While the city's parks and gardens provide endless and varied opportunities for play, there are also a number of public playgrounds containing a range of high-quality play equipment.
1. Canning and Palmerston streets, Carlton
A small, friendly local playground for toddlers and young children - close to cosmopolitan Carlton. Playground features: play panel and small stage area, some disabled access.
Melway reference 2B J6.
2. Carlton Gardens, Rathdowne Street, Carlton
Kids will play all day on this large play structure, based on the concept of a 19th century maze, with everything that opens and shuts, swings, hangs or stands! Playground features: Cubby with slide, swings, track glide, sandpit, climbing frame, some shade, disabled access, public toilet.
Melway reference 2B H11.
3. Lincoln Square, Between Swanston and Bouverie streets, Carlton
A small, but popular playground for juniors, close to Melbourne University and the Royal Women‘s hospital. Playground features: Swings, spinners, double slide, public toilet, picnic table, lots of shade.
Melway reference 2B E9.
4. Princes Park, Princes Park Drive, Carlton
This large timber playground has plenty for all ages to do. Perfect for little princes and princesses! Playground features: Tower platforms, sandpits, rockers, see saw, slide, 5-way swing, boardwalk, fitness track, public toilet, barbecue, picnic table, some shade.
Melway reference 2B D1.
5. Fitzroy Gardens, Clarendon Street, East Melbourne
Slide down the dragon’s tail, swing on the giraffe’s ears, see how the dragon glows in the dark! Let their imagination run wild. Playground features: Dragon slide, sandpit, giraffe swing, public toilet, lots of shade.
Melway reference 2G C2.
6. Powlett Reserve, Albert and Grey streets, East Melbourne
A modern playground with excellent creative play opportunities, including tic-tac-toe, warped mirror, chalkboard, squeeze bars and abacus. Rubber and asphalt paths provide great accessibility. Playground features: Fort tower, sand pit, 4-way spring rocker, swings, tic-tac-toe, chalkboard, public toilet, picnic table, some shade, disabled access.
Melway reference 2G F2.
7. Yarra Park, Wellington Parade South, East Melbourne
Busy toddlers and juniors will love this playground. There‘s plenty of equipment, including a swing, a tunnel and a shopfront providing play opportunities under a platform. Playground features: Slide, swing, rockers, tunnel, shopfront, barbecue, picnic table, lots of shade.
Melway reference 2G E7.
8. Bayswater Road, Kensington
A fun playground, with equipment for all ages with rubber pathways designed especially for wheelchair access. Playground features: Swings, rockers, slides, play units with mirror panel, abacus, shop front, clock and steering wheel, rubber pathways, barbecue, picnic table, shade, disabled access.
Melway reference 2T G4.
9. Bellair Street, Kensington
Drop into this handy fenced playground near Macaulay Road shopping centre. Playground features: Spring rocker, swings, platform, slide, picnic table.
Melway reference 2T K5.
10. Holland Park, Kensington
Ahoy there mateys! A modern adventure playground with a pirate ship and areas for bike and scooter play. There are good picnic and park facilities for the family. Playground features: Pirate ship play structure, rocking swing, rocking table, see saw, spinner, public toilet, barbecue, picnic table, lots of shade.
Melway reference 2T H7.
11. Mercantile and Newman streets, Kensington
A small playground in Kensington Banks, with six unique timber sheep sculptures to play on. Playground features: Slide, sheep sculptures.
Melway reference 42 H3.
12. Mercantile and Tankard streets, Kensington
A small playground in a grassy area of Kensington Banks. Perfect for the littlies on a hot day, with a large shade structure and stockyard style fencing. Playground features: Swing, see saw, small tower, shade structure, stockyard style fencing.
Melway reference 2T F6.
13. Artplay Playground, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne
A colourful and modern play space with plenty of creative and fun things to do. Why not visit Artplay and the Federation Bells as well. Playground features: Rock and rope climbing features, swinging hammocks, liberty swing for wheelchairs, quiet areas and active play areas, public toilet, picnic table, some shade, disabled access.
Melway reference 2F H6.
14. Gardiner Reserve, Haines Street, North Melbourne
A playground for all ages, with tunnels, bridges and ladders. They‘ll be challenged and have fun for hours. Playground features: Multi-level play structure, slide, rockers, swings, public toilet, barbecue, picnic table, some shade.
Melway reference 2A F7.
15. Ievers Reserve, Flemington Road, Parkville
An attractive grassy setting for parents to relax while children have fun on the fort, slide and other play features. Good for social climbers. Playground features: Swings, rocker, fort, slide and climbing features, public toilet, lots of shade.
Melway reference 2A K6.
16. Manningham Reserve, Manningham Street, Parkville
Let the kids play the traditional way, with timber equipment and grassed areas for other play opportunities. A favourite with all ages. Playground features: Wooden tower, slide, swing, rockers, stepping posts, grassed areas.
Melway reference 29 C12.
17. Fawkner Park, Toorak Road, South Yarra
Three different playgrounds throughout the park, great fun for all ages, especially budding gymnasts, with a balance beam, parallel bars and chin up bars. Playground features: Sandpit, swings, slides, 4-way rocker, balance beam, parallel bars, chin up bars, public toilet, some shade.
Melway reference 2L C6.
18. Eades Place, Chetwynd Street, West Melbourne
Keeping fit is playing too! This local playground features a range of play equipment, as well as a fitness track that‘s fun for parents and children. Playground features: Fitness track, slide, rockers, climbing features, lots of shade, some disabled access.
Melway reference 2A K12.
19. Flagstaff Gardens, William Street, West Melbourne
City workers come here to relax, but juniors can monkey around on climbing bars or dig in the sandpit, or do the twist on the spiral slide. There‘s so much to do, why not make a day of it? Playground features: Sandpit with diggers, spiral slide, swings, sandpit, balancing bridges, public toilet, barbecue, picnic table, shade.
Melway reference 2F A2.
20. Hawke And Adderley Reserve, West Melbourne
Toddlers can develop their coordination skills with a variety of play features at ground level, including squeeze bars, abacus and spinning wheel. Playground features: Slide, tower, rocker, squeeze bars, abacus, spinning wheel, bluestone paths.
Melway reference 2A G12.