North Lakes boasts an abundance of green space making it a haven for kids of all ages to enjoy the outdoors. Just 30 minutes north of Brisbane city lays a treasure trove of hidden parks with all the bells and whistles. Aurora Boulevard Park is the perfect place for your little climber. At the centre of this park is a huge climbing net with a great slide. Centrale Park is great for the future botanist with an edible garden and water features. The Lake Eden Trail, found in Lake Eden Town Park is the perfect place to take the scooters and bikes and keep the kids active. Visiting parks in North Lakes is great fun for everyone.
2. Westfield Shopping Centre
Life doesn’t stop when you have kids (although it does get a little more challenging). Westfield in North Lakes has not only made it possible to do your shopping with kids, they have made it an enjoyable compromise. There is an indoor playground, a massive outdoor playground, loads of parent rooms and complimentary pram hire available from the concierge. There’s also an arcade, cinema and loads of free activities during the school holidays.
3. Petite Princess Parlour
The perfect place to pamper your little princess. Petite Princess Parlour offers special packages for a birthday party for your young daughter. With special themes like a Deluxe Moana party, Princess in PJ’s or even a Unicorn party, Petite Princess Parlour has something for everyone. They also offer a ‘Mummy and Me’ range of treatments, a perfect bonding experience for families and friends.
Start your kids love affair for books and reading from a young age at North Lakes Library. With pram friendly access points and family toilets, North Lakes Library has a large range of events and activities for kids of all ages. Such weekly activities include Storytime (Signed Storytime with AUSLAN interpreters), Baby Sensory Class, First 5 Forever and so much more.
5. Get Sporty
Get your basketball and shoot some hoops at Aurora Boulevard Park, The Corso or the half court at Endeavour Boulevard. There are also a stack of skate ramps and outdoor equipment at all the parks and the cherry on top is the Petrie to Kippa-Ring shared pathway. This 3m wide path stretching 12.6 kms is perfect for walking, jogging, cycling, skating, scooting and spending time with your four-legged friends. Wide enough for prams and wheelchairs, the pathway is accessible for everyone and has access to seven train stations.
6. The Space North Lakes
This regional facility dedicated to youths is operated by YMCA of Brisbane. With separate learning, performance and chill zones, The Space provides a getaway for young kids and teens to express themselves, regardless of their interests and personality types. A great way to keep bored teens entertained.
7. Mango Hill and North Lakes Environment Group
Mango Hill and North Lakes Environment Group is a small group of local environmentalists that share their knowledge and help the local environment any way they can. Every month, MHANLEG hold a Bush Care event open to the public. It’s a great opportunity to get kids out and about to learn about native plants and animals. It’s a hands-on adventure with cake at the end. What’s not to love?
8. North Lakes Aquatic Centre
It’s almost considered a Queenslander’s birth right to have access to a body of water in which to be submerged. North Lakes Aquatic Centre delivers that birth right. Boasting a heated lap pool for the very short span of winter, an indoor heated pool for lessons and technical training as well as an outdoor pool with play equipment that all kids will love. The aquatic centre has the facilities to keep water babies of all ages entertained no matter the weather.
9. Capestone Park
Parks have already been mentioned, but Capestone Park needed its own standout mention. Queensland is a tropical paradise so it makes sense that this park has a tropical theme. There is a huge climbing structure with a slide for fast and fun access down from the climbing ropes. The park has its own Ping-Pong table, though you will need to get your hands on a ball and bats. There’s a handball court, a climbing wall, basket swings and, of course, a BBQ area. But the real stand out feature (and justification for the special mention) is the functioning water pump that feeds the water play area. Just as much fun for adults as it is for children.
10. Crocs Playcentre
As much as we love the great outdoors, our little pocket of paradise can throw some extreme weather. In those moments, this newly opened play centre is a magical wonderland for children and a reprieve for parents. It has a designated toddler play area for kids 4 and under and a main play area for bigger kids packed with slides, bouncy castles and loads more equipment. The highlight has to be the Muffin Break café with caffeinated beverages and tasty treats. Yum.