Seven parks to explore this summer

Published 5:00am 29 December 2022

Seven parks to explore this summer
Words by Ashleigh Howarth

If you’re looking for ways to get the kids off their devices these holidays, why not jump in the car and explore one of the many fantastic playgrounds in the Moreton Bay Region.

Here are some of the best family friendly playgrounds you need to check out this summer.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Pine Rivers Park, Strathpine

This park is one of the gems in Moreton Bay’s crown and is a popular spot for families to visit on a beautiful sunny day.

Your kids could easily spend a few hours here as there is so much to see and explore, including flying foxes, slides, swings, a pedal train track and even a garden maze!

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.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Bray Farm Park, Griffin

If your kids are fans of Harry Potter, then they will love Bray Farm Park in Griffin.

The park has a Harry Potter-esque feel to it and looks like something you would find in the movies out the back of Hogwarts.

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!

Seven parks to explore this summer

Petrie Mill Adventure Playground, Petrie

If you’re looking for a fun way to cool off during the summer days, be sure to take the kids down to Petrie Mill Adventure Playground 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, a cricket pitch and a large open green space to kick a ball around.

There are also plenty of picnic tables and electric barbecues should you choose to stay for lunch or dinner.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Pelican Park, Clontarf

Pelican Park in Clontarf 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, kick around a soccer ball or throw a frisbee.

With beautiful views overlooking the water, it’s not hard to see why this is a favourite spot amongst locals and visitors.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Spinnaker Park, Newport

This all-abilities playground ensures children of all ages and abilities can play together and enjoy a day of fun in the sun.

Given the park’s proximity to the water, it’s only natural a natural that the park would have a nautical theme. There is a play ship, coconut rope swings, climbing nets, slides, and an 11-metre sail tower for kids to discover.

The smaller toddler sail tower also offers a space where younger children can pretend they are captains or pirates searching for buried treasure.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Leslie Patrick Park, Arana Hills

With a swirly, curly design, you can bet there is lots of fun play equipment for your kids to spin around on.

Kids will be in awe of the climbing apparatus in the middle of the playground at Leslie Patrick Park, spin on the hugely popular spinners, or pretend they are in the construction industry by playing on the little sand digger.

In addition, the all-abilities playground is a popular spot for children with 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 playing a game or football or soccer.

Seven parks to explore this summer

Pirate Park, Scarborough

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.

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