Indoor play centres are ideal for providing a place for little ones to play, regardless of the weather. They have soft and colourful play equipment suited perfectly to specific age groups and are arranged so that Mum, Dad or Nanna can relax, knowing that they can see the kids and that they are safe.
Image courtesy of Corner Cubbyhouse
The cafe areas offer tired Mums the chance to catch up with friends, or just enjoy a few minutes to themselves, over a cuppa. They are an especially good venue for Mums groups and toddler birthday parties.
So grab some socks and lets take a look at some of the best ones around Sydney.
Located in Five Dock is Corner Cubbyhouse. It offers a large play area that includes a 3 lane slide and a spider-web for the bigger kids, while the under 4's have their own separate soft play area, with interactive learning toys. Parents are not forgotten either, with access to a cafe, free internet and a comfortable lounge area in full view of the kids. Individual party rooms are available with packages priced from $200 for 8 children. Under cover parking is also a plus for those times when its is scalding hot outside or pouring with rain.
Lollipop's Playland are the leading group of children's indoor entertainment centres in Australia with 14 centres currently open and more in development. They have 5 centres in Sydney, located at Frenchs Forest, Castle Hill, Penrith, Wetherill Park and Campbelltown. Equipment in their centres includes multi level indoor playgrounds with ball pits, merry-go-rounds, bouncy inflatables, basketball and soccer areas, as well as quiet areas with blocks, books and puzzles. Each centre also offers between 4 and 6 party rooms in addition to the parents cafe.
In Casula and Penrith, you can find Monkey Mania which I think is best for slightly older kids. They have a huge labyrinth-like play area with slides, tunnels and even a big air gun that shoots soft foam balls in to the air. Smaller guns are positioned around so that those higher up can fire back. A separate ball sports area helps tire out the sporty kids and the littlies have a soft toddler area of their own too. Themed party rooms are available for your little princess, explorer, fairy or pirate.
The Wiggles Play Centres are found in Seven Hills and Villawood and are very popular with the under 5's. Using images and music from the Wiggles television shows and movies, the centres are colourful fun places for the toddler set. In addition to the usual soft play equipment, Wiggles Playcentres also offer appearances by Dorothy The Dinosaur and movies showing on a big screen. If your child would be delighted by a Wiggles themed birthday party, then this is the place to go. An onsite cafe offers food and drinks for both adults and kids, with an emphasis on healthy and nutritional food.
That is a few that I know of that should get you started. Can you tell us where your child's favourite play centre is and what it has to offer?
If you've young kids below & above 6 years, Xtreme Playzone in Asquith is great! Softplay area for the younger ones $10 all day during school holidays & black light mini golf. Then there's lazer bumper cars, lazer obstacle course (imagine you're Tom Cruise in Mission Impossible) & lazer tag! Heaps of fun for kids. Yummy gelato. Too bad they don't provide free Wifi for adults.
By Jackie C - senior reviewer Monday, 17th of October @ 03:05 am
Club Kids Roselands. Cleanest playcentre i've ever been to.
By Anonymous Sunday, 8th of April @ 10:09 pm
Club Kids in Roselands and Earlwood are brilliant. I visited both several time in the Easter school holidays as they had free daily activities. Excellent excellent staff - very attentive, extremely clean and good cafe quality coffee. Very happy at both centers although different sizes roselands is huge and earlwood normal size.
By Anonymous Wednesday, 23rd of May @ 07:24 am
Club Kids Playhouse in Roselands and Earkwood by far. I was at Club Kids Roselands yesterday and the kids participated in free cooking classes. Last Thursday I was at earlwood and the kids got free popcorn and free ice-cream while watching a movie. These centres go beyond normal playcentres, they have excellent facilities and great equipment but they offer so much more on a daily basis. I read about them in the daily telegraph a few weeks and have become a huge fan of club kids. My kids and I love them.
By Tonyp - reader Thursday, 24th of May @ 08:58 pm
Glitter cafe in rozelle. Small but ample for little ones , best midweek during the day. Great for a coffee catch up with another mum or dad while they have a play either on a few things indoors or the craft set up or outside jumping equipment and water slide. Like I said its a small place, lovely lady that runs it, not expensive and a big room upstairs that can be hired out for parties.
By hwill - reader Wednesday, 26th of October @ 10:26 am
Club Kids Roselands for sure.
It has a full entertainment programme every school holiday and is also the cleanest playcentre I have been to. The food is delicious and the whole atmosphere is amazing. They also run activities every weekday (non-school holidays). There is nothing they won't do to satisfy the public. 5*
By Anonymous Saturday, 7th of July @ 02:54 pm
Having a toddler, I generally find the indoor play centres a bit feral especially on rainy days or school holidays and an yet to find a centre that genuinely caters for smaller children.
A couple of months ago we made it to Playdays at Gladesville which was pretty good in terms of catering to smaller children but found the equipment and facilities quite old, shabby and not very clean.
Haven't been to the ones below but look forward to trying.
Little Dynamos at Alexandria is great for older kids.
Does anybody know of a nice play centre that isnt located in an industrial shed?
By barba26 - reader Sunday, 16th of October @ 11:22 pm
Corner cubbyhole house used to be great but I think it has really gone downhill. It never has enough staff, the food runs out quite qui key during the week, the toilets often have no toilet paper or hand towel and the management staff are not helpful. Not to mention the 2apple computers often aren't working. Not my favorite anymore, a shame really because it used to be great! Vickie
By vicki5 - reader Monday, 17th of October @ 11:50 pm
Little Fish in Caringbah is just like a normal cafe with two small indoor play areas & an outdoor play area with seating which is enclosed. It is lovely if you are not too far away.
By njayc - reader Tuesday, 18th of October @ 12:26 am
To answer barba26 question...Frenches Forest Lollypops is in large building but it is more of an office block. It is a lovely well maintained building with ample undercover parking. I think the management at this place is fab- they go up and above the usual stuff...free craft on a Tuesday day, always clean, lots of staff, regular changes in equipment. And the kids love the free tea cup rides every 20 minutes!!
There is also Belrose Hotel, quite a new area for kids- free!! 2 different areas- under 3's and older kids.
I second the Asquith review...they also make their own pizza from scratch- great place just to go for a family dinner and let the kids run amok before bed! they only charged us $5 for playpark when we arrived at 6pm.
By mandy - reader Tuesday, 18th of October @ 08:40 am
I agree Vicki5, your comment about cubby house corner. We went at the start and it was great but suddenly the upkeep, food, lack of staff and staff with a clue has gone down hill. It gets really dirty with not much cleaning up going on ( crubby house corner). Shame as not a lot in the inner west like that. Going to try the flying fox though, Mona vale this summer. Where else in the inner west have you tried?
By hwill - reader Tuesday, 8th of November @ 03:43 am
Hey Karen (reviewer) did you go recently to cubby house corner? Maybe they have had total change since Vicki xnd I have been.
Went earlier this year xnd wouldn't go back. When did you visit ?
By hwill - reader Tuesday, 8th of November @ 03:47 am
I has been probably about 12 months since I took my children there last. I wonder if they have had a change of management perhaps?
By Karen - senior reviewer Tuesday, 8th of November @ 04:07 am
Sorry, guys, Glitter Cafe has closed down. Not enough business? I rarely saw anyone there!
By evely15 - reader Friday, 16th of December @ 11:27 am
Glitter Cfe has actually moved to gladesville
By Anonymous Monday, 20th of February @ 04:28 am
The new Monkey Mania that has recently opened at Bankstown Sports Club is very good. It is larger than their other centres and has lots of large party rooms.
A drop off service is offered for parents who may want to have a meal or see a show at the club while the kids play.
By Karen - senior reviewer Monday, 20th of February @ 08:07 pm
Giggle Lots at Bankstown is great for little kids to play during the week. Not as frantic as other centres which means the kids are free to explore comfortably. Coffee is the best i've had by far at a playcentre. Food is great and adults are free.
By Anonymous Tuesday, 17th of July @ 01:15 am
Hi again, I visited club kids roselands during these school holidays. Wow what an awesome time we had. We visited last week and enjoyed the reptile show - my son actually held a snake. And again today for the nutcracker show. Pistachio entertainment performed - I have seen them before at a concert - they are amazing. Anyway this place looks even better then the last time we were here last holidays. Happily sat from 10am till 2.30pm in air-conditioning drinking iced coffees and having a great gossip with the girls. thank you club kids
By Tonyp - reader Thursday, 4th of October @ 09:24 am
Wiggles Play Centre Seven Hills has closed and Villawood Play Centre shutting its doors 28th October 2012.
Anyone know of any play centres in the Blacktown area, excluding disappointing "play centre" Westpoint Blacktown?
By d_mac - reader Thursday, 11th of October @ 10:01 pm
Hi guys, the Wiggles playland that is closing in Villa Wood, is being turned into a Chipmunks Playland and apparently will be the best playland in Sydney, here's waiting
By Anonymous Thursday, 15th of November @ 09:09 am
I have been to lollipops at Wetherill Park, and not much to offer for under 4's.
Clown Town at Rosehill awesome! They have a fenced off under 4's area which is fantastic as they cannot escape =D
Clean, on the ball friendly staff, cafe area, clear view of kids in play area. It is a little pricey but you pay for what you get and I think is awesomeness fun for the kids.
Only one downer, Mon to Fri they close at 2:30pm unless its school holidays.
By Anonymous Wednesday, 20th of March @ 12:16 pm
Definitely Club Kids at Roselands. We go there all the time. Adults are free (not like the other centres).The place is clean. The staff are great. The food awesome. It always has free activities on. I had my sons b'day there and they are by far -THE BEST !
I've been to other ones and there is no comparison.
By Anonymous Friday, 5th of April @ 11:27 pm
Parents on the North Shore have to check out Wannabees in Frenchs Forest, (a stones throw from Lollipops). It's an amazing set up of the traditional soft play climbing and a mini town complete with kiddie size bank, beauty salon, grocery store, boutique, fire station, construction site, cafe, Doctors surgery, maternity ward, gym, TV studio, post office and police station where the little ones can let loose their imaginative play. They also have a harnessed climbing wall and regular fashion show sessions where the kids can dress up in clothing from the boutique and catwalk on to the stage. There is a large real cafe too for mums and Dads where they also make a fair effort at supplying healthier food options. A fantastic fun place where little ones can really use their imagination.
By emma. - reader Saturday, 13th of July @ 09:09 pm