Looking for a playcentre near you? A clean, spacious and imaginative indoor play centre can be a godsend in summer when the weather's too hot or in winter when the weather's just too cold to be outdoors.
My kids and I have been road-testing play centres near me and right across Melbourne for years! Here is our list of the best indoor play centres in Melbourne – there's bound to be a great play centre near you.
BEST PLAY centres in melbourne cbd/docklands
Chipmunks Docklands is a great stopping point if you're shopping at The District Docklands with kids so that you can enjoy some stress-free retail therapy.
Chipmunks Docklands, The District Docklands. Level 1, 440 Docklands Drive, Docklands 039 9121 278
An indoor play centre near Melbourne CBD, DreamCity is Melbourne's version of the popular Kidzania operation overseas. With a footprint the size of a city block, DreamCity is designed as a city ‘run by kids.’
The DreamCity metropolis comes to life as kids can try their hand at different careers, from podcasting to firefighting to being surgeon! The kids playcentre space is a unique, fully immersive ‘edutainment' experience.
DreamCity, DFO South Wharf, Level 1, 20 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf VIC 3006
3. PlanetKids, Southbank
PlanetKids is a conveniently located play centre Melbourne city, just a short walk from Flinders Street Station, and perfect to catch up with friends or enjoy some (reasonably priced) play time while you're in the city.
There is an indoor climbing structure, soft play area for babies and toddlers and a cafe. There is also a bank of ride on toys and open space to motor around.
*Note that as of May 2022, PlanetKids is only taking party and event bookings*
PlanetKids, 10-12 Cecil St, Southbank, 03 9896 7976
BEST PLAYCENTRE MELBOURNE NORTH
4. Latitude, Heidelberg
Latitude is a huge indoor playcentre incorporating a trampoline park, climbing park and kids play centre.
It also includes a toddler play centre, with a fantastic under 5s play area, perfect for tiring out younger kids!
Latitude, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West 1300 123 528
At GoClimb you can leap like a ninja, get lost inside the play gym and climb up the walls, making them a great contended for best play centre Melbourne!
GoClimb, 64-74 Gaffney Street, Coburg, 03 9350 3181
6. We Rock the Spectrum, Preston
We Rock the Spectrum caters especially for children on the autism spectrum or with other special needs – but it welcomes everyone!
There are more than 70 We Rock the Spectrum locations across the world and Melbourne has the first sensory-sensitive play gym in Australia!
We Rock the Spectrum, 378-380 Gilbert Road, Preston, 03 9042 3115
7. Landing Playcentre, Bundoora
Landing Playcentre is a kids indoor play centre with a space-themed play structure surrounded by a large ball pit, an imaginative play zone with adorable kitchen gear and an area dedicated to babies. There is an on-site cafe and store.
There are party facilities and you can also privately hire the venue after hours.
Landing Playcentre, 2A/445 Grimshaw St, Bundoora, 03 9467 8780
INDOOR PLAYGROUND MELBOURNE SOUTH/SOUTH-EAST/BAYSIDE
8. My Puzzle House, Pakenham
My Puzzle House is an indoor playground near Melbourne that offers a sensory play gym in Pakenham.
There's active play equipment, quieter play and a sensory room that's dark and calming. All sessions are led by at least one session host.
My Puzzle House, 5 Embry Court, Pakenham, 03 5611 0404
9. Lollipops Playland and Crazy Climb, Noble Park
Two kids play centres in one location? 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
10. LEGOLAND Melbourne, Chadstone
Attention LEGO lovers! LEGOLAND Melbourne is the ultimate indoor LEGO play space. And if you're looking for a kids play centre near Melbourne's Chadstone shopping centre; this will tick all the boxes!
Learn about the process of making LEGO, get building in the numerous LEGO play zones. Enjoy the rides, interactive displays, 4D Cinema, DUPLO Farm, Underwater Quest and much more. Read my Legoland Melbourne review.
LEGOLAND Discovery Centre Melbourne, Level 2, Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Road, Chadstone
11. 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.
It's one of the children's play centres with separate fenced areas and age-appropriate equipment for under 4s and under 2s.
Kid Factory, 300 Boundary Rd, Dingley 03 9551 3919
12. SuperZu, Dingley
SuperZu is a huge zoo-themed kids indoor playground contained in a floor area of 2270m2.
It's a Melbourne play centre that is best for older kids that are capable of managing the equipment on their own as it's big, loud and busy and the equipment is set out deep into the floor area.
SuperZu, 362-364 Boundary Road, Dingley, 03 9551 7559
13. Funtopia, Carrum Downs
Funtopia Carrum Downs is Australia's biggest indoor play arena with a huge playground and indoor climbing centre combined in one! This definitely makes it one of the best playcentres Melbourne has!
Climbing World is an indoor rock climbing area with 40 climbing walls starting from beginner to advanced level.
Funtopia Carrum Downs, 586 Frankston-Dandenong Road, Carrum Downs, 03 8726 9053
TwistED Science is an award-winning, science-based indoor play centre that aims to help you and your children be curious, create, and most importantly connect through the use of hands-on participation in their jam-packed STEM play stations that brings science to life via fun activities that make the topics easy and entertaining.
TwistED Science, 36 Bulli St Moorabbin
The colourful and exciting MoPA Melbourne is currently the largest Children's Museum in Melbourne and one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere. The museum offers lots of fun opportunities for play-based learning and creative exploration. It is also a wonderful space where children and families can have fun and learn together.
Truly like like nothing Melbourne has ever seen and experienced so far!
Museum of Play and Art Melbourne, 247 Bay Rd Sandringham, 1800 006 672
INDOOR PLAY CENTRES MELBOURNE EAST
16. Rainbow Town Play Centre, Glen Waverley
Rainbow Town is a Melbourne indoor playground with a lot to do! There is a play sturcture with huge ball pit, LEGO wall for lots of building, ninja course, trampolines, rock climbing wall and mini car area.
Rainbow Town Play Centre, 49-55 Myrtle St, Glen Waverley, 03 9560 7248
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, 03 9842 8844
Newly opened in Box Hill, with something for everyone, Flip Out is an indoor playground for kids (big and little) with trampolines, parkour equipment, climbing walls and a range of lessons.
There are areas limited to under 130cm, areas limited to over 130cm and bigger participants are asked to give way to anyone that is smaller than them.
Sessions for younger kids, including playgroup sessions, are scheduled at Flip Out Box Hill.
Flip Out Box Hill, T2, 249 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill, 03 9890 7213
INDOOR PLAY CENTRE MELBOURNE Western Suburbs
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 playcentres 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
Funtopia Maribyrnong, is one of the indoor play centres near me, and it's amazing with two different ‘worlds’ to choose from – playground world and the climbing world.
Funtopia, 98 Hampstead Rd, Maribyrnong, 03 9317 0413
21. Airodrome, Altona
Airodrome is an Altona play centre and it's like two play centres in one!
It combines a trampoline park with an inflatable playground (the best indoor playground for toddlers in the centre), 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, 03 9369 7224
22. Leo's Kingdom, Altona
When it's wet outside, bundle the kids up and take them to Leo's Kingdom. (Formerly's Westgate Play Centre.)
Your kids can burn off some energy with newly installed equipment, and special $5 entry on Tuesday.
Leo's Kingdom, Westgate Indoor Sports, Cnr Grieve Pde and Dohertys Rd, Altona North 03 9369 6888
23. 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 one of the best play centers in Melbourne for line of sight to most areas as it's all within one large room, 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
24. Relax and Play, Altona North
The Relax and Play playcentre Altona offers parents and guardians the opportunity to RELAX – with exercise classes, yoga, massage, beauty treatments, manicures and pedicures – while their children get to PLAY in a large securely gated play area.
The onsite cafe also offers a healthy and interesting menu and it's not just all pre-packaged fried food!
Relax and Play, 1 Gilbert Drive, Altona North, 03 8676 8111
25. Museum of Play and Art, Geelong
There are plenty of fabulous playcentres near Melbourne, but it's worth making a trip to Geelong for this one!
Museum of Play and Art is Geelong's first Children's Museum and a space for families to learn and play. It's based on the popular children's museums found all over the USA.
It is a great addition for things to do in Geelong with kids.MoPA: Museum of Play and Art, 51 McKillop St, Geelong 1800 00 66 72
26. Jumpside, Footscray
Looking for a place to let the kids release some energy? Check out the Jumpside trampoline park and ninja park, an indoor play centre in Footscray where kids can spend the day bouncing, fliping, twisting and leaping through the air on the indoor trampolines, ninja obstacle course and air court!
Babies and toddlers will also have so much to do and explore all thanks to the toddler soft play that's available for their enjoyment every weekday! Read the full review
Jumpside trampoline park and ninja park, 1 Mephan Street, Footscray, +61 3 9041 8542, firstname.lastname@example.org
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