The city of culture and sport is also becoming a garden city with an abundance of parks and garden space, and quite a few that are specifically kid friendly. What is unique about the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne, unlike any other major capital city in Australia, is that the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne is home to a kids garden called the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden. A Garden with its own gate. Parents, there is no need to worry about getting locked in, especially as there is a number to call at the gate if this was to happen.
Beautiful child sculptures inside
The space is welcoming, and there are some cleverly designed plant sculptures as you head inside. It is like a real garden of Eden, like you're a guest at May Gibbs' house. Although there are a couple of swings, and other play equipment to use, the experience is rather natural and educational. Why? The space also has some native plants labelled, and the space that would encourage those little one's to maybe, just maybe want to assist with gardening tasks in the backyard. The aim of this garden is in helping people appreciate smaller living spaces, and gain a stronger interest in plants and nature. It's working. The gardens also include a bamboo forest, a plant tunnel and a kitchen garden that grows delicious, healthy vegetables. This is cool.
the kids of Melbourne definitely feel at home here
Even better, dogs are allowed into the garden, provided you pick up any droppings on their part. There are water play areas such as the rill that is open from 10am to 4pm when the garden is open, and spiral fountains that only run during the garden's opening hours, and only when the weather in Melbourne reaches 25 degrees or more. This is smart.
This children's garden is not the best place to enjoy a family picnic due to the limited space. It doesn't matter because the Royal Botanical Gardens, and other nearby Parks to Alexandra Gardens provide an abundance of picnic space.
An appreciation of nature is enjoyed
Watch out and keep alert for an abundance of school holiday activities at this children's garden. The activities on offer during the school holidays period include children's yoga, gardening and composting for kids workshops to name.
The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden is open from 10am to sunset every Wednesday to Sunday, and all public holidays. The gardens are open every day during the Victorian school holidays. The gardens do close briefly after the July school holidays for some maintenance works. During the school term, school bookings are available on Monday's and Tuesday's.
Welcome to the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden.