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Go Bananas

by Shannon Meyerkort (follow)
Senior writer for WeekendNotes and Perth Mums Group. Founder of fundraisingmums.com.au
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Go Bananas is an indoor playcentre located in Joondalup. It caters for children aged between 9 months and 12 years as well as offering before and after school care and vacation care.

We visited early on a Tuesday morning during the school holidays and it was mostly empty, giving the kids a free run. By noon it was much more full and rowdy.

There is very large, multi-level central play area which incorporates slides, climbing frames, obstacle courses, rope courses, tunnels and more. A separate inflatable jumping castle fronts onto the large carpeted cafe area, and there is a large gated area especially for children under four, with a range of small cubbys and toys, a suitably sized climbing frame and bouncy castle. It is the same type of equipment the bigger kids get, just scaled down.

Go Bananas feels open and bright. The walls are painted with a tropical island theme and large fantasy castles. The bananas are a little scary looking to be honest, but it feels uncluttered.

When explaining to my gaggle of kids aged between 4 and 9 where they were and weren't allowed, explaining they couldn't go into the two gated vacation care areas, nor the back section for under fours, they seemed a little disappointed that in the enormous centre they really only had access to the bouncy castle and central play island (although it is apparently the largest in Australia at over 1,800 square metres). Not as disappointed as the vacation care kids who were in their gated area and unable to play in the main section though.

Unlike many other play centres who only have limited menus, I was pleasantly surprised to find a full menu on my table with All Day Breakfast such as eggs benedict ($17.95) and a big breakfast ($17.95) as well as smaller items such as croissants, toast and fruit salad. There are hot lunches including various burgers, chicken parmi, and nachos ($10.95-$15.95) salads (such as Thai Beef, tuna salad and chicken Caesar ranging between $9.50-$15.95) and range of sandwiches, wraps and Turkish breads including gluten-free ($7.95-$9.95).

Naturally, there is also a kids menu and since you are not allowed to bring your own food or drinks in, it is nice that the prices are reasonable such as their all-day kids breakfasts ($4.95-595), sandwiches ($3.45) and lunches ($5.95) which include bolognaise pasta, cheese burger, calamari, fish and chips and kids nachos. The fried foods are conventional food service products, but the bolognaise pasta was a pleasant surprise – it looked and tasted home-made, the serving size was generous, and it included a serve of chips as well. Definitely recommended.

The food may be reasonably priced but the cheapest kids drink available is the babycino at $1.90 and pop-tops at $2.70.

Go Bananas is open daily from 9am to 2.30pm for the public, thus allowing after school care kids access to the play equipment. Weekends and school holidays they are open from 9am to 5pm, and they are closed on public holidays. They have birthday party rooms and packages for kids of all ages.

For more reviews of other Perth Indoor Play Centres, click here.

Essential Information
Go Bananas

Address: 8 Elcar Lane, Joondalup

Website: http://www.gobananas.net.au

Open daily from 9am.

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