The Venny is a free communal backyard for children aged 5 to 16 located in JJ Holland Park, Kensington. The Venny has been in the park for 30 years and has a rich history within the Kensington Community. The Venny is one of 5 staffed, adventure playgrounds in Australia modelled on the original concept from Denmark. Danish landscape architect Carl Theodor Sørensen made the observation that children preferred to play everywhere except the playgrounds that he designed and built. He imagined ‘’a junkyard playground in which children could create and shape, dream and imagine a reality’’ In 1942, the first adventure playground ‘Emdrup’ opened in Copenhagen. This is the history we are connected to at The Venny. The Venny is made possible thanks to the ongoing support of our major partner The City of Melbourne and many other funding partners. We also rely on private donations from the community. Please see our Supporters and Donate pages for more details.
At the Venny, kids can engage in unstructured play sessions after school, on Saturdays and during school holidays. The Venny also runs regular evening programs. See the Programs page for our current programs. The Venny playground has a range of play structures, a permaculture vegetable garden, fire pit, trampolines and resident animals to pat and feed. The Venny staff are there to facilitate and support children to engage a variety of fun activities while ensuring their safety, physical and emotional wellbeing. The Venny provides kids with a place to belong, to feel free and connect to nature and community. Every day is different at The Venny!
If would like to know more about our Play and Therapeutic support model then click on these pages on this site. The Venny can also be booked by schools and other groups wishing to visit. Please see our Group bookings Page for packages on offer.
We are gathering on Aboriginal land. This is the land of the Kulin Nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present and any who are with us today. We get to play and tell stories on this land and we, The Venny kids, want to pay our respects to all aboriginal children on whose land we meet.