Recently, a new kids' play centre by the name of Monkey Mania opened at Top Ryde City Shopping Centre. Having a 4 year old means I have been to a fair few of these places but this is my favourite so far. In my opinion, here is why.
Apart from being new and therefore having a very "clean" feel about it, the play areas are state of the art with something to amuse even the fussiest of kids. It even has a kiddies go-kart track. At $3 a ride or $5 for 2 rides, it is well worth it. Please note that children under 5 need to be accompanied by an adult.
The gun/cannon foam ball area is also another winner. Most of the kids stayed in that area shooting foam balls all over the place and the best part was when they all cascaded down at once. I even enjoyed participating in a bit of foam ball shooting with my son.
Another plus is it seems all the climbing structures are made high enough for adults to be able to climb through easily in case you need to attend to your child for any reason. There is also an inflatable jumping castle, dedicated toddler area, lots of slides, a café, amenities and of course, convenient parking.
Party Bookings are available on all days and there are a range of very reasonable catering packages to choose from. Best to check the website as all the details including pricing and choices are there.
There are discount benefits if you become a member which is $12 per family per year and Toddler Tuesday offers $6 entry for children under 5. Every Adult receives a coffee voucher with entry every day.
Drop n Shop
Monkey Mania's Drop 'n Shop service is available for parents who want to drop their children off while they shop. Parents can leave children in the care of Monkey Mania for up to three hours whilst they dine and are asked to remain on the shopping centre premises. This service is available for children 5 and older, who are toilet trained and are capable of going to the toilet alone. The Drop 'n Shop service costs $26.50 and includes unlimited play even after the parents return. The children are required to wear a Monkey Mania vest whilst in Monkey Mania's care.