You’re sick of being cooped up in the house with little ones, but it’s too hot outside to play. The solution? Head to one of these playgrounds on or around the North Shore and take advantage of their shady play areas.
1. Bradfield Park, Milsons Point
Address: 41 Alfred St south, Milsons Point
This is a spectacular spot for a playground! It’s located beneath the northern pylons of Sydney Harbour Bridge and has incredible views across the harbour. It is naturally shady by two mature fig trees, fully fenced, right by Milsons Point station and close to lots of cafes. What more could you want?
Meenakshi: Fully shaded with trees.
2. Willoughby Park, Willoughby
Address: McClelland Street, Willoughby
Bursting with equipment including 6m high climbing nets, double slides, balance beams, plus a loop bike track, this shady park with keep kids occupied for hours.
Melissa: Willoughby park is great with large trees, toilets, oval, big kids and little kid stuff, pathways for scootering/ bikes.
3. Beauchamp Park, Chatswood
Address: Nicholson Street, Chatswood
Shaded by a number of large old remnant trees from the original Blue Gm High Forest vegetation, Beauchamp Park also has a beautiful rose garden to explore.
Sonja: Lots of tall trees and quite breezy on hot days.
4. Cullen St Playground, Lane Cove
Address: Cullen Street, Lane Cove West
Shady and cool on hot days, the medium-sized park is popular with mum’s groups and features softfall in the kid’s play area.
Rebekah: Shady at lunchtime, my 2.5yo and I often picnic there for lunch. 4mo (sleeps) while we are there.
5. Stringybark Creek Reserve, Lane Cove
Address: Murray St, Lane Cove
Positioned at the start of the Stringy Creek bushwalks, there are picnic table and play equipment under towering trees. A great spot to stop for lunch before a walk.
Melissa: Stringybark Park in Lane Cove North is fully shaded with large trees, has little bush walk off it, large running around area, playground, cricket nets ad basketball hoops. No bathrooms though.
6. Wahroonga Park, Wahroonga
Address: Coonanbarra Road, Wahroonga
A popular spot for families with kids of all ages, Wahroonga Park has a huge shaded area with plenty of play equipment, but most importantly, it’s close to cafes where you can buy a much-needed coffee.
Gella: Shady and terrific for toddlers, my 2.5 year old can spend hours there.