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Published August 25th 2013
Not just for kids
I am totally conflicted about the greatest benefit of Taskworks. As an educator the greatest thing about Taskworks is the range of fun, mind challenging, hands on activities. Each task is designed to develop important skills and concepts such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and creativity. As a parent the venue's flyer is very persuasive: relax and have a chat over coffee while we look after your kids. Sounds too good to believe huh?
Taskworks is an indoor play centre with an educational difference. I met Rose who is the proud owner of this unique facility. She told me she was a teacher and that are all staff were or are training as teachers. Rose and her husband Greg, an engineer, have personally designed all the activities. I don't know about the kids but as soon as I went in the door I couldn't wait to try out everything.
Taskworks is located at 25 Glenvale Cresent Mulgrave and definitely worth a visit. Here's some of the things it has to offer:
Large soft 3D puzzle pieces became castles and beds and a multitude of other objects.
A game of strategy called Peg fast-required teamwork and strategic thinking. Nothing like a bit of healthy competition. I overheard one of the children telling another not to tell the other team their strategy.
A cable maze of 1000 cables where children had to memorise the path and try to beat the 12.6 second record.
My personal favourite was Stomp a stump. My reflexes are not quite as quick as they used to be because grade 3 children with shorter legs were able to beat our best score of stomping on the stumps that pop out of the floor. In our defence I'm sure we would have continued to improve our score if it weren't for those pesky kids who also wanted to have a go.
Other tasks included a large wall world map with magnetic flags, tangrams, dismantle and redesign a large robot and a bike machine.
The centre is very reasonably priced. We stayed nearly all day and it costs only $13 per head. They conduct parties for pre-schoolers to teenagers (fully catered $18 child or cheaper for self catered parties), school excursions, dinner visits, overnight stays and offer holiday sessions. You will need to book in so phone Rose on 95615561. For more information visit www.taskworks.com.au
So there's really something at Taskworks for everyone. It was lots of fun and not too tiring. As an educator or parent if I can get a cup of coffee without an interruption I am definitely up for it!