Using the experience and opinions of Melbourne parents in our in our Closed Melbourne Mums Group on Facebook, our lists are continually updated and cover the best places for Melbourne families.
This is the seventh in our Useful List series, in which we asked YOU for your Melbourne playground recommendations. Below you will find a list of the best Melbourne playgrounds for toddlers, broken down into areas.
Carrum Foreshore Playground
15 Old Post Office Lane, (Foreshore) Carrum
Seaside theme, sandy playground, perfect for little ones. Mostly gated, but an open section toward the toilets and lifesaving club. Great views of the bay.
"Fenced but not gated so two entryways. Huge variety of equipment for all ages and abilities". MMG Member
Harleston Park, Elsternwick 47 Allison Rd, Elsternwick
"Great for wee ones that can't climb well plus a long slide and a river for waterplay." MMG Member
Elsternwick Station Reserve
Next to Elsternwick Station
"Park next to the station, great for trainspotting as it overlooks the platform, small but original equipment." MMG Member
Thomas Street South Reserve
164 Thomas Street, Hampton
"Wooden adventure playground, fascinating for all ages." MMG Member
Rob Roy Road, Malvern East
Wooden "fort" style playground, which suits kids of all ages. The Phoenix Park Cafe located within the Phoenix Park Community centre adjacent to the playground is worth a visit, too.
The Old Cheese Factory, Berwick 34 Homestead Rd, Berwick
Playground with a farmyard theme, situated on the grounds of an old homestead property. Don't forget to visit the cheese shop and bakery.
Livvi's Place - Marriott Waters Recreation Reserve
Boland Dve, Lyndhurst
"Completely enclosed and is an all abilities park" MMG Member
"Fully fenced and gated, sand floor, equipment for all ages including diggers and climbing frame for older kids and slides that end in the sand so great for wee ones. Water feature to play in in summer." MMG Member.
"Nature kind of playground, right next to the beach, easy to reach with tramline 1, also water play when it's hot, not dangerous for little ones. Does get busy sometimes." MMG Member.
Community Garden, Elwood Tennyson St, Elwood
"Behind the community house on Tennyson St, there is a chicken coup and veggie patch, small amount of equipment for different young ages, fully fenced and gated." MMG Member.
Alma Road Park, St Kilda East Alma Rd, St Kilda East (bordered by Alma Road, Westbury Street and Dandenong Road)
"Wide range of original equipment for all ages including climbing wall and large flying fox, next to a train line to trainspot" MMG Member.
Petty's Orchard in Templestowe
1 Homestead Rd, Templestowe
"Lovely cafe, beautiful orchards and enclosed play area with big lawn to run free!" MMG Member
Bundoora Park 1069 Plenty Rd, Bundoora
"Wild animals (other side of the fence), a bit like Collingwood Farm but the play area is fenced off." MMG Member
Map of Bundoora Park
Possum Hollow Playground
LOT 1 Beverley Rd Heidelberg VIC 3084 LOT 1 Beverley Rd, Heidelberg
"A fenced off park with BBQ's etc. Great area for families with kids, and grown ups get some fun time too" MMG Member
Montrose Recreation Reserve Mount Dandenong Tourist Rd, Montrose
A big playground with lots to do for all ages, in an Australian bush setting.
Warrandyte Federation Playspace
Yarra Street, Warrandyte
A big playground with lots of wooden play equipment, plus kids can feed the ducks and there's a nice bakery to visit
Warrandyte Federation Playspace
Lillydale Lake 435 Swansea Rd, Lilydale
Lillydale Lake is an artificial lake and wetlands area with a park that covers over 100 hectares. There's a playground here that is popular in the area.
Update 13 Nov 2016 Lilydale Lake is currently closed, and is currently under development to become a water park - thanks for this info Mamma Knows East.
Jells Park, Yabbie Hill Playground
Waverley Rd, Wheelers Hill
"An adventure playground surrounded by expansive lawns"
Halliday Park 308 Mitcham Road, Mitcham
Upgraded in 2014, large playground in the park with access to barbecue, park tables, rotunda and public toilets.