New Farm Park has been our 'park of choice' since Miss Six and Miss Eight were 'knee high to a grass hopper' (okay...about one year old). It honestly caters for all ages.
What's there? For the littlies, it has very secure swings, little slides and an interactive area that will keep them entertained until nap time.
Older kids will be suitably challenged by the large rope climbing frame and the overgrown Moreton Bay Fig Trees (which have been secured for their protection...or more fun for the kids?). With each year, I notice my girls find new things to tackle that were perceived as difficult the year before.
Also a popular place for birthday parties, New Farm Park offers ample space for your guests as well as space for games, such as soccer or frisbee throwing. We were also surprised to see (or hear) the Brisbane Laughter Club and an unusual medieval game called 'Jugger'. But a word of warning when heading to New Farm, come early to reserve a party spot as it gets pretty busy all year round.
If you come on Saturdays, you will get to experience the vibrant Jan Powers Market where you will be spoilt for choice with the variety of food, entertainment, gift choices and health products. The entertainment includes musicians for the adults and a jumping castle for the kids.
What's closeby? As New Farm is located right on the water, it's a perfect place to have a picnic and watch the City Cats fly by. In fact, if you have time, you may even wish to voyage on these impressive catamarans. Did you know that 20 out of the 21 fleet of City Cats are given Indigenous Brisbane names? Some of these are even wrapped with a special theme (or dedication) for a sporting team or other significant event. Clearly Brisbane is proud of it's community and heritage.
If that weren't enough, the park is also close to the Brisbane Powerhouse, where you will be delighted by many performances. Last holidays we watched the Brisbane Youth Ballet dance across the stage in the show 'Alice in Wonderland'.
Shows are perfect for young children (and adults alike) as they're usually affordable and most run for just over an hour. The standard of the performers, at such a young age, is not to be sneezed at. They are clearly dedicated to their craft. Head on over to www.brisbanepowerhouse.org for more information on the miriad of musical performances and events.
So, if you are stuck for something to do, you and your family will be spoilt for choice in this vibrant, historical place. Oh, and before you leave, remember to stop and smell the roses. No, really! Right in the centre of New Farm Park are many garden beds laden with carefully groomed roses in many colours. It's quite spectacular when they are in full bloom.
The girls and I never tire of New Farm Park and thoroughly enjoy discovering new things (today was the Laughter Club). We love it!
Where is your favourite park in Brisbane? Do you think New Farm is the best one we have? We would love to hear from you! Please let us know in the comments below.
Discover a day in the life of Guardian children by exploring your local Guardian Early Learning centre on Saturday, 23rd February. As part of the National Open Day, participating Queensland centres are inviting you and your family to visit and find out what makes learning at Guardian so special.