Category: Adelaide Toddler Playgrounds

When we think of the playgrounds for toddlers we think of one key thing FENCES. We also look for swings, toilets and, even better, a nice shaded space. These things are not always possible (why can’t ALL playgrounds have fences ALL the way around?!), but check out these playgrounds around Adelaide that we think your kids – and you – will love

Kensington Park Oval

Where: The Parade, Kensington Park With a recent development (Opened September 2020) of the existing playground, this has been transformed into such a beautiful toddler playground. Nature play is the theme here with the playground sitting nicely with the local scenery, but the trade off for this is it probably is only a playground for the up to 5 years crowd. There is shade, toilets, a water fountain and tables, but it isn’t fully fenced...

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Prettejohn Reserve Para Hills

Where: Wilkinson Road, Para Hills *** September 2020 update….. NOW OPEN! *** The City of Salisbury has just finished sprucing up the (FULLY FENCED) play space at Prettejohn Gully Reserve in Para Hills, with new play equipment including a multi play unit, activity box, monkey bars, musical equipment, talking tubes, carousel, two-person springer, sandpit and swings. While the kids play under the recently constructed shade structure, you can...

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Renmark Playground

We love a cracking regional playground and this one is a beauty. Located on the corner of Eighteenth Street and Renmark Ave, this multi-purpose play space has plenty of parking, is close to large undercover BBQ facilities which overlooks the playground, (and is also undercover) which is suitable for toddlers to teens! The playground has swings, slides, lot of climbing equipment for the avid ninjas in your crew and best of all it is all under...

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Hayfield Reserve Blakeview

Where: Hayfield Avenue, Blakeview We love a little suburban playground that is just a cracker for the locals. Hayfield Reserve at Blakeview is exactly that! A quickly expanding area with all the new developments, this partially fenced spot has fantastic equipment which will suit from the toddlers up to the 10-12 year old mark. With a BBQ, plenty of space, some seating and shade, a bit of grass for a kick and a catch and add in some funky...

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Norman Street Reserve St Marys

Where: Norman Street, St Marys A beautiful little spot this one, located near the Kenilworth Football Club at St marys (gates go through to the ground). There is an extensive water garden, BBQs, seating and tables plus a water fountain too which is very handy. Lots of green space for general muck around/ball play and good climbing trees to boot. The playground is perfect for the under 8s, with nature play the theme here. Enough climbing, log...

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Morrie Harrell Reserve Unley

Where: Ash Avenue, Unley What an absolute beauty this place is! Talk about a hidden gem that I am sure the locals would want to keep that way. A beautiful, fully fenced play space featuring a lovely playground, sandpits, swings and a heap of smaller play equipment scattered around the park. One thing I found amazing was all the toys left lying around, which are free for everyone to use and return once they are finished. How fantastic! Sand pits...

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McLeay Park Parkside

Where: George Street, Parkside A nice little set up, with a heap of Pros but a few Cons too. Parking was a nightmare, a little side street not far from Greenhill Road was a tough parking challenge, but once you stop it is quite nice what they have done with the space. Fully fenced which is fab! The area has been fenced off into a large playground space and an open grassed section for sports, dogs etc. The playground is also fully shaded and has...

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Hamilton Reserve Warradale

Where: Hamilton Avenue, Warradale Tucked away in the backstreets is a great big multi-use space at Warradale. With a large open space for cricket, footy, kite flying or whatever takes your fancy, plus 2 basketball areas, it complements the playground really well. The playground is great for the younger kids mainly, with a slide attached to the larger equipment plus swings (does include a toddler swing too!) and a see-saw style bit of equipment...

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Haslop Reserve Malvern

Where: Rugby Street, Malvern Tucked away is this cute Elephant themed nature play space, complete with sandpit, wooden and metal musical instruments to play and a whole lot more to explore! (Can’t ruin all the surprises can we). There is a lot of climbing equipment which the kid will love, slides, balancing equipment and don’t forget the basketball too with courts here as well. (located at the school, so after hours use only). No...

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Market Square Old Noarlunga

Where: Market Cres, Old Noarlunga As a southerner most of my life, who grew up around this spot and visited constantly and went to a zillion kids parties here, I never thought of it as much of a ‘hidden gem’ but it is kind of the definition of one! Tucked away in beautiful Old Noarlunga (a township that is bypassed by all the main roads), the Market Square is a magnificent setting for a playground, picnic, feeding the ducks by the...

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Springvale Playground Blakeview

Where: Springvale Drive, Blakeview A fantastic spot for the Blakeview locals, with a good sized playground set up which is right next to a lovely big grassed area. The playground itself has a range of swings (our kids are loving those big circle swing things lately which are EVERYWHERE), a slide and a there is a basketball ring too so bring a ball along for a play. There is enough equipment for all ages to be kept amused too! Lacking a toilet...

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Greenglade Playground Paradise

Where: Greenglade Drive, Paradise Do you have a Dinosaur loving kid? Greenslade Playground at Paradise is a lovely little spot with a really cool dinosaur that you (or the kids…but don’t let me stop you!) can climb all over and through a little dino-tunnel! How cool! The dino is enough to make this stand out from the playground crowd, but it also has a great range of equipment too. With a fabulous 5-swing, which is more suitable for...

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Charlie’s Secret Garden

Where: Wycombe Street, Underdale This place was such a secret it took us years of playground hunting to find it! Located on the river linear park at Underdale, this playground is for the little kids around the 3-5 year mark. We loved the fireman’s pole and the two small forts and bridges, with a lot of cool climbing equipment for which is just the height for those pre-school kids. We always love a flying fox, but this one was a bit too...

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Equestrian Drive Playground Woodcroft

A beautiful little spot that is amongst suburbia but will make you feel like you are a million miles away from anyone. We were lucky enough to visit on a sensational sunny Sunday and it was such a relaxing visit. With huge trees (I want to say gum trees but with zero confidence in my tree identifying ability), heaps of grass to run around on, seated shaded area and easy on street parking on the nearby back street. No toilets, but lets just say...

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Carnegie South Reserve Royal Park

What a fantastic spot this is, tucked away in the very quiet back streets of Royal Park. Heaps of space, including the nearby soccer oval and surrounding beautiful grassed area, this is such a good family playground. With heaps of off road parking, you will find fantastic equipment to suit all ages including a massive rock climbing tube slide tower and rope climb aparatus for the older ninjas. Then for the younger ones there is a couple of...

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Port Victoria Playground

A stunning beachside playground with lots to choose from. A challenging experience for little ones with rock climbing walls, balancing paths and lots of climbing. There is seating nearby and toilets are a short walk away (near the jetty). The BBQ costs a couple of dollars so if you want to cook bring some gold coins. After your play I’d recommend taking the stairs down to the beach and either taking a walk or climbing the rocks. We walked...

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Port Vincent Public Playground

Firstly….check out the view! Located right next on the beach front on Marine Parade, the location is sensational. It was a fun playground with many play options to keep the kids busy after a big day exploring Yorkes. It has pebble flooring, 2 public bbq’s, plenty of seating and an incredible beach view. Oh the view! The park boasts fencing on 3 sides and an easy to supervise access point of the 4th side, with easy access to stairs...

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Bowman Park Nature Play Crystal Brook

The incredible new nature play space at Bowman Park Crystal Brook is now open! The photos below just look incredible and we can’t wait to head up and have a look on our next road trip. Designed and built by the uber talented folks at Climbing Tree Consultancy (Simon has been promising to show us his shed…which we expect will be EPIC!), built in only 9 weeks (meanwhile painting a toy box has taken me about 3 months so far….)...

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Dehli Avenue Hillcrest Playground

Check out the new Delhi Avenue Reserve playspace in Hillcrest which is now open. This new cool little playground features an adventure play space, slide, swing, climbing net, hanging bars and loads more. The locals love the addition and it is a fantastic improvement in the space. Alongside the playground there is a new nature play area and new half court surfacing. Total cost of this new playground was $188,000 for design, construction,...

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Don Klaebe Reserve, Findon

Here is a great fresh playground with something for kids of all ages including at least four separate climbing opportunities. Set in a quiet suburban street, Don Klaebe is not fully fenced, but feels safe and is definitely worth diverting a little out of your way for a play if you are in the west. Adjacent the baseball club, there is ample access to a big semi fenced lawn if you want to bring the dog, kite or footy.For the little people, we...

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Tregenza Oval, Linden Park

Sometimes all you need for toddlers is a little iddy biddy fenced and shaded spot with a few playground bits and pieces and a great big oval next door. Stunning Tregenza Oval at Linden Park is like a little Oasis amongst the backstreets of this leafy suburb. A small fenced and shaded playground sits off to the side of the oval, but the equipment is mainly a few small pieces for the little kids to climb on.  The real reason for coming here...

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Drage Reserve, Felixtow

Tucked away in the backstreets of Felixstow, away from the busy main roads, this fantastic playground with modern and updated equipment is not only great for those in the area but just about worth a drive to visit. This playground is massive. With huge shade sails covering the majority of the fenced (yep entirely fenced!) new play equipment with a mix of rubber and bark flooring, not only will you and your clan not get burnt but the equipment...

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Flinders Parade Reserve, Newton

Flinders Parade Reserve in Newton is a nice little spot for those in the area who have little ones who love to ride around, but want a safe space to do it. With a great bitumen riding track complete with traffic signs and a few little routes to take, located on a quiet back street this is a good addition to the usual small backstreet playground set up.  The playground right next to the track is a big modern set up with a couple of slides, some...

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Illyarrie Reserve, Surrey Downs

A great little Northern suburbs park that is a great spot for a picnic or birthday party. Illyarrie is a nice big space with plenty of natural shade. There are two playground areas with equipment including a tunnel slide and toddler slide, a few different swings including a nest swing and a great climbing frame that little ninjas will love. Little kids will love the fire truck and you can even BYO ping pong bat and balls to use on the permanent...

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Balham Ave Reserve, Kingswood

If you like ducks then Balham Ave Reserve in Kingswood is the playground for you, sitting right next to the Urrbrae Wetland this is a small and fairly basic playground with a cool, apex rope/spider climbing frame and a dual swing set. The centre piece of Balham Ave Reserve is a pirate-themed multi-purpose unit including a rope climb, slide and monkey bars and several other pieces of equipment which I don’t know the names for but were enjoyed by...

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Joan Herraman Reserve, Ascot Park

The Joan Herraman reserve has a brand new playground, adjoining the Scout Hall on Sixth Avenue. With a child safe locked fence on the Sixth Ave side (the busy main road), but no fence on the quieter street on the opposite side of the park which isn’t too bad.  Nature style playground with sand, slide, rope climb and water play, with lush beautiful grassed area for picnics or hurling the vortex around. Enough equipment to make the trip...

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Bridgewater Fairy Garden

** Update February 2020 ** Unfortunately since we first posted about the Bridgewater Fairy Garden there have been some nasty trolls on the lose who have been in and stolen, broken or vandalised some of the fairy houses BUT we found out that there’s still some left to see and it’s still a cute way to spend an hour or two exploring somewhere new. If your kids are keen on fairies, magic, imagination or just getting outdoors, they will...

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Old Gum Tree Reserve & Playground, Glenelg

Combine a fantastic playground with all the facilities you will need, with a bit of local history, and you have the Old Gum Tree historic site and playground at Glenelg.  With 3 seperate undercover areas to cater for multiple groups at one time, scattered around a spacious area shaded by huge (probably gum) trees, this is the perfect spot for your family gathering or just an afternoon play.  It is fully fenced, although the...

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Baroda Ave Reserve, Netley

Love a peaceful playground? easy parking? a convenient pit stop? Baroda Avenue Reserve Playground in Netley is a little hidden gem in the west. Ideal for an easy boredom buster for younger kids, a convenient playground for multiple little humans and without having to find a park or walk too far at all. The play area is on a quiet suburban street and is unfenced. A shade cloth covers the main play area and is most suitable for younger kids under...

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Apex Park, West Beach

Complementing the playground, the upgraded area at Apex Park caters for a wide variety of ages and is great for catch ups, parties, a general play or hit of tennis. The fully fenced playground features lots of equipment over a quite large area. It is a bark chip surface, so with considering if unsteady on your feet, and there is unfortunately no accessible play here. If that doesn’t rule you out, It’s a bloody great park worth...

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