Freelance writer, Mum of two preschoolers and author of "Conversations with Toddlers: Surviving Maternity Leave with a Sense of Humour" (available from www.smashwords.com, www.rebeccastephens.com.au). I love all things food, wine and kid related.
Published February 1st 2014
It's raining outside (or 45 degrees) and you can't go out to play, you've exhausted all the kids' activities on Pinterest and the little tackers are bouncing off the walls and swinging round the ceiling fans.
It's time to run off some energy at an indoor playground. But which one?
Where? 15c/56 Keys Road, Cheltenham 2192 and 79 Star Cresent, Hallam 3803 Info? Why? One of the biggest in Victoria. The Hallam centre has a space themed maze, and a mini helicopter that budding pilots can fly using the controls (the propellor even spins).
Where? 234 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East
Why? More than the usual play centre, including cars on a race track and extra activities during school holidays. Note adults pay for entry too ($3.50) but this includes a voucher for a hot or cold drink.
Where? 323 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Why? Not your usual run-around indoor playground. This one is smaller, cosier and more activity-focused. Think wooden train sets, building activities and a lovely cafe.
Where? Fountaingate Complex, Narre Warren
Why? Free high speed wi-fi! And all the usual stuff for the kids plus two jumping castles and a teacup carousel (think Disneyland).
Where? 67 Ashley Street West Footscray VIC 3012
Why? Slides, monkey bars, obstacle courses, jumping castles, ball pits and video games plus a loyalty card program for frequent visitors.