Finding somewhere new and innovative to take the kids is always a fun way to spend time on google. But we’re here to help. Scots2Travel visited the recently opened Playful Garden at Brodie Castle in Morayshire for a morning’s entertainment, and we were pretty surprised by what we found!
The garden’s strength is how quirky and unusual it is. The first impression is Scotland’s biggest bunny rabbit sculpture. Who knew we needed one?!! My kids didn’t know what to make of it but absolutely loved it. Even as adults it’s so unusual I had to touch it and find out more, it was such a curious object. Slightly bonkers in a brilliant way.
The toys and apparatus stimulate the senses – from water and reflective mirrors, to musical instruments and megaphones. It’s a slightly surreal sensory place, so it stands out from your average play area. There are some fun challenges, some toys are very high, others include the possibility of getting totally soaked, so there’s a little bit of jeopardy for youngsters (and parents).
Another thing to mention is to bring a change of clothes if your kids like wading and playing in the water area. Mine certainly did.
An indoor soft play area and café are also draws, especially if the weather takes a turn for the worse, or if you simply need coffee.
Considering many playgrounds are free, the Playful Garden is relatively expensive, but if you’re a member of the National Trust for Scotland it’s completely free and you can visit as often as you wish. Ultimately that’s the entire point of NTS membership, it pays to be a member. But take a look at the pictures, read a little more from the NTS here, and decide if a wee trip to Brodie is tempting for your tribe.
Our Story – We spent a weekend in Morayshire, so discover where to stay and an extensive list of family friendly things to do and place to eat by clicking here.