The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden Has Been Given A Fresh Makeover

  • Mums & Bubs

As they say summer bodies are made in winter and the WILD PLAY garden is no exception to the rule. Every August the nature playground takes a month off to recuperate and get in shape for the sunny season. 

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The busy bees at Centennial Parklands have been planting, mulching, upgrading, oiling, cleaning, repairing and painting over the past month so that the popular nature garden is better than ever.

You'll find an additional 400 plants growing, new pathways to explore, a replenished sand pit (with 12 tonnes of fresh sand) and the treehouse and eel timber have been repainted with a fresh coat of oil.

The artisanal water play area has also been cleaned and treated, ready for a summer of splashing. 

The Benefits Of Nature Play

Move over helicopter parents, experts now say parents should be more like hummingbirds. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods, says we should be giving our kids distance when playing to encourage them to engage their imaginations and take risks. By engaging them in nature play we are allowing for a richer experience without getting too involved or "hovering" like helicopters. Hummingbird parents love the WILD PLAY Garden because they can hover nearby (rather than over) and see their kids exploring nature, using their imaginations and problem solving in the "wild". 

So when the rain clears up, we'll see you in the sticks!  

The Details

  • Opening hours: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.
  • Where: Enter from Grand Drive, in Centennial Park, the Garden is adjacent to the Education Precinct off Dickens Drive.
  • For more read our review here.

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