CEL Masthead Winter 18

Shady playgrounds for summer

Emily Crabb

In the heat of summer, all you need is somewhere with generous shade.

…and maybe to be waited on by Channing Tatum with some champagne but that’s less important.

Here are six playgrounds with generous amounts of shade so your kids’ time in the sun is shorter and the temperature is cooler for everyone involved.

Yerrabi Pond District Park

Located by Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin, this adventure park ticks all the boxes. In the hot summer months, the Yerrabi Pond Park offers play spaces with plenty of shade to keep you and the kiddies cool. This park offers shaded play equipment, grassy areas, a wheelchair accessible swing, toilets and BBQ areas.

With water breezes and lots of lush trees, this park is perfect for year-round play. Yerrabi Park is only partially fenced and there is open water nearby so keep that in mind when you’re visiting with little ones.

SWhere: Wunderlich St, Gungahlin
Hours: Open 24 hours

Franklin Recreational Park

The Franklin Park offers separate play areas for toddlers, children, teens and adults. The whole family can enjoy shaded play over the summer holidays with the parks speciality equipment, large grassy areas, table tennis, undercover seating, BBQ facilities, bathrooms, a shaded skate park, gym equipment and an enclosed soccer/basketball court.

Where: Kilmeny Close, Franklin
Hours: Open 24 hours

Monkey Mania

For a play experience that lets you avoid the sun completely, try Monkey Mania’s indoor playground. The largest indoor centre in Canberra, Monkey Mania caters for children and families with play areas and a café. The centre features a climbing enclosure, ‘slide and soft’ play area, a jumping castle and a ball pit. There are also half a dozen themed rooms for parties available.

Where: Canberra Outlet Centre, Cnr Canberra Ave & Newcastle St, Fyshwick
Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, Sat/Sun 9.30am-6pm


Located in the heart of Canberra, Boundless is the capital’s first playground that caters for all ages and all abilities. Boundless offers shaded and non-shaded areas for families to enjoy these summer holidays. Located alongside Lake Burley Griffin, kiddies and families can cool off in the shade of the trees and enjoy the breeze off the lake. This magical playground features aqua play stations, climbing frames, balancing challenges, swings, slides and sand.

Where: Kings Park, Wendouree Dr, Parkes
Hours: Mon-Fri 8am-8pm

Weston Park Playground

The Weston Park playground revolves around water play, making it the ideal place to cool off these summer holidays. With shaded and non-shaded areas, families and little ones can enjoy the large grounds and multiple playgrounds. Parents and carers can enjoy Station Stop café and the park’s surroundings which feature relaxing seating areas, barbeque facilities and public toilets.

Where: Yarralumla, lakeside.
Hours: Park opening hours: Mon – Sun: 7am – 11pm
Café opening hours: Mon – Fri: 8.30am – 5pm

Glebe Park

Glebe Park offers leafy-green shaded grounds where the whole family can relax and play over the summer months. The trees create a covered environment with vast space to run around and a playground for the kiddies. Its convenient location by the Canberra Center means coffee is readily available. Bathrooms and BBQ facilities are also available at the park.

Where: Cooyong Street, Canberra
Hours: Open 24 hours


Emily Crabb

Emily Crabb has recently finished her final semester at the University of Canberra where she studied Communications in Advertising. Emily’s 2016 has consisted of her travelling nationally and internationally, meeting the creative minds of the advertising, media and public relations industries from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur to Sydney and to Singapore. These adventures gave her a renewed source of inspiration and motivation but also a renewed appreciation for her hometown of Canberra. Emily particularly enjoys treating herself with clothes she cannot justify buying and eating anything from a brunch menu. More about the Author