Debra, a stay-at-home mum of three, loves experiencing and sharing all that Brisbane has to offer; especially southside secrets.
Published November 15th 2011
With one child at home and the school holidays quickly approaching, I was beginning to worry about how I was going to get my Christmas shopping completed. Then I discovered the Drop 'n' Shop Fun Centre while strolling through Westfield Garden City.
Located on the upper level near Harvey Norman, Drop 'n' Shop is a fully supervised child-minding service. Mums (and Dads) can enjoy some stress-free shopping, have a make-over or catch up with a friend over coffee, knowing that the kids are having fun in a safe and secure environment.
The friendly staff, who have undergone a criminal history check and are trained in First Aid and they do not just supervise the kids; they interact with and engage them.
Available for children aged three to eleven, some of the activities include face painting, colouring in and crafts. In addition to a variety of toys for boys and girls, there is a dress-up box and a kitchen play area. For older kids, there's a Playstation and a reading corner.
Cost is $7 for ½ hour per child with a discount for two or more children. Children can stay and play for a maximum of two hours.
I used this service with my three year old last week at Garden City . I left her for half an hour but when I went back to collect her, she didn't want to leave; so she had another half and hour. Crystal was wonderful and my daughter is still talking about it while I managed to do everything on my list in half the time. Well worth the $10.