INSIDE: A sneak peek into the Ian Potter Childrens Garden Melbourne.
Tucked away in a corner of the Royal Botanic Gardens of Melbourne, the Ian Potter Childrens Garden is the antidote to super chaotic children’s playgrounds in Melbourne.
This nature playground in Melbourne is a place to roam, to scamper, and to play in amongst Australian native bushland.
Take the kids.
- 1 Ian Potter Childrens Garden Melbourne
- 2 Interaction and hands-on activities at the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
- 3 A sneak peek: Photos of Ian Potter Children’s Garden
- 4 The Inside Scoop: Nature Playground in Melbourne
- 5 Ian Potter Children’s Garden Map
- 6 Toadstool Rating: The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
- 7 Looking For More Things to Do in Melbourne with Kids?
Ian Potter Childrens Garden Melbourne
Get amongst it at the The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden.
- The Ruin Garden – there’s rocks to climb over and rock tunnels to pass under. Its my fave spot.
- The Meeting Place (with water feature sprays)
- The Wetlands in the centre of the gardens has a natural pond. It’s the place to spy insects, plants and fish.
- The Bamboo Forest is a cool spot to sit as the kids dig in the sandpit
- The Gorge
- The Plant Tunnels are ideal for a game of hide and seek!
- The Kitchen Garden is where you can get dirty helping to grow fresh veggies (spy the scarecrow!)
- The newest addition is the Tree Tower. Climb up high for awesome views of the garden.
There’s water play too.
The Meeting Place has spiral fountain jets that spray water into the air between 10am and 4pm, but only on warm days 25 degrees or more. (No catching a chill here)
The Rill stream is a river stone-encrusted waterway that runs from 10am to 4pm daily too. Find a leaf boat and sail it along, or play jump and skip over the stream and back. Lots of fun for little ones.
Interaction and hands-on activities at the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
Children can play, explore and discover the changing colours and seasons of nature at the award-winning Ian Potter children’s playground as they stroll and wander among the plants, waterways, pathways, and rocky outcrops. The design is accessible for everyone – all ages, backgrounds, abilities and cultures.
The goal is to immerse children in nature so they grow up with a sense of ownership and responsibility for the environment. With luck, this early immersion will be enough so that adults continue to practice conservation throughout their lives.
Kids need inspiration? Take a look at this list of 50 things for kids to do at the Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden’
Remember to BYO swimmers and towels if you are visiting during Spring or Summer. The kids will get wet!
Worth a visit? Definitely. It’s on Roam the Gnome’s list of top 10 playgrounds in Melbourne.
A sneak peek: Photos of Ian Potter Children’s Garden
The Inside Scoop: Nature Playground in Melbourne
Address: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria, Melbourne Gardens, Birdwood Ave, Melbourne VIC 3004
Website: Click here
- Open 10am–sunset Wednesday–Sunday and public holidays; 10am–sunset seven days a week during Victorian State School holidays.
- Closed to the public Monday–Tuesday during Victorian State School terms.
- Each year the Children’s Garden takes a break in winter for regular maintenance and restoration for eight weeks following the end of July school holidays
Entry fees: Free
Parking: Paid street parking available.
Ian Potter Children’s Garden Map
Toilets: Yes, including baby change table. Walk 50 metres to the right from the front gate.
Disability access: The Children’s Garden is accessible for wheelchair users, visitors with walking frames, and parents with prams.
Enclosed: Fenced all round
Ground cover: Grass, bark, sand, mulch, rocks, concrete
Picnic tables: Click here for a list of picnic spots within a hop, skip, jump of the Ian Potter Children’s Garden.
Electric BBQs: No
Water Bubblers/fountains: Yes
Scooters and Bikes: No
- BYO Sunscreen and hats.
- Children must remain clothed at all times.
The Ian Potter Children’s playground was last reviewed in October 2018.
Toadstool Rating: The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden
Nature play lovers and imaginative kids will adore it. Better suited to younger kids under 10. Not much to do for older kids.
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