Free school holiday activity: Centennial Park Wild Play Garden

Put the phones down, leave your screens at home! And GO WILD at the Ian Potter Children’s Wild Play Garden in the heart of Centennial Park. Matt takes on the Wild Play challenge with his 4-year-old daughter Billie – and it’s pretty hard to tell who has the most fun!

You can run through forests of bamboo, crawl through tunnels, weave through tracks of banksia bushes (say hi to native birds on the way!) and brave the swinging bridge to climb a cool tree house with a slippery slide to the bottom. Try to stay dry — or just give in and get wet — in the water play zone.

When the hunger pangs hit, there’s some beautiful food at Centennial Homestead “Kitchen” — or you can pick up a picnic hamper from “The Pantry” and just pull up a piece of grass.

Wild Play is the first state-of-the-art purpose-built space for nature play in NSW and one of only a few in Australia. It’s the size of a sports field and a place where you can tell the kids to “get lost” — and know they’ll be safe and having a great time.

Plus — it’s absolutely free. We love that!