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!

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.

The Tramshed Café and Playground - Narrabeen - Sydney - Review

In June last year, the Tramshed Café opened its doors and the playground next to it was finished just on-time for visitors to enjoy both spaces with family and friends! It took us a while to get there but we visited this great setup late last year and loved it!

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The fully fenced playground consists of a main castle-like structure with slides and areas to wonder, different sets of swings, a free play area with dragon eggs, little shops for kids to be pretend shoppers, little trampolines and more.

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The little shops were a hit with little Miss and her brother as well as the swings and little trampolines.

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After some play, we headed to the Tramshed Café for some coffee and food. The kids loved eating in the tram. Food and drinks can be consumed in the tram however council restrictions mean these need to be in take-away containers. Good news though, most of the packaging is compostable. You can also sit inside the café.

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We enjoyed our coffees, bacon & egg roll, kids french toast (two for mum ha!), kids cheese toasty and kids egg & toast. The kids enjoyed some colouring while waiting for the food too.

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This playground is located at 1395a Pittwater Road in Narrabeen.

Our packing list for this playground:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

This playground has:

  • Castle structure

  • Slides

  • Swings

  • Little Shops

  • Trampolines

  • Nature Play setup

  • Park Benches

  • Tramshed Café nearby

  • Toilets near the carpark

  • Free Parking along the street or in the nearby parking lot however parking is VERY limited and time restrictions apply

Our trip to the Tramshed Café and Playground was self funded and not sponsored. Our opinions are genuine as always.

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For more information on The Tramshed Café which is next to the playground and open 7am to 5pm daily, 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 Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden - Melbourne - Review

Updated Nov 2018. We visited the gardens in October for the Spring into Nature event at the Gardens.

Spring is now in full swing which can only mean one thing, warmer weather for little ones to go outdoors and explore! And the reopening of the Ian Potter Foundation's Children's Garden at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Melbourne!!

The Children's Garden will reopen on Father's Day Sunday 2nd of September 2018 which will delight little ones and their carers. There are lots of places for little ones to explore and relax throughout the garden so don't forget a picnic and some spots of water play so don’t forget change of clothes.

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At the entrance you can find a beautiful tree, a Magic Pudding sculpture (pictured in background) and a lavender maze (pictured right).

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There is also a walkway to the main garden's grass area where lots of little ones like to sit down for a snack and relax.

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To the left of the grass area is a large sandpit area which is our favourite spot. We spend a fair amount of time there when we visit. Your little ones no doubt will love it too so don't forget to bring a bucket and spade. 

The kids like running from the sandpit across the little bridge towards the elephant statue. We either explore the wetland area (which is a shallow pond with little fish in) or make our way to the Bamboo forest (behind the elephant statue), walk up the stairs to the little platform to get a view from above the garden.

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We then walk along the rill which is a gentle waterway that runs through the garden. In Summer, a water feature is turned on which sprays water out for little ones to play with. Which then leads to a little hide and seek area where little ones can take some shade. There is also an area which can be rented for parties and you can also access the garden's veggie garden around there too.

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We love walking around the vegetable garden in spring and summer, there are some areas for little ones to dig and play in the dirt too.

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The garden is not open every day so do check the opening times on the Ian Potter Foundation Children's Garden website before you head out! Here’s a great map of the garden below.

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Tips:

  • Come prepared with sunscreen, snacks, water, change of clothes, bucket & spade, few bandaids and a picnic rug.

  • There is Jardin Tan café nearby where you can also pickup drinks and food from too as well as toilets near the Information Centre.

  • Closest entry is via Gate F along Birdwood Avenue after the Observatory on the left (view map here).

  • There is paying parking along the avenue.

For a great list of playgrounds, checkout our list here.

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

 

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café - Albury - Review

Noreuil Park and River Deck Café in Albury is the perfect place to stop over for a coffee, a bite to eat and a play on your way to Melbourne or back to Sydney if you’re driving through.

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The Noreuil Park is a fantastic spot overlooking the gorgeous Murray River. Great for a play at the playground, a picnic, catching up with friends and family for a coffee and a bite to eat. There’s lots of shade trees, picnic tables, lots of grass to sit, relax and watch the river water pass by and watch ducks. There is no fencing near the river so watch your little ones if they love exploring, I know mine do.

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The playground is a great setup with swings, a seesaw, a great structure with slides, monkey bars, climbing sides and more.

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We loved getting takeaway coffee and lunch at the River Café. We loved their coffee and sticky chai tea, eggs & bacon in a brioche bun and the kids loved the chicken & chips!

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You’ll love this great stopover! There is also the nearby Oddies Creek Park which is an inclusive play space which caters for all ages and abilities which also features a flying fox, basket swing, toilets, BBQ and picnic area, musical sculptures, sandpit and climbing walls. And the gorgeous Children’s Garden part of the Albury Botanic Gardens.

For more ideas of what to do with the kids when you get to Melbourne, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots ListCBD Spots or Blog. Or if you’re heading to Sydney, checkout our Website, our Daily Spots List or Blog.

Collaroy Beach Playground - Collaroy - Sydney - Review

The Collaroy Beach playground is a true favourite for Northern Beaches families. Its location is perfect as it is close to the beach, rock pools and cafés so head there early to secure a park.

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We love this playground as it covers all ages, children can hop on the shark/dolphin bouncer, go on a swing, go down several slides, venture around the playground, go on merry go round (which was being repaired on our visit), climb on the large structure, do some water play in summer and more.

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It has bouncy floors near the slides and a little bridge that little Mister loved to walk across. The main areas are shaded except for the one close to the beach however the little grocery shop under the main blue slide is nice and shaded. We spent most of our time in that section.

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Bigger kids will love the large climbing structure which has all sorts of options and little ones will love the beach themed sculptures and little water play spot (in summer when it’s turned on).

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We love that this popular playground is so close to the beach, rock pools and some great cafés, all thumbs up, get ready for a great day out.

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The Collaroy Beach Playground is located off Pittwater Road in Collaroy.

Our packing list for this playground and nearby beach:

  • Drink bottles

  • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic

  • Sunscreen

  • Sunhats

  • Helmet

  • Scooter/Bike

  • Beach gear if you're thinking of heading to the beach (towels, swimmers, change of clothes, etc)

This playground has:

  • Public toilets near the playground in the Collaroy Surf Life Saving Club

  • Full fence around the playground and is great with shading in lots of spots

  • Picnic area

  • Parking next to the playground ticket or northern beaches council permit

  • Seating, tables and benches

  • Beach, rockpools, cafés and shops nearby

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.

Balmoral Beach and Playground - Balmoral - Sydney - Review

The Balmoral Beach is located on the Esplanade in Balmoral on the Lower North Shore. This popular spot includes Balmoral and Edwards Beaches and Pools. These two beaches are separated by a bridge which leads to the small island of Rocky Point. 

Balmoral Beach is a very busy spot in summer where families and young children enjoy this calm beach. There is a children's rock pool closest to Edwards Beach, with the shark proof pool close to Rocky Point and the long strip of Balmoral Beach finishes with public baths. 

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Kids will love exploring on Rocky Point and prams are usually seen parked before the bridge as families love this little spot where kids can play near the water and land.

There is also a great kids playground near the Boathouse Café and close by there are showers and public toilets as well as other restaurants and cafés across the road.

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We love visiting Balmoral Beach in summer, it's a fab spot for the family to relax, enjoy the sun and the water and some great fish & chips!

Please note: these photos are from our archives and dated January 2017, some changes to the beach and playground may have occurred since we last took these pics - thank you.

    Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

      • Drink bottles
      • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
      • Sunscreen
      • Sunhats
      • Helmet
      • Scooter
      • Bike
      • Swimmers & towels
      • Sandcastle gear
      • Beach chairs and a picnic blanket
      • Beach umbrella
      • Shade tent if you have one as there is no shade available

      This beach and playground has:

      • Accessible public toilets near the Boathouse
      • Accessible Permit or Paying parking area
      • Seating, tables and benches
      • Shower on the beach near the toilets
      • Climbing structures

        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.

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      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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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      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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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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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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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      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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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      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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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      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.

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

      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.

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      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.

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      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.

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      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
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      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.

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

      Forestway Fresh Café and Playground - Sydney - Review

      The Forestway Fresh Café and Playground is a cute spot in Terrey Hills attached to the Forestway Fresh family owned grocery shop which has excellent fruit & veg, deli products and more. We love the Forestway Café where you can sit outside and watch the kids play in the little playground.

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      The Forestway Café does great coffees, chai lattes and babycinos and has a great selection of cakes, cookies, sandwiches and more.

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      The Forestway Café playground now has a fully installed fence along the road (our first pic above had a temp fence) however the last time we visited there was no childproof gate stopping kids from accessing the car park area. There is ample parking in front of the playground or close to the Forestway store. A great spot for some shopping, a coffee and a play!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      This playground is located at 2 Myoora Road in Terrey Hills near Belrose Super Center.

      Our packing list for this café & playground:

      • Drink bottles

      • Sunscreen

      • Sunhats

      • BYO KeepCup for coffee or sit down for a coffee & snack at café

      This playground has:

      • Public toilets next to the playground in the outdoor section

      • Parking in Forestway Fresh carpark, close spot near playground

      • Seating, tables and benches

      • Swings, play structures with swings, climbing structure and more

       

      Busy City Kids were NOT invited to conduct a review at Forestway Fresh. Drinks, foods and transport were self funded. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

      For more information on Forestway Fresh, 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.

      Cubbyhouse Canteen - Armadale - Melbourne - Review

      Kate and her little ones recently visited the Cubbyhouse Canteen Café recently and had a wonderful time having lunch, coffee and snacks at the Cubbyhouse Canteen all while enjoying the playground close by.

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Run by sisters Narelle and Bec Thompson, this cute eatery ticks all the boxes with kid friendly catering, seating and high chairs, delicious food and treats, great coffee and a playground!

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Kate and her husband enjoyed two delicious Henny Penny Chicken and Really Rye Thanksgiving toasted sandwiches while the poppets enjoyed a Lunch Bento Box with a sandwich, fruit kebab, cupcake and toy.

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      The poppets enjoyed a very cute babycino as well as delicious gingerbread cookies! The Cubbyhouse Canteen has an amazing range of homemade cakes, biscuits and slices.

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      The Cubbyhouse Canteen and joined playground are perfect for catching up with family and friends, mothers or fathers group, birthday parties and more. The Cubbyhouse Canteen can also host birthday parties and provide catering.

      Kate happen to visit Cubbyhouse Canteen one weekend and took the photos below of a birthday party house at the Cubbyhouse Canteen. Catering was by Cubbyhouse Canteen. Cake by One by One Cakes.

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      The playground is great for kids under 5 with a larger playground located across the park. Kids will enjoy playing in the playground. This little playground is fully fenced however the gate closest to the street can easily be opened by taller toddlers something to be mindful of.

      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

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      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      The Cubbyhouse Canteen is a great spot for families and is open Wednesdays to Sundays 8am to 5pm.

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @kateflatman for @busycitykids

      Busy City Kids were invited to the Cubbyhouse Canteen for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. 

      The Cubbyhouse Canteen café and playground are located at 43A Union Street in Armadale. 

      Our packing list for this playground:

      • Drink bottles
      • Sunscreen
      • Sunhats

      This café and playground have:

      • Toilets
      • Baby Changing facilities
      • High Chairs
      • Blankets
      • Outdoor Heater
      • Accessible and street parking on the street nearby
      • Seating, tables and benches
      • Slide, climbing structure and springer for kids under 4 and a bigger playground on the other side of the park
      For more information on Cubbyhouse Canteen, head to their Facebook page.

      For more Melbourne playgrounds, head to our dedicated page

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

      Hallstrom Park in Bicentennial Reserve Willoughby - Sydney

      The Hallstrom Park in Bicentennial Reserve located on Small Street in Willoughby opened in early 2017 after some renovations and sits well in the Reserve and is a hub for parents, carers and their children who use with the playground and bike track as well as other members of the community who use the reserve for catchups or sports. Photos updated August 2018.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The playground now features new furniture and equipment including a turtle dome climber (which little Miss loved climbing all over and sitting on the top of), a large basket swing and a sandpit.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      The playground also features an embankment slide, climbing ropes, four swings (for babies and older kids), a fort structure with slide and climbing piece, a carousel, a see-saw and percussion drums near the entrance.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      There is a gazebo which is perfect for picnics or parties which has nearby toilets, drink bubblers and a small water area with a water pump.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The Bicentennial Reserve also has some interesting sculptures made of iron and stone which is great for kids to explore as well as a nearby oval and great walking and cycling paths so don't forget to bring the kids scooters and bikes for a spin. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      There is also a little bike track which is on the right of the playground at the back from the gazebo and the rocky spot. The track is complete with traffic signs, lanes and a little bridge. Little Mister loved it. There is no fencing near there, it is close to a main road so supervision is required.

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      There is nearby parking off Small Street as well as the Incinerator Café and Incinerator Art Space where you can grab a coffee, breakfast or lunch and explore their art space. There is also parking available at the nearby Willoughby Leisure Centre as well as another small playground near the centre's car park. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Tips:

      • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones
      • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle
      • Bring a ball or cricket set to play on the oval
      • There is a walking and cycling path along the playground so grab the little one's scooter or bike and helmets

      This playground has:

      • Accessible public toilets
      • Accessible parking
      • BBQ equipment
      • Cycling track
      • Free street parking and parking at nearby leisure centre
      • Gazebo for parties
      • Large grounds for sport
      • Nearby cafe
      • Picnic areas
      • Seating, tables, benches
      • Swings for babies and older kids
      • Toilets near gazebo
      • Walking and cycling paths
      • Wet play area

      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.

       

      Ryde Park Scooter & Bike Track - Ryde - Sydney - Review

      We recently took the kids' new helmets from Cycle Style and bikes for a spin at the Ryde Park Scooter & Bike Track which opened in late March this year.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The new upgrades include an amazing scooter and bike track for children, complete with traffic signs, a roundabout and traffic lights. There is also an undercover seating area, landscaped gardens, drinking fountains, a relaxing picnic park and a new dog off-leash fenced area next to it.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The kids loved racing around the track, stopping for snacks and park at the scooter/bike parking. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      There is also a nearby playground and Grounds Keeper Café to catchup with friends and for something different. There is also another simple bike track.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      We had a great time at the Ryde Park Scooter and Bike Track and highly recommend it. The kids will sleep well after!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      This playground is located at 7 Blaxland Road in Ryde.

      Our packing list for this bike park & nearby playground:

      • Drink bottles
      • Food for snacks, for lunch or for a picnic
      • Sunscreen
      • Sunhats
      • Helmet
      • Scooter
      • Bike
      • BYO KeepCup for the Grounds Keeper Café and get a coffee discount

      This playground has:

      • Public toilets ONLY at nearby Grounds Keeper Café
      • Street parking on the street along the playground on Argyle Avenue or on Princes St 
      • Picnic areas nearby park
      • Seating, tables and benches
      • Large swing, play structure with swing, climbing structure

      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.

      Kid & Hub - Adelaide - Review

      Kid & Hub was founded by Stacey and Giuliana in late 2016 who both moved back to Adelaide from Melbourne and were looking for a space where they could go with their children and help them learn, create and play in a safe environment. They were not able to find such space so they created Kid & Hub and opened in early 2017. We have been looking at visiting Kid & Hub since last September and were lucky to grab two spots for the Movers & Makers 0 to 5 years old program these holidays! As you can imagine, spots do fill up quickly, now we know why!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      We arrived a little bit early before our Movers & Makers session and sat down at the coffee shop while watching little Miss and her brother enjoy themselves in the little play hub. You can pop in anytime at the coffee shop and let your little ones play in the play area for $5 or for free if you are a member. The coffee and food is very nice.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Before our Movers & Makers session started, kids are invited to pop into the little pre-session area 15 minutes before the session starts where they can have a play, go down the slide, make some music with little instruments provided and join the instructor for a welcome song and a few cute activities. When it's time to start the session, kids are asked to take shoes and socks off and put a paint smock on and get ready for some messy fun!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The Movers & Makers monthly theme we attended was based on the Seasons and the season for that week was Winter. A variety of messy play, arts & crafts, painting, science skills and some great activities to develop fine and motor skills. Different stations were setup for kids to enjoy and my kids did just that - they loved their 45 minutes and received a fruit at the end of the session. Little Miss has asked to go back again when we visit Adelaide. After they enjoyed the session, they played some more in the café play hub after a juice and croissant.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Our tips:

      • Kid & Hub is located at 253A Magill Road in Maylands in Adelaide.
      • The centre is open Monday to Friday, closed Saturday & Sunday and closed on Public Holidays. Opening times vary.
      • Pop in for a coffee and a play in the Play Hub anytime.
      • Admission to Coffee & Play Hub is free for Kid & Hub members or $5 per child for non members. Play & Coffee Tuesday is great for play dates as there are no Movers & Makers sessions on that day and everything is opened up.
      • Admission to Movers & Makers sessions vary. Perfect for kids under 6. You can either pay the casual visit fee of $27 or a five pass membership at $115 or ten pass membership at $200.
      • Book in advance for programs as spots book out quickly.
      • Book your child's next birthday party at Kid & Hub for a fun alternative.
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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Busy City Kids were invited to Kid & Hub for the purposes of a review. All opinions & feedback are genuine & truthful. Travel, food and fee paying activities were self funded. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      For more information on Kid & Hub, head to their website.

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

      Freshwater Beach Playgrounds - Freshwater - Sydney

      There are two playgrounds located next to Freshwater Beach in Freshwater. 

      The first playground is overlooking Freshwater Beach and can be accessed from Moore Rd in Freshwater.

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      The second playground is part of a little reserve also next to the Freshwater Beach and accessible from Moore Rd, Gore St and Kooloora Rd in Freshwater.

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      Both playgrounds are quite entertaining for little ones and a small stroll from the Freshwater local shops and cafés. There are three cafés near these two playgrounds so lots to choose from so grab a coffee and head to the playground with the little ones. Just be mindful of the little ones as the playgrounds are not fenced. My son loves chasing birds and I've had to tell him off a few times as he was getting too close to the parked cars. Parking is free for local residents with a northern beaches council parking pass or ticketed.

      Tips:

      • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones although there is nice shade from the trees
      • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle or grab an ice cream and a drink from nearby cafés or lifesaver club
      • There is a walking and cycling path along playground so grab the little one's scooter or bike

      These playgrounds have:

      • Accessible toilets
      • Accessible parking on the street
      • A nearby beach
      • BBQ equipment
      • Cycling & scooter tracks
      • Picnic areas
      • Cafés nearby
      • Seating, tables, benches
      • Swings for babies and older kids
      • Walking and cycling paths
      • Meter and council residents parking.

      For more Sydney playgrounds, head to our dedicated page.

      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.

      NUBO Chatswood Chase - Sydney - Review

       

      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! 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      He especially loved the little market & café area where he played pretend shop for ages and enjoyed playing along with other kids too.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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!

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      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 find out more about NUBO Chatswood, their program and where they are located, head to their website.

      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. 

      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!

      Ross Street Playground - Seaforth - Sydney

      The Ross Street playground is located off Ross Street in Seaforth in Sydney's Northern Beaches area. It is a great playground for kids 1 to 6 years of age located near cafés and shops and a nearby church which is often used for community activities.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      This small yet popular playground is fully fenced due to the busy intersection nearby and nicely shaded with large shade sails. It has a small cubby house like structure with a slide, a fun see-saw, a small climbing structure and a swing set for infants and older children. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Little Mister 2 loves this playground as he can climb onto everything! He loves standing at the cubby house-like structure and yelling out and going down the slide.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The Ross Street playground is a relaxing playground which also has a sitting area, some nice trees and free parking next to the playground. There are no toilets however so plan accordingly or you can try the toilets in the nearby community centre near the church which is open at times.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Tips:

      • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones although there is nice shade from the sails
      • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle as there are no shops around the playground however a café nearby

      This playground has:

      • Accessible parking on the street
      • Fully fenced playground
      • Free street parking
      • No toilets
      • Seating
      • Swings for babies and older kids

      For more Sydney playgrounds, head to our dedicated page.

      Wahroonga Park Playground - Wahroonga - Sydney

      Wahroonga Park is located along Coonabarra Road in Wahroonga. This popular playground was renovated and reopened in September 2016 and a new toilet facility was completed in July 2017. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The main feature of this playground is a cute train with carriages as the playground is close to Wahroonga train station. Little Mister was enjoying on our visit, he loved going into the front of the train and going through the tube as well as sitting in the carriages pretending we were on the train tracks.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The playground is nicely shaded with a large shade cloth covering the train, a small climbing cubby, bouncers, a child and baby swing, a small slide structure, a roundabout and a climbing structure with flying fox.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Little Mister loved the train platform area with built-in bells, great for stepping on to make music. He also liked loved walking along the ledge nearby following the other children. We also love that the playground floor is soft fall rubber which makes it safer for little ones. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The other area of the playground is shaded by trees and has a medium structure where kids can play hide and seek and climb on top of as well as another climbing structure where they can admire the playground from high ground like a pirate!

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      The mulch soft fall side of the playground also has a larger structure which represents half of a boat where older kids can climb and slide down.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The playground is full fenced and has a number of seating areas where you can sit and enjoy a coffee from nearby café. Bring some snacks and drinks for the little ones. There is more seating and picnic tables outside of the playground which has a number of different swings such as a lounge chair swing, a large 360° birds nest swing and a baby and child swing. 

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The nearby recent refurbished toilet facility with a family friendly cubicle is steps from the playground which is ideal too. There is also nearby free parking along Coonabarra Road.

      Tips:

      • Bring sunscreen and a hat for your little ones although there is nice shade from the trees
      • Bring a picnic, snacks and water bottle from home or drop into the nearby café for a coffee

      This playground has:

      • Accessible public toilets
      • Accessible parking on the street
      • Fully fenced playground
      • Free street parking
      • Picnic areas
      • Seating, tables, benches
      • Swings for babies and older kids
      • Toilets near playground
      • Walking and cycling paths

      For more Sydney playgrounds, head to our dedicated page.

      NUBO Alexandria - Sydney - Review

      At the start of the July 2017 school holidays, we visited the beautiful NUBO indoor play space in Alexandria in Sydney's Inner East. It is such an inspiring space which is both fun and educational for little ones. And since May 2018 NUBO Chatswood was born, to read our review of NUBO Chatswood head here.

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      As soon as we walked in, the kids were so calm in the serene space. They were happy venturing around the library and relaxing in the reading nooks and hot hair balloon. They enjoyed story time where an instructor read a cute book and played some little tunes on his guitar.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      They didn't venture down the giant slides as it is more suited for kids 4+ and little Miss was a bit scared of the slope on those slides but I'm sure she will get the courage next time we visit.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The space is truly appealing to the eye. Parents can relax at the café while they watch their little one playing in the ball pit.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Kids can explore other spaces and build in the blue room with Big Blue Blocks, Gears and MagFormers.

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      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Or do some crafts in the craft room where an instructor runs craft activities during the day. Little Miss enjoyed playing with clay and creating her own medal on Olympic week.

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      The most popular section of Nubo would have to be the ball pit where everyone was floating on the balls and going down the super fast slide.

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      There is an upstairs section where kids can play shop and have a tea party at the café. Little Miss and her brother loved this space and looking over the centre. 

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      Photo credit: @busycitykids

      We loved NUBO Alexandria and will definetely pop in next time we are in the area as little Miss often asks me when we will go back to the 'new playground'. 

      Here's a few tips before you head to Nubo:

      • Checkout NUBO Alexandria's What's On page on their website to see the 'Theme of the Week' and what activities have been planned in the library, art studio, building room and workshop room.
      • A few NUBO reserved parking spots can be found next the centre with a reasonable parking fee or other parking can be found in the other car parking areas in the business centre.
      • Arrive as NUBO Alexandria opens before the crowds come for the morning activities so the kids can enjoy the space alone.
      • Bring socks for the kids and yourself 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 is open 7 days, caters for children 0-10 years.
      • Prices vary depending on the day you visit and how long you stay so checkout the Visit page on their website. Activities are included in the entry fee which is great.
      • There are toilets onsite including a parents room with a change table as well as a kids bathroom with an out of world cool 'octopus' sink with taps.
      • 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.
      • A Nubo will be coming to Chatswood Chase towards December this year so keep an eye on their social to stay in touch.
      To find out more about NUBO Alexandria, their program and where they are located, head to their website.

      To read up on our review of the NEW NUBO Chatswood in Chatswood Chase, head to this 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!