Winter wonderlands

Great for all ages.

Just because it’s cold outside doesn’t mean there’s no adventure to be had. Rug the kids up and check out these magnificent playgrounds – sure to warm them up on a cold winters day. Kids Today reporter MELISSA MEEHAN and her young daughters LILLY AND RUBY tried them out for you.

Wellesley Reserve, Glen Waverley

Wellesley Road Playspace ticks a lot of boxes.

But most importantly of all – it’s fully fenced. Which is always good when you’ve got a more adventurous older child and a crazy younger one who will jump and run wherever possible.

It has the most fabulous sensory garden, swings, a slide, a ’spiders web’ and a spinny thingy (that is currently out of order). It’s also got some green open space where you could have a picnic or take a ball to play with.

My favourite thing had to be what looks like a hand-carved chess table and chairs – the kids were drawn to it too.

Wellesley Rd, Glen Waverley

Talaskia Reserve, Upper Ferntree Gully

It’s right in the heart of the Angliss medical precinct, but you’d be forgiven for not realising what a gem of a playground Talaskia Reserve is. The Upper Ferntree Gully playground is smack bang between the Angliss Hospital, a large oval and an open area that is perfect for basketball, or riding your bike or scooter.

The ’basketball court’, beside the playground, has so many different lines on it – I’m sure some of the parents would be sent back to the days when they fought to win Four Square championships.

With two slides, two swings, seesaws and a cool scooter track next door – it’s a great park for everyone! It’s even toddler friendly.

TIP: It’s next to Angliss Hospital and a primary school – so parking could be an issue some days. But we had no issues but around drop off and pick up it could be a little busy.

Talaskia Road, Upper Ferntree Gully

Ellis Avenue, Waverley Park, Mulgrave

How good is a themed playground?

Ellis Park in the heart of the Waverley Park estate is a hidden gem in the new housing estate where AFL park used to lie… and it’s AFL FOOTY THEMED.

It’s a tribute to all things this area used to be. Mention of Gates 8 and 7. Car parking for $6 and entry for players and officials. It’s got swings, two slides, two spiders webs, balance beams, noise makers – all easily accessible for toddlers not yet used to ladders.

Ellis Avenue, Mulgrave

Harvest Crest Community Garden, Wantirna South

Another local gem of a playground. We left just before the rain but the sunshades over most of this play area almost makes it an all weather destination.

It’s great for toddlers and younger kids. There are no steps or ladders. But swings, slides, a sandpit and trampoline. Even has a soccer goal on grassland nearby.

It also has an undercover barbecue area which is always helpful to while away the passing rain.

2 Produce Rd, Wantirna South