South Melbourne playground – Skinners

Skinners Adventure Playground

Where: 211A Dorcas Street, South Melbourne.  Click here for map.

When: This playground has a dedicated staff and is only open to the public at specific times.  During term: Monday to Friday 3.30 – 5.30pm, weekends and school holidays: 11am – 5pm, public holidays: 11am – 3pm.  FYI these times can change due to special programs and so it is recommended you call to avoid disappointment (613 9209 6352).  For more information click here.

What: Established in 1978 as a backyard space for the children living in the local public housing, Skinners is also shared with general public who are looking for a play environment that offers controlled challenges and risks to the 5-12 year old age group.  Charlie (3) and Immi (6) had a brilliant time when we visited Skinners.. after two hours of adventure, exploring, imaginative play and general excitement we managed to say good bye!  This playground evoked memories for me of friends back yards (the ones whose dads made cubbyhouses) and our old tyre swing that hung from a tree.. quite the opposite experience of many of those boring risk-averse playgrounds local councils are legislated to install.  Only enter if you are not afraid of rouge spiders and splinters – it’s messy, fun, random and, while no longer the case, has clearly been made with love by local families.  Not advised for helicopter or anxious parent.