We have lots of lovely playgrounds and recreation reserves throughout our region, so it’s easy to find a shady spot to sit on the grass, with plenty of space for the crawlers and toddlers to explore.
For a safe and shady fenced playground, it’s hard to top Mivo Park, in the centre of Cobram. Slides, tunnels and clean toilets – what more could you need! There’s playtime action aplenty at Tunzafun in Mulwala, featuring a mini train ride, a ‘chairoplane’ and trampolines. Older kids will love the dodge-em cars. There’s a large adventure playground in Barooga, too, that’s always a favourite with younger kids.
Babies and toddlers will have a ball at Quinn Island Wetlands Sanctuary. This 40-hectare island on the Murray at Cobram is home to a dazzling array of birdlife including kingfishers and egrets. There’s a pram-friendly 1.6km trail around the island, and car parking is easy. Koala spotting is always fun here. Note that there are no toilets here. The Yarrawonga foreshore and Chinaman’s Island also feature smooth pram-friendly tracks, and your littlies will love spotting the birdlife here too. There are some lovely playgrounds dotted around the foreshore.
The Barooga Botanical Gardens is a glorious, impeccably kept area. Along with the winding pathways through impressive examples of plants and trees from around the world, there’s a lovely shaded playground, sculptures, barbecues and well-maintained toilets.
If it’s indoor weather, or you just need a grown-up diversion, check out the cinema at the Yarrawonga Mulwala Golf Club, which has special morning screenings for parents and bubs. Lights are left up a bit and you don’t need to feel guilty if your little bundle squalks through the important bits.