Parenting Advice

Parenting Advice

I was recently asked to share the best parenting adivce I had ever been given.

Handing out parenting adivce is fraught with danger and accepting unsolicited advice is totally up to the receiver. It’s an iffy subject at best, and I was a little hesitant to contribute – I’m no expert!

BUT I had carried my friend’s words with me for a few months, and thought to myself – they’re powerful words if I’m reflecting on them ALL THE TIME. They might be a bit philosophical for some, but helped me through a heap!

So, here’s the link!

Enjoy!

Queen Elizabeth Park – opp Calypso Apartments

Queen Elizabeth Park – opp Calypso Apartments

Queen Elizabeth Park at Coolangatta has two playgrounds. This is the smaller one opposite Calypso Apartments.

It has a good climbing frame and slide, swings, spring rockers and climbing walls.

It has gorgeous views of the beaches, benches to sit at (although not in the shade), a water fountain, and BBQ facilities are close by. We played here for over an hour- although small, there is plenty to do!

QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK (opp Calypso)

ADDRESS Marine Parade, Coolangatta

HIGHLIGHTS beachside park, multi-faceted playground

AMENITIES benches, water fountiain, BBQs, shade sail, street parking, shops walking distance

ENCLOSED no

SHADE SAIL yes

TOILETS no

GROUND COVER woodchip + rubber softfall

The Faerie Park Merrimac

The Faerie Park Merrimac

The Faerie Park in Merrimac is a gorgeous imaginative and natural play area for children, perfect for a picnic or sunny morning play.

After seeing underwhelming images of the park online, I must admit that I didn’t expect much from the Faerie Park, but as soon as we parked the car I fell in love.

From the welcoming sign, the pretty pictures on the pathways around the park, to the large trees and grassed areas… is that magic in the air?

There’s lots here to excite the little ones.

There’s the Goblin Cave – a long tunnel with two entries – it’s a little dark, but my 2.5 year old didn’t hesitate to run in and test out the echo.

The Troll Bridge was a hit – bring a scooter to make the most of the slopes and pathways. The frogs in the ‘pond’ have seen better days, but generally the features of the park are well maintained (although the toadstools have been over-zealously mulched).

The wishing well is shallow (for safety reasons), and even a bit high for little ones to enjoy, but goes perfectly with the theme of the park.

The two fairy rings of toadstools are brightly coloured and make perfect seats for little bottoms to enjoy a mid-play snack. It’s a shame the mulch is so high, as the little doors and windows on the toadstools have been covered up.

If the beautifully themed features of the park aren’t enough, the playground is quite a good one.

It’s in two sections – one with swings and a climbing web, and the other with slide, firemans pole, lookout and rocker. It is also covered by a lovely shade sail.

In addition to the man-made features, there are a few big and old trees that are waiting to be explored.

The Faerie Park in Merrimac is a unique play area, worth a trip in the car. Pack a picnic (there’s no BBQs) or grab a drive through coffee from McDonalds on Gooding Drive on your way there.

The Faerie Park Merrimac

LOCATION Inwood Circuit, Merrimac

AGES 2-12

AMENITIES park benches, shade sails, water fountain, roadside parking, pathway

HIGHLIGHTS fairy theme, beautiful setting, big open space with mountain views

ENCLOSED no

GROUND COVER woodchip

TOILETS no

SHADE SAILS yes

Nick Pavlis Park

Nick Pavlis Park

Nick Pavlis Park Labrador

A great little neighbourhood park with a playground, oval and dog agility park.

The playground has lots of fun features, including shop-front, rock climbing wall, slide, spinning pole, spring rocker and a standard set of swings.

There is picnic tables and a drinkinh fountain, as well as a fenced off-leash area for dogs including agility obstacles.

LOCATION Whiting St Labrador

AGES 2-10

AMENITIES drinking fountain, shade sails, picnic table and shelter, dogagility and off-leash area

HIGHLIGHTS Playground with lots of features, shady spot for a play.

GROUND COVER wood chip

SHADE SAILS yes

ENCLOSED no

TOILETS no

Paradise Point Parklands

Paradise Point Parklands

Paradise Point is an ideal spot for a family BBQ, birthday party, pram walk and talk, play date and more.

With play equipment scattered the length of the walking path, there is plenty of room for children to run, play, swim and explore. There is also fitness equipment along the path for mums looking for a good pram walk with bubs.

We headed here for a couple of hours on a November afternoon and enjoyed the salty breezes and wide-open spaces. And there’s nothing better than your kids being occupied for two solid hours of early-bedtime inducing play. There is plenty to see – watch your kids on the play equipment, sit on a park bench and imagine how long it would take to clean one of the mansions you can see across the Broadwater, walk out onto the jetty and watch the boats passing by or spot fish in the water.

There is a main adventure playground with lots to explore, and a boat shaped playground close by. Other playgrounds are scattered along the pathway north. The playground equipment is nautical themed and includes boats, seesaws, spinning poles, giant climbing web, swings, merry-go-round, slides and climbing frames. One of the playgrounds is currently undergoing renovation.

Pack a picnic, something to swim in, a ball to kick or a scooter to ride – the whole family will be happy here for hours!

PARADISE POINT PARKLANDS

LOCATION The Esplanade, Paradise Point, QLD 4216

AGES 2-12

FEATURES Nautical themed playgrounds the length of the Esplanade, calm water swimming area, jetty/pier,  toilets, BBQs, picnic tables, rubbish bins, shade sails over beach,  bike/walking path that runs the length of the foreshore and playground areas, cafes and shops close by. Outdoor workout equipment also along the pathway. Water fountains, volleyball net,  lots of shade. Fishing pier, park benches, trees to climb.

HIGHLIGHTS Large play areas with plenty of relaxing spaces for adults (the big ‘daybed’ benches are great!),  and cafes/fish and chips/shops close by.

ENCLOSED swimming, yes. Playgrounds, no.

GROUND COVER woodchip, artificial turf, concrete paths and grassed areas

SHADE SAILS Yes, some playgrounds

TOILETS Yes