It’s always interesting looking back over the year that was. 2019 was a mixed year for us, with some wonderful achievements but also a good dose of tiring times and challenges. For families, 2019 brought another year of cool new playgrounds and lots of fun family friendly activities.

We’re excited that the ParraParents family continued to grow over the year and that we were able to help more parents create fond memories with their kids. Our Facebook following grew from 14k to almost 19k people and almost half a million people used our website, with 1.2m page views in 2019! No wonder we had to update our server!!

It definitely seems like there are a whole lot more little fruit pickers, playground hunters and bushwalkers out there – yay! But chances are you may have missed some of the great articles we have published and posts we shared during 2019 so here are the most popular ones.

Top 10 Most Popular ParraParents Articles/ Pages

These are the 10 most viewed articles and pages on our website in 2019. In brackets is how many times the articles were viewed this year.

This is still one of our families favourite activities to do – and how much easier is it with our the monthly calendar. I really love that so many more families are joining us at local farms, picking delicious fruit and introducing kids to how it’s grown.

Strawberry picking at Berrylicious Strawberries

Strawberry fields forever…. just an hours drive from Parramatta at Berrylicious Strawberries. And it’s no wonder there’s lots of interest in our info on Berrylicious seeing its the only dedicated farm near to Sydney where you can pick your own strawberries.

The new adventure playground at Casula Parklands is a much needed play space for families in the south-west. And worth a visit for other families as well, particularly when combined with a visit to Casula Powerhouse Museum.

When you go looking, there are so many fantastic family-friendly local events on throughout the year. One of the key reasons behind starting ParraParents was to have a handy calendar with all key local events in one spot. So it’s great its being used a lot.

What a magical thing to do with kids – enjoying Christmas light displays is one of our favourite Christmas activities. And made so much easier with our Google Map!

It seems we love our beaches! And while we aren’t able to just pop down the road to one,¬†there are 18 within a 35km radius of Parramatta CBD.

7Livvi’s Place Elara | Marsden Park (16k+)

When a playground is a Livvi’s Place, you know it’s going to be good – great actually! Livvi’s Place Elara is a full fenced large playground with a scooter/ bike track, water playground, flying fox and so much more inclusive fun.

What’s not to love about being able to enjoy a meal (cooked by someone else) while the kids happily play?! And with 35+ local clubs with a free kids play area we’re spoilt for choice.

9Ollie Webb Reserve | Parramatta (13k+)

Parramatta’s first inclusive playground finally opened at the beginning of 2019 in Ollie Webb Reserve to much fan fare. And it’s understandably very popular with families with a water playground, sand play and lots more within the large fenced playground. In actual fact it sometimes feels like its being loved to death so please make sure to put your rubbish in the bin and care for the play equipment.

10Canoelands Orchard – Fruit Picking (11k+)

Tractor ride

It’s fitting to round out our top 10 articles with the one about visiting Canoelands Orchard. It’s probably our favourite farm to visit because we can go almost year round, there’s tractor rides, play area and kiosk. There’s lot of different fruit to pick and this year we picked bags full of their first crop of peas -yum!

And so close behind were our articles on Central Gardens Reserve, Balaka Falls, Yarramundi Reserve, Anderson Farm, Pine Crest Orchard and Bungarribee Park.

Most Popular ParraParents Facebook Posts in 2019

There continued to be a fair amount of excitement on our Facebook page this year, which we loved seeing. And wonderful feedback – thank you!

Here are our 10 Facebook posts that reached the most people in 2019. And like last year, we LOVED anything new. But you really loved trains, water play and Christmas lights in 2019.

11Nurragingy Railway Opening (November, 78k+)

Toot toot, chugga chugga, there’s now mini trains in Nurragingy Reserve!

Who doesn’t love something FREE! And we all got super excited to check out Aquatopia for free thanks to Fairfield City Council on the last day of the season back in April.

An exciting new play space for young people opened in April this year at Meadowbank Park. It has a BIG skate park and rock climbing walls and never really quiet.

This year Parramatta got it’s first two inclusive play spaces, with a much needed upgrade of the playground at Pavilion Flat in Parramatta Park. As well as up the road at Ollie Webb Reserve.

15Putney Park (October, 42k+)

It’s easy to see why Putney Park is a favourite with families of young kids! Free splash pools, playgrounds and lovely views out over Parramatta River.

16Tracksafe Event (July, 42k+)

This annual trainific event is for preschoolers and has storytime, ‘driving’ Thomas the Tank Engine, seeing into a real train drivers cabin, a special gift and more. And all for only $5 per child! It’s held in August as part of Rail Safety Week.

17Christmas Lights (December, 39k+)

5 Dorset Avenue (2019)

The MOST MAGICAL time of the year… we absolutely love Christmas light displays and so do you by the looks of things!

After a year wait, the new play area at Wenty Leagues opened. It’s about three times the size of the old one. Though you no longer can watch your kids while eating.

19New Sydney Zoo Opening Soon (November, 31k+)

What’s not to get excited about – Western Sydney now has its own zoo! And it’s right next to the fun Bungarribee Park.

20Livvi’s Place Elara (April, 30k+)

In April, a cool new Livvi’s Place opened in Marsden Park. It has a fun scooter/ bike track within the large fenced playground, along with a water playground and lots more!

What was your favourite activity in 2019 that you found out about from ParraParents? We would love to hear!