If you’re looking for a playground close to the city and cafes, then Oxford Street Reserve Playground might be the way to go. Located right at the Leederville cafe strip, this fenced and gated playground is sure to be a winner.
Adjacent to Cranked Coffee, you can easily grab a coffee, or maybe breakfast or lunch, and take the kids for a play. For our visit, we made a brief stop at Cranked for a takeaway latte – I say brief as Miss 3 decided to throw a tantrum on the floor because she couldn’t wait for the playground! Otherwise, I could have happily stayed longer to sample their delicious food.
I can say from previous visits their Granola Jar and Eggs Benedict are excellent quality and very tasty, as is their coffee. The service I received in getting my coffee this time was friendly and prompt. There was a stack of clean high chairs available for younger diners, and plenty of room to park a pram next to your table.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to buy coffee and snacks while you’re out, there is space between Cranked Coffee and the playground to relax at the picnic tables with a packed treat from home.
We were treated to a sunny day for our visit to Oxford Street Reserve Playground. Miss 3 wasted no time in getting stuck into exploring.
One of the wonderful things about this playground is its accessibility. With large ramps, you can easily bring in your pram or wheel in a wheelchair. There are a few things on the ramp levels that kids in a wheelchair can play with, including a large wooden xylophone, speaking tubes and a spinning toy.
The ramps also features a small slide that seats three abreast. So if you have three kiddos, they could all slide with (hopefully!) no arguments about who goes first.
There is also a sort of castle structure at one end of the ramps. This is enclosed at the top, with a rock climbing wall that would suit kids probably aged 4 and up who have a bit more strength to climb up. Miss 3 needed a boost but loved it once she was up. From the ground level, there is a tunnel that goes under the castle, which is perfect for imaginative play.
Miss 3 enjoyed all the balancing beams and rocks in the nature play section outside the ramps. Most of the rocks have a non-slip soft fall type layer over the top to help prevent tumbles, and Miss 3 liked that some of the wooden beams have springs in the bottom for an extra challenge.
We also found a wood and rope climbing structure among the nature play equipment. Miss 3 enjoyed practising climbing the rope ladders.
There is also a small sandpit with speaking tubes, which connect to the others on the ramp, with log seating around the outside. You could easily bring a bucket and spade or some toy trucks for a play.
We went for a walk beyond the fenced playground to the square on the other side. Here we found tables with chess boards and a ping pong table. Balls and paddles for the table are available from Cranked Coffee.
Further along, there is a barbecue and some water fountains next door to a skate park.
The skate park was quiet the day with visited, with only one or two guys cruising around. Being close to the playground, this would be a good spot that much older kids could scoot off to while younger siblings play in the playground.
Overall, Oxford Street Reserve Playground has something to suit most families. There are lots of parking nearby, as well as being close to public transport, with Leederville Train Station a short walk away across the walkway bridge. As well as being close to great coffee spots like Cranked Coffee, it’s a handy spot for the kids to have a run around before heading to one of the nearby eateries for dinner.
Cranked Coffee is located at 6/106 Oxford Street, Leederville.
Cranked Coffee is open 6.30am to 4.00pm Monday to Friday, 7.00am to 4.00pm Saturday, and 7.30am to 4.00pm Sunday.
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Holly Clark is currently a stay at home mum of one, a self-confessed coffee addict and a baker of sweet treats. She studied Professional Writing and Editing and occasionally writes on her recipe blog, Lucky Star's Kitchen
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