Water play parks are fabulous fun and a great way to cool down on warm days. We only have one playground with water play in the Hills but there are plenty close by. Here are some suggestions.
Livvi’s Place at Bernie Mullane, Marella Avenue, Kellyville
We’ve always loved Bernie Mullane Reserve in the Hills as it ticks all the boxes for kids and parents alike, such as shade, toilets nearby, fenced and refreshments. But now the park is bigger and better than ever, with the spectacular addition of Livvi’s Place.
The new Livvi’s Place in the Hills boasts a number of interactive spaces, including a water play area, swings, a musical play walk and cool tunnel, picnic area and seating, climbing ropes, awesome in-built mini trampolines and so much more – all elements are real novelties for little people! The space is brightly coloured (it’s nice to see purples and aquas rather than the classic red, blue and yellow playground equipment) and invites kids to use their imagination. The existing playground is still there too which means there’s stacks to play on.
Importantly, the access to the area for disabled children is great, with wide flat paths and larger than normal gates. There are also heaps of disabled car spots right in front of the playground.
You can read more about this one here. The water play will currently be available from 8am until 8pm.
Putney Park, 55 Pellisier Road, Putney
Situated on the banks of Parramatta River, this is a pretty spot and home to a fantastic shaded water play area ideal for older babies, toddlers and preschool aged children. For older children there’s a cool tube slide and large climbing net. Take a picnic morning tea, have a paddle and you could even take a ball to play on the grassed area nearby.
There are toilets right next door to the water play area and there’s also a smaller playground at the southern end of the park with equipment suitable for younger children.
More details can be found here.
Francis Park Blacktown Showground Precinct, Corner of Richmond Road and Balmoral Road, Blacktown
Water Play is available here from September through to May (December – February 9am to 6.30pm, all other months 10am to 3.30pm). It includes a sheltered area with varying sized water troughs, a hand wheel water pump, concrete water maze, and spurts and sprays coming from all over. There are also two other playgrounds – a junior playground suited to 2-8 yr olds with a junior activity unit, swings, a rotating ball, play tables, balance beams and rubber mushrooms! And a senior playground for 6-14 year olds with a flying fox, balance cable and beams, climbing units, slides and more! There’s limited shade over the seated areas but it’s close to toilets – bonus! There’s a brand new cafe right next door too called The Groundskeeper Cafe and it’s a must if you are visiting this park. We visited last year and here is our review.
Blaxland Riverside Park – Jamieson Street, Sydney Olympic Park
This is a good one to combine with a visit to do other things as there’s a lot on offer at the park in general. The water play area is great as it can get very hot, so there’s a whole lot of spouts and spirts to cool you off. Shade is an issue, so make sure you bring plenty of sun screen and hats. In summer it gets super busy. Water play is available from 10am – 4pm.
James Ruse Reserve Water Playground – 45 Hassall Street (corner Parkes Street), Parramatta
This water play park opened in September 2014. The water play area is covered by shade sails and there are areas suitable for both little and big kids. From September to May the water playground is turned on from 9am to 8pm.
Nurragingy – Located in the Wren Picnic Area in Nurragingy Reserve, Knox Road, Doonside
Water play is available here from September through to May (December – February 9am to 6.30pm, all other months 10am to 3.30pm).
The facilities feature a number of fountains, hoses and waterfalls to help you cool off while having fun. Parts of the water play area are shaded, however shade surrounding it is limited. There are toilets but they’re 200m away. Plenty of trees for a quick bush wee though if things are desperate.
Philip Ruddock Water Playground at Dundas Park (Curtis Oval), Dundas Valley
This one is relatively new, only opening in November 2015. From September to May the water playground is turned on from 9am to 8pm. The water park is shaded with shade sails and there’s about 3 picnic tables that are covered. There are barbecue facilities and and a brand new dry playground too. There are also a fair number of trees to sit under for shade. This one does have toilets which are about a 50m walk from the water park.
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