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Playdays - Indoor Play for Pre-school Children

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by Em Phillips (subscribe)
Freelance writer, mum and lover of all things Melbourne :)
Published October 15th 2015
Indoor play centres are a great substitute for playgrounds when the weather is not ideal. As a mum there is also the allure of a coffee break while your children are amused.
Soft play blocks

As a mum of a toddler however, I've found it hard to find a play centre where I can actually sit down and have this elusive break. The baby areas are too dull and the main areas are really for much older kids which means you end up chasing them around and having to get yourself around some of these soft padded obstacle courses..fun as a seven year old...as an adult I swear I'm going to get stuck between a rolling bar on the top level and the fire brigade will be called to cut me out. Also, have you ever tried to usher your toddler through a full-blown war on those ball shooting zones? It's like being on the lord of the flies island...and don't even get me started on those big slides...

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Jumping castle

Don't get me wrong, these things are great for when the kids are older and can tackle them alone, until that time, I found a great play centre just for the little ones...no ball-proof vests, or firemen required.
So much space to run and play

Playdays is an indoor play area that has been designed just for pre-school children. Only toddler and pre-school age kids are allowed to play and the centre is set up so that you can have a coffee, while they play on safe but exciting equipment and they are visible to you at all times.
Cubby street


You will likely need to go adventuring at some point, but the biggest obstacles are the jumping castles. There's no double storeys, slides they can fall from, or bigger kids to avoid, the biggest drama is probably going to be that every two year old in the place owns what they're playing on, what they just played on and what they were planning to play on later.

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The cars are always a hit


There's so much space that even when it's busy there's room to move and there's enough variety of things to do (ball pits, roller coasters, cars, soft play obstacles course, jumping castles, etc.) that all the kids can find something they like. Because it's designed especially for this age group, they can get in and out of anything they like with ease and pick and choose, so it's total free play which makes it enjoyable for kids and parents.
Toddler size ball pit

I visited Playdays Doncaster East, which is open during school terms 9.30am-4pm Monday to Thursday and 9.30-3pm Fridays.

Adult entry is free, $1.00 for babies under 6 months, 6 months -2 years $7.00 and 2 years - under 6 years $10.00. Cost of entry is reduced for playdays members and it's free to join.

There is also a Playdays located at Sandringham, check out the website for opening times and admission. Both centres are also available for party bookings.
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Why? A play centre just for the little ones!
When: Monday-Friday during school terms
Phone: 03 9842 8844
Where: Doncaster East
Cost: Adults are free, children entry cost $1-$10
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Congratulations getting second place.
by Bryony Harrison (score: 4|12521) 1557 days ago
I like the idea that members get reduced prices and that Mum or Dad can relax with a coffee while children play. Socialisation is so important for young children and for the parents too.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7763) 1556 days ago
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