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HOT: Little Creatures, Balwyn

HOT: Little Creatures, Balwyn

Little Creatures is a small indoor play centre in Balwyn that focuses on imaginative play areas that replicate the real world. While it’s quite small entry is only $8 and it contained enough toys, books and equipment to keep my kids interested for around 2 hours.

little creatures

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

Lady AB went straight for the princess dress ups and Baby 2.0 headed towards the planes, trains and automobiles.

little creatures

They then spent the time wandering from area to area while I sat in the eating area chatting with a friend, knowing that the kids couldn’t escape out onto the road!

little creatures

little creatures

little creatures

Parking can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the area as there are 1 hour parking restrictions on Whitehorse Road, though apparently there are 2 hour and 3 hour parks on Cherry Road and Power Street. We were lucky to find somewhere right outside so kept an eye on parking inspectors once the hour ticked over.

little creatures

little creatures

There’s a small inhouse cafe which serves basics – toasted sandwiches, muffins, banana bread etc. Young babies can BYO food and there’s a small eating area set up at the back with high chairs and child-sized table settings.

There’s no music or screens and at the back is a toilet with change facilities.

Little Creatures is a great pit stop for Eastern suburb parents but I don’t think it’s so impressive that it’s worth a trip across town. On Mondays and Tuesdays they have included art and craft activities and on Wednesdays kiddie dance classes.

HOT Tips:

  • Pram-friendly.
  • Limited 1 hour street free parking
  • Entry fee includes unlimited play. No need to book.
  • High chairs, kids menu.
  • toilet with change facilities.
  • Party rooms and packages available.

Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned entrepreneur. She combines her love for kids, food, travel and bikes into several passion projects.

She owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au; develops and produces bike-related creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com; and writes another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne with (non-kid related) reviews about things to do and places to go in Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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