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Tiddlywinks Dance + Play Cafe

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Published January 11th 2013
It's the hippest place to be if you're under 5
Tiddlywinks toddler disco
It's the hippest place to be if you're under 5

I never imagined being at a disco at 10.30. You might think that sounds strange until I explain that I mean 10.30 a.m. not p.m. But that's where I found myself, with my two children, a few weeks ago.

Tiddlywinks, in Nundah, run a disco for kids at least twice a day, five days a week, and it's actually really good. With the hot Queensland temperatures making it tricky to play outside in the middle of the day during the summer, Tiddlywinks provides an air conditioned haven where the kids can let off steam.

Tiddlywinks seating
One of several seating areas

The Play Cafe is clean and smart with a bold castle theme throughout. There are plenty of tables and chairs next to the play zones so it's easy to watch your children and enjoy a coffee at the same time. It would be an ideal place for Mothers Groups to meet. There are plenty of IKEA high chairs which looked clean and inviting to use when we visited. All of the toys and play areas are cleaned and disinfected daily - this makes it a much more relaxing environment than some of the other playcentres.

Tiddlywinks toddler area
Play Kitchen in Toddler Zone

There are three main activity areas. The under 4s zone has a play kitchen, climbing fort and plenty of ride on toys. The bouncy zorba animals were particularly popular.

Tiddlywinks toddler playcentre
Under 4s Zone

The over 3s zone has a 3-lane bumpy slide with sacks that the kids can sit in to go extra fast, as well as a ball fountain and a 3-level play structure. Wiggles fans will enjoy the cave with dry ice and Wiggles videos playing to dance along to.

Tiddlywinks slide
Watch out - it's fast!

At 10.30am and 12.00pm the famous disco starts. It is well run and my 3 year old and her friends really loved it. The parents found it pretty entertaining to watch too. It is ideally suited for kids aged around 18 months to 5 years and lasts for about half an hour.

Tiddlywinks disco
The Dancefloor

The guy running the disco is fantastic and stands up on the stage taking the children through various dance routines and games. He has lots of energy and his enthusiasm is infectious.

Tiddlywinks playcentre nundah cafe
Tiddlywinks cafe

If you're hungry after all the dancing, the cafe serves a good selection of drinks and homemade snacks. We tried the chicken and cheese toasted sandwich and ham and cheese croissant, which were both very tasty although the presentation could have been improved. They also sell milk in cartons which was a healthy option for kids.

Tiddlywinks menu
Good selection of snacks available

Looking for an easy birthday party venue? Tiddlywinks also runs parties which, although pricey, would be guaranteed fun whatever the weather and hassle free. For $18 per child for a midweek party ($24 at weekends) you get invitations, the use of the party room, entry to the Play Cafe and Disco and a selection of party food. However, if you have a child that is sensitive to food colourings, you may want to give the neon green and pink icecream cake a miss.

Tiddlywinks Party Room
Tiddlywinks Party Room

If you're feeling lazy you could even buy $5 party bags there too.

Tiddlywinks party bag
Party Bags

Tiddlywinks is open Tuesday to Saturday as follows:
Monday Closed
Tuesday 9.30am 2.30pm
Wednesday 9.30am 2.30pm
Thursday 9.30am 2.30pm
Friday 9.30am 2.30pm
Saturday 9.00am 4.00pm
Sunday Closed

Disco Times Tuesday to Friday. 10.30am & 12pm.
Saturday Disco Times. 10.30am, 12pm, 1.30pm & 2.45pm

Admissions costs are as follows:
Children under 12 Months: FREE
Children 1 4 Years: $11.00
Children 5 11 Years: $13.00
Adults: $3.50 (Includes a drink)

Don't forget to bring socks!
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Why? It's the hippest place to be if you're under 5
Where: 264 Melton Road, Nundah
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