Friends, family and viewers often ask me, “What’s the best playcentres to take the kids too in Melbourne?”, so I decided to put together this short list of a few spots in and around Melbourne that we have personally visited.

Airheads – Lynbrook

Airheads Fun Zone is a little different than the average trampoline centre as this place has 3 large trampolines for the bigger kids, that also has a jump wall and three longer trampolines for the littler kids that you can bounce straight onto a jumping pillow.

The fun zone also has a mini play structure with ball pit and slide which is recommended for toddlers 4 years and under and four giant inflatable structures including a pirate ship (which has a slide in it), combat centre, giant inflatable slide and a tricky climbing structure.

Airheads Fun Zone also has two party rooms upstairs which are available for hire.  Please contact the centre directly to find out more about their prices and what they can offer.

Chipmunks – Dandenong

Chipmunks Playland & Cafe is located on Frankston Dandenong Road in Dandenong and if you blink, you will probably miss it.  It’s tucked into the corner next to Office Works and The Good Guys and has plenty of parking.  Chipmunks are a relatively new playcentre and I love that because the centre is very clean and well maintained.

Chipmunks offer a great range of playground experiences for all ages.  It has a designated area for toddlers up to the age of four and is fully enclosed.  The super-sized main playground for the bigger kids is fantastic and will keep the kids entertained for hours on end.  The biggest hit of the centre is the huge inflatable slide.

Crocs – Lyndhurst

Croc’s in Lyndhurst, has a huge variety of activities to do for kids all of ages.  The toddler play area, (which is gated and enclosed) is dedicated for children 4 years and under.  There is also Victoria’s biggest ball-battle zone, the huge inflatable jumping pillow, the giant speed slide, a 2 lane bike track and a slam dunk basketball area.

Don’t forget to stop for a break to enjoy a well-deserved coffee or a delicious cake/slice or even some lunch at the playcentre.  The café is dishing up some yummy meals which also include a few healthy options too.

Crocs – Narre Warren

Croc’s playcentre located in Narre Warren which is about 45 minutes south east of Melbourne City. Croc’s have a huge variety of activities to do for kids of all ages.  The toddler play area (which is gated and enclosed) is dedicated for children four years and under.  This area hosts a mini jumping castle, slides and lots of little attractions for the kids.  This is where we spent most of our time.  There is also a dedicated baby’s play area too that is safe and enjoyable with lots of learning activities.

The other play area for the bigger kids is absolutely fantastic.  It has three giant slides, a jumping pillow with slide, bikes, mini trampoline, rock climbing wall and a huge combat ball pit area.

Need a break after the chaos of kids running around and screaming (yes we all know that this happens and sometimes we walk out with a migraine that we didn’t actually pay for), then head over to the Muffin Break Café and enjoy some signature beverages and some delicious favourites, including muffins, cakes, slices and savoury snacks.

Kids Space – Hallam

Kid Space is a huge indoor playground which caters for toddlers through to 12 year olds.  Kids Space Hallam has a separate toddler section which is for 4 year olds and under.  I loved that there was a small jumping castle in this area as my daughter just loves to jump (especially on our bed at home).  The area also includes a ball pit, cubby house, slides, a fun helicopter with seating in it and a few other interactive activities.

The centre also has a fantastic variety for the bigger kids including a 5 metre high Air Slide, 6 meter high 3 Lane Race Slide, 7 metre high Twister Slides and a 6 metre high Vertical Drop Slide.  We didn’t get to test any of them out, but they sure looked like great fun.

Lollipops – Fountain Gate

Lollipop’s at Fountain Gate is family owned by Faye & Jeremy and they are open 7 days a week.  Lollipop’s caters for children of all ages, including babies, toddlers and school ages 5 – 11 year old.

One important factor that I loved at Lollipop’s Fountain Gate, was that the staff were quite strict on keeping the kids in their correct play areas according to their ages.  Most play centres I have been to, the parents just let the kids go and usually I find the bigger kids playing in the area of babies and toddlers, which is not fair at all.  So if you have small babies or toddlers, this is a fantastic centre because you won’t need to worry about your little one being trampled on.

I found the indoor playground to be very clean and it wasn’t over crowded at all which was fantastic.  Thanks for the visit Lollipops Fountain Gate.  We will definitely be back soon.

Super Zu – Dingley

I’m always looking for a fun new adventure to take my daughter too and with the majority of indoor children’s play centres all looking a bit the same these days, I was excited when I was able to check the new SuperZu Playcentre & Café.  SuperZu is located in the south eastern suburb of Dingley.

What I love about that, and I’m sure you as a parent would too, is that everything is brand new and CLEAN.  SuperZu has a themed “Zoo” environment and the equipment and attractions are sprawled out over a 2270m2 floor area and is ideal for kids aged 0 to 12 years old.  When we walked into the centre, I literally was in aww of how big the centre was and not to mention how thought out and unique it is, compared to all the other play centres.  The first thing that caught my eye was the huge climbing volcano with a massive red lava tunnel slide that runs down the middle of it.

SuperZu also has 5 different themed party rooms which are really quite different to the usual play centre party rooms.  Choose to celebrate in the Frozen Room, Jungle Room, Dinosaur Room, Princess Room or Knights and Dragons Room.  Contact the centre for prices and availability.

My overall opinion on SuperZu is that they have set the benchmark very high.  Once you come here and check out the facilities, I don’t think you will go back to the other standard play centres.  I must honestly admit that my daughter had so much fun at SuperZu that when it was time to leave, she threw the biggest tantrum and cried all the way out to the car.  So all in all, SuperZu we will be back.

These are spots that the team at Christine Kings Photography, Travel, Lifestyle have all personally visited.  These are just recommendations only and please feel free to comment any places you would like us to visit.  Hope you enjoy them.




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