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Top 5 places to play

The rural Victorian city of Bendigo is a beautiful place, filled with history and character. It is also my home town. When life gets busy and we are unable to get out of town to explore, I know I can always find something fun and adventurous for the kids right here at home!

I asked my children to tell me their top five places to play. Here’s what they told me, in no particular order (especially given they were talking over the top of each other most of the time).

1. Discovery Science & Technology Centre
“The Discovery Centre is awesome because it has lots of different things to do”, says Master just turned 6, “things like the Planetarium with all the stars and cool beanbags to sit on.

And there’s a room where you can do these ‘speriments (experiments) and learn all about science stuff. I love it!”

The centre is rich with more than 100 hands on exhibits for kids of all ages, including, for the brave of heart and heights (5 yrs and above), the thrilling vertical slide – the tallest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere!

And it’s conveniently located right next to the Bendigo Market Place and the Railway Station, within easy reach of a variety of food, shopping and transport.


2. Mulligrubs Play Centre
“Smellygrubs is my FAVOURITE PLACE EVER Mum!” exclaims Little Miss three going on thirty. “I love it so much, ‘specially the ‘puter games on the floor!”

Mulligrubs play centre is a state of the art indoor play centre, with play areas and equipment to suit younger children up to 12 years old.

Boasting a number of “firsts” for Australian play centres, Mulligrubs includes Yu kids play equipment, eye play sensory play and a giant multi-level playground.

For the parents, there is a café with viewing screens to relax and enjoy a coffee and a chat, while keeping an eye on the kids.

Located a few kilometres out of the CBD, Mulligrubs is well worth seeking out – the kids really love this place.

3. Bendigo Botanical Gardens
If I was to ask the kids which park they might like to go to for a play, the first place they will both mentions is the botanical gardens. Beautifully landscaped, with loads of pathways for walking, skating, bike riding and scooting, the gardens are designed for family fun and gathering.

Recently refurbished, the playground keep the kids entertained for hours, with both manmade and natural play spaces, inspired by Alice in Wonderland.

There are barbecues and picnic benches scattered throughout the gardens, along with big shady trees and lush green lawns just perfect for a family fun day or celebration, the Botanical Gardens is a hidden treasure for visitors to Bendigo.

The ZoneInflatable World

4. The Zone Fun Park
If you are looking for more fast paced action and fun, The Zone is where it is at. As well as loads of arcade games and activities, major attractions at The Zone include a roller rink, paint ball and laser tag courses and for those with a need for speed there is go kart action galore!

My boys (Dad and son) rode the go karts recently and had an absolute ball! With twin karts available, little people can zoom the track with an adult and enjoy all the thrills this fast driving action has to offer.

Within easy driving distance of the CBD, this spot is a great place to spend time with the family, with a little something for everyone, including a small café and barbecue area.

5. Inflatable World
Home to the biggest inflatable playgrounds in Australia, Inflatable World is bouncy fun for everyone! With slides, castles, cubby huts and balance beams, the possibilities are endless for those younger and older.

A great place for some fun with friends, within the two hours your ticket covers, you and yours will be suitably exhausted and ready for a quiet meal, picnic or rest and any number of other attractions this gorgeous city had to offer.

When not partaking in pretend tea parties with her 2-year old daughter, or learning the finer points of playing Minecraft® with her 5-year old son, Jodie is the voice of Fresh Home Cook – a blog focused on food free from gluten and lactose but full of flavour the whole family will enjoy.

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