A clean, spacious and imaginative indoor play centre can be a godsend in winter when the weather’s just too cold or wet to be outdoors. My kids and I have been road-testing play centres for years – here are our list of the best indoor play centres in Melbourne.
Indoor Play Centre in Melbourne CBD/Docklands
1. Chipmunks, Docklands
Chipmunks Docklands provides a ‘drop and shop’ service….yes you heard right, drop the kids (ages 5-11) off for up to 3 hours whilst you enjoy some stress free retail therapy.
Chipmunks Docklands, The District Docklands. Level 1, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands 039 9121 278
Indoor Play Centre Melbourne’s North
2. Latitude, Heidelberg West
Latitude is a huge trampoline park, climbing park and indoor play centre all rolled into one. It also includes a a fantastic under 5s play area which is perfect for tiring out your toddler!
Latitude, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West 1300 123 528
Indoor Play Centres in Melbourne’s South/South-East/Bayside
3. Lollipops Playland and Crazy Climb, Noble Park North
Lollipops Playland is part of the indoor play centre franchise and caters for kids from birth to about 13 and Crazy Climb is a 26 climb venue for people from 4-94, and together they form one of the biggest indoor play centres in Melbourne.
Lollipops Playland and Crazy Climb, 6 Elonera Rd, Noble Park North (03) 9862 3400 and other locations
4. LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Chadstone
Attention LEGO lovers! LEGOLAND Melbourne is the ultimate indoor LEGO play space. Learn about the process of making LEGO, get building in the numerous LEGO play zones. Enjoy the rides, interactive displays, 4D Cinema and much more.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Level 2, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
5. TunzaFun Xtreme, Wantirna South
TunzaFun Xtreme is an indoor play centre with 34 climbing challenges for kids 4+ years, a huge slide, massive vertical drop, games arcade and dodgem car track.
TunzaFun Xtreme, Shop 2205B Knox Ozone, Westfield Knox Shopping Centre,Opn 425 Burwood Hwy, Wantirna South
6. Kid Factory, Dingley
Keep the kids amused for a couple of hours at Kid Factory with traditional jungle gym and slides, climbing frames, ball pit, single person trampolines and mini trampoline park with basketball rings. Under 4s and under 2s have seperate fenced areas with age appropriate equipment.
Kid Factory, 300 Boundary Rd, Dingley 03 9551 3919
7. Play Central, Port Melbourne
Play Central has a huge warehouse space offering an active play area with volcano climbing mountain, long slide, mini dodgem cars, massive play gym with a trampoline, ball pit, slides and a myriad of tunnels to climb up and around. And imaginative play – including a mini city with a supermarket, construction zone, animal hospital and coffee shop, play tent, loads of toys and picture books.
Play Central, 35-27 Crockford St, Port Melbourne
Indoor Play Centres Melbourne’s East
8. Monkey Mania, Myer Eastland, Ringwood
Myer Eastland has the first play centre within a department store within Australia and Monkey Mania is a hoot! There’s a jumping castle, huge jungle gym, ball cannons and sensory play.
9. Little Creatures, Balwyn
Little Creatures is basically like someone’s large lounge room, separated into nine different mini play themes, including a supermarket, a home corner, a fire station, a lego centre, a costume room, a builder’s workshop, a small slide and foam blocks for building and a shelf of books and puzzles.
Little Creatures 323 Whitehorse Rd, Balwyn (03) 9077 2364
10. Little Village Play Cafe, Croydon
The Little Village Play Cafe is a great spot for parents to chill with a cuppa whilst their babies and toddlers explore the little village play space.
The Little Village Play Cafe, 33 The Mall, Croydon South 03 8288 2580
11. Playdays, Doncaster
Playdays is a huge, clean and bright play centre made just for under 5s! There’s jumping castles, ride-ons, ball pits, soft obstacles, cubbies and more. They have a second location in Sandringham.
Playdays, 350 Blackburn Rd East Doncaster
Indoor Play Centres Melbourne’s West
12. Rabbit Hole, Braybrook
Make you way down to the Rabbit Hole Play Centre where your mini humans will be entertained for hours with loads of creative and active play. The centrepiece is a glowing white ballpit, there’s a ship’s hull to clamber over and slide down, a series of climbing frames, multiple slides, ramps and play elements.
Rabbit Hole Play Centre, Shop 13, 227 Ballarat Rd, Braybrook
13. Funtopia, Maribyrnong
Funtopia Maribyrnong, is an amazing play centre for kids with two different ‘worlds’ to choose from – playground world and the climbing world.
Funtopia, 98 Hampstead Rd, Maribyrnong 9317 0413
14. Airodrome, Altona North
Airodrome is like two play centres in one! It combines a trampoline park with an inflatable playground, with bouncy castles galore, colourful slides, jumping castles, mazes, climbing wall, velcro wall and jousting ring.
Airodrome, Westgate Sports & Leisure Centre, cnr. Grieve Pde & Doherty’s Rd, Altona North
15. Inflatable World, Maribyrnong
Every kid loves a jumping castle and at Inflatable World EVERYTHING is a jumping castle! There’s an under 5s area with smaller slides, ambulance jumping castles and foam blocks. The older 5s area has a hilarious velcro suit climbing wall, a jousting pit and big slides.
Inflatable World Maribyrnong, 90 Gordon St, Maribyrnong (03) 9318 6777 and other locations in Melbourne
16. PlayHut Party and Play Centre, Altona North
When it’s wet outside and you don’t want to break the bank, bundle the kids up and take them to PlayHut Party and Play Centre where you kids can burn off some energy with the bouncy castle structures, slides, ball and foam block pits, a trampoline plus some smaller play equipment for toddlers.
PlayHut Party and Play Centre, Westgate Indoor Sports, Cnr Grieve Pde and Dohertys Rd, Altona North 03 9369 6888
17. Crocs Playcentre, Derrimut
Crocs Playcentre Derrimut has a jungle themed play area with your usual inflatables, tadalafil slides, climbing structures, motorised electric race cars, tricycles as well as a gated area for kids under 4 years. It’s all within one large room with good sightlines to most areas so you can relax knowing your little one won’t perform any great disappearing acts!
Crocs Playcentre Derrimut, Unit 3 & 4, 21 Elgar Road, Derrimut (03) 9363 0872 and other locations
Where is your favourite indoor play centre in Melbourne?