Towering fibreglass animals and 55 activities at zoo’s new playground

Glynis Quinlan 25 January 2019

The zoo’s new adventure playground for kids aged 2-12 includes 55 interactive activities and life-sized animal sculptures. Photos: Supplied by the zoo.

A new adventure playground for children aged 2-12 opened at the National Zoo & Aquarium today (January 25) complete with life-sized fibreglass animals and 55 interactive activities for kids to enjoy.

The AdventureLand playground aims to become a ‘destination playground’ in the heart of Canberra and features cubby houses, a large tree house with a three-metre-high slide, net climbers, flying foxes and more.

Adding to the fun are full-sized fibreglass sculptures of animals such as hippos, elephants, rhinos and giraffes big enough for kids to stand under.

There is also a special Discovery Trail within AdventureLand which is said to be full of surprises.

As the tropical gardens grow, turning each corner promises to provide a new discovery with lots of interesting wildlife and animal conservation facts to be learnt along the way.

AdventureLand is designed to be in keeping with the zoo’s motto “to inspire and assist in the conservation of the natural world through innovative and exciting educational experiences”.

In opening the new playground this morning, ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr said that he was pleased to see further investment “in what is an already much-loved attraction by locals and tourists alike”.

“The AdventureLand playground complements the zoo’s existing offerings and open-range extension,” Mr Barr said.

“I’m thrilled to be a part of the official opening today so we can continue conservation education through future generations.”

Go to for more information about the zoo’s opening hours and other attractions.

Below is a video of children enjoying the new playground supplied by the National Zoo & Aquarium.

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