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I will be the first to admit that I am not a play centre type Mum. Sitting quietly as my son dive bombs into a ball pit really doesn’t do it for me, or at least that is what I assumed would happen. But, after being asked to give it a go and after downing a few cups of caffeine, I pulled up on the play centres verge.
The parking spaces available in front of the centre were barely a handful so when planning your visit, it would pay to keep this in mind and either carpool or try and avoid busy times like the weekend. The play centre does share the block with another business so I would assume that after hours any spill over could be taken by their parking bays.
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Walking inside with my impatient three year old, we were met by a young lady. I have to admit, the staff were lovely. They were polite, friendly and happily walked around with smiles on their faces. Although, that certainly didn’t stop the jaw drop at the $8 entrance fee. I think perhaps I am just showing my age now.
Inside it was clear there were four designated areas which were sectioned off so that each age group could have a safe, appropriate area to play. The babies area had a selection of toys placed around the mat area and was bordered by seats parents could sit on and watch. My three year old found this area the most interesting and thankfully nobody tried ushering him out.
To the right, was a junior play area comprising a ball pit and climbing levels. While this was the area designed for my three year old, he found little interest in anything other than the ball pit. In fact, he spent most of his visit picking up the stray balls other kids had thrown out and putting them back into the pit.
To the far right, against the far wall was a bouncy castle and an older children’s climbing play area. After some initial hesitation the bouncy castle became a favourite and half an hour later my little one was still bouncing away and climbing the attached inflatable slide. During our visit the older children’s area went unused as most customers on the day were toddler Mummy’s. I was tempted to give it a go myself in the name of research but I couldn’t justify any future therapy sessions for my child in the event I got stuck and had to be hoisted down.
In the centre of all these play areas was an area designed for seating. Nothing too fancy, just picnic tables but my child thought it was fantastic. (A playground AND a picnic, coolest Mum of the year right here). I was impressed by the number of high chairs available in this area. I will admit, there are some perks that really drive home the kid friendly atmosphere to me and a decent number of high chairs that I don’t have to break out my best ‘Jerry Springer’ to get is one of them.
I loved the basic layout of this area and I was an enormous fan of the fact my child couldn’t hide in any unseen nooks.
Let’s be honest and get down to the nitty gritty here. The staff were fantastic, and according to a friend who came with us they make an amazing coffee, but I wasn’t a fan of the amount of food scraps dropped on the floor. To be fair though this was not the fault of the staff.
Now, that being said, my three year old didn’t mind one bit. He enjoyed his visit so much he has asked every day since if he can go back to the playground.
Address: 31 Rigali Way, Wangara,
Telephone Number: 0417 417 039
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30am-4pm
Cost: FREE under 1 year of age
$8.00 ages 1-4 years
$10.00 ages 5-15
Party packages are available
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