Every now and again there's a story on the news about how kids don't climb trees anymore. Unfortunately there's always a bit of truth to these stories. We think climbing trees is not only fun, but also has plenty of other benefits. Climbing a tree is very tactile, but it also means kids have to use their heads to find the best way to the top. We've decided to encourage a bit of tree climbing by trying to find Adelaide's best climbing trees. Here are a few worthy contenders, but we also would love if you can add any of your own suggestions in the comments.
The tree at Marshmallow Playground
According to a very knowledgeable bunch of kids, Marshmallow Playground has the best climbing tree ever. The tree sits in the centre of the playground; it's the type of tree where you'd expect to find fairies and pixies living inside and magical worlds just like the Faraway Tree. There are big strong branches which give older kids a chance to really explore the tree. There's one major downside, the tree doesn't have many lower branches for kids to find their footing; they'll often need a boost before they can go climbing.
Botanic Park is filled with some of Adelaide's most memorable trees. The huge Moreton Bay Fig trees have sprawling root systems that kids can climb all over. Some of the trees are low enough that they're great for climbing. One of the strangest climbing trees is at the Pioneer Women's Memorial Gardens. Here one of the palm trees grows almost parallel to the ground. Kids can't do too much exploring, but the tree is good for sitting, hanging, or balancing.
We also like a few of the trees at Goodwood Oval. Stay clear of the gum trees; they're not good for climbing and they can be a bit dangerous on dry summer days--we've actually had a bit of a scary experience under one of these. There's a small climbing tree near the playground area and a larger one in the top western corner of the oval.
We've only covered a pretty limited area of Adelaide, but that's because we want to know your favourite spots. Nominate your favourite climbing trees and where we can find them. Hopefully we'll get a chance to road test any of the nominated spots that we haven't already mentioned.