of climbing equipment, a swing set and slide. Outside the fence and across the lawn is the super cute Cubbyhouse Canteen where all manner of coffees and yummy food can be obtained. Read my full review here.
5. The Royal Botanic Gardens at Cranbourne Well known for its spectacular Australian Garden, the Cranbourne Botanic Gardens offer a lot for families. Children will love paddling in the Rockpool Waterway and playing in the Kid's Backyard, but perhaps the best thing about the gardens is that kids can be free to explore different plants and landscapes – Weird and Wonderful seems particularly popular with children. There is a picnic area here as well as a beautiful cafe serving a wide variety of food and little kiosk near the lake precinct.
Aside from the impressive Australian Garden, there is a playground for the kids.