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.
Playhut in Altona North is the best one I have ever been to. They just renovated their Centre so it is all BRAND NEW AND CLEAN. Their prices are really cheap and their parties are fantastically run if only I was a kid again I would be having my party their!!!!!!
Kidz City at 30 Commercial Place in Keilor East. It's been upgraded recently and offers jumping pillow, inflatable slide, 4 metre drop slide, air guns, bug cars, separate under 3 year old play area, 3 lane race slide and multi-level playground.