It can be tough work sometimes tearing the kids away from their favourite screen and getting them outside for some fresh air and exercise. One of the great things about Logan Region is that it is absolutely bursting with playgrounds. We’ve found the best parks that will get the kids and the kids-at-heart running out the door...
1. Flagstone Regional Rec Park | Trailblazer Dr, Jimboomba
Pack a picnic, grab your whole family (including the furry kind) and get ready for a big family day out. This mega park will light up the senses for the whole family. Start out the day at the Skate Plaza. Decked out with all the gnarly essentials like vert wall, quarter pipes, flat areas, and boxes, it’s where the good times roll. Once you’ve worked up a sweat you can cool off in the Water Play Park. The 10m climbable treehouse is reminiscent of magical treehouses from our childhood. Wander through the waterfalls, blast each other with water jets, and frolic through the bubblers.
After lunch it’s time to tackle the Adventure park. There are local parks, then there is the $4m Flagstone Adventure Park. Featuring a 19m skybridge, two sky cabins connected by a giant octanet, 11m high tower, flying fox, racing slides, and so much more expect this playground to be out of this world. Finish off the day at the Splash and Play Dog Park, as much a social treat for people as it is for pooches. Relax while your furry children have a ball, with bubbling spouts, grass tunnels, and two fenced areas – one for small breeds, the other for big boys and girls.
2. Darlington Parklands | Yarrabilba Drive, Yarrabilba
Another super park to keep you distracted is Darlington Parklands. Littlies will enjoy frolicking through the water play area adorned with fountains and shallow pools while older kids will appreciate the challenge of the climbing dome and basketball half court. If they are up for more adventure let them try the rope bridge, balance beams (a sensory activity set amongst lemon myrtle trees) and outdoor gym with mini cross-trainer and treadmill for all those ninja warriors at heart.
After a morning of pure fun call in the fam for a picnic under one of the many shelters, or throw some snags on the barbie for a quintessential Aussie lunch. After lunch grab your bikes and take a leisurely ride along the wetland boardwalk or play a game of footy on the large oval. If you find yourself still around after twilight you’ll be rewarded with a light show from LED light poles scattered throughout the park.
3. Buxton Park | Buxton Ave, Yarrabilba
Buxton Park is another memorable park situated in Yarrabilba. Its noteworthy features include built-in trampolines, 8.7m high custom Garden Tower with two monstrous slides, and digitally interactive obstacle course. Download the free integrated training app and tackle the cross-training circuit. Pump the magnetic bells that are perfect for weights training, scoot over to the core twist to strengthen those abs, and finish off on the bicycle cross trainer.
Your furry friends are left out here with separated areas for large and small puppos and even areas for the owners to gather and mingle too.
4. Crestmead Park | Gimlet Street, Crestmead
When you’re feeling like a chilled afternoon head to Crestmead Park. Set amongst the trees this park is less busy and leaves you feeling refreshed. Let the kids zip around the network of mock traffic roads complete with realistic markings and traffic signage while you take advantage of the afternoon shade and relax with a cheese platter and a cheeky spritzer or two.
Once the kids are practiced out on their road safety skills, challenge them to conquer the longest "flying fox" in Logan City or the rope scramble to the top of the fort. A tangle of ropes must be negotiated to reach the top of the sky-high structures, each topped with a small cubby and linked with an enclosed rope bridge. If teams sports are more up their alley, wrangle a team together for a volleyball comp on the sand court or an epic battle on the full-sized basketball court.
5. Karawatha Nature Play Space | 149 Acacia Rd, Karawatha
Let their imagination run wild in this nature inspired haven encouraging the type of play which involves kids taking risks, challenging themselves, getting dirty and appreciating the beauty of the natural world. The whole play area has been designed to work in with the natural environment. There are boulders and logs begging to be climbed, and soft grasses for swashing about in. Discovery trails follow purpose-built timber boardwalks and unstructured stepping stones.
There is even a water play area where kids can manually pump a large tap and divert the water around rocks or through sand troughs, down to a rocky 'dam'. Or they can enjoy the simple pleasure of playing with sand of varying textures. While you're in Karawatha Forest Park why not explore a little further and tackle one of the many walking tracks. Be sure to pack a picnic to share on the large picnic lawn or take advantage of the free electric barbeques.
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