Unfortunately Squids Play and Cafe has now closed permanently.
Treehouse Play and Café in Bibra Lake has reopened as Squids Family Play Centre, so my daughter and I took a visit to have a look at the amazing toddler area I’d heard so much about.
Treehouse Play and Café has reopened as Squids Family Play Centre.
To be honest, I hadn’t actually been to Treehouse, nor did I realise Squids replaced it in April 2016. Some friends of mine with bubs the same age as my daughter Olivia had been and mentioned the toddler space was one of the best they’d seen, and they weren’t kidding.
While most of the fixed play structure remains from the Treehouse days (I know this thanks to the wonder of the internet) it has a real clean and fresh look about it. They have also introduced a new, giant inflatable slide that the kids have to climb up using a rope ladder, which looks like a lot of fun (the sliding down, not the climbing up.)
The new, inflatable slides.
The toddler area – recommended for kids aged four and under – is simply awesome. It’s huge, for a start, and there is so much to keep them busy and wear them out. Split into three different sections, the open area has a myriad of things for little people to do. There’s a bouncing castle, a motorised carousel, a fun-looking, free-standing four-seater swing and soft, cushioned surfaces to bounce around on. Just watch the littlies around the swing as the bigger kids do tend to take over the area and don’t always vigilantly watch out for little bodies.
Next, there is a section with a slide, mini see-saws and a set of padded steps leading up to the second tier of the play structure, which is also pretty amazing. This third section is split into an upper and lower level and has endless activities to do on the lower level, including a trampoline, a ball bit (with a slide from the top level), a swing and a tunnel to climb through. I wouldn’t recommend the upper level to younger toddlers but those who can run and walk with confidence will love exploring up there.
For kids aged four and over, there is a separate, multi-level play structure with tunnels, various slides, rope ladders and an obstacle course to navigate. The two areas are separate, so it’s fairly difficult for younger children to find themselves unexpectedly stuck on the ‘big kid’ play structure.
I was also impressed with the café. It is a generous size with heaps of room for high chairs, prams, bags and whatever else you need to cart around for a day out with the kids. They serve snacks and hot and cold drinks and can offer catering for birthday parties. There are four party rooms, which means a great variety to choose from and hopefully a theme any child can be happy with.
Entry is $10 for kids aged over 12 months, while children under one and parents are free to enter. Don’t forget to take socks, which are a must for the play equipment.
Squids Family Play Centre is a great day out for kids of all ages. The kids will enjoy burning some energy while you enjoy a few minutes peace and quiet.
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Essential Information Squids Family Play Centre
6 Sphinx Way, Bibra Lake
Ph. 9418 2351
Web. squids.com.au Opening hours: Weekdays 9am to 3pm, weekends 10am to 4pm
Cost: $10 for kids aged over 12 months, free for adults and children under 12 months