For the locals, they probably want to keep this one to themselves. But for me, it’s truly one of the best hidden gems a mum could find. It’s the Neptune Street Adventure Playground.
It’s similar to an English private common – you know, those private gardens that only those whose backyards back onto it can use. Like where Julia Roberts took Hugh Grant to have their first kiss in Notting Hill. You know the one I mean! Anyway, Neptune Street’s Adventure Playground much more fun, and is halfway down a park-like lane way, in a locked up community, only open to the public at certain hours. It was modelled off a similar playground in Denmark for children who live in high density communities and have no backyard space of their own, so it’s a communal, safe space for families to enjoy, have a support network and enjoy a cup of tea. The children of St Kilda helped design the playground in the 1980s, adding murals, lots of fun ideas and colour.
There’s a real flying fox, a number of trampolines including a championship in-ground tramp, a plane, an elephant, a tee-pee, a basketball half court, a half-pipe, fabulous slides, a go-kart track, a pirate ship, cubby houses, tree houses, a vegetable garden, climbing trees and even tea/coffee making facilities for mum and dad, plus toilets.
The adventure playground is only open between 3.30-5.30pm on school days, 11-5.30pm on the weekends & on school holidays, and 11-3pm on public holidays. The main issue for most, is trying to find parking to get to it, but for the locals, the parking issue makes it all the more their own without outside intruders. It’s free to get into, so if you’re eager to come see it, you’d be better off catching a tram or bus and walking a little to enjoy the beauty of this gorgeous playground.
Here are a sample of just a few things you can find at this playground… as you can see it’s truly amazing – every little kid and every big kid’s dream!
Neptune Street Adventure Playground is on Neptune Street, St Kilda in Melbourne Australia. Love it!!