Friday, February 10, 2012

Naturescape Playground @ Kings Park



Late last year we visited a new children's play area that has opened in Kings Park. It embraces the ' Nature Play ' philosophy that encourages them to engage with nature. 


Upon entry it was clear that this was no ordinary playground. There are no sandpits, rubber soft-fall or lawn in sight. Not for the over-protective or unadventurous.


Kids were having a ball wading through creeks, building dams and hiding in cubbies.This is the kind of thing I loved to do as a child. Play is unstructured although there is one rule : No throwing rocks!


The area has been carefully designed to blend with the natural bush setting using native plantings and materials. Shall we climb over this tunnel or go through it?
  

This interactive water feature was a big hit. It provides a platform for making mud-pies, handling wet pebbles and water play.


If you look closely this tangle of roots has a hippos face carved into it. Shortly after this photo was taken our nephew required a change of clothes!



This double log bridge over a creek allows parents to balance alongside and hold a hand if need be. Here are some benefits of this kind of play from the Kidsafe website.