We never stop, the kid is voluntary, mum sometimes is forced.
Is it going to Skate parks a "boy" thing? Because I have sat at the park bench for quite some time to watch my boy go up and down, many times! To satisfy his requests, we have visited a number of Melbourne skate parks, here are the few we have been to on the north side.
Riverslide Skate Park
1. Riverslide Skate Park.
Before we go into the "north side", the Riverslide skate park n the CBD, was the first one we visited and spend about 5 hours there. That's right, long 5 hours! I must be the most patient mum in the world.
It's always busy at the Riverslide skate park, with a little hut selling drinks and offering skate lessons, and table and chairs under cover for parents to sit down and watch their kids having all the fun, no wonder it's always packed with teenagers and little ones.
I will suggest to wear helmets at all time here, because there are older children doing all sorts of tricks with their scooter flying in the air, so there is good chance you might get hit or bumped into other people riding bikes or skateboarding. But the good part is that the adults can get a hot drink, and find themselves sitting in a chair watching or even joining in lessons with an instructor.. why not, we can't let kids have all the fun right?
Where: Riverslide Skate Park is at Boathouse Drive, Melbourne.
Check out their website for more information at www.skatepark.ymca.au
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2. Jacana Skate Park
We have been to this one few times as well, it is located on an open green field, with undercover chairs also a playground with flying fox right next to it.
While the older kids are busy practicing their tricks, little ones can have as much fun at the playground.
This skate park is a decent size, it's not very busy so kids can let themselves go wild and free. If you are hungry after, there is the Broadmeadow shopping mall close by to feed your needs.
Where: 61 Johnstone St, Jacana
3. Kensington Skate Park
This one is more suitable for teenagers. The ramp is pretty high up and more curves. I would suggest it's more for skateboarding. No wonder my boy gently directs me to go on the train and head to the Riverslide Skate Park after only 20 minutes here. But there is a sports field, so if you are up for a jog, a walk, or play with the dogs, this is the place to go.
Where: Cnr Kensington Road and Childers Street, Kensington
4. Ascot Vale Skate Park
This one is small and located within a residential area so I feel myself like an intruder. The ramp is good and not too steep for kids to use a scooter. We didn't stay long here because the winter wind that day was freezing and strong, but my boy said it's fun. Kids are honest, so it must be.
There are lots of skate park to visit, hopefully he will still have his passion till next school holiday. You never know with kids, am I right?