Home    Subscribe    Write for Us    List an Event/Business    Join a Mums Group    Contact    Login
Join the Sydney Mums Facebook Group or a Real World Mums 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)
Chief Editor, Sydney Mums Group www.brydiewright.com www.facebook.com/DaddyandtheWorldsLongestPoo
Indoors (34)      Activities (25)      Northern Beaches (12)      Birthday Parties (12)      Play Centres (4)     
Where All the Cool Kids are Hanging Out.

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...

Do you need an updated family photo?
If you want to learn the basics of how to crochet, or if you are looking for a new hobby, this Crochet for Beginners class is for you!
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


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

Do you need an updated family photo?
If you want to learn the basics of how to crochet, or if you are looking for a new hobby, this Crochet for Beginners class is for you!
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
Images courtesy of Sand Bucket Play Centre Facebook page


Stomping Ground, Brookvale

Apart from being one of the hottest new places for primary school kids' birthday parties and school holiday activities, Stomping Ground has opened its doors for 0 - 5 year olds on weekdays from 9.30am - 2.30pm. The perfect place for a regular, or a special Mother's Group meet-up, with SUPER cool fun for the littlies and coffee, tea, cold drinks and delicious snacks available for purchase. This place is more than your traditional soft play, with fantastic inflatables (including rock climbing), PlayStation Virtual Reality, Foosball and Air Hockey.

Climbing Inflatable Fun at Stomping Ground - photo courtesy of Stomping Ground website


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.



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
Images 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 Sydney Mumís Group.

#Play Centres
#Indoors
#Activities
#Northern Beaches
#Birthday Parties


Featured
Pregnancy and breastfeeding put extra demands on a motherís health but Mother Care Nutritional Formula gives you additional nutrients to keep YOU healthy while also supporting your babyís ongoing development.
Do you need an updated family photo?
Learn how to take amazing family photos with your smartphone!
If you want to learn the basics of how to crochet, or if you are looking for a new hobby, this Crochet for Beginners class is for you!
Sydney cabaret performer Jodie Stubbs takes us on a humorous and heartwarming journey of what it is to be a mother, career woman, wife and cabaret chanteuse as she attempts to get through a 60-minute show without having to check on the kids.
20 Jun
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
view all articles by Brydie
My Google Plus Profile
ID: 49012
Learn how to take amazing family photos with your smartphone!
Do you need an updated family photo?
If you want to learn the basics of how to crochet, or if you are looking for a new hobby, this Crochet for Beginners class is for you!
[ Submit a Comment ]
Calendar
Categories
January (52)
March (55)
April (51)
May (93)
June (93)
July (54)
August (48)
October (56)
 
Copyright 2012-2018 OatLabs ABN 18113479226. mobile version