CABIN FEVER?? Yep it’s raining, the kids are bored, they’ve had enough of TV, baking cookies and whatever craft activity you tried this morning, it’s time to get out of the house. But where do you go when you can’t go outside? A play centre!
How lucky are we that we have so many options to keep the kids entertained on the Mornington Peninsula and surrounds and play centres are one of them! They aren’t the cheapest of days out, especially because you can’t bring your own food (unless your child has an allergy) but if you’ve never tried one, trust us, the entry fee is worth it’s weight in GOLD! Hours of fun for the kids in a safe enclosed environment while you can kick back and enjoy a coffee. Perfect.
Here’s a quick review with a few necessary details you may like to know before choosing which one to go to;
Address: 4, 1 Watt Road, Mornington.
Open: Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 4pm.
Entry Fee: Kids under 1 year – free, 1 year to 2 years – $5, 2 years to 4 years – $7, 4 years to 10 years
Mama loved: Prices are quite reasonable and the coffee is really good. A god spot for birthday parties too.
Mama didn’t love: It’s a little bit small and the baby section is in a separate room to the larger play area. Not great for toddlers but good for three, four and five year olds.
Tip: Arrive before 10am and you get half price entry!
Address: 7 Latham Street, Mornington
Open: Daily from 9.30am.
Entry Fee: Kids under 1 year – free, under 2 years – $6, under 5 years – $8, five years and over $10.
Tip: Also half price entry if you arrive before 10am.
Address: Frankston Power Centre, Gertrude St, Frankston.
Open: Monday to Thursday – 9.30am – 5pm, Fridays – 9.30am – 8pm, Saturday and Sunday – 10am – 5pm.
Entry Fee: Children 1 year to 2 years – $9.50, 3 years to 5 years – $11.50, 6 years and over $12.50. *All prices are reduced $1 on school days.
Mama loved: Lot’s of things for the kids to do, bike track around the main play area, a toddler area, a baby area. Good coffee and cool slides. Healthy food options too. Heaps of party options and open late on a Friday night which is rare.
Mama didn’t love: Entry prices and food prices are a little steep but the sandwiches and good made from quality cafe bread. The worst part about Crocs is if you go on a busy day, it can get a little crazy and hard to see the kids as there a few black spots and high spots the kids can hide in.
Address: Outside Degani’s Cafe at Karingal Hub Shopping Centre, 330 Cranbourne Rd, Frankston.
Open: Same times as the shopping centre and Degani’s Cafe.
Entry Fee: FREE
Mama loved: Ok, so it’s not really a play centre but we like it none-the-less because it can keep the young toddlers/kids entertained for at least 20 minutes while you enjoy a coffee and a tiny well-earned break.
Mama didn’t love: The kids can escape as there’s no gate. It’s small.
Address: 2/213 – 225 Wells Rd, Chelsea Heights.
Open: Mondays – 9.30 am – 3pm, Tuesday to Friday – 9.30am – 4pm, Saturday and Sunday – 10am – 4.30pm.
Entry Fee: 1 year to 2 years – $6, 2 years to 4 years – $8, 5 years and over – $9.
Mama loved: Great for all ages, great visibility, soft landings (it’s all padded) and it’s clean. Coffee is awesome and food is good. Kids love it and it’s the sort of place where you can hear them if they cry far away.
Mama didn’t love: Couches are good but need to be upgraded or steam cleaned as they are a little dirty. Needs to have a few more healthy food options too.