No doubt many a weary parent is aware of the brilliant indoor playgrounds at the local Bunnings store. Most are situated next to a café where you can ingest a cookie and a cuppa to recharge before you have to break the news to your child that it's time to go. This is usually the moment things go a little pear shaped for us and the cafe cashes in as we hastily request a distraction of the cupcake variety.
Thankfully the playgrounds have been around for a while now so most people are used to hypo kids and the odd dummy spit. Hopefully you wont get any "what the heck are children doing here" looks from rushing tradesmen or grumpy patrons. The staff are always super friendly and courteous and are quite happy to swerve around kids as long as they're not climbing up ladders or doing burn outs on the forklifts.
We sometimes pretend we're fabulous parents and use the outing as an educational experience by naming the different fruit and veg plants, the paint colours, the many tools and equipment. Most times it ends with a case of the crazies and my husband walks off pretending he doesn't know us.
Its good fun and serves a purpose because you can never really go in without buying something you need even if you didn't know you needed it in the first place. I'm sure the good people of Bunnings aren't complaining either.
As long as you wrap it up as an 'educational experience', you can get away with taking the kids almost anywhere! Bunnings is a great idea for a kids outing, because it is almost wholesome! Planting seeds and building cubbies and doing craft... You are excellent parents!