I am a stay at home mum trying to be a freelance writer - or a freelance writer trying to be a stay at home mum. I enjoy getting out and about with my two little girls and am Chief Editor of Perth Mums Group perthmumsgroup.com.au
Published July 2nd 2018
A south-eastern suburbs play centre to keep the kids busy
If there's one thing a play centre has to have, it's a 'hook' for parents. Since the centre is all about the kids, parents need some small incentive to go. Perhaps it's free entry at certain times of the week. Perhaps it's free wifi, or perhaps it just needs to be clean. For me, it's all about good coffee.
As a mum to a busy three year old who is going through a phase of answering everything with the word 'why' and a baby who has gone over a year without sleeping through the night, coffee is my go-to for getting through the day. Bad or overpriced coffee at an indoor play centre is a big no-no.
You can find a Chipmunks play centre throughout Perth.
So the first time I visited the Chipmunks franchise in Kelmscott, my only disappointment was with the coffee and I was a bit reluctant to return. But on a rainy winter's day, I decided to give it another shot and this time the coffee was SO MUCH better, to my relief.
It is split into three main areas – a section for older kids aged 3 to 11, a section for children aged under 5 only and a separate section for babies aged 12 months and under. Then there is, of course, a food and drink counter and a large rest area for parents.
The older kids area has a multi-level play structure with plenty of twists and turns, steps and racing slides, along with a huge inflatable slide and a couple of spinning cups that my daughter just can't get enough of.
Entry for kids starts from $10.90, and children under 12 months are free, along with adults. Chipmunks isn't the cheapest play centre around, but the kids will have a ball and it's perfect for those rainy days when you just need to get out of the house.