South Melbourne (Skinners) Adventure Playground

Find opening hours, booking and contact details for South Melbourne Adventure Playground.

COVID-19 update: Starting Friday 24 September, we are trialing an opening of the adventure playgrounds as public play spaces.

South Melbourne (Skinners) and St Kilda adventure playgrounds will be open from dawn to dusk daily during this trial, in line with current Victorian Government COVID-19 restrictions.

For details and conditions of entry, please visit Adventure playgrounds.

The Adventure Playgrounds are open for public visits during daylight hours during a trial period of 24 September to 26 October 2021. Scheduled programs cannot run due to current restrictions and sites are not staffed.

Adventure playgrounds will remain closed if the weather is predicted to be over 35 degrees or, if the temperature reaches 35 degrees whilst open, the playgrounds will need to close. The Adventure Playgrounds will remain closed or will close early during storms or instances of air pollution/strong wind or risk to health or maintenance

South Melbourne Adventure Playground (or 'Skinners', as it is fondly known as) is an urban backyard for local children and families of the South Melbourne Area.

Skinners has a history dating back over 45 years of being an urban backyard, outdoor creative play space and support hub for local families.

Although, there has been a lot of change to the local community - Skinners has maintained its fun, friendly, supportive, creative flare. Unfortunately, there is no horse anymore living at Skinners (true story, the horse is now living its best life at a farm away from the urban hustle and bustle), Skinners has maintained its community feel. Offering member programs (enrolment terms and conditions apply), sport, gardening, free play for decades.

Skinners is also open to the public during operating hours. All visitors are welcome to play at and explore this hidden urban backyard located in the heart of South Melbourne and open 7 days per week.


Membership intake is limited at this time.

Membership (enrolment) is open to young people five to 12 years who live or play in the City of Port Phillip.

Membership for children aged eight to 11 years (Middle Years) is encouraged due to the nature of the member activities and the play infrastructure.

Opening hours

Open during daylight hours. Not staffed.


South Melbourne is unable to accept group bookings or cater for groups, such as birthday groups, outside school hours care programs or group gatherings. Large groups attempting to access the Playground will be asked to find alternate arrangements. This is due to limited space for enrolled members activities to be held.

For school or community group excursions please contact us for hiring availability.

Contact South Melbourne Adventure Playground

Online: Online Services
Phone: 03 9209 6352
Mobile: 0403 447 536 or 0432 005 346
Street address: Dorcas Street, South Melbourne
Post address: Private Bag No 3, PO St Kilda, 3182

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