Effect of green spaces on kids!
By Marnie Adams, Contributor @ Kids In Perth 17 Jan 2022
Living in W.A., we’re blessed with an abundance of green spaces and stunning coastlines.
For children, open green spaces and nature provide stimuli for encouraging cognitive play behaviours. Nature also allows children to explore and develop imagination about the world around them.
As everyone, both adults and children alike, increasingly gravitate toward video games and electronic devices that are, by all intent and purpose, designed to be dopamine addicting... by simply exploring outside, according to research, can be just as euphoric for children. (Science Daily, 2019).
With this in mind, why not visit your local park? Also, why settle for playing only at the local park around the corner?
For any family, especially those new to Perth, exploring local parks offers a great way for familiarising yourself with new surroundings and provides children with new and exciting backdrops for running, jumping, digging, hiding and making new friends!
Top 5 Parks & Playgrounds to check out this weekend
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1. John Oldham Park, Perth CBD
In the heart of the city, a beautiful green jewel in Perth CBD, go there for its really, really long slide.
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2. Braithwaite Park, Mt Hawthorn
Shady local park with a fantastic nature play area and, well known, to local kids for its flying fox. Please note the flying fox is for 8+ (from memory), however, the ground has soft padding for safety.
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3. Kwinana Adventure Park
Totally free and awesome, the Adventure Park is highlighted by its Tree Maze. Filled with physical and sensory play activities, kids will have a ball exploring slides, tunnels, climbing walls and so much more! To cool down, there’s a splash pad.
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4. Austin Lakes Adventure Park
OINK! OINK! Piggy & farm themed park for kids to explore!
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5. Jungle Park, Whiteman Edge
Iconic for its really tall green climbing fort, as well as, 7m slide!
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6. Tuckfield Park, Fremantle
Take an iconic family photo at the Containbow “Containers Rainbow”.
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7. Faulkner Volcano Park , Belmont
What more adventurous than climbing a volcano! Walk or slide to get down.
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8. Eden Beach Foreshore Playground , Jindalee
Be careful when climbing the three story high cubed tower
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9. Shorehaven’s Treasure Island Adventure Playground , Alkimos
Giant slides perfect for toddlers as well as for big kids.
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10. Jacob’s Ladder, West Perth
Jacob’s Ladder goes from Mounts Bay Road to Cliff Street. The view from the top is spectacular
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11. Shipwreck Park, Hilbert
30 metre shipwreck attraction allows children to explore. The ship has two levels and is covered with shades for hot summer days.
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12. Pia’s Place Playground, Whiteman Park
The lighthouse welcomes children and adults to come and explore.
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