Play forest Goirle with kids: all the information!
Is the Goirle play forest fun to visit with kids? Yes, it certainly is! The play forest has plenty of fun climbing equipment and is also located next to the Goirle climbing forest. As a result, you can easily entertain yourself for half a day in this climbing and adventure forest located on the border with Belgium. We have already described play forest Goirle in our blog about the ten most fun play forests in Brabant with kids and this climbing forest is definitely in our top 3. Here we give you all the information you need to visit the Goirle Play Forest with kids. We also put lots of pictures in the blog so you can get a good impression of the forest!
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Playing Goirle with kids: the play forest
You can reach the play forest in Goirle by entering Gorps Baantje 5 in Goirle into your navigation. You will eventually come to a traffic circle, where there is a fairly large parking lot where you can park in front of the forest. Also located here is restaurant Natuurpoort Roovertsche Leij. From this restaurant there are signs to the various activities of the forest.
You can choose to visit the play forest on a scavenger hunt or just go into the play forest by yourself. In fact, you can book a scavenger hunt through the play forest Goirle with kids through the organization Rocks n Rivier (office is behind the restaurant). You will then receive a backpack for the kids with various attributes such as a compass, binoculars, a map and various assignments, with which to enter the play forest.
Kids must follow the orange arrows and along the way they must complete tasks and encounter obstacles. For example, they have to climb all kinds of stairs to see what kind of birds are in certain houses. In total, during this scavenger hunt you will have fourteen obstacles/tasks that you will encounter in the forest. With each task you will find a letter, which you can use to form a sentence. If kids manage to find the right letters and form the sentence, they will receive a surprise at the end of the scavenger hunt. Afterwards, kids can roast marshmallows on a fire. You pay for this scavenger hunt only per kid, as parents can join for free.
Of course it is fun to do this scavenger hunt in play forest Goirle with kids, but you can also enter the play forest without the scavenger hunt. We ourselves did not know that our daughter could do a scavenger hunt and only found this out after an hour in the woods when we saw another family with the backpack. So make the decision for yourself whether you think it’s worth the money. For more information, check out the Rock n Rivers website.
We found the number of play equipment in the play forest quite high compared to the various play forests we have visited so far. For example, there is a cable car, a swing, different climbing equipment with ropes, different tubes that kids can climb in. Also around the climbing forest are some climbing equipment that you can use (whether it is officially allowed we do not know, but when we were there nothing was said about this). All in all, we spent quite a few hours in the woods with our daughter.
Play forest Goirle with kids: the climbing forest
Goirle’s play forest actually spills over into the climbing forest. At the climbing forest in Goirle, they distinguish between two different types of activities. For example, here you can do the activities fun climbing and climb & zip. Kids as young as six years old can participate in fun climbing, and this activity lasts a total of about two hours. The height of climbing here ranges from 1.5 to 12 meters. Kids get instructions beforehand and can then go climbing as high as they dare (up to those 12 meters, of course). You can do ten different climbing activities here.
The other activity is Klim&Zip. This is an activity for kids ages 9 and up who are taller than 130 cm. This length is required because otherwise kids cannot reach everything while climbing. Especially for older children, this is a very fun activity and when we were there, there were also several children’s parties with kids ages 9 to 12.
Kids can run three courses here. One of 90 meters at a height of about 5 meters. Here they have 11 different obstacles. One of 100 meters with also 11 obstacles at about 7 meters and the last one is a course of 135 meters with 3 different ziplines at a height of between 6 and 10 meters. Of course, kids are constantly secured, preventing them from falling down. This activity also takes about 2 hours.
For the older kids who dare, there is also an opportunity to take a 12-meter free fall. There are also opportunities for kids in wheelchairs in this climbing forest. For more information on opening hours, prices and both activities, check out the climbing forest’s website. We wrote about this activity the blog Klimbos Goirle with kids, in which we give more information about climbing in the climbing forest and our experiences with this activity.
Play forest Goirle with kids: food and drink
You can eat and drink with kids at play forest Goirle at Natuurpoort Roovertsche Leij. They have a large terrace outside with picnic benches, where you can enjoy sitting. It is also possible to sit inside in less weather. Near the restaurant’s terrace is also a small playground, where kids can have fun, allowing parents to eat at their leisure. You can eat a sandwich, soup or poffertjes with your kids here, but the restaurant also has some more luxurious dishes like a tournedos.
Another nice option is to have lunch at Breehees Campground. This is a six-minute drive by car and we sit here regularly in the summer with our daughter. In fact, you have a lovely terrace with a large playground here and our daughter always entertains herself for hours. You see, in addition to the big playground, you also have go-karts and some animals running around. You can also eat very well there. If you have to drive quite a bit to reach play forest Goirle with kids, it is also possible to spend the night here at the campsite or in a cottage.
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