Moreton Bay families are spoilt for choice when it comes to outdoor facilities and parks to enjoy during the summer days.
If you’re looking to get away from your devices these holidays, why not pack a picnic and explore one of these great parks.
Cool down on those sizzling summer days by taking the kids to Petrie Mill Adventure Playground (above) where they can splash around to their heart’s content at the free water park, with splash pad and water bucket.
There are also two playgrounds – one for young children and one for older children- a flying fox, cricket pitch and a large open green space to kick a ball around.
There is also plenty of picnic tables and electric barbecues.
Ahoy mateys, travel the seven seas in search of lost gold off the Queensland coast when you visit Pirate Park in Scarborough (above).
The large boat located inside the playground is the perfect spot for young buccaneers to pretend to be Captain Feathersword or Long John Silver.
While pirates often roam the seas, there’s no rule to say they also didn’t commandeer the nearby toy train as well, making it a whole new world of fun and scenarios to make up.
Shiver me timbers, there’s also a giant jumping pillow as well.
Young climbers will also be able to put in the old heave ho into climbing the nearby Cotton Wood trees.
As the park is opposite the water, don’t forget to bring your own treasure map, bucket, and spade.
With a garden maze for children to get lost in, a pedal train track, flying fox, slides, swings and more, it won’t be hard for families to end up spending an entire day at the Pine Rivers Park in Strathpine (above).
There is also something for the little ones, with a dedicated toddler playground that comes complete with toddler height appropriate activities, a sandpit and swings.
While the kids are playing, parents can sit back and enjoy their coffee as they watch their children make new friends in the fully fenced playground areas.
Families are encouraged to bring their own snacks for a picnic lunch or dinner while enjoying the shade of the mature Norfolk Pine trees or set themselves up at one of the many benches or tables.
As the name suggests, Pelican Park (above) is one of the best spots in the Moreton Bay region to sit back with the birds and admire the view overlooking Bramble Bay.
Pelican Park is a big expansive area where lots of families love to gather as it features two playgrounds, walking and bike paths, and lots of grass to throw out the picnic rugs.
There’s also plenty of space for the young, and the young at heart, to go and fly a kite when the sea breeze blows in!
Also located at Pelican Park is the popular Aqua Splash zone, which is a series of inflatable slides, jumping pillows, bouncers, swings, ramps, ladders, trampolines and more. Are you able to complete the course without falling into the water?
Calling all witches and wizards, unleash your magical powers at Bray Farm Park (above) which has a very Harry Potter-esque feel to it.
With the playground looking like it could belong at Hogwarts, the magical school featured in the Harry Potter series, it won’t be hard for the kids to conjure up a spellbinding afternoon of playtime.
The two bewitching structures have a bridge, climbing net, fireman’s pole, slide, turrets and windows.
There’s also a larger, sperate climbing net which is set to resemble Hermione Granger’s time turner from the third movie of the series, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.
A forest backdrop (or forbidden forest for Harry Potter fans) completes the fantasy that you might have received your Hogwarts acceptance letter by owl that morning!
Let your kid’s imagination run wild at this uniquely designed playground that features a swirly, curly design.
Kids will be in awe of the climbing apparatus in the middle of the playground at Leslie Patrick Park (above), become slightly dizzy on the hugely popular spinners, or pretend they are in the construction industry by playing o the little sand digger.
In addition, the all-abilities playground is a popular spot for children of physical and intellectual disabilities. It features an interactive garden space suitable for children with sensory impairments, wheelchair accessible carousels, musical instruments, five-way swing capsule seats, sand play and more.
If your kids still have some extra energy to burn, the playground is located near a large football field, meaning they can run for miles and miles.
Enjoy a day by the water at Spinnaker Park in Newport. (above).
This all-abilities playground ensures children of all ages and abilities can play and laugh together while enjoying a day of fun in the sun.
The nautical theme is perfect, given the park’s proximity to the water, and features a play ship, coconut rope swing, climbing nets, slides, sand and more.
The showstopper of the park is the 11-metre sail tower, which features multi-level climbing activities for those who like a little more adventure, and two fast slides for kids to whoosh down.
The smaller toddler sail tower also offers a space where younger children can pretend they are captains or pirates searching for buried treasure.
It’s not just kids that love to get out of the house, but also our fur babies!
A trip to Kroll Gardens in Clontarf means the whole family can enjoy an outing and spend the day playing fetch and chasey around the large five-hectare off-leash space.
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If you’re looking to avoid the sun and stay in the air-con this summer, bounce into Flip Out (above), an indoor trampoline park that will provide hours of fun and entertainment throughout the school holidays.
Everyone, regardless of age, will be able to flip out (in a good way!) on the main arena, mini arena, slam time basketball area, wall runners, foam pit and Olympic trampolines.
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