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A seriously awesome pop-up play space for toddlers
The hardest part about taking my little girl to Toddler World was deciding where to start.
Toddler World is a unique pop-up event for toddlers.
But this oh-so mind-boggling decision was solved after only a few seconds, when she ran off into one of many gated play spaces designed and made just for her and the youngest members of Perth families.
It is a wonderful blend of all things that toddlers love – from trikes, cars and racing tracks, to bouncing castles, messy art, gymnastics and of course – ball pits. And slides in the ball pit. It was certainly an activity of choice.
The various play areas are set up around all four sides of the stadium main arena, with the inflatable action at the back of the room, a photo area, stage and face painting at the front and the various fenced areas along the sides. The gymnastics and tumbling area and bike track are set up in the middle. There is plenty of space for prams, with a dedicated walk track mapped out.
Olivia started her play time with a ride in a little cart down a racing track. Such excitement! Then it was off to the bouncing castle before she spotted the area full of space hoppers. Since she's only just turned two and didn't know quite what to do with it, she found it fun to throw it around for a while.
The mega blocks playpen was another huge hit and there were kids in and out the entire time. There is a giant inflatable slide and an inflatable obstacle course for your toddler to tackle. You'll find dedicated areas set up for colouring in, play-doh, magnetic fishing, face painting by some lovely Freedom Fairies, a baby play area and a little petting zoo.
Toddler World has a great set-up – it's a safe, compliant space for toddlers where they can play without 'their areas' being taken over by the bigger kids (**cough, cough** – play centres, I'm looking at you.)
Although parents must supervise their children, Toddler World is essentially a place where mums, dads and carers can relax a bit and know their children are not going to get too far if they wander off.
Each different area is fenced off with toddler-proof (and mummy-proof, as I discovered) gates, so unless the gate is left open, they can't easily escape. There are also Toddler World staff manning the main entrance at all times, in case of potential escapees.
There are tables dotted around the fenced areas with baby wipes and hand sanitizer – seriously, these guys have thought of everything! If you need help, Toddler World staff are always close by to lend a hand.
We spent a full two hours at the event and didn't even make it to all of the different areas, which is a testament to how much there is for toddlers and pre-schoolers to do here.
There are two sessions available on each of the three days – morning, from 9am to 12pm and afternoon from 1pm to 4pm. Tickets are $28.50 for children aged one to six and adults. Family tickets are $78 for a family of three and $104 for a family of four. Babies under one are free, although they are only permitted in the dedicated baby areas. To buy tickets, see the Ticketmaster website.
Parents will have access to a café on-site, and unlike play centres, you are more than welcome to bring your own food to this event. Socks must be worn, but that's one of the few rules of Toddler World.
The next problem we faced was getting Olivia to leave. There was just too much fun to be had. This pop-up event will thrill the smallest members of your family and you can bet they will be begging to stay just a bit longer.