Central Mums seeks to find the best child and family friendly spots on the Coast, by bringing you a short review of the places we find. This week, we look at the Edogawa Commemorative Gardens, also known as the Japanese Gardens, in East Gosford.
The Edogawa Commemorative Gardens is a beautiful and tranquil place, providing visitors with the chance to explore the stunning gardens and visit it's resident Koi Fish.
Entry is free into the gardens but we recommend you purchase a bag of fish food for $1 from the gift shop on your way in, before heading out to the gardens. Children will love following the little paths through the shrubs and crossing over the wooden bridges. Head around to the roofed Japanese pavilion where you'll find the Koi pond, home to many large Koi fish, waiting to greet you and hoping for a tasty treat!
Explore the rest of the gardens and soak up the tranquility and sunshine or head back inside to either visit the Gosford Regional Gallery, to view the exhibits and take part in an art class or order some food or drink at The Point Cafe, where children are well catered for in the menu. There's seating available indoors and outdoors, with a small games and drawing area available for children to use.
The Gardens were very well enjoyed by us, however younger children may begin to lose interest once all the fish food is gone!
Once you're finished at the Gardens, head out through the car park to the neighbouring Elizabeth Ross Park, where you'll find a fantastic playground suitable for children of all ages.
Older children will have a fantastic time zooming along the flying fox zip line or climbing up and through the spiderwebs.
Younger children will adore the delightful ladybird slide and mini swing and everyone will love the newly installed large swing.
There's also sculptures to climb on, tunnels to crawl through and mushroom stools (which we pretended were a fairy garden) to explore and enjoy.
The park also has several picnic benches and a BBQ available for use, making it a great location to have your next kids birthday party. The only downside we see to this playground is that it isn't fenced and is next to the road, however it is a large, spacious park with plenty of play equipment to keep everyone busy and amused.