SPC Ardmona KidsTown Adventure Playground (Shepparton)
SPC Ardmona KidsTown Adventure Playground is located is located on the Midland Highway between Mooroopna and Shepparton. The playground is Australia's biggest (and possibly best) adventure playground and is open from dawn to dusk. Entry is by gold coin donation.
The playground has a number of areas/ features including:
KidsTown Miniature Train
The Kidstown Miniature Train runs every weekend, public holidays and Victorian School holidays. Tickets are available at the train station located next to the wheelchair swing (when it is busy) or else at the cafe. The train departs about every 15 minutes and costs $2.50 for a short lap.
Monkey bars and Flying Fox
There is a reasonably long flying fox and an area stacked full of monkey bars and monkey rungs all connected together.
There is a hill with a very long wave slide and a giant straight slide. Children enjoyed these but they were very slow and it was necessary to keep pushing yourself forward in order to get any speed. If you are going to have a giant slide then make it fast and scare the living daylights out of the kids. For those preferring their slides in a shorter form there is also a normal size wave and straight slide.
The Tree Houses have lots of ramps, levels, ladders, nooks and crannies to explore. It is just like a maze. There is also a talk-to-me system which the kids can use to talk to each other.
The Kidstown Amphitheatre is a huge shelter area that seats up to 230 people.
Fruit Bin and Dairy Mazes
The Kidstown Fruit Bin Maze has lots of steps and ladders to go up and down. There is also a Dairy maze which is large but easy to navigate - no need to take a backpack and compass. The dairy maze has some cow teats hanging from the roof for a spot of milking practice.
There is an area under shade sails with BBQs, shaded tables, large sandpit with three mechanical diggers and wooden rowing boat.
There is a Junior area located next to the cafe which has a structure with three curving parallel slides, steps and straight slide, purple dinosaur which two people can ride on, wooden train and carriage, six swings and a brightly painted cubby house with table and seats.
There is a fenced off area with safety gate for toddlers and babys which has a sandpit with devices for moving sand and scales, buggy, little slide, rocker and two little fibreglass cars. There are also seats in this area for parents.
There is a wheelchair (Liberty) swing located near the Train Station which is free to use.