The Best Sensory Playgrounds In Sydney
- Mums & Bubs
Look. Listen. Touch. Smell. Taste. These are the five senses that we’re born with (on top of every mother’s sixth sense, which lives in the gut and ALWAYS tells us if our kid is lying about homework). These are also five fundamental elements of life, which allow us to grow to be our best selves.
The science discovered long ago that sensory play – engaging the kids’ senses in a creative and fun way – is one of the best ways to help them excel socially, emotionally, cognitively, linguistically and physically. There’s an inexhaustible selection of fun sensory things to do with your kids: water/sand play, sensory bags with everyday things like pasta or balls, playdough, finger painting and interaction with animals, music, or light.
As we believe the best play takes place outdoors, while taking advantage of the amazing Australian weather (FREE immunity-boosting vitamin D included), we’ve listed the best sensory playgrounds in Sydney. So wake up your inner child, take your real-life child too, and go explore!
Livvi's Place Elara In Marsden Park
If you live in Sydney's north-west, you’re in for hours of fun, splashing and games at Livvi's Place Elara. Located in Marsden Park, this newly opened 7,400 square metre playground features a water play zone, a flying fox, slides, swings, climbing nets, a carousel, fun glider, trampoline loop and a basketball half-court. Did we mention that it is wheelchair accessible and equipped with soft-fall rubber flooring, visual and audio stimulation, all to maximise creative, physical, social and cognitive play for kids of all ages and abilities? There’s also a fun dinky track for your little ones to practise their motor skills.
Where: Marsden Park
Variety Livvi's Place In Bankstown City Garden
This is another of the fabulous chain of NSW’s all-abilities sensory playgrounds, co-founded by the Touched by Olivia Foundation and Variety, The Children's Charity. Located in Bankstown City Gardens, it is a zone of pure exploratory fun with excellent, modern play equipment. There are also some extra circus-like features: double flying fox, roller table, carousel, embankment slides, large tripod swing, treehouse, a sensory garden with sculptures, and – we have to write in captions, sorry – a real TRAMPOLINE!
Where: Ross St, Bankstown
The Backyard Playground At Rouse Hill Town Centre
This playground may just be every parent’s dream, as it is located within a shopping centre. So you are – almost literally – feeding two birds with one scone by rolling your shopping and playing trips into one.
Even better news – the Rouse Hill Town Centre and its playground are designed as an outdoor space just like a town centre with a high street and adjacent shopping alleys. The colourful, bug-themed playground is dubbed “The Backyard”. Covered in synthetic grass, it features a multitude of sensory equipment: climbing mounds, sensory boards, balance beams, climbing nets and slides.
If one playground is not enough for your little monkeys, there's another bigger one just behind the food court. Called The Play Terrace, it will satisfy the little budding astronauts as it has an area featuring stars and planets, moon eggs to hide in and some red climbing mounds – so your kids can feel like they just landed on Mars.
Where: Rouse Hill Town Centre
Belrose Playgrounds On The Northern Beaches
The Northern Beaches folk can now rejoice – 5 neighbourhood play spaces in Belrose (Lindrum, Wentworth, Maple, Windrush and Pusan Reserves) have been transformed into one big, vibrant and inclusive sensory play network that children of all ages and abilities can enjoy.
Each location takes inspiration from one of the 5 senses and has a special character mascot to match. For example, Maple playground's mascot is a fox and takes inspiration from the smell.
For more information on the Belrose sensory playgrounds, visit the website.
Rotary Park, Riverwood
Riverwood Park was upgraded by the Canterbury-Bankstown Council in 2017, and - oh boy - wasn’t it a cause for big, community celebrations! The playground’s bountiful equipment includes a water play zone, a sandpit, sensory agility area and musical pipes. It is divided into 2 age-appropriate sections so that there is plenty of fun and safe activities for older kids, toddlers and even babies.
Where: Rotary Park, 114 Belmore Rd, Riverwood
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