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1 Sep 2018

The Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden is ready to play

It feels like spring has sprung and is now in full swing at Centennial Park, which means that it’s time to get outdoors and explore with the little ones. Luckily Sydneysiders don’t have to go far, as the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden has reopened today after taking its well-deserved annual break.

The Parklands horticulture, arboriculture and assets teams have been very busy planting, mulching, upgrading, oiling, cleaning, repairing and painting over the past month so that all our visitors have the same high-quality nature-play experience.

What’s new?

Kids will be delighted to know that an additional 2,000 plants have been added, there are new pathways to explore and the space has been rejuvenated for more playtime!

The treehouse and eel timber have been repainted with a fresh coat of oil, and are looking better than ever. The popular artisanal water play area has be cleaned, treated and is ready to be explored in the sun. 

After nearly 200,000 little visitors in the last 10 months, areas such as the sand pit and turtle mound have had some well deserved replenishment


It wasn’t all just for the kids, families can now enjoy a new picnic area that can be hired for birthday parties, BBQs or for extra special playdates.

Get ready for endless hours of entertainment amongst the bamboo forest, treehouse, tunnels, turtle mounds and water play area. Free parking and free entry, what’s not to love?

Upgrades include 2,000 new plants

What is nature-play?

Designed for all ages and abilities, WILD PLAY is a dramatic landscape in which children are encouraged to run, jump, play, learn and discover the wild side of life. The aim of nature-play is to teach holistically through the engagement of hands, heart and mind alongside nature to develop confidence, social skills and physically. Learn more about the benefits of wild play here.

Visit the Ian Potter Children’s WILD PLAY Garden today

Opening hours: 10.00 am - 5.00 pm daily.

How to find WILD PLAY: Enter from Grand Drive, in Centennial Park, the Garden is adjacent to the Education Precinct off Dickens Drive. Visit our maps to see more.

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