This week, Little Mister and I were invited to experience the brand NEW NUBO Chatswood centre in Chatswood Chase! We have been looking forward to visiting NUBO Chatswood since July 2017 when we visited NUBO Alexandria (our review can be found here). And it was everything we imagined and more - such a gorgeous center, we loved the way it made us feel and allowed us to relax, play and learn!
As soon as you walk towards NUBO Chatswood, you notice the beautiful design and attention to detail the owner and designers of NUBO have gone through to bring this second center together.
NUBO meaning cloud, was created by owner and mother Mollie Li who came up with the idea of the center when she first moved to Australia and felt there was no play centres where she could interact with her child through play. Owner Mollie Li's focus is on learning through play and doing so in a space which promotes a relaxed environment, where parents, carers and grandparents can learn and play with their children.
While the concept is the same, NUBO Chatswood differs slightly to NUBO Alexandria due to its main focus and size. NUBO Chatswood is aimed at children 0 to 6 yrs and its core focus is on providing educational workshops at different times during the day covered by a selection of specialists in their specialised field (art therapy, design, performing arts, music, dance, early years’ education, health and wellbeing). At other times of the day, workshop rooms are setup for play and puzzles, dancing & gym and drawing. We loved playing with the funny texture of moulding goo while overlooking the play area.
Once little Mister got a glimpse of the play area and a little truck, there was no stopping him from going there and he loved it so much that he did not want to leave and I literally had to pull him out of the area screaming when we needed to go as he was having so much! It is such a gorgeous space to play in, who can blame him!
We saw parents and carers interacting with children, taking part in play but also allowing children to be self sufficient and letting them explore the new space. Little Mister loved going down the very fast slide and found himself on the ground a few times but the soft ground cushioned his fall. Boys are certainly very adventurous!
He especially loved the little market & café area where he played pretend shop for ages and enjoyed playing along with other kids too.
We enjoyed two workshops on the day one about Science and the other about Music. In the Science workshop, we learned about the lifecycle of a frog and created our own lifecycle from egg to frog! In the Music workshop, we did some warm up dance exercises and sang & danced along to songs with the instructor on the guitar. From the end of May, workshops will be segmented into age groups to ensure each child gains the most value from the workshops so watch out for those.
At different times during the day, there are story time sessions in the tree house and the sensory room is open for kids to explore.
The sensory room is a special room for little ones to experience different textures, feelings through special lighting, music, and objects. Little Mister loved playing with the animals in the kinetic sand, playing with the leaves and wooden peddles, checking out insects through the microscope but most of all playing in the special sink with the clouds and water suction objects.
Do pop by the onsite café while you're there. Little Mister and I had a babycino and a tea however he was quick to finish his and run back to the playground, leaving me behind but I was able to move to a table right on the edge of the playground behind the fence where I could see him play and enjoy my tea at the same time.
There is a parents room available for parents to use for feeding their children as well as Unisex toilets available for parents and children to use with a change table and a very cool cloud mirror and rain for water to use to wash your hands!
We loved visiting NUBO Chatswood and couldn't recommend it more and being closer for us, we will sure to be back soon!
Note: Having only been opened for two weeks, it is our understanding that it is early days for NUBO Chatswood in terms of how the center will operate. Recent feedback from the public regarding the Chatswood Family Club has meant that NUBO is looking into being more transparent about the way they will operate forward. We have provided our own feedback regarding workshops durations and along with public feedback regarding casual visit, casual play, workshops, child minding service and family club membership, we hope that NUBO Chatswood will come up with something that works for everyone and where everyone has access to this wonderful center.
Here's a few tips before you head to NUBO Chatswood:
- Checkout Nubo Chatswood's What's on page on their website to see the current theme and what workshops and activities have been planned for the day.
- NUBO is located on level 2 next to KidStuff shop.
- There is ample parking at Chatswood Chase with 3 hour free parking.
- Arrive as Nubo opens before the crowds arrive so you can enjoy the space alone.
- Bring socks for the kids and yourself preferably non slip socks with grips underneath as the centre does not allow shoes for adults and children (even in the toilets) so bring your socks with you on the day.
- The centre caters for children 0-6 years and is open 7 days at various times, checkout NUBO Chatswood website below for more info.
- Prices vary depending on the day you visit, how long you stay, workshops booked so checkout the Visit page on their website.
- There are unisex toilets onsite with a change table as well as a parents room.
- Outside food is not allowed at the café so keep your snacks for when you leave the centre or treat yourself to a coffee and a snack from the café.
To read our past review of NUBO Alexandria, head to our review here.
Busy City Kids were invited to NUBO Chatswood in Chatswood Chase for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and fee paying activities were self funded.
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