We regressed one of our interns back to childhood to review Melbourne’s best playgrounds. We hope he returns to normal soon

Ray Bastin Reserve

We all want to be astronauts when we grow up. Playing at Ray Bastin Reserve is just like being an astronaut, with a rocket-ship that has slides, just like a real rocket-ship. The windy slide is the best, even though it's scary the first few times you go down it. This playground is so high, when you go to the top it feels like you're really in space. Narre Warren.

Packer Park

This park is filled with frogs, lizards and snakes. It has a really big playground. It's so big that you can get lost in all the ramps and bridges. There's a huge frog to climb up on, and when you go across the snake it makes music. There's so much stuff to see, you could easily stay here for days and days. Carnegie.

Hays Paddock

The Hays Paddock playground is massive. Sometimes there are heaps of other kids here but there's enough space for everyone. It's not super high but there's a ton of swings, a trampoline shaped like a big spiderweb and a tree-house. The best parts are the pipes that you can hit together to make music, and the big sandpit. Kew.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden

This isn't really a playground with swings and slides. It's more of a big garden with a ton of space for adventures. There's a rainforest, a vege garden, and some ancient ruins. When the weather's nice enough there's some cool spiral fountains. So it's like Mum and Dad's garden, except one you can get lost and have fun in. South Yarra.

Caulfield Park

Caulfield Park has the biggest slide in the world. It goes all the way down a hill. If you're not brave enough to go on it, there are lots of other slides close by. After going on the slide you can make music with barrels and other toys. Our favourite bit apart from the slide is the rope climbing frame which is almost as big as a real pyramid. Caulfield North.

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