If you're looking for a Christchurch playground to keep your little ones enthralled for an hour or two, check out our top picks. We've looked for a variety of different environments, and also shared information where available on nearby parking, toilets, caffeine supplies and other parenting/child caring essentials!
The Botanic Gardens Playground, Botanic Gardens, Christchurch Central
What better place to explore nature than at the Botanic Gardens. The playground is great for little ones. It is equipped with a wheelchair swing for children with disabilities and a paddling pool. You can find parking at the Riccarton Ave entrance, Armagh Street Bridge or near the Museum on Rolleston Ave. There’s coffee and toilets nearby and of course the stunning Ilex Cafe.
Margaret Mahy Family Playground, 177 Armagh Street, Christchurch Central
An exciting new space for kiddies to run wild. The Margaret Mahy Family Playground is the largest Playground in the Southern Hemisphere. There is free parking on Madras Street, mobile coffee nearby, toilets, bike racks and it’s a 12-15 minute walk from the Bus Interchange, and just five minutes from picturesque New Regent Street which has cafes and restaurants aplenty.
Victoria Park Playground, Victoria Park Road, Cashmere
Your adventurous, older ones will love the big slide at Victoria Park. The park is also suitable for your little ones with plenty of soft bark and low structures for them to climb. There’s parking and toilets at the park. It’s a great place for a picnic or a short bush walk through Tawhairaunui Trail with the buggy or wheelchair, and of course you have a great view across the Canterbury Plains.
The Groynes Playground, Johns Road, Northwood
Pack up a picnic, take the gumboots and make it a day trip. The Groynes has two playgrounds including a multi-play structure, see-saw, slides, swings, flying fox and wheelchair access. There are walking tracks, toilets opposite the playground and BBQs.
Spencer Park Playground, Spencer Beach Holiday Park, 100 Heyders Road, Spencerville
This playground has everything from a sandpit with a built in digger to huge climbing equipment for the older ones. It’s close to a café/BBQ area, toilets and the beach. There’s also a free animal enclosure across the road.
Woodham Playground, Woodham Park, Linwood
This is a new playground with soft padding for the little ones. There’s a paddling pool, roundabout, see-saw, swings, lots of trees to climb and an aviary with lots of colourful birds. There are toilets at the park.
St Albans Fenced Playground, St Albans Park, Barbadoes Street, Christchurch Central
If your little one is a runner this might be your saviour – a fenced, train shaped playground to keep them busy and contained. For older children there is a larger playground close by. Parking right outside, seating available and top notch coffee across the road at Ristretto.
Broad Park Playground, Beach Road, Waimairi Beach
This playground is huge in comparison to other playgrounds in Christchurch. It’s near the beach and there’s a hidden forest that will inspire your children to play make believe. Coffee across the road at the Beach Cafe, toilets nearby and plenty of parking.
Watch this space… Sensory Garden in New Brighton
This garden will provide interactive experiences that are more accessible to those with special needs. It will give children the opportunity to explore their senses by interacting with nature. There will be an edible food area, a plant area with textures and scents and plenty more. Keep an eye on progress through the Smiledial Facebook page.