Lydia C. Lee is still trying to work out what to do with her one wild and precious life. She currently is a haphazard blogger. Read more at holidazeandhellidaze.blogspot.com.au or www.pandoraandmax.blogspot.com
Published September 2nd 2012
I'll be honest, I am not a fan of indoor play centres, however when I heard about Wannabees, I was a little intrigued to have a look. It's a bit of a drive for us, over the bridge to Frenchs Forest, but let me tell you, it's well worth a visit. There's plenty of parking onsite too.
Yes, it has a huge indoor climbing and slide play section. It is clean and well maintained AND supervised strictly by the staff.
They have a well priced cafe for the parents to sit, and as staff are allocated to children in parties, you actually can enjoy a coffee or free wifi if you wish. My children weren't in a party and had a staff member more or less constantly helping them with activities, if needed.
One thing to remember, the kids need enclosed shoes and socks. Some areas require socks, and some require enclosed shoes.
After a quick cup of tea, watching the kids race around the slides, the real fun began...and I have to admit I was quite keen to join it. The play area is set up like a town. There is a supermarket, restaurant, bank, hospital and fire station among others. There are all the things you'd expect in those kinds of buildings - and dress ups to go with them.
Interestingly, the kids adored the gym - and they kept going back to ride the exercise bikes, run on the treadmill and even box!! My son started talking about the Olympics and training - the rowing machine reminded him. It really proved that educational aspect promoted through imaginative play, which they talk about on their website.
Later in the morning there was a fashion parade - both boys and girls took to the red carpet, followed by dancing on the stage.
I noticed on a flyer there are TV characters visiting in upcoming weeks - Bob The Builder on the 9th of September and Angelina Ballerina on the 7th of October. On their website they also advertise theme days - so work out what will most interest your child and pick a suitable day. That said, even without those extras, the kids had a ball.
We ran out of time before we hit the TV room - where children can be news readers and see themselves on screen. Both the 8 year old and 3 year old were reluctant to leave, and there can be no better advertisement than that! We will definitely return, this time with a couple of their mates, so they can make the most of the imaginative play.
And that is my suggestion, get your mother's group or class mates together and head over. They'll have a ball. That said, my kids loved it regardless, and the kids all seem to take on the roles of cashier, customer, doctor and patient, whether they knew each other or not. I can see our next birthday party has found it's venue.