Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

Last Sunday, the kids and I headed to the NEW Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest which opened during the school holidays. The old Chatswood site closed back in August 2017 and the family owned business has been working very hard to bring a new Wizzy World on the Northern Beaches since and they’ve done it and it looks great! Families with kids 0 to 12 years, can now have a place to have fun, catchup for a play or celebrate a birthday party.

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The Wizzy World Indoor Play Centre Frenchs Forest is so well setup that if you stand next to the baby area you can watch your children whether they are in the toddlers area, the three level main play structure, sports room or bouncing castle.

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The main structure is so big and has so many sections for kids to walk, climb through, hide or slide down from 7 slides! It should take them some time to experience it all and they’ll like the flying fox inside too.

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The kids enjoyed a play of soccer and basketball in the sports room which is a great idea. I didn’t think they would be interested but looks like I need to enrol little Miss in basketball and little Mister in soccer classes ha!

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The centre also has a soft play baby area for under 1’s as well as a fenced in toddler area for kids 3 and under which are great for little ones.

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There’s also a bouncing jumping castle for some more fun!

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The centre’s streamline café with commercial kitchen is all on one side this time around which makes life easier as parents and children can order and pickup at different spots. The café offers café food, party catering as well as hot and cold drinks.

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There is also lots of seating available throughout the centre as well as well positioned toilets next to the play equipment with baby changing facilities. Free wifi is also available should you need it.

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Wizzy World also has three different party rooms available with two rooms up the stairs and another on the ground floor near reception which is a great accessible option. There is a boys party room which can be setup against a pirate or ocean background and a girl’s room which can be setup against a castle or unicorn background. The accessible party room downstairs is a cute happy birthday and dinosaur room.

Birthday parties are for 2 hours of fun: 1 hour downstairs to play on the equipment and 1 hour upstairs to have food, the birthday cake as well as dance and play games in the disco room hosted by party hosts. There is a Standard Food Party Package $395 covers 10 kids cost is $37.50 per extra guest or Healthy Food Party Package option $415 covers 10 kids cost is $38.50 per extra guest. For more birthday party info and packages, talk to the Wizzy World Frenchs Forest team they are super friendly.

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Little Miss and her brother had a great time at Wizzy World Frenchs Forest, they enjoyed the clean new setting with its large main climbing and sliding structure, the sports area and bouncing castle. It was a lot of fun and the team were so nice, we will be sure to pop in again soon.

Here's a few tips before you head to Wizzy World Frenchs Forest

  • Wizzy World Frenchs Forest is located at Unit 7/25 Frenchs Forest Road East, Frenchs Forest in the Allambie Grove Business Park.

  • The centre is currently open Tuesday to Thursday 9:15am to 2pm and Friday to Sunday 9:15am to 5pm during school term. The centre closes Monday for cleaning. Days and hours change during school holidays and may change so it’s best to check their Facebook page and soon to be updated website.

  • Entry prices vary depending on the child’s age with prices as follows: Under 1s’s Peak & Off Peak $5. 1-3 year olds Peak $15.50 or Off Peak $13.50. 4 year olds+ Peak $18 or Off Peak $15.50. Peak time charges apply to weekends and school holidays. Under 1’s are free with a paying sibling and Twins pay for 1 chid and half price for the second twin. Session time is unlimited.

  • The centre also offers birthday party options with their three different party rooms.

  • There is ample parking around the Allambie Grove Business Park and around Wizzy World.

  • For hygiene purposes, socks must be worn on equipment at all times. Bring socks for kids and adults if adults are accessing the equipment or sports area. Socks don’t have to be anti-slip socks just normal socks.

  • There is a café onsite with food and drinks which caters for adults and kids. Example items from the kids menu: Freshly made kids sandwiches with different selections available $6.50 and gluten free bread available $2 extra, premium chicken breast nuggets with chips $8.90, hot dog $8.90, toasted cheese fingers $4.50 or $6.50 with ham with gluten free option $2 extra. There’s also all day breakfast options, snacks as well as light and main meals! Lots to choose from.

  • There are toilets located conveniently right across the main structure with an accessible toilet as well as girls & boys toilets and baby changing facilities.

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Busy City Kids were hosted by Wizzy World Frenchs Forest for the purposes of a review. Travel and food were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information, head to their Facebook page.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Planet Mino Chatswood - Sydney - Review

The kids and I headed to Planet Mino in Chatswood this morning for a play and what a big morning they had! A sure place to burn off some energy with so much to do over two levels of play play play!

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The kids headed straight to the ball pit on the first level first where they couldn’t wait to head down the slides, go through all the climbing nets, play a ball game against the wall and head to the other side of the room for more! They really loved throwing balls against the projected games on the wall to aim at frogs, penguins and more to win points as well as going up and down the flat slide with projections too.

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They also liked going down the four long slides and climb all through the climbing structures in the main structure which includes a flat swing, two spinning seats, a hanging octopus, monkey hangers, walking bridge and more.

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The other side of the main room includes three trampolines - one small trampoline which allows maximum 1 child, one medium trampoline which allows maximum 2 children and one big trampoline which allows maximum 4 children. It also includes a volcano slide which is only for kids over 5 years. Little Mister went up the top and then realised it was a bit high but luckily his sister rescued him and then went down the volcano on their tummy.

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The area also includes 3 round swings and is situated below a giant netting area which connects to the main structure as well as a tube net and a curly slide nearby.

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Both kids were exhausted running and jumping around after one hour so we energised with a juice and banana bread from the café before heading to the second level where more play was due with a large supermarket, a lego area, a small ball pit for little ones and more!

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The second level play area includes a full kitchen with supermarket, a little bubble with soft play, a make up area, an area with a lego building table and teepees.

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The second level also includes a small ball pit area and play area for babies under 24 months and an inflatable bouncing area for kids over 3 years as well.

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The level also includes a play area for small kids as well as a birthday party room and toilet rooms with change table.

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The first level also includes a café with all day breakfast, breakfast, lunch menu, snacks and a kids menu as well as drinks and coffee. There’s also lots of room for parents and carers to sit down and watch over their little ones.

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The kids really enjoyed their time at Planet Mino today and burnt off so much energy, they went to bed early! They had so much fun over the two levels of play, they didn’t want to leave and it was very hard to take them away and they already want to come back!

Here's a few tips before you head to Planet Mino:

  • Planet Mino is located at 10 Smith Street in Chatswood close to Forty Winks as well as the Eastern Valley Way complex of Baby Bunting and Bunnings.

  • The centre is open 7 days Monday to Friday 9am to 4pm and Saturday to Sunday 9am to 5pm. The centre is open during school holidays at the same hours and price as weekends.

  • Entry prices vary depending on when you head there. Kids under 12 months (free with sibling) Weekdays $10 unlimited vs. Weekends $15 unlimited. Kids 1-3 years Weekdays $11 per hour or $35 unlimited vs. Weekends $13 per hour or $45 unlimited. Kids 3 years+ Weekdays $13 per hour or $39 unlimited vs. Weekends $15 per hour or $49 unlimited. One adult entry included - extra adult $5 per hour ($10 unlimited).

  • The centre also offers birthday party packages in two different rooms. Price varies but as a starter it’s $55 per child with a minimum spend of $550 which includes 90 mins of free play for all guests, 30 mins exclusive use of one of the parties rooms, a host, kids food, party table & accessories, themed party invitations and a variety of add-on options.

  • It sure gets busy so plan ahead and checkout their Facebook page (link below) for the latest updates as the center will post if they are cleaning the ball pits, closed for a birthday party or very busy on the day and at maximum capacity.

  • There is limited parking on the street level of Planet Mino and you may find limited parking in surrounding streets.

  • For hygiene purposes, bring anti-slip socks for the kids (or buy some onsite for $4 a pair) and bring some socks for adults too - no shoes and no bare feet allowed.

  • There is a café onsite with food and drinks which caters for adults and kids. Example items for kids menu: Kids ham & cheese toastie with free range smoked ham & cheddar cheese with Brasserie Bread $10, Kids Nuggets & Chips $12, Adult Chicken Schnitzel $20, House Burger $20 and Banana Bread $7.

  • There are toilets located on the second level of the center with a change table option.

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Busy City Kids were hosted by Planet Mino for the purposes of a review. Travel and food were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on Planet Mino, head to their Facebook page.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

JUMPd Indoor Trampoline & Ninja Xtreme Brookvale - Sydney - Review

JUMPd is a Northern Beaches family owned business which offers indoor trampoline and Ninja Xtreme sessions every day of the week. JUMPd is great for family and friends, birthday parties, special events, a casual play and school holidays energy buster.

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JUMPd has four main areas of play: the Kids trampoline area, main trampoline area, the performance trampoline area and the Ninja Xtreme area.

The kids trampoline area (shown in pic below) is designed for children under the aged of 7 and under 120 cm in height. It has 16 smaller trampolines with additional angled trampolines. This was little Miss and her brother’s favourite trampoline area.

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The main trampoline area has 15 trampolines with angled side walls on all except at the entrance. Older kids love this area because of the larger trampolines so be mindful with little kids going there. Kids under 5 must be supervised at all times. I particularly liked this area, plenty of room to work out a sweat and do some silly bouncing ha!

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The performance trampoline area upstairs has 2 Olympic sized trampolines with 4 runner trampolines, all designed for flips. The kids liked looking at other kids do flips!

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The centre also has a ninja xtreme course which has 10 stations and 12 different challenges, ranging from spinning wheels, cargo nets, swinging doors, adjustable steps, a salmon ladder and a warped wall. This area is ideally suited for older teens but is challenging to all age groups. The center ran a comp the day we visited for whoever finished the course within the best time.

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JUMPd Brookvale is a great place for kids and adults to come and burn off some energy and be active. It’s also a great place for birthday parties and events. We had a great time there and will be sure to go again soon especially during the holiday to get out there, stay away from the screens and avoid cabin fever ha!

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Our tips:

  • JUMPd is located at 10 Short Street in Brookvale.

  • Open 7 days a week Monday - Thursday 10am to 7pm, Friday 10am to 8pm, Saturday 9am to 8pm and Sunday 9am to 7pm.

  • Prices vary on the day you attend and the duration (i.e. on Mondays it’s $12 per hour all day whereas on the weekends it’s $18 per hour, check their website for full pricing details.

  • All ages are welcome. Children of 11 years or under must have a parent or guardian on site at all times. All under 5’s must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Everyone is required to complete a waiver form signed for by a parent or guardian.

  • The kiosk sells drinks, ice creams, cakes, chips, etc.

  • Wear comfy clothes, bring a bottle of water, snacks.

  • Bring non-slip socks as these are compulsory at all times. They can be purchased for $3 there otherwise.

  • Party options and special events available.

  • There are toilets and parking onsite.

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Busy City Kids were hosted by MyFirstGym for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on JUMPd Brookvale, head to their website.

For more ideas and reviews for what to do with kids around Sydney, head to our blog where you will find reviews as well as useful guides like our Daily Spots List as well as parents roomsplaygroundsbeaches & pools and more!

Cheeky Monkey Cafe in Mount Barker - Adelaide - Review

Last school holidays, during our Adelaide trip, we visited the Cheeky Monkey Café in Mount Barker in the Adelaide Hills. This great indoor playground was recently reopened after new owners Aaron & Ash gave it a nice and clean makeover.

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The kids took no time to test out the facilities by taking on the 3 lane super slide, straight tunnel slide, curly tunnel slide, quick green slide, flying fox, spinning seats, soft obstacle course and burmese bridge.

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They also loved the bouncy castle and had a short play in the separate toddler area with ball pit as well as the rides.

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We were there during a birthday party which was setup by parents in the party room and enjoyed a coffee from the café.

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The kids had so much fun, they had a great workout running around everywhere and going down all the different slides. So much so, that we took them home exhausted and very sweaty!

Our tips:

  • The Cheeky Monkey Café in Mount Barker is located at 49 Victoria Rd in Mount Barker.

  • Open 7 days a week (Mon-Sun) 9am to 5pm.

  • Admission is free anytime for kids under 12 months, kids 1 to 2 years $5 weekdays or $7 weekends/public holidays/school holidays and kids 3 and up $8 weekdays or $10 weekends/public holidays/school holidays.

  • The Cheeky Monkey Café offers three types of birthday parties: Standard Party, After school (3.30pm until 5pm) or After hours (5 or 5.30pm start). Time slots and food information on their website below.

  • Private functions can be booked outside these hours including parties or whole venue hiring.

  • Equipment is large enough for adults to enjoy with their kids.

  • No food or drink to be brought onto the premises (with the exception of water bottles and baby food - special dietary requirements can be discussed with management prior to entry).

  • Socks must be worn at all times on the play equipment (parents and children).

  • No Jewellery to be worn at anytime on the play equipment.

  • Toilets and changing facilities onsite.

  • Parking available onsite.

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For more information, head to the Cheeky Monkey Café Mount Barker website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Adelaide, head to our blog or our Adelaide daily spots lists.

Interaxcity Children's Museum - Melbourne - Review

Kate’s little ones recently visited the Interaxcity Children's Museum and enjoyed playing at this cute mini city. Kids will enjoy pretend playing being a mail person, being a florist, a flight attendant, a mechanic, a doctor, a dentist, a cook and more! Thanks Kate for the great review and pics and thank you to Interaxcity Children's Museum for inviting us. To follow Kate’s adventures, head to her Insta. xo Catherine

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Set amidst a scaled-down, indoor ‘mini-city’, Interaxcity Children’s Museum is a place where kids are the community heroes. 

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Designed to foster creativity, curiosity and learning through imaginative play, Interaxity Children’ s Museum is the only children’s museum in Melbourne.  Owner Melissa Blumenthall discovered children's museum while travelling with her family in the USA and knew instantly that it was something that she wanted to create here for all Melburnians.

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Unlike a regular museum, a children’s museum is a space where kids are allowed and encouraged to touch and engage with all the exhibits. 

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At Interaxcity, each 90 minute session allows children to use their imagination as they take on whatever role they wish against the backdrop of a mini-city. 

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They may wish to sort mail in post office, arrange and wrap flowers in the florist, conduct an examination in the medical centre, cook and serve food in the restaurant, be a flight attendant or pilot in the airport (which features a genuine set of Qantas economy seats from a Boeing 737), help build on the construction site, repair cars in the service station and go shopping in the supermarket. It’s learning at its most fun!

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The museum has been cleverly designed with activities for toddlers to middle primary aged children.  Little ones can choose to simply interact with the hands-on exhibits or complete tasks based on their developmental abilities by following the handy prompts on the wall - which have been especially designed in conjunction with early childhood educators. 

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With four sessions every day plus parties and private events, Interaxity Children’s Museum is the ultimate learning-through-play environment: with a big emphasis on imagination, interaction and fun. Highly recommended.

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For more information on Interaxcity Children's Museum, head to their website.

The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café - Pittwater Sports Centre - Sydney - Review

This week, we headed to Pittwater Sports Centre to review their Kindygym Australia Kindy Recreation class (our review here), so we thought we’d checkout the centre’s Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café while we’re there.

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The indoor playground centre is perfect for a play before or after Kindygym class or perfect for a play with friends & family during the week or weekends or even for a birthday party (parties must be booked). It is fully air-conditioned with Free Wifi. It caters for children 0 to 12 years old with various climbing areas, flying foxes and slides. The main structure for kids 4 and over has 7 slippery dips, 3 levels, 2 ball pits, 2 flying foxes, and loads of soft play equipment. There are also two areas for children 0-2 years and 2 to 5 years of age.

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Little Mister loved the challenging climbing areas of this indoor playground and had lots of fun, it was tricky convincing him to leave for his gym class - ha!

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There is also a baby area for little ones under 2 years old. Since there were no babies when we were there, little Mister had fun with the ball pit and surroundings. There is also a toddler area for kids 2 years and over which was lots of fun too but little Mister preferred the main structure. We look forward to visiting again and showing little Miss this great indoor playground. We had a nice bite to eat and a juice after little Mister’s class at the Sand Bucket Café, a great complex.

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Our info:

  • The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café is located at the Pittwater Sports Centre (PSC) at 1525 Pittwater Road in North Narrabeen.

  • The centre and café are open every day at various opening & closing times so please check their website or call before you head there as they sometimes close earlier than advertised.

  • PSC is a NUT FREE Centre.

  • Children MUST wear socks when in the Sand Bucket Play Centre at all times.

  • No food or drinks are to be consumed in the indoor playground.

  • Parent supervision is compulsory at all times.

  • Ensure the centre gate is locked at all times for the safety of all children.

  • Baby change room and pram parking are located in the corridor.

  • Toilets are located inside the gymnastics main area.

  • Free parking is available onsite.

  • Prices for play vary: Unlimited play for kids during the week for under 1’s is $5, under 2’s is $7 and kids over 2 is $10. Weekends are charged at $10 for all ages. Ask for their 5 or 10 visit passes to save. You can also save on entry when your child is signed up to the Pittwater Sports Centre’s Kindygym program.

Busy City Kids were hosted by The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café for the purpose of a review. Food and travelling costs were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful.

For more information on The Sand Bucket Play Centre and Café, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Monkey Mania - Eastland Shopping Centre Ringwood - Melbourne - Review

Indoor playgrounds are always a great option for rainy or warm days. Kate and her little ones checked out Monkey Mania in Eastland last week and had a great morning running around and playing. Thanks for the review Kate. To checkout Kate’s adventures, head to her Instagram page. xo Catherine

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Located inside Myer Eastland on Level 3, Monkey Mania is a super fun play centre that is sure to keep little people happy and entertained for hours.

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The spacious indoor place space has a large multi-level soft play structure with several slides, Imagination Playground’s big blue foam blocks, plenty of things to climb and an awesome ball arena. Children will love firing balls from the cannons and activating the central cannon to launch multiple balls up into the sky.

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But the fun doesn’t end there! Monkey Mania also has an inflatable jumping castle, three kinetic sand tables, miniature electric train, brick house to build (and smash down), themed party zones and a fenced off toddler area for little ones aged three and under.

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The poppets spent the entire two hours of our visit running around, happily playing and exploring and with the added benefit of a cafe on site (adult entry price includes a coffee, tea, soft drink can or bottle of water), convenient, free parking (for up to three hours) and air conditioning/heating, Monkey Mania really does have it all.

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Our tips:

  • Monkey Mania Eastland is located inside Myer Eastland on Level 3.

  • The centre is open Monday to Sunday at various times and holiday trading hours.

  • Members and non-members pricing are available.

  • Socks must be worn on all play equipment. No bare feet, no shoes. Adults too. Socks are also available for purchase if you forget to bring your own.

  • Check out the Monkey Mania membership program if you plan on visiting several times a year with your tribe. Benefits include: $2 off every child's entry fee, 10% off food and beverages purchased in-store and access to Toddler Tuesdays ($6 entry for 0-5 year olds every Tuesday during the school term). 

  • No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of baby food and children’s drink bottles.  The onsite café offers a wide variety of food and drink options.

  • Closest parking is via the West 3 or West 5 car parks from Ringwood Street.

  • Monkey Mania is very pram friendly with ample space to park your pram if necessary too.  There is also a designated parents room with baby-change and feeding areas, located adjacent to the toilets and toddler area.

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Busy City Kids were invited to experience Monkey Mania at Eastland for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food was self funded.

For more information on Monkey Mania at Eastland, head to their website.

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Wannabees Hornsby - Sydney - Review

We loved reviewing Wannabees Frenchs Forest so much last November that we wanted to checkout Wannabees’ second centre in Hornsby too. The Wannabees Hornsby centre is a newer version of the Frenchs Forest centre which is jam packed with many rooms to explore like a supermarket, vet, grocery shop, radio and news room, hairdresser, fire station, a dance floor, the list goes on!

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The kids loved everything about this new centre and especially the grocery shop, hospital and post office. It’s easy to spend hours there visiting all the different rooms. Some rooms are opened at different times so make sure you checkout the schedule.

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The vet centre is also a favourite with my kids, they love taking care of sick pets and giving them a bath. Little Mister particularly liked the babies’ room which includes soft play equipment.

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Kids can take part in reading the news, interact in different movie screens, take their turn in the radio station, get their hair ready, dress up in the dressing room for a dance off on the dance floor.

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Little Miss and her brother also loved pretending to cook and serve up food to us at the pizza café and taking their turn to hose fires down at the fire station practice spot.

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There’s also a medical centre and nursery room as well as a post office where kids can pickup letters and parcel to deliver around the centre. Lookout for letterboxes in front of each shop.

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There’s also two party rooms and a restaurant onsite.

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We really enjoyed visiting Wannabees Hornsby late last year, it’s a cute centre for birthday parties, catchups or a simple play. Kids will be occupied for hours exploring all the rooms!

Our tips:

  • Wannabees Hornsby is located at Shop 2042/236 Pacific Hwy (inside Westfield Hornsby opposite Fernwood Gym).

  • Open Monday to Friday (9:30 am - 2:00 pm), Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

  • Adults $5, Children Weekend & school hols: $15 (1-2 yrs) or $20 (Ages 3-10). Otherwise $15 for all ages weekdays during school term. Kids under 12 months free.

  • Head to Wannabees Hornsby during the week or early to avoid the crowds.

  • Scheduled activities are on every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm to keep everyone entertained.

  • On weekends fashion parades are run, disco dance on our concert stage, Tv Studio and the popular “fire fighting” several times during both morning and afternoon.

  • Also open for birthday parties, school excursions or vacation care and café onsite.

Busy City Kids were invited to Wannabees Hornsby for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information on Wannabees Hornsby, head to their website.

To checkout our review of Wannabees Frenchs Forest, head to our review here.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Little Rascals - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

Little Miss was invited at Little Rascals Playland some time ago for a friend's birthday party. The Little Rascals Playland runs the center as a membership based indoor playground where members have unlimited access to the venue and runs birthday parties or celebrations for parents & carers at other times.

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The facilities include an enclosed toddler zone for under 5s, a huge 300m2 Climbing Frame, a Pulsating 3-lane Giant Racing Slide, a Fun Ball Zone, a Web climb Zone, Trampolines, a Spiral Slide and is of course fully air-conditioned which is perfect for hot or rainy days.

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Little Rascals Playland can be hired for 2.5 hours at various times on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays. Pricing for party venue hire and catering packages vary and you can bring your own cake. Children must be 11 years or under to play on the equipment and kids 5 and under can play in the Toddler Zone. There is also a café onsite. There is ample free parking onsite as well as kids toilets. It is a great option for celebrating a birthday party with friends and family.
 

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For more information on Little Rascals, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Little Rascals however we thought we would share our experience at this birthday party venue to provide ideas for parents for their child's birthday.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

We Rock the Spectrum Preston - Melbourne - Review

Kate and her little ones recently visited We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) in Preston and really enjoyed their afternoon there. Here’s what Kate had to sayWe Rock the Spectrum is Melbourne’s first drop in, sensory friendly, indoor play centre that provides kids of ALL abilities, a fun & motivating environment to play, regulate and grow together.’ Thanks Kate for visiting and for the pics xo Catherine

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We Rock the Spectrum provides a safe, nurturing, and fun environment to foster learning, exploration and safe sensory experiences. They are committed to providing children with a fun and motivational environment to help them in the areas of strength, movement, sensory processing, communication, positive behaviour, social interactions, and self-care skills.

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Their unique equipment assists all children in their neurological growth and development which can help all children grow, develop and feel connected by providing an inclusive environment for play.

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Parents/carers and children can pop in to the WRTS centre and enjoy full use of their sensory-safe gym. Their gym features fun therapy equipment, sensory play, an arts & crafts area, a really nice sensory wall, a calming room and more. There are a range of activities available for kids ages 1 to 12 years.

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WRTS have a fantastic range of toys in the toddler section from Melissa and Doug and The Therapy Store for little ones to use. Older children can jump on the trampoline or zip down the zip line and swing on a variety of swings. 

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We Rock the Spectrum can also host birthday parties, special events, excursions, classes and more. They also have a fantastic The Rock Shop offers parents the best selection of hand picked sensory-based toys and puzzles.

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Busy City Kids were not invited to We Rock the Spectrum however we thought it would be beneficial to our readers to read our review of the venue. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more information on We Rock the Spectrum HQ in Preston, head to their website.

Our tips:

  • We Rock the Spectrum (WRTS) Preston are open Mon-Fri: 9:30am–6pm, Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm.

  • WRTS Preston are located 378-380 Gilbert Rd in Preston VIC 3072.

  • A range of play opportunities are offered at WRTS such as open play, birthday parties, special events, therapy services, NDIS, Parents Night Out, Excursions as well as Music Classes, Yoga, Storytime, Art Classes, Dance and more.

  • For children ages 1 to 12 years, Open Play Time is offered daily, Sessions are for 2 hours, Siblings are discounted, An All Day Pass with pass outs is available and Multi-visit packages and Monthly memberships are available. A parent or guardian must be on the premises at all times.

  • Prices for Open Play are $14 for 1 Child and $12 for Accompanying Sibling for 2 hours. An all day pass is $24. There are Open Play discount packages and monthly memberships available too. Check their website.

  • FREE off-street parking available at the rear of the building.

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For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Wannabees Frenchs Forest - Sydney - Review

We recently visited Wannabees Frenchs Forest before the school holidays and had a great time! Kids really enjoyed spending time at this child size city. The 1100 sqm building comprises of a beauty salon, grocery store, vet office, café & restaurant, post office, bank, doctor’s office, school, library, jail & police station, maternity ward, radio & tv studios, fashion shop and a construction site.

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Children can dress up, role play and pretend to be a doctor, postman, fireman, vet, beauty therapist and much more! Little Miss’ favourite spot was the beauty salon where she pretended to get her hair done and had her nails painted by one of the staff.

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Little Mister and Miss’ other favourite rooms were the grocery store, pet shop, jail and the café & restaurant. They loved pretending to give dogs a wash at the vet’s salon and making coffees & food at the café/restaurant.

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The kids loved pretending away in the green screen room and even dad joined in for a news presentation!

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Little Mister loved taking the little tikes cars and other cars available onsite for a ride around the centre.

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Kids can also enjoy a play zone with toys, a small climbing structure and climbing wall. They can also take part in fashion shows and dance on the special dance floor.

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Wannabees Frenchs Forest is a very popular spot for birthday parties on weekends so book in advance.

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The kids really enjoyed their visit at Wannabees Frenchs Forest and have asked to go again soon. A great spot for a play date, birthday party and perfect for rainy days. Wannabees Hornsby, the newest centre is now open and we hope to review the centre very soon.

For more information on Wannabees, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Wannabees Frenchs Forest for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

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Our tips:

  • Wannabees Frenchs Forest is located at C1/1-3 Rodborough Rd in Frenchs Forest.

  • Open Monday to Friday (9:30 am - 2:00 pm), Saturday 9:30 am - 5:00 pm and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm.

  • Adults $5, Children Weekend & school hols: $15 (1-2 yrs) or $20 (Ages 3-10). Otherwise $15 for all ages weekdays during school term. Kids under 12 months free.

  • Head to Wannabees Frenchs Forest during the week or early to avoid the crowds.

  • Scheduled activities are on every weekday morning between 10am and 1pm to keep everyone entertained.

  • On weekends fashion parades are run, disco dance on our concert stage, Tv Studio and the popular “fire fighting” several times during both morning and afternoon.

  • Also open for birthday parties, school excursions or vacation care and café onsite.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

GoClimb Coburg - Melbourne - Review

Contributor Renata and her daughter Anastasia and her friend Maxim headed to GoClimb in Coburg recently for Busy City Kids and were happy to share their experience with us.

They were hosted by lovely Luana on the day and headed to try out the NinjaX obstacle course first. NinjaX will release your child’s inner Ninja on the adrenaline pumping obstacle course with stand-alone challenges and a whole circuit and the great thing about it is that the degree of difficulty can change as you go.

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The NinjaX obstacle course which runs for an hour is suitable for kids over 130 cm or 5 to 6 years old. The course tested Anastasia and Maxim’s agility, strength and coordination which they really loved.

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Anastasia and Maxim also enjoyed the exciting and highly interactive GoPlay zone which has a sky high soft play arena for children 2 to 10 years old.

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The Clip’n Climb zone was by far Anastasia and Maxim’s favourite zone with 26 unique climbing challenges which are great for kids 4 year olds+ and of course adults.

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Anastasia and Maxim spent a great hour challenging and racing each other to the top of the climbing walls.

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GoClimb also has a cute fun, safe, engaging toddler soft play zone called GoJnr which is perfect for under 2 year olds while the big kids climb away.

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GoClimb Coburg is a great place which will challenge kids of all ages and adults and keep them busy for hours. It will challenge their strengths and abilities and allow them to have fun along the way and will ensure they sleep well that night ha!

Our tips:

  • GoClimb Coburg is open 7 days a week 9am to 6pm except on Friday and Saturday when they close at 9pm. Trading hours vary on school holidays and public holidays.

  • GoClimb Coburg is located at Lincoln Mills Homemaker Centre at 64-74 Gaffney Street in Coburg.

  • GoClimb Coburg runs WonderPlay sensory & creative play classes designed for parents and their kids 18 months to 5 years. Children participate in a range of sensory and interactive activity stations which are weekly themed and carefully created to help development across a range of areas including co-ordination, confidence and creativity. These run Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • GoClimb Coburg also runs birthday parties and after school program.

  • Pricing for activities vary - Clip n’ Climb $20 per hour, NinjaX $15 per hour, Playzones (GoPlay and GoJnr) $7.50 for under 2 and $12.50 for ages 2 and over for unlimited time. Combo Passes and All Access Passes are available at various prices.

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For more information on GoClimb, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to GoClimb for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food, travel and parking were self funded.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.

Rock House Climbing - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

Little Miss was recently invited to a birthday party at Rock House Climbing in Brookvale and was very happy to join her friends, an instructor and the father of her birthday friend to start the climbing lesson as soon as possible and eager for me to leave as a result ha!

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Kids 3 years+ can participate at Rock House Climbing. The instructor lets the kids know about their harness, safety instructions, what they will do and the plan for the party and breaks.

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Kids will do a series of climbs whether it be a wall climb or climbing up a ladder all while being assisted by an instructor. Once the climbing session is complete, kids can head upstairs for a self catered or pizza party and enjoy birthday celebrations and cake.

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Little Miss had lots of fun and wants us to throw her a Rock House birthday party next year! Checkout their website below for more information and pricing.

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Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Rock House Climbing however we thought we would share our experience at this birthday party venue to provide ideas for parents for their child's birthday.

For more information on Rock House Climbing, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Stomping Ground - Brookvale - Sydney - Review

A few weekends ago, little Miss was invited to a friend's birthday party at Stomping Ground in Brookvale. This indoor play centre is great for little ones under 5 during the week and kids between 6 and 12 years old on weekends for birthday parties and school holidays.

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Kids can burnout some energy celebrating their friend's birthday party by playing upstairs on the interactive magic floor, Foosball and Air Hockey tables while they wait for their party to start and head downstairs with supervisors and jump, climb and compete in the inflatables and finish off with a virtual reality session, have a snack and celebrate with the birthday cake.

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Little Miss loved going through the inflatable obstacles and going down the large slides, climbing the inflatable mountain, competing warrior style and knocking friends over in gladiator knock out and more and loved doing virtual reality too. 

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The setup is great as parents of children attending the birthday party can drop off their child and be confident that they will have fun and be in safe hands with the supervisors at the centre. Parties run on Saturday and Sunday for 2 hours. For more details, head to the centre's website (link below).

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Stomping Ground are also open Monday to Friday from 9am to 1pm during school terms for little ones under 5 to enjoy soft play. They also host Little Stomper birthday parties and special events from 1pm. Looking forward to reviewing the under 5s session soon. I know little Mister would love it!

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Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Stomping Ground however we thought we would share our experience at this indoor playground for parents with little ones under 5 and parents of kids over 5 for birthday party venue ideas. 

For more information on Stomping Ground, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Caterpillar Lane Playground - Harbourside - Sydney - Review

The Harbourside Shopping Centre at the Heart of Darling Harbour recently opened its first interactive playground, Caterpillar Lane. Over 40 metres long, Caterpillar Lane comes complete with interactive digital panels, climbing towers, slides, light, projection games, as well as a special soft play area for children four years and under. 

Busy City Kids were invited to review this playground however we have not been able to make it to as yet since its opening. We hope to visit soon, in the meantime, here's some pics and text from Harbourside. Thanks guys for sharing this great indoor playground!

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Located on Level 2, this unique play area is for little ones between the ages of 1-8, and has been separated into three sections - starting at a friendly giant caterpillar head overlooking Level 1. The head of the caterpillar, for children between 4-8 years old, is a soft play structure across multiple levels filled with gross motor play events, including integrative gadget panels of Cat & Mouse and Walk Around Zoo; a spider bungee; jumbo slide; triangle deck climb; along with lots of space for little legs to run amuck.

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The body of caterpillar is a colourful arch focusing on interactive games projected onto the floor. Four interactive touch screens are placed around the base of the caterpillar providing endless hours of fun for children between 1-8 years old.

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The tail of the caterpillar is for ages 1-4 years, complete with six interactive gadget panels, including classics Tic, Tac, Toe, Cat & Mouse and Mix & Match; a safari play car; a butterfly play slide; triangle deck; spider bungee and more.

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This new children's interactive playground is over 40m long so it includes lots of wriggle room for your little ones. It has soft play areas, climbing towers, slides, as well as interactive panels and light projection games. Best bit, entry is FREE!!  

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Photo credit: Avv!so Public Relations

Caterpillar Lane is located on Level 2 of Harbourside Shopping Center above the main Food Court. 

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • BYO KeepCup to grab a coffee from cafés nearby

This playground has:

  • Public toilets in the shopping center
  • Underground center parking
  • Food Court nearby
  • Shops nearby
  • Seating nearby
For more information on Caterpillar Lane, head to the Harbourside website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

Monkey Bar Playground - Rhodes - Sydney - Review

The Monkey Bar Playground in Rhodes popped up mid last year and has been very busy ever since! Whenever we visit Rhodes Shopping Centre, we cannot leave without having a play in the Monkey Bar and the best thing it's FREE - yay!

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The Monkey Bar has an area for little monkeys aged 1 to 3 years where they can go through a little maze and then escape and venture down the little slide, play with wall play stations, hop in the little car and checkout some games on the ipads.

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Older kids who are 4 to 10 years of age will love climbing up in the 6m high monkey tower through all the obstacles, go down the slides, lookout and go through to the other side of the tower to go down.

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As you can imagine, this playground is very popular especially during weekends, school holidays and even at times during the day so little ones will need to be patient and wait their turn (easier said then done I know! hah!)

This playground is located on the ground floor of Rhodes Waterside Shopping Center located at 1 Rider Boulevard in Rhodes.

Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

  • Drink bottles
  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
  • BYO KeepCup to grab a coffee from cafés near the Monkey Bar playground

This playground has:

  • Public toilets around the center
  • Underground center parking with free parking for first few hours
  • Food Court nearby
  • Shops nearby
  • Seating nearby
  • Soft play area for little ones 1-3 years and monkey bar climbing structure bigger kids 4 to 10 years
For more information on Rhodes Waterside, head to their website.

For more ideas on what to do with the kids in Sydney, head to our blog, our daily spots list or pools & beaches or playgrounds list. And for a full list of parents rooms around Sydney, head to our parents room page.

The Little Village Play Café - Croydon South - Melbourne - Review

The Little Village Play Café is NOW CLOSED

Kate and her little ones popped in at The Little Village Play Café last week and enjoyed a morning of play, food and some quiet time. A great option for little ones and their carers. Thanks Kate for the great pics and review x Catherine. To follow Kate's adventures with her little ones, head to her Insta page. 

The Little Village Play Café is a relaxed space that is perfect for local parents & carers of preschool aged children to come and enjoy a hot coffee and bite to eat, while their little ones play in a safe, fun and stimulating environment.

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New owner Karen (who is a mumma of four + grandmother to EIGHT!) recently took over the business in June and with the help of daughter, Samantha have made a super cute ‘little village’ play area with Fire Station, Grocery Store, Hospital, Cake Shop and Boutique. 

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Each offering children lots of toys and props for imaginative play + a selection of dress ups to help look the part too.  There is also an area deigned especially for crawlers to explore and a library filled with books and a circus tent for little ones wanting quiet time.

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While the children play, adults can sit back and relax in the café that ensures you can always see what your little explorer is doing. 

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From the café you can grab simple snacks (think toasties, fruit skewers and cupcakes) as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks. Note: no outside food is allowed except for baby food and formula.  

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The Little Village Play Café also host birthday parties and run children's activities such a story time, craft and music classes during the week. They will soon be starting crafts every Tuesday & Thursday at 11:00am, baby chino Tuesday where kids get a free baby chino with every paid entry and Grandparents only pay $5 for grandchild entry Monday to Friday.

Our tips:

  • The Little Village Play Café is located at 33 The Mall in Croydon South

  • The Play Café is open from Monday to Friday 9:30 am to 3:30 pm

  • Private parties are held on weekends

  • The café seating area is small so call ahead or contact them via Facebook to book a table

  • Play entry is FREE for kids under 12 months, $6.50 for kids 12 months+ and $15 for 3 or more kids (applies to siblings only)

  • No food is allowed in the play area

  • Shoes must stay on

  • Children should be supervised by parents & carers and taken to the toilets

  • Make sure you book a table ahead of time as it is a very popular spot for parents & little ones

  • Toilets and Change table available

  • Plenty of unrestricted parking close by

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Busy City Kids were invited to the Little Village Play Café for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Food and travel were self funded.

For more information about the Little Village Play Café, head to their website.

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Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East - Melbourne - Review

Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is a great play centre in Melbourne's Bentleigh East where kids can be treated to a play while parents relax over a coffee with friends and family. Kids will have hours of fun in this centre climbing, sliding, jumping and spinning.

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

The Lollipop's Playland and Café centre is a great option for mothers/fathers groups, catching up for a coffee with friends and family while the kids have fun or perfect for a birthday party with dedicated party rooms or private hire available. Checkout the centre's website (at bottom of this page) for birthday party package and catering options.

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Melbourne contributor Pascale and her daughter over at @littlemonkeys.melb visited the centre some time ago and really enjoyed this safe play centre which has various areas to climb, slide down, jump, play as well as some rides in the middle of the play centre and dedicated toddler zones as shown in pics below.

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is a great option for catching up with friends, having a birthday party or escaping the rainy days while the kids burn out some energy!

Our tips:

  • Lollipop's Playland and Café Bentleigh East is located at 234 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East
  • The centre is open Monday to Sunday 9am to 6pm
  • Entry prices for casual unlimited play on all activities are: Free for Kids under 12months, Free for adults, $10.90 for kids 12 to 36 months weekdays or $11.90 for weekends & school holidays or $12.90 for kids aged 3 and over weekdays or $13.90 weekends & school holidays
  • Bring socks for the little ones to use on the equipment
  • Ask for a unique security wristband for your child's safety on your visit
  • There is a café onsite with various drink & food options available
  • There are toilets onsite
Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @littlemonkeys.melb for @busycitykids

Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Lollipop's Playland and Café in Bentleigh. Drinks, food, entrance fees and transport were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

For more information and to find a Lollipop's Playland and Café near you, head to their website.

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State Library of Victoria - Play Pod - Welcome to Country - Melbourne - Review

Pop in to the State Library of Victoria to enjoy the latest Play Pod theme and join the Library for Indigenous art and storytelling activities, inspired by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy's Welcome to CountryHow gorgeous is this new theme, love the little fire and the cute cushions!

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

An Aboriginal ceremony of Welcome to Country is depicted for the first time in a stunning picture book from two Indigenous Australians. Welcome to the lands of the Wurundjeri people. The people are part of the land, and the land is a part of them. Aboriginal communities across Australia have boundaries that are defined by mountain ranges and waterways. Discover Welcome to Country through the book and Play Pod.

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

It will be the last Play Pod for a while as renovations will be underway after September to prepare and to build an amazing new space for children and families, the Children's Quarter due to be complete by end 2019.

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

Photo credit: State Library of Victoria

The Play Pod is open 10am–4pm daily in the State Library of Victoria's Courtyard and will close on Sunday 19th of August 2018. For more information on the State Library of Victoria Play Pod, head to their website.

Baby Bounce and Story Time Programs will be suspended during renovations however keep in touch with the State Library of Victoria as offsite programs will take place. The last dates for these programs will be Thursday 16 August, and the Play Pod will close on Sunday 19 August, 2018.

To read our past reviews of the Play Pod, head here.

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Funtopia - Fit & Fun For Mums, Dads & Bubs - Melbourne - Review

Kate's little adventure seekers were invited to Funtopia Maribyrnong this morning to test out the NEW Fit & Fun for Mums, Dads & Bubs program. They really enjoyed this great new program for little ones 4 years and under. The super helpful staff gave some tips to Kate's little Arlo which made him a super quick climber across the center and also enjoyed climbing with his dad. Little Macy was hesitant at first however with the help of staff was able to gain confidence and climb without a rope on small sections of walls. Turns out she's also a great little climber and will try using a rope to climb higher next time. Both had a fantastic time at Funtopia Maribyrnong and could have stayed there for an easy 3 to 4 hours. Thank you for the great pics and highlights Kate xo Catherine. Follow Kate's adventures at @kateflatman.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Fit & Fun for Mums, Dads & Bubs Sessions allow little ones 4 years and under the opportunity to explore Climbing World’s interactive climbing walls with their parent/carer.  Climbing World is usually only open to over 4’s.

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Specially sourced safety equipment, including baby and toddler harnesses provide parents with peace of mind for safety.  

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Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Supportive coaches are on site to help adults and children & guide you through the different climbing walls.  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Make sure you press the red buzzer when you get to the top to let everyone know you’re an awesome climber!

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Includes FREE access to Playground World after the Fit & Fun session concludes at midday.  

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Our tips:

  • Fit & Fun takes place Monday – Friday from 10am to 12pm. Available during the school term only.  No bookings required.  Come anytime between 10am and 12pm. $18.50 per child. Mum (or dad) included in price. Includes FREE access to Playground World after the Fit & Fun session.
  • Dads are welcome too! 
  • Start in Climbing World to maximise your time before the session concludes at midday.  You can then have some lunch and then stay and play in Playground World for as long you as like, well until the centre closes!
  • All climbers must wear closed toe shoes.  Socks are to be worn inside Playground World.  Grippy socks are available to purchase & make exploring the playground even more fun!
  • The motorised car ride upstairs in Playground World takes $2 coins, so come prepared or ask reception for change.
  • No outside food or beverages are permitted with the exception of baby food and children’s drink bottles.  The onsite café, Mr Spriggins offers a wide variety of delicious (+ healthy) food and drink options.  
Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

For more information on Funtopia Maribyrnong, head to their website.

Busy City Kids were invited to Funtopia - Fit & Fun For Mums, Dads & Bubs at Funtopia Maribyrnong for the purpose of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel and food were self funded. 

For more ideas of what to do with the kids in Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog.