Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    List an Event/Business    Contact    Login
Join the Sydney Mums Facebook Group to ask questions, seek advice, share experiences and join a vibrant and supportive community.

The Secret World of Soft Play Centres

by Brydie (follow)
Children's Author and Lifestyle Blogger www.brydiewright.com www.facebook.com/DaddyandtheWorldsLongestPoo
Indoors (18)      Activities (10)      Northern Beaches (6)      Play Centres (2)     
As all new mums would know, it's a secret rite of passage to become an expert in the best soft play centres in your local area.

What? You mean, you don't know what I'm talking about? I'll let you in on a few secrets from this strange world, from a Northern Beaches perspective...

I say strange because you'll find yourself meeting your mother's group at the oddest and most hard to find warehouse spaces, often in the middle of a business park, or an industrial area. Is this really where my child's play date is happening?

Photos courtesy of The Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page
One of Flip Out's satisfied customers and play centre regular

Do you need an updated family portrait?
Once you overcome the unlikelihood of it all, you'll come to relish these well-hidden centres of safely fenced-off fun for your babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Most, if not all, have cafť areas for the parents who can't possibly survive the outing without their morning coffee. I've been there, believe me!

Anyway, I love giving a shout out to child-friendly businesses that provide great entertainment for kids and though this list is by no means exhaustive, here are four of the best soft play centres I've come across on the lower Northern Beaches and why I would rate them. What do you think? What have I missed?

Sand Bucket Play Centre, Pittwater Sports Centre

Despite the name, I was pleasantly surprised not to find any messy sandpits here at all. Instead, there is an air-conditioned play space that specialises in genuinely challenging climbing and play structures for pre-schoolers needing to burn off their endless energy. Itís a fabulous and reasonably-priced party venue too and there is a comfortable area for parents to sit, while still in eye and ear shot of the kids. While the centre is well hidden inside the complex, the complex itself is very accessible, just off Pittwater Road at North Narrabeen.

Photos courtesy of The Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page
Photos courtesy of Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page

Do you need an updated family portrait?
The Tree House at Zone 3 Playcentre, Cromer

There is nothing fancy about this warehouse space but for Dee Why/Cromer parents, I recommend it because there is great onsite parking and pram access, itís not overcrowded and itís perfectly manageable for toddlers. The equipment is of low difficulty and the play space is very open and visible to parents from the eating area. Iíd also say itís safe for babies (as there are no kids over 6) but note that it's only open on weekdays unfortunately.

Flip Out, Brookvale

Ok, this one is part of a big chain and it does feel the most 'user-pay' of my recommendations, with entry fees based on time increments. It can also get crowded and itís especially well-hidden but I sometimes say, if you canít beat them, join them. Trampolining centres are all the rage and for active children, they are great places to physically exert themselves and maybe even find a sport they love. For 0-5ís, Iíd recommend the smaller trampoline area is the safest but as they get older kids will be desperate to venture to the larger trampolines and have their next birthday party here, no doubt.

Photos courtesy of The Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page
The smaller trampoline area for younger kids is safer and not as busy

Cheeky Monkeys Play House, Warriewood

Nicely tucked away in the Warriewood Business Park, this is one of the more modern facilities Iíve seen and the play centre is high rather than wide, with a focus on climbing challenges and high slides, best for kids 4 and over, I would say. This is one where the kids really should be able to fend for themselves, (unless you fancy trying to climb up after them!), so the ability to hold their own and manage physically is essential. Itís tremendous fun for them and parents have a comfortable place to sit nearby with coffee and snacks for the kids available at the shop.

Photos courtesy of The Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page
Photos courtesy of Cheeky Monkeys Facebook page

There is also a dedicated babies' soft play area, which will help a lot of parents bringing a baby along for a pre-schooler play date. I also canít wait to hold a disco party here for my son. They have rooms upstairs dedicated to this. How fun! This centre is also rated as one of the best soft play centres in Sydney by Rebecca from Mumís Group, so donít just take my word for it.

#Play Centres
#Northern Beaches
Do you need an updated family photo?
14 Oct
New online learning program - ABC Reading Eggs Junior - teams up with Aussie actress and international star Tammin Sursok.
Sign up to a little black book of family recommendations and receive a free coffee.
27 Sept
Spot On Childrenís Festival is returning this school holidays to take over Riverside Theatres in Sydneyís Central City, Parramatta, with five days of wonderful entertainment for the whole family.
26 Sept - 30 Sept
Tickets are just $8 and include chips, lollies and drink, bingo texta and bingo book.
27 Sept
Join the conversation on the Sydney Mums Facebook Group

Enjoy affordable family photography from MyFamilyPhoto.com.au

I like this Article - 7
More Articles by Brydie
10 Feb - 19 Feb
view all articles by Brydie
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 49012
Do you need an updated family portrait?
[ Submit a Comment ]
26 Sept - 30 Sept
by Tian
23 Sept - 15 Oct
by Tian
25 Sept - 6 Oct
by Tian
25 Sept - 7 Oct
by Tian
27 Sept
by Tian
28 Sept
by Tian
28 Sept
Copyright 2012-2017 On Topic Media PTY LTD. ABN 18113479226. mobile version