parks and playgrounds in melbourne's east
The East boasts some beautiful parks spanning right across our suburbs. Each is unique and best of all, packed with free fun for the whole family. Mamma's parks and playgrounds picks have all the inspiration you need to get you out of the house and include a handy map, making it easier to uncover something new for you and the crew to enjoy.
The Alistair Knox Reserve in Eltham is a hub for community life. It's where mammas and little ones come together during the week for playdates. Where galahs and cockatoos sing.
McAlpine Park is a beautiful spot to spend the afternoon with the family for a play in the playground, waddle around with the ducks and cut laps on the bikes and scooters. This reserve is immaculately kept with stunning gardens, and is filled with sprawling lawns for ball games and picnics.
Do you remember rolling in a big pile of leaves when you were little? This park will bring all of those memories right back!
Big kids who love to climb will love playing here.
The Tullamore Estate as a wonderful new playground complete with tunnels, ladders, trampolines and sand!
Land ahoy! This park will spark the imagination of all of your little pirates!
Parks under the gums are Mamma's favourite
On your marks ... Get set ... GO!
You need to check out this spinning swing!
The old faithful playground where you know everyone will have a good time.
Let's go on an adventure!
Mamma totally gets it. A fenced playground is worth its weight in gold.
Woodhouse Grove has a beautiful playground waiting for new visitors.
Stop the car. Stretch the legs and have a play at the station!
A cute park with plenty of space to run and city views!
It is a two for one deal in Burwood - A cafe and a playground in the one trip.
Frederick McCubbin, Tom Roberts and even Arthur Streeton used to come to this area of bush in the late 1800s to camp and paint. Just imagine what it might have been like!
Nature elements, giant gumnuts and wrought iron native friends are all found here at Bushy Creek Reserve.
Barkly Gardens is one of those great community parks that's perfect for the whole family.
Head out for snack in the park, a cruise down the slides and then discover a world of fairies, gnomes and elves!
Hello there NEW purple playground!
If you want to let the kids have a run around, give the dogs some exercise or simply run on the track yourself - Kimberly Place has enough to have the whole family moving.
A new addition to the Pinks Reserve makes Kilsyth a great place to explore outdoors!
Shiny new make over ALERT!
A cute little street park perfect for running off the energy from morning tea or working up an appetite.
Bright, colourful, with a flying fox and a beautiful view!
Go visit the giant gecko at Napier Park with your little ones today!
There is a quiet little spot where the frogs do hop and the kids all shout with glee!
This latest playground update has Mamma's favourite things - water play, nature zones and plenty of space for the imagination.
This phenomenal new play ground is more like a PLAYGROUND CITY than a reserve. Rightly so, it has been billed as the best playground in Melbourne.
Hold on to your hats boys and girls...there are DINOSAURS all over this park.
Mamma remembers playing in playgrounds JUST like this all those years ago
This is one of those brilliant playspaces - heaps of room, some good morning shade, things for all ages and fully fenced.
When simple is all you need - the street park is your go to spot.
Fenced + sand + water = FUN
There is a lot of heart in this playground and is GREAT fun for all the kids. Pack your towels and change of clothes too - you will most likely end up in that river!
Sweet dreams are made of cheese - and so is this playground and community space!
Hidden treasures are Mamma's absolute favourite!
Give me a playground among the gum trees.
Everyone wants to get outside and play on a nice warm day but no one wants to deal with too much sun. Here are some eastside places to play that have some good shade
It is going to be a warm one! Here are some spots that have some water play - perfect for summer!
If there ever is a playground that is a hidden gem - it is this one!
On Monday he ate through one strawberry. On Tuesday he ate through two pears and on Wednesday Mamma went for a drive and found this INCREDIBLE playspace.
Ruffey Lake Park has got three playgrounds - THREE! This one is best for the juniors!
Looking for an awesome playground that has something for ALL the family. Best to give this one a whirl!
It is hard to go past stopping for a play when there is a cafe right next door.
Markham Reserve is a wicked playspace overlooked by four cheeky kookaburras
Calling all bush buddies and nature kids - has Mamma got the spot for you!
You get to discover two playspaces for the price of one in this little hidden street park.
Kalorama playspace has had a little work done and she is looking mighty fine.
Block Park is pretty simple and that is what Mamma LOVES about it - kids will find the fun.
Nature is the name of the game here at the sanctuary - and so it should be with so much life nestled amongst the greenery.
Although the Burwood Skyline Drive In has long gone, the memory remains on the site with this gorgeous little play spot.
Hidden little treasures are what Mamma loves best! Treasures that suit toddlers right up to soccer loving big kids are even better.
Somewhere....hidden between Boronia and Ferntree Gully .... lies a little kingdom and it is AMAZING!
Calling all adventure buddies! This playground is for you! The Eltham North Adventure playground is an undercover superstar.
Coldstream have gone and scored themselves a BRAND NEW playspace! Halley Supple Reserve now features a brilliant updates play space with stacks of room to play, natural elements, a skate park and equipment suitable for toddlers.
Hidden treasures are one thing - but this is something completely different. Wonga Park has been hiding this one from Mamma!
This is a park that has a little bit of everything and it is very adorable!
This is one for the adventurous kind - A quiet and almost hidden treasure in Mount Waverley.
This park has heaps on offer with bike tacks, heaps of equipment and space to RUN!
Trains are everywhere! Trains on the tracks. Trains in the sheds. Trains in the park! I have a feeling there is a theme going on at the Elgar Park.
A playspace with a message - the significance of the Eltham Copper Butterfly.
Beckett Park is set in the most beautiful of leafy suburbs with a tower ready for a knight to climb and rescue his princess.
New estates are always great hunting grounds for playgrounds. This one is no different - cute little park next to the wetlands.
Ringwood Lake is closed for upgrades!
Boroondara Park is full of wheels, tooting and flying. The transport themed playground is a great play space with lots of corners and colours to explore.
Wyreena is an amazing and AWARD WINNING playspace!
We think Mamma is going to rename this funky little space in the new Chirnside Park Cloverlea Estate - Pencil Park!
Wombat Bend has got a wonderful reputation - Mamma can see why. It has everything!!!
This is one for the BIG kids - But of course it doesn't stop Mamma's little one!
127 hectares of parkland in the middle of Wheelers Hill this is a picnicker's dream.
If its adventure they want, ADVENTURE they get. This fantastic adventure playground in East Kew caters for everyone, of all ages and capabilities.
Seville is now set for all year round, family fun. The brand new playspace has JUST opened right next door to the Seville Water Play and it is brilliant!
The ants go marching one-by-one - Harrah! Harrah! That is what you will be humming to yourself as you enter this forest-floor inspired playspace. This recently updated park, Wally Tew in Ferntree Gully is teaming with buggy goodness.
The locals of Warrandyte are always on to a good thing. Federation Playspace always has a bunch of kids running around the boards.
Mamma’s got a new family favourite – complete with sand, water and dung beetles.
A playspace that is in perfect condition, that has great easy stairs to climb and is full of train themed equipment, is a total winner in Mamma’s book.
Montrose Community Playground has to be one of the most delightful community places Mamma has ever visited. This huge park has three distinct sections and caters for all ages. There is the 'big kid' area with great big climbing structures, slides and swings.
The Basin Triangle playground is a magnificent space with plenty to entertain, including its own stage
As Mamma randomly explored another little corner of Mount Evelyn, we found Morrison Reserve and THE most spectacular view!
Elizabeth Bridge Reserve is a great space for all. Great for littlies and even has two tunnels!
This Mamma’s eyes almost popped out as we passed this magnificent playspace in the heart of Kinglake.
This is a hidden gem in the Maroondah area. Federation Estate is home to ‘Amazing Space’ - an AMAZING sensory playground woven into the pristine gardens.
Another park etched into Mamma's memory is the classic Melba Park in Lilydale.
It is always special to bring your little ones to the places you spent your childhood growing up. Halliday Park (or holiday park if you lived in our house) is one of those special places, only difference is, now its even better.
Under the watchful eye of the cockatoos, sits a playspace that welcomes both big and little thrill seekers. X & Y Space at Croydon Park is a play ground, skate park and parkour park all in one.
Need a break from all those animals or just a spot to grab a coffee and watch the kids play? Healesville Sanctuary have thought of us all with Nature Play.