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St Kilda Adventure Playground

Skinners Adventure Playground South Melbourne

Parties and Events

Extreme weather policy

Policies & Procedures

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The City of Port Phillip is proud to provide welcoming community hubs at the St Kilda Adventure Playground and Skinners (South Melbourne) Adventure Playground. We understand how much our community values the adventure playgrounds, and we are committed to both playgrounds continuing to be open to the local and broader community.

Services and programs at our adventure playgrounds

Despite Council having to fill a budget hole of $240,000 per year as a result of federal budget cuts in 2014, there have been no significant changes made to the adventure playgrounds. There are no planned changes to opening times or to the equipment at the playgrounds.

The adventure playgrounds will continue to provide risk-taking play opportunities for children and young people in an urban backyard environment.  Additionally, Council routinely examines ways to foster opportunities for greater community involvement at the adventure playgrounds, and also to broaden programming to reach more families across the municipality.

About our adventure playgrounds

The Adventure Playgrounds (APG) are community wellbeing hubs that build positive outcomes for children and young people. They have been referred to as neighbourhood 'backyards' and give local children the chance to use their imagination and engage in 'risk-taking' play in a supervised environment.

We focus on three key elements to provide a holistic experience:

  • recreation opportunities (engagement)
  • support systems (resilience)
  • leadership & participation activities (empowerment).


The adventure playgrounds are staffed during opening times and filled with climbing structures, trampolines, cubbies, natural play spaces and heaps more. Both offer programming and excursions and are designed for and best suited to 5-12 year olds.

The Skinners and St Kilda adventure playgrounds value the role of free, unstructured activity in helping young people to grow and develop. We believe that play needs to present opportunities for controlled challenges and risks to young people to aid personal growth; in today's increasingly risk-averse environment, such opportunities are rapidly disappearing. These playground are places where children can use their imagination, run, climb, jump, create, and play with animals (turtles, rabbits and chickens), and have the opportunity to be children.

St Kilda Adventure Playground

Opening times (exceptions apply): 

Monday - Friday           3.30 pm - 5.30 pm 
Saturday - Sunday 12 noon - 4.30 pm 
School holidays   12 noon - 4.30 pm  
Public holidays   12 noon - 4 pm

NOTE: The playground offers activities and programs to local children experiencing disadvantage and may be closed to the general public when these programs are operating, particularly during school holidays.


St Kilda Adventure Playground
Street Address:
 Off Neptune St, St Kilda Melbourne
Postal Address: Private Bag No 3, PO St Kilda, 3182
Telephone: 03 9209 6348
Fax: 03 9525 3689

Skinners Adventure Playground 

Opening times (exceptions apply):

Monday - Friday          3.30 pm - 5.30 pm  
Saturday - Sunday 12 noon - 4.30 pm  
School holidays 12 noon - 4.30 pm
Public Holidays   12 noon - 4 pm

NOTE : Skinners is a community backyard for children and families living in public housing in and around South Melbourne. The playground offers programs and activities specifically for these children and may be closed to the general public on days when these programs are operating.

To avoid disappointment we STRONGLY recommend calling Skinners Adventure Playground 03 9209 6352 before your visit.          


Skinners Adventure Playground
Postal Address :  Private Bag 3, St Kilda 3182
Telephone: 03 9209 6352
Fax: 03 9645 7586

Please Note :

  • Skinners is unable to accept group bookings or cater for groups, such as birthday groups, OSHC programs, or group gatherings.  This is due to the nature of  funding which is to provide a safe 'backyard' for children in the local public housing. Skinners is determined to retain the focus on these children and families. As such, large groups attempting to access the playground will be asked to find alternate arrangements.
  • Many of the activities at Skinners are funded specifically for children in local public housing. These programs may run whilst the playground is open to the general public, but access to these programs is restricted strictly to the targeted group. Please speak with staff for more information.
  • Please respect that Skinners is a Junk Food Free Zone. In order to promote healthy lifestyles with local children, all sweet, fatty or fast food or drink must be consumed before entering. If you would like your food or drink put away for you whilst in the playground, please see a staff member.
  • Skinners is also a Smoke and Alcohol Free Zone.
  • No dogs permitted in playground
  • Skinners is occasionally closed to the general public during regular playground hours due to events and outings with local families. When planning to visit, we STRONGLY recommend calling the playground directly on 03 9209 6352 to check opening times and to avoid disappointment. This is particularly important during school holiday periods.  

Parties & Events

Party Bookings are accepted at St Kilda Adventure Playground ONLY

All bookings must be made through the St Kilda Adventure Playground on 03 9209 6348 between 3 pm and 5 pm weekdays only. Maximum of 30 children

NO group bookings are accepted at Skinners whatsoever. Groups attempting to host parties at Skinners will be asked to find another venue.

  • Parties are available ONLY for children between the ages of 5-12
  • Bookings are taken for selected Saturdays and Sundays only.
  • Times available for party hire are 12.30 pm - 2 pm, and 2.30 pm - 4 pm.
  • A charge of $125.00 ($50 Health Care Card holders concession) for City of Port Phillip residents - $200.00 ($100 Health Care Card holders concession) for Non City of Port Phillip residents per booking. Please contact playground directly to discuss prices applicable to you. 
  • CASH Payment to be made on the day prior to the commencement of the party. 
  • The playground is be open to the general public during times allocated for parties, however your booking secures the use of the party area (an undercover area with table), BBQ & kitchen facilities. No alcohol or smoking permitted in the playground.
  • There is no exclusive hire of the playground, and no parties are accepted outside of the designated days and times.
  • Group bookings, such as holiday programs, can no longer be accommodated at the playground. Groups of this nature attempting to attend the playground will be asked to find an alternative destination.

Please contact the playground directly for further information. 

Extreme weather policy

We STRONGLY recommend calling the playgrounds directly to check opening times and to avoid disappointment. This is particularly important during school holiday periods.  Additionally, the Playgrounds may be closed occasionally due to outings or events with local families. We recommend calling in advance to avoid disappointment.

In accordance with the Extreme Weather Policy, both playgrounds will close when the weather exceeds 35 degrees, or during heavy rain and/or strong winds.

Public holidays:

Currently, public holiday opening hours are 12 noon - 4 pm.

The playground will close due to the following conditions:  

  • The temperature exceeds 35 degrees Celsius
  • The forecast temperature is above 37 degrees Celsius
  • During hail, heavy rain, strong winds, or thunderstorms
  • During required maintenance, safety audits, staff training, excursions, targeted activities. 
  • The playgrounds may be closed sporadically due to excursions or programs with local children and families. We strongly recommend calling ahead to avoid disappointment.

Policies & Procedures

  • Designed for, and most suitable for children aged 5 - 12 years
  • Staffed during opening hours
  • Parental supervision is recommended for all children
  • Children 5 years and younger must be actively supervised by an adult at all times
  • Care for yourself, others and our place - have fun
  • A kid-friendly zone - adults are only permitted in the playgrounds when accompanied by a child
  • The playgrounds are recreational facilities and visitors are entering at their own risk
  • No smoking or alcohol in the playgrounds
  • No dogs are permitted in playgrounds - both have animals on site
  • No junk food permitted in Skinners Adventure Playground
  • Please restrict taking of photographs to people accompanying you to the playgrounds
  • Please remember that you are entering the backyard of local families.

For More Information

Contact the playgrounds directly on the numbers and email addresses below:

St Kilda Adventure Playground:    03 9209 6348

Skinners Adventure Playground:   03 9209 6352