The Yarralumla Play Station, home to the Weston Park Miniature Railway, Lake Walter Mini Golf and Petite Park Petting Zoo is an iconic business that has been operating in Canberra since 1973. YPS has undergone major transformations under new ownership and business focus. Updates have been made to the existing Café, repurposing the quarters and traditionally restoring three historic NSW train carriages circa 1910 for functions and soon to be on site amenities block!
Weston Park in Yarralumla in 2014 experienced over 1 million visitors annually and this is expected to grow in 2015/16 (Source: TAMS Weston Park Master Plan). Weston Park peninsula is complete with children's play equipment, BBQ areas, bike and horse trails, a beach area on the lake foreshore and amenities block. The park itself holds a lot of historical importance to Canberra, and is a great place to commence a walk around the lake to the Governor Generals House.
There's no age restriction for a game of golf or a ride on "Bluebell" our miniature train, and blend this with the park location, lake views and extremely high traffic this equates to wide ranging age, social and cultural demographics.
Our services not only include mini golf and a mini train, we also cater birthday and function packages for old school fun on the jumping castle or exclusive historic carriage hire as a backdrop for photographers and film crew alike.
Research has shown that although some learning is best left to the primary years, early education plays a huge role – and the most essential tool being play! The power of play is limitless and boosts a range of social to emotional abilities in our children.
Play not only improves social skills, problem-solving skills, empathy, imagination, curiosity and language – it is also directly linked to the vestibular system. Underdevelopment or disorders within vestibular system cause hearing & vision problems, dizziness, vertigo and difficulty with concentration & memory.
The vestibular system is in charge of building balance, coordination, spatial awareness, eye movements, and muscle tone, timing and nervous system regulation. This affects ways in which our children manage their emotions, pay attention and it's within cells of the inner ear that build the vestibular system. Children need to move their heads to activate development!
Here at the Yarralumla Play Station, we believe strongly in bringing children out of their shells to become their own people. Some children are naturally bolder, while others tend to hang back. Introverts can be just as successful as extroverts; the real trick is allowing children to make their own decisions,. For children to come out of their shell they need to be taught confidence with encouraging examples, supportive guidance and lots of practice.
At the Yarralumla Play Station we take our role with helping children grow as individuals seriously. We aim to help the future generation become aware of a pattern by talking about it, and showing them that in groups – humans follow. We positively enforce the idea of not being a sheep in today's society and encourage them to trust their own judgement. If they ask us if something is safe for example, the best reply we could possibly give is to ask them what they think about the situation.
We believe very strongly in encouraging children to believe in themselves and to trust their own instincts. Being who we really are is the struggle we all have to master –why not master it when we're young
Here at the Yarralumla Play Station we offer special pricing for those representing non-profit or non-commercial entity. We're happy to discuss packages for fund raising events or fetes, including the donation of miniature golf & petting zoo passes and train tickets. We believe very strongly in giving back to the community and supporting those who aren't able to support themselves.