Looking for an activity in a natural setting suitable for kids of all ages? If so, look no further than the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden. Located in the middle of the Centennial Park in Sydney, it promises kids, as well as adults, a spectacular day of fun and adventure. The four million Garden officially opened in October 2017.
The Garden is a place designed to motivate children to increase their appreciation of nature, critical thinking, and creative learning. It is particularly suited for children aged 2-12 under adult supervision. The Garden is not merely a “playground”; it is about “nature play” that, according to the WILD PLAY Garden website, is “intrinsically motivated, child-centered and comes from the innate desire in children to engage with their immediate environment on their own terms”. The 6,500-square-metre Garden is one of the few places in the country offering a state-of-the-art place for nature play.
Among other things, you and the kids will experience a unique place to play in a natural environment. Beautiful fig trees are surrounding the park, dry creek beds, an artesian water play area, bamboo forest, turtle mounds, exotic plants, and more. Be sure to check out our favourite parts of the park – the giant slides, water play area, the seven-metre tree house, and dedicated space to build cubbies.
Why not have a picnic at the Garden? Seating tables and benches are available. But remember, no glass is allowed, so make sure to bring plastic cutlery. Not to worry if you forget to pack snacks because there is a kiosk located within the Garden serving cold and hot drinks (yes, there is coffee!), gelato and other food during the Garden’s opening hours.
We recommend packing the necessities, such as sunscreen, hats, swimsuits, towels, picnic rug and suggest wearing sports shoes. There are female and male toilets and change room facilities on the site.
Unfortunately, children, today are spending too much time indoors and decreasing their time enjoying nature. It is time to get the kids off technology and allow them to live on the wild side by taking them to the WILD PLAY Garden where they can run, jump, skip, socialise and get dirty! Let them engage their five senses and reconnect with the outdoors.
Wondering how much it will cost you to visit this extraordinary Garden? You will be pleased to know entry into the Garden is free! While you are there, take the time to explore the beauty of Centennial Park, one of the oldest Sydney’s child friendly spots and most cherished parks, visited by almost 31 million people per year.
Ian Potter Children’s Garden Opening Hours and Location
The Garden is open daily 10 am to 5 pm. However, before visiting check the Centennial Park website because sometimes the Garden is temporarily closed for essential maintenance.
Location: the entry is off Grand Drive Parade, opposite to York Road gates. Parking is accessible along Grand Drive.
Opening hours: 10 am to 5 pm daily.
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