Welcome to the, extremely delayed, fourth instalment of Ramblings of a Playground Mum. This last blog has taken me some time for numerous reasons.
1) In mid April I injured my ankle at the gym which resulted in me being on crutches (impossible with a 3.5 and 16 month old). Being unable to walk properly meant heading to the playground was near impossible. We did head to the playground in Otway Street South that Louise first reviewed on this page. It is a fenced in gem and I highly recommend you read the review then head on over for a play. Luckily, we went with a friend who helped supervise the kids because I was unable to run from one to another.
2) I was also feeling terribly guilty about the situation. Insert mum guilt here. I have played Netball in some form for almost 27 years of my life and I know I have dodgy ankles. Yet I decided to re join a gym and not just any gym but F45, Which is an amazing 45 minutes non stop HIIT workout and I loved it! My endorphins were flowing, I had to completely switch off from whatever was happening when i left home (very hard to do but much needed for us Mummas) and I was pushing my body. Then I rolled my ankle quite badly during a class and I was on crutches, having x-rays and MRI scans, my hubby had to have time off work and my kids were stuck at home in front of the TV while I tried, impossibly, to stay off my foot. I was cranky and sore the kids were cranky and I was all “Woe is me. Why would I do this sort of exercise. I knew this would happen. Now I’m failing as a wife and mother”. Outcome is surgery which I cant have until early 2019. So now I’ve maxed out my Mum guilt quota for the rest of 2018 and we are moving on.
3) And now its WINTER!! It is cold, rainy, wet and my motivation for outside exploration is completely zip. My kids also hate wearing coats and beanies. It is beyond me how they don’t feel the cold. And I am a stress head and constantly worry they will get sick.
Right so now that I’ve got all my excuses laid out on the table and re framed my mindset lets get back into it. We have headed to a few playgrounds over the last month so I am going to try to hit you up with these reviews as soon as my little people will allow. I know I’m not the only parent who sits down to do something on the computer only to have it taken over by little fingers wanting to type like Mummy.
So let’s go to the park and enjoy what winter sun we have. The saying goes “there is no inappropriate weather, just inappropriate clothes”. So pack those jackets, beanies, gumboots, a change of clothes for wet/muddy bums and a towel to dry the slides and playground equipment off, if the sun hasn’t hit that slide for long enough there will be guaranteed puddles at the bottom.
Location: Inkerman Gully, Simpson Street, Ballarat North
If you read my last blog I think this is the playground that was recommended by the gentleman’s wife. It is a good playground for varying age children. It provides numerous equipment for different skill levels. There are two slides which Oliver who is now 18 months old was able to use. Although i just sat him on the middle of the larger slide as the climbing equipment for the larger slide is targeted to older children. The climbing net in the middle was the first time Imogen who is almost 4 had seen this and she was reluctant to give it a go. She did get brave and used it to climb up to the top to go down the slide but her preference was, what we called, the orange mushrooms. There is a see saw, swings and “wizzy dizz” chair.
There is lots of open space at this playground which is set a good distance into the gully, back from the road and car park. There is ample place to run with a ball or to even set up a cricket pitch, and you can walk further along to explore the flora and fauna. There is a tree set close to the playground that my children were immediately drawn to as it provides a great little climbing/cubby house.
There is an undercover concreted area that you can lay a picnic blanket on and an old table and chairs near by. There are no toilets located at the playground but there are ample trees to utilise in an emergency. The number 14 Black Hill bus stops on Simpson street in front of the gully car park so this is also an accessible playground for those using public transport.
No need to bring the thermos this time! Hello COFFEE!!! And not just any coffee it is one of the best I have had since moving to Ballarat. Located across the road in the shops on the corner of Walker and Simpson street is Tribe North. A quaint cafe that does amazing coffee and bagels and FREE BABYCHINO’s everyday!!! They also use the Skip App if you want to order before you arrive.
We have been to this playground twice once in the morning and once in the late afternoon. I found in the afternoon there were lots of people using the gully to walk their dogs and some where not on leads and walking around the playground area while the children were playing. If you or your children are unsure about dogs I would recommend a morning play.
Imogen’s favourite part: The see saw and the climbing tree
Kristie’s tip: Park over at Tribe North and grab a coffee and some delicious food before walking over to the playground. It is open Tuesday-Friday 8-3pm.
Happy exploring xx