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Ivey Watson Playground - Poolgarla Family Area, Kings Park

Updated: 7 hours ago

Another one of Kings Parks fabulous playspaces, Ivey Watson Playground is part of the Poolgarla Family Area and has been designed especially for children under 5. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm and is fully fenced but not gated (so the kids can escape if you don't keep an eye on them!).

At the entrance to the playground you are greeted by 5 statues of much loved animals which the kids will love to climb and cuddle.

The playground is divided into several separate play areas on different levels. The top entrance level has a large shaded traditional playground, musical instruments, swings and a maze. The double yellow slides lead down to the lower area where the kids can engage in imaginary play on the pirate ship and in the shaded castle play area. There are some large colourful books to read with the kids.

Next to the large Mangatj Pavilion with it's stunning mural of the Perth skyline as seen from Fraser Avenue, there is a toddler playground ideal for the little ones with sensory play and low climbing equipment.

Within the playground is Koorak Cafe so you can dine in or grab some take away and sit at the colourful picnic benches or on the grassy areas within the playground.

The newly renamed Poolgarla (Bull Banksia) Family Area caters for families with children of all ages so if you have mixed age groups you can set up under the shady trees or on the grassy areas around Poolgarla Park (formerly Hale Oval). There are barbecues here and if you have a large gathering you can hire one of the gazebos. There are paths for the kids to ride their bikes and for older children there is a large spider web to play on.

Toilets are available at the Cafe and there is plenty of parking although this area does get very busy so arrive early! Access is from Kings Park Drive.

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