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by Rebecca Stephens (subscribe)
Writer, blogger, historian, Mum. I love all things food, wine and kid related. Find me at www.rebeccastephens.com.au.
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?

Here's a few of my picks: what have I missed? Which one is your favourite?

Kids Ahoy Mornington
Kids Ahoy Mornington Image: Kids Ahoy Facebook page


1. Croc's Play Centre, Moorabbin

Where? Unit 8, 430 Warrigal Rd, Moorabbin, Vic 3189
Info? www.crocsplaycentre.com.au/moorabbin
Why? A new play centre with a ball pit, steep slides and a great under 4s area.

2. Kids Space Indoor Play and Party Centre, Cheltenham and Hallam

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).

3. Lollipops Playland & Cafe, Bentleigh East

Where? 234 East Boundary Rd, Bentleigh East
Info? www.lollipopsplayland.com.au
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.

4. Playzone Indoor Play Centre, Noble Park

Where? 6 Elonera Road, Noble Park, VIC 3174
Info? www.playzone.com.au
Why? Inexpensive, plenty to keep the kids occupied for hours and no video games for the kids to get distracted on.


The Silly Seahorse indoor play centre
Octopus at the Silly Seahorse Play Centre, Mornington. Image: www.thesillyseahorse.com.au


5. Kids Ahoy Play Centre, Mornington

Where? Factory 4, 1 Watt Rd Mornington
Info? www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Ahoy/214620581901591?rf=171557649555462
Why? Ball pit for toddlers, huge multi-level play area for older kids.

6. Little Creatures Indoor Play Centre, Balwyn

Where? 323 Whitehorse Road, Balwyn
Info? www.little-creatures.com.au
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.

7. Lollipop's Playland, Fountaingate

Where? Fountaingate Complex, Narre Warren
Info? www.fountaingate.lollipopsplayland.com.au
Why? Free high speed wi-fi! And all the usual stuff for the kids plus two jumping castles and a teacup carousel (think Disneyland).

8. Wonderland Play Centre, Hoppers Crossing

Where? 55 Graham Crt, Hoppers Crossing
Info? www.wonderlandplaycentre.com.au
Why? Three lane race slide, bouncy slide and a huge multi-level playground

Kids Space
For budding astronauts at Kids Space, Cheltenham. Image: www.kidspace.com.au


9. The Silly Seahorse, Chelsea Heights

Where? 2/213-225 Wells Rd Chelsea Heights
Info? www.thesillyseahorse.com.au
Why? Ball pit, jumping castle, multiple slides, a flying fox, basketball hoop, Little Tikes cars, cubby huts and free organised kids' activities.

10. Kidzmania Indoor Play Centre, Footscray

Where? 67 Ashley Street West Footscray VIC 3012
Info? www.kidzmania.com.au
Why? Slides, monkey bars, obstacle courses, jumping castles, ball pits and video games plus a loyalty card program for frequent visitors.

11. Billy Lids Indoor Playground and Cafe, Hawthorn

Where? 86 Lynch Street Hawthorn VIC 3122
Info? www.billylids.com
Why? Ball pits, bug cars and plenty of play equipment
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Crocs Playcentre in Lyndhurst
by holt_ (score: 0|4) 226 days ago
Best Party center by far is in Hallam is Xanadu children s indoor Playcentre & cafe
Its Huge and gorgeous, clean and has the cheapest price for parties.
by brad3 (score: 0|4) 178 days ago
Planet Kids mornington !!! Amazing toddler space, you can see your kids all of the time and the cafe is great !!
by erinh (score: 0|2) 65 days ago

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