I don't know about you but I think play centres are one of the best business inventions to come out of this decade. I mean what is not to love, you get to meet up with other parents and have a chat and drink coffee while the kids go off and play in a safe environment < genius!
And although play centres are not a babysitting service, the fact that they have a lot of equipment to entertain children with and little ones can't run out onto the street sure does make a play date a lot easier.
I have taken my children to most of the play centres in Melbourne, we love getting out and exploring what different centres have to offer, so we were thrilled when we were asked to review Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora.
There are a five key things I look for in a great play centre and they are:
- Great Play equipment
- Friendly Staff
- Great Coffee
Let's see how Lollipops stacked up!
We attended Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora on a Sunday, and from the moment we walked in we were greeted by a friendly staff member at the front desk. The lovely lady gave the kids a wrist band each and myself a ticket that corresponded with the numbers on their bands, this is so no one can walk out with your child without you knowing, the bands are checked when leaving as well, so hold onto your ticket. I absolutely love this idea and it definitely puts your mind at ease knowing that not just anyone is allowed to walk in or out of the centre.
Great Play Equipment
We live in a time where our kids get bored easily they have access to so many gadgets and things that they need to be stimulated all the time. Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has so many activities it would be hard for any child to be bored. From the toddlers section to the jumping castle to the main play area with slides there is bound to be something to keep your little ones entertained.
All equipment looked clean and well maintained and there is a separate section just for toddlers that has plenty of sensory and development tasks along with bouncy balls and slides. Older children are not aloud in this section which makes it safe for little ones under 3.
Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has two other major attractions in their centre which is the pirate ship that gives children rides almost hourly and also the rock climbing wall. Both these activities I have never seen in a play centre before, my kids loved these and lined up twice for a ride on the pirate ship < it is very safe as well, a staff member is there to supervise and make sure kids are strapped in.
The centre was very clean and bright, I loved that it is well lit with good lighting and has a huge open space with lots of tables and chairs (lots of high chairs too). Staff cleared tables frequently. Toilets were clean and they have a clean baby room as well where you can change little ones.
The staff at Lollipops Playland & Café Bundoora were very friendly, from the greeting when we arrived to the end where they offer your child a lollipop, every staff member I encountered was polite and helpful. The centre is well staffed, I saw at least 7 staff walking the floor on the Sunday, helping children and adults when needed.
Ok so this might not be on the top of everyones list but for a busy mum like myself a great coffee can be a god send and the difference between me visiting a centre again ha! Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora definitely passed this one just look at that cappuccino below and ok I might of snuck in a sneaky scone, what can I say it was delicious!
Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has a full café that caters for kids right up to adults, they have healthy options to choose from as well.
I can definitely say that Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora passed with flying colours for the 5 key things I look for in a play centre, but outside of this they actually have so much more to offer. Like most play centres they offer amazing birthday parties but did you know you can even order the birthday cake through them? I love this idea, no more balancing the cake on your lap on the way to the birthday party. My children have had their birthday parties at play centres for the past 3 yrs and I have always had to take my own cake, this would be so much easier. And just look at some of the cakes below they are gorgeous!
Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora has 4 party rooms with different themes there is something for everyone, they take care of everything from the invitations to party food. You can view everything that is included in a party here: Lollipop's Playland & Café Bundoora parties
There are currently 22 Lollipop's Playland & Cafe's across Australia, to find the nearest one to you and for more details click here: Lollipop's Playland & Café locations.
Lollipop's Playland & Café also has 2 very generous offers for all Australian Baby Card holders:
Offer 1: Buy one get one free on all child entries. (Not available during school holidays or public holidays. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer)
Offer 2: 2 free guests when you pay for 12 children on any birthday party package. (Not available with any other offers)
You can view the offer here: Lollipop's Playland & Café offer.
If you don't have an Australian Baby Card and would like to receive this offer plus hundreds of other discounts you can sign up here: Sign Up.
We highly recommend you visit a Lollipop's Playland & Café next time you are heading to a play centre, we were very impressed with the Bundoora location, that much in fact I have arranged a play date there this week, cant wait to have another one of their coffees! ;)