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Published April 10th 2012
It's raining. Again. The kids are starting to climb the walls and you are contemplating doing away with a small child if you don't get out of the house. Now. Load them up. Jump in the car. And drive. Arrive at Chipmunks. Get a caffeine hit. Release the children.
Breath a sigh of relief at the smiles on their faces as they run, slide, bounce, and have fun inside without the threat of breaking vases or windows. Sit back, watch them happily, and drink your coffee.
A huge area for older children to slide, run, climb, jump, play and watch the ball blaster
Chipmunks describes itself as a playland and cafe, but to describe this extravaganza as a "playland" is a little like saying that a 3 year old "kind of looks forward to Christmas". Let me tell you - Chipmunks is amazing.
We visited the Underwood venue in Brisbane's south, which was safe, clean, and surprisingly peaceful considering the amount of fun-crazed children running around. It has several different areas for different aged children, as well as a scarily steep blow-up slide. The kids, of course, loved it. Even my 2 year old, who was sceptical at first of the seemingly sheer drop from the top of the slide, was racing me up the ladder and then down after the first few rides. And I have to admit, that after I got over my initial fright, I loved it too.
The babies and toddler area at Chipmunks, with the 'water trampoline' in the centre
We spent much of our time in the toddler and babies' areas, which contained enough play things to keep them entertained for hours. There was a ball pit of 'bubbles', a climb-aboard train, a small carousel, a bouncy trampoline which looked as though you were bouncing on water, and a large Tom Hank's in Big style musical keyboard - just to name a few highlights.
In the older childrens' area kids could run, climb, jump, and play as well as avoid a ball blaster, which would periodically blast dozens of balls in the air at quite some force (much to the unadulterated joy of every child within the vicinity).
Attractions such as this ride-on train attract a small extra cost
Other rides, such as the fair-ground style attractions and ride-on train attract extra costs, but the entry fee gives kids free reign in most of the areas, such as the slide, and toddler and ball blaster areas.
Chipmunks have a number of stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia. See the website for more information. If you want to join in (and I thoroughly recommend it) remember to bring a pair of socks for youself as well as the little ones.
All I can say is that I'm now looking forward to the next rainy day.
Had my son's 5th birthday party at Chipmunks Underwood - the kids loved it and our host was great. But the lady / supervisor there was aggressive and horrible and obviously has no experience with dealing with kids. They should hire someone nicer - she just made our experience as parents difficult.Would recommend it - but get rid of the tall aggressive lady..
Chipmunks is amazing and my kids absolutely love going there. There's so much to do and explore, the kids will not get bored in a hurry. We've been there several times now. Food is good and reasonably priced. Staff are fine.