Tucked away in Riverton Leisureplex, you’ll find Tumblers Kids’ Gym, a mini-play centre with four levels of fun for the kids to explore.
I say ‘mini play centre’ because it’s similar to the big play centres, but without a lot of the bells and whistles – there’s no arcade or video games, no scooters or giant trampolines and no café inside.
But what it lacks in those extras, it makes up for in good old-fashioned physical fun. Perhaps some of those things have been purposely left out to get the kids moving around the place by climbing, sliding, jumping and balancing.
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The play structure is definitely best suited to kids over two and toddlers who are confident on their feet, as even just getting up to the second level of the structure requires some skill. The padded steps might prove a challenge for toddlers, as they are a bit on the steep side, so be sure to be on hand to give them a bit of help if they need it. This also means you might have to follow them up the steps.
There are four levels to the play structure to explore, plus several separate areas with soft play and a ball pit for children under two. The play structure is made up of tunnels, ropes and slides, and lots of soft cushioned areas throughout.
If your kids are aged over five, you can leave the gym and go elsewhere within Riverton Leisureplex, although the gym does stress that they are not a babysitting service. There is a crèche within the complex if you would like to leave your children to do a workout. Just outside the gym, however, is a café with a rest area, so you don’t have to wander too far for a little bit of a break. Parents of children under five must stay in the gym with their children.
If you really want to wear the kids out, you can take them for a Kids Gym and Swim session, which is available for children aged three to 10 for a cost of $10.20. Tumblers Gym will cost you $7.20 to enter for kids aged one to four and $8.20 for kids aged five to 12 years. Kids under 12 months are free.
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