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Published October 5th 2014
Kids Pick It Above Everything Else
The soft slide is very popular
They could have gone to the city for the day. I offered the ACMI green screen or anything else they wanted to do. Yet, they picked Kids Space. According to the kids, it's the biggest ever indoor play centre - it's massive!
I'll be honest and say I thought this day out with the kids was going to be easy for me. I thought I could just sit back and natter with my friend for hours without any interruptions ...theoretically.
If only my son haven't called his sister 'scaredy-cat' the very first time she was contemplating the big slide. After that rocky start the kids were up and down those slides more times than the chairlift at Mt Buller in peak season.
Here they come again
I have been to pick up kids from Kids Space parties a number of times and it's usually pretty hard to drag them away despite being exhausted. This was the first time I've had a chance to take in its massiveness. The kids were right - so much to do and so little time.
For the little kids there is an activity climbing wall, ball pit, jumping castle, baby crawl area and interactive activities. For older children there is a 8m and 4m lane slide, 4m air slide, suspended jumping castle and orbital station and soft airplay.
One of my favourite areas is where kids can put plastic balls into a pipe where they get sucked overhead into a crate. This can be tipped all over the children. Don't worry, it doesn't hurt. The squeals are of laughter not pain.
What goes up must come down
The entry fee to Kids Space is $7 for 12 months – 2 years, $10 (3-5 years) and $12 for 6 years and over. Weekday discounts are available. There's plenty of tables for parents to sit and of course the obligatory cafe from sugar fuel. To my surprise the menu has some healthy alternative a reasonable price.
Plenty of tables and chairs for parents/caregivers to watch children at play
Kid's meal deals are $8.50, which includes chips, Freddo frog and a pop top drink with your choice of either chicken nuggets, sausage rolls, party pies, frankfurts or sandwiches. For five or seven dollars you can get a bowl of hot chips. The small bowl was large enough for two of my hungry children. For adults there are wraps and sandwiches cooked or fresh. The multigrain chicken and avocado lettuce sandwich was delicious for only $6.50.
Kids Space also hold special events guaranteed to thrill the children, for example, during the holidays Trick or Treat's Kikkii the clown and Tim Credible the magician entertain the children for five dollars. The Reptile Encounters experience is also a five dollar event. Family night festivals have just started. From 4.30 to 9 o'clock this includes a minimarket, magic show, roving entertainment, playground activities, food and snacks. Check the website for details for these special school holidays activities.
Part of the playground for toddlers
The birthday parties at Kids Space are well worth considering. The prices are very reasonable particularly during the weekdays. For only $150 you can book a party for eight kids. They offer weekend, public holidays and weekday birthday parties. The parties include in free unlimited play, invitations, free adult entry, private party room for one and a half hours, potato chips, fairy bread, two drink vouchers, lolly bags unlimited cordial and water and a present for the birthday child.
You can choose your own party food from a list of possibilities and Kids Space can arrange a Dairy Bell ice cream cake for $20, or if you would prefer, bring your own. Adult platters are available.
If you fancy a different sort of occasion you can hire the whole venue for your own private function. And as if that is not enough Kids Space also host a free mum and bub get fit club. This is a group fitness activity suitable for all fitness levels. Afterwards they offer a healthy recovery shake and in the energizing beverage.
You wouldn't want to be scared of heights
As well as fun for the kids this visit to Kids Space was also educational for me. So much for a sit back and relax activity! Things I learnt:
-Its hard and tiring to double bounce on the jumping castle
-There's a reason for the no backflip sign
-Going to the toilet before jumping is essential for mothers but not sufficient
My final words to the children before agreeing to such a ridiculous jump with us request was 'If my leg is broken don't tell anyone my age or they know I'm an idiot!'
As you would expect, it's not a quiet spot. The air is pumping into the jumping castles and there are regular squeals of delight, but it's the kids pick and when I could've picked anything else, that says a lot.
A merry go round for the little ones
Even through the address is 560 High St, it's not on High St and it's tricky to find. Locate the Bunnings store that is also set back off High St and you'll then find Kids Space behind that. It's not visible from the road and the sign is partially covered by trees so keep looking.