Some days are just meant for indoor play – hot days, cold days, rainy days - but it doesn't mean you have to stay home while the kids get cabin fever. Take them to one of Perth's indoor play centres and let them go wild while you grab a coffee and maybe even have some grown up conversation. Here's all the info you need. Ps. Don't forget your socks. And check out voucher books like Telethon's Kidz-a-Buzz or the Entertainment Book because a lot of these venues offer two for ones in there. Under ones are free at most of these venues.. as are parents. And most cater for birthday parties too.
Beach House - O'Malley St, Osborne Park The Beach House is big with different areas for different sized kids. Features a bouncy castle, triple-deck climbing structure and a car track. There are also two fenced toddler areas, plus a special area for kids 6-14 with free arcade games and computer games. Opens from 9.30am Monday – Saturday. And from 1pm on Sundays.
This play centre has baby areas, an under-5's castle, a train, plane, pirate ship and bumper cars plus a large inflatable slide and a triple wave slide. There's also a massive climbing structure for the 5's and over. Sound big? It is! It's the biggest of its kind in the country. Also school holiday activities and free toddler activities in the school term. Open everyday from 9am till 5.30pm.
Full of Fun - Townsend St, Malaga
There's a tiny tots area (right by the café) that's perfect for one to four year olds. It features slides, stuff to climb on, plus a play kitchen and work bench too. Then there's the big kids area that's like a giant obstacle course with rope climbs, flying fox and wobble boards. Opens 9am till 5pm daily.
Go Bananas - Elcar Lane, Joondalup There are three separate play areas and for the two youngest groups they are fenced off. For the under twos there's an area with a cubby house, baby slide and lots of toys. The two to four year olds have a bouncy castle and climbing frame. And the big kids have a massive climbing frame with slides, tunnels and a flying fox. During the week Go Bananas opens from 9am till 2pm. And on weekends and school holidays it opens from 9am till 5pm.
Let's Play Centre – Comserv Loop, Ellenbrook You'll find a fenced off toddler area for the little kids and arcade games for the bigger kids. They also have different events like craft days and music and movement classes. It opens at 9.30am every day and closes at 4pm on weekends and on weekdays during the school holidays. During the school term it shuts at 2.30pm on weekdays (except Tuesday when it's open till 5.30pm).
Mighty Jungle - Boag Road, Morley This place has been renovated a few times and is now the Mighty Jungle. They've got lots of new toys. It's got three areas. For the under fours there's a safe play spot with toys and rockers. For the bigger kids there's a multi-level climbing frame, slides and bouncy castle. There's also a computer game area that features Band Hero. And parents can tap into the free wifi. Mighty Jungle opens at 9am every day. It closes at 4pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends and public holidays. There's also talk of a day spa 'coming soon'.
Neverland 4 Kids - Winton Road, Joondalup Caters for kids up to 16 for two special play areas just for the under fours and for the big kids three giant slides, three trampolines and a huge multi-level climbing frame. If you want to have a birthday party here you can choose to have it hosted or not. Neverland 4 Kids is open from 9am till 5pm Monday to Thursday and from 9am till 6pm Friday to Sunday.
Wild Kidz – Lumsden Rd, Wangara You'll get a very well-priced play at Wild Kidz. And they have different sections for your littlies and your not-so-littlies. Everything from bouncy bouncy castles to giant slides, giant ball pits and racing cars. Kids up to age 12 will have a ball here while you have a coffee and maybe even lunch. Wild Kidz is open weekdays from 9.30am. Closes at 3pm on Monday to Wednesday and 6pm on Thursday and Friday. Saturday plays start at 9am and finish at 5.30pm. Sunday get in from 12.30pm till 5.30pm.
Active-ate – Albany Highway, Kelmscott A fairly new play centre stuff fun for babies to 12 year olds. For the big kids there's a huge three-level play structure with a three-lane wave slide, flying fox and obstacle maze. Toddlers have their own space too. And Active-ate also holds discos. Open 9am till 6pm Monday to Saturday and 9am till 4pm on Sunday. Not open on public holidays.
Chipmunks Playland – Blackburn Drive, Port Kennedy
Just like the set up at Hillarys (see above). Open everyday from 9am till 5.30pm. They also have special school holiday activities.
Fun Fact'ry – Mandurah
You can hit up the Fun Fact'ry for a casual play but they specialise in parties too. Each party runs for 90 minutes with food and drink and play time. Open from 9.30am till 5pm every day during the school term (except Wednesdays when they close at 1pm).
Jungle Gym – Gympie Way, Willeton
This place is for play, gymnastics classes and birthday parties. Toddlers and up to 12 year olds are welcome. It's a chance for kids to get moving and learn about gymnastics in a non-competitive environment. There's a big obstacle course that incorporates jumping, climbing and somersaulting. Click here to check out when everything is on.
Fun Station - Great Eastern Highway, Midland or Mackinnon St, Rockingham
Caters for bubs to 14 year olds with play areas and structures that include a multi-level structure with tunnels, a helicopter, submarine, spaceship and slides. There's a toddler area with a ballpit, tunnel, climbing wall and slide. Plus Playstations and X-Boxes. Fun Station is open daily from 9am till 5pm.
Jungle Zone – Sunlight Drive, Port Kennedy
There are separate play areas for different age groups and even something for the parents. Lazer tag anyone? For the five year olds and under there's a play jungle with stuff to climb on, plus the kids can get involved in arts and crafts. And there's a dedicated soft play area for the under twos. Closed on Monday but open from 9am till 4pm Tuesday to Saturday and 10am till 3pm on Sunday.
Kidz Paradise – Planet Street, Carlisle
Lots to do for all ages here. Kidz Paradise has four different play areas that cater for different levels. Your kids can zip down the slides or tackle the maze climbs and bouncy castle. There's also a dedicated area for toddlers. Open from 9am till 5pm daily.
Little Champs – Stock Road Markets, Bibra Lake
You'll find this one in a new facility inside the markets. It's a great place for toddlers to burn some energy and explore new things. Check out the inflatable race track and wave ball pit. Little Champs is open Monday to Friday from 9am till 2pm. On Saturdays it's available by private hire only.
Tropical Twist – Stock Road, O'Connor
There's a three-level play structure at Tropical Twist. Your kids can have a go on the challenge course, play basketball or tug-of-war or jump on the bouncy castle. Also a special area for our littlest ones. Open everyday from 10am. Tropical Twist close at 2pm on weekdays and 5pm on weekends.
I went to Tropical Twist in O'Connor Perth and they have new owners. Wow what a difference!!!! A clean centre and the staff were very helpful and friendly. i joined with a free membership and now get a discount on entry. The opening hours have changed to 0900-5pm M-F and 10-5 on weekends. The kids always enjoy their time there, glad we went back and will visit again.