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Situated within the Allura Estate in Eglinton, in the northern suburbs, is Kinkuna Adventure Playground. This large playground with a mix of nature play, water play and traditional play equipment has something for everyone to enjoy.
Kinkuna Adventure Playground features a series of big wooden towers interconnected with ladders, climbing ropes, a tunnel and a rope bridge. There a two slides of different sizes.
We climbed the tall stairs, Miss 2.5 slid down the curly slide, and crawled through the tunnel. There is a great view from the top of the stairs.
At one end of the play structure, there is a tall climbing wall for bigger kids, with a rubbery mat/ladder for climbing down and getting to the next section. I’d say this section is best suited to kids 4 years and up, as I saw kids only a little older than Miss 2.5 struggling with parts of this, and also with the rope bridge. If you have toddlers, you may find you have to follow little ones as they climb and explore.
In another area, just past the wooden playground, is a big birds nest swing, with in-ground trampolines set around it within the rubber soft fall nearby. Both were very popular with kids of all ages.
We found a nature play section made up of logs, climbing ropes and rocks. This is surrounded by wood chips and a few rubbery soft fall humps that Miss 2.5 thought were great for bouncing on.
Bring a towel and change of clothes or pack your kids swimwear for the water play area. I couldn’t keep Miss 2.5 out of the jets once she started playing in the water! These run on a timer once someone sets them going with a button set in the ground at either end. There’s some jets that spray like a shower from above, and most shoot out of the ground below in different patterns. Kids of all ages were having a ball with this area!
Next to the water play are some musical pipes that play different notes, and a percussion play instrument that sounded similar to a Jamaican-style steel drum when tapped with your palms.
In addition, there is a fenced off basketball court available for shooting hoops. Behind the court is gym equipment for the adults.
Within Kinkuna Adventure Playground, there are shaded picnic tables and some barbecues. There’s lots of lovely soft grass as well for setting out a picnic blanket. There were quite a few families enjoying themselves this way on the day we visited.
There appears to be a coffee van that visits mid-morning. They’d parked opposite the sales office on the day we visited. There are toilet facilities available just past the basketball court if needed.
We found Kinkuna Adventure Playground clean and well-maintained, with features to suit a wide-range of ages from babies through to big kids. The playground isn’t fenced, but the streets surrounding are very quiet, and the equipment set back from the road enough that it should be safe for little wanderers. There’s also no shade sails, relying on natural shading from the trees in the park. These are still quite small and not enough to shade everything, so pack your hats and sunscreen just to be safe.
Kinkuna Adventure Playground is located on Revolution Avenue, in the Allura Estate, off Marmion Avenue in Eglinton. This is just past the intersection with Pipidinny Road. Free roadside parking is available on Revolution Avenue, next to the park.
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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