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24 Best Play Centres in Melbourne for Toddlers and Babies

When the weather is just too unpleasant to be outdoors, what is there to do indoors with kids in Melbourne?

Indoor play centres are a convenient way to get kids out of the house, be active and provide some good indoor activities.  However, not every play centre is suitable for all age groups. If you’re looking for a suitable place for toddlers to play then an indoor play centre can be intimidating if you’re mixing with bigger, boisterous kids.

After road-testing play centres for years, here is a list of the best play centres in Melbourne for babies, toddlers and preschoolers, i.e. baby play centres for kids 5 years and under.

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1. Relax and Play, Altona North

Relax and Play invites children to PLAY in a large secure play area, while their adults RELAX with exercise and beauty treatments and free child-minding included in the play centre entry fee!

It’s a great play centre for toddlers as the soft play area is bright and spacious and building up the foam blocks is a favourite activity! There is a cafe on site with more inspired (and healthy) options than the usual fare, and spots to set up a laptop to take advantage of the free WiFi. Relax and Play Review.

Relax and Play, 1 Gilbert Drive, Altona North, (03) 8676 8111, info@relaxandplay.com.au

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2. Playshed Cafe, Thomastown

Playshed Cafe is designed specifically for 0-7 year olds but I think given its size and popularity it’s one of the ideal playcentres for toddlers and other under 5s.

There is a specific area for 0-3 years, and the equipment throughout is generally soft and padded. The cafe is at the front of the centre, and there are good sightlines to all of the equipment. Playshed Cafe Review.

Playshed Cafe, 6 Abruzzo Crescent Thomastown, 03 9464 6199

Playshed Cafe Thomastown

3. Playdays, Doncaster

Playdays is one of the best play centre for toddlers and it’s also a party venue. They’re only open school hours during school term – so just for under 5s!

You’ll find lots of soft play equipment and three jumping castles. Playdays Review.

Playdays Doncaster, 350 Blackburn Rd East Doncaster (03) 9842 8844, admin@playdaysdoncaster.com.au

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4. PlanetKids, Southbank

Conveniently located in Southbank / South Melbourne, PlanetKids has play areas set up in 5 rooms, including spaces specifically for babies and soft / gentle play.

There is a play gym for older kids, and a choice of two cafes, one with quality coffee and pastries, and another with a more varied cafe menu. PlanetKids Review

PlanetKids, 10-12 Cecil Street Southbank, 0491 022 619, info@planetkidsplaycentre.com.au

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5. Landing Playcentre, Bundoora

The large, space-themed play space is one of the best playcentre for toddlers, especially with the giant ball pit, imagination play kitchen and dedicated (though small) soft play baby area. 

Landing Playcentre & Cafe, 2A/445 Grimshaw Street, Bundoora, (03) 9467 8780, admin@landingon.com.au

Landing Playcentre Bundoora Baby Area

6. Bounce, Heidelberg

Bounce (formerly Latitude) is a huge indoor play centre that includes a dedicated under Kids Zone play area for kids 18 months to 5 years old. It’s a baby play centre near Melbourne’s north-eastern suburbs that’s perfect for tiring out the smallest family members.

Bounce, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West, (03) 9131 5097

Latitude, 590 Waterdale Road, Heidelberg West

7. Legoland Melbourne, Chadstone

Legoland Melbourne is the ultimate indoor playground and for little ones they have a DUPLO Farm play area with active play and DUPLO play opportunities, like a toddler play centre especially designed for 2 – 5 year olds.

Also DUPLO kids club is run from 10am – 1pm weekdays (excepting school holidays and public holidays) when LEGO team members play with children to provide learning opportunities. Legoland Melbourne DUPLO Farm Review

Legoland Melbourne, Level 2 Chadstone – The Fashion Capital, 1341 Dandenong Road Chadstone

DUPLO Farm Adventure Legoland Melbourne

8. Flip Out Box Hill

Newly opened in Box Hill is a multi-faceted centre with trampolines, parkour equipment, climbing walls and a range of lessons. It’s fun for the whole family!

Trampoline parks are often reserved for older kids, but Flip Out Box Hill has special sessions for younger kids and playgroup sessions available, making it one of the great play centres for toddlers.

Flip Out Box Hill, T2, 249 Middleborough Rd, Box Hill, (03) 9890 7213, boxhill@flipout.com.au

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9. Museum of Play and Art Melbourne, Sandringham

Museum of Play and Art Melbourne is a colourful and exciting play centre that is currently the largest Children’s Museum in Melbourne and one of the biggest in the Southern Hemisphere.

MoPA Melbourne just like its original location MoPA Geelong offers lots of fun opportunities for play-based learning and creative exploration. The wonderful space is nothing Melbourne has ever seen and experienced so far and is a great place for children and families to have fun and learn together. Their dedicated soft play area offers active experiences for babies under 2 years.

Read Museum of Play and Art review

Museum of Play and Art Melbourne, 247 Bay Rd Sandringham, 1800 006 672

Museum of Play and Art Melbourne

10. Play Nook, Northcote

Play Nook is not your average indoor play centre! It has an impressive variety of indoor entertainment for babies, toddlers and older kids – plus a cafe to keep everyone happy. 

With soft climbing structures, slides, sensory tables, dress-ups and much more, families will have a ball at Play Nook in Northcote.

True to its name, there are several play nooks throughout this imaginative space. Play Nook is spacious, welcoming and kept in immaculate condition. 

Play Nook, Northcote, 2 Arthurton Rd Northcote, (03) 9481 0128, playnooknorthcote@gmail.com

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11. 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

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12. 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, (03) 9041 8542, hello@jumpside.com.au

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13. 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

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14. 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 a 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, info@kidfactoryplay.com.au 

Kid Factory Dingley

15. Rabbit Hole, Braybrook

Rabbit Hole Play Centre is closed until further notice.

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 play centres centrepiece is a glowing white ball pit, 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, (03) 8657 2638, enquiries@rabbitholeplaycentre.com.au

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16. Crocs Playcentre, Derrimut

Crocs Playcentre Derrimut has a jungle-themed play area with your usual inflatables, tadalafil slides, climbing structures, motorised electric race cars and tricycles as well as a gated area for kids under 4 years.

It’s one of the best play centres in Melbourne for a 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

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17. Tumbles Playhouse, Williamstown

Tumbles Playhouse is a small but mighty indoor play centre in Williamstown, Melbourne’s inner west.

Their giant three-story play structure is made up of tunnels, slides, a bridge, a ball pit and a flying fox. They also have a super fast double astro slide (so you can race your friend!), and two big inflatables – a lollipop jumping castle, as well as a giant slide.

For the babies and toddlers under 3 years there’s a smaller play structure, “construction zone” with huge building blocks, rockers, a ball pit, and jumping inflatable.

The gated infant play area for children up to 18 months old has plenty to keep the little ones busy, while also ensuring their safety.

Tumbles Playhouse 1/197 Champion Rd, Williamstown North VIC 3016, (03) 9397 0811, info@tumblesplayhouse.com.au

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18. Hopscotch Play Cafe, Narre Warren South

A cafe and children’s play area running two sessions daily.  Booking in advance is recommended.

Hopscotch Play Cafe, Shop 14, 101 Seebeck Drive Narre Warren South, (03) 9705 6532

19. Kids Space, Hallam

A great space for little ones who love playing astronauts and rockets, Kids Space has a designated toddler area and an onsite cafe. The best part is kids under 12 months are free.

Kids Space, 79 Star Cresent Hallam, (03) 8786 3909

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20. Jungle Kids Indoor Play Centre, Wallan

This Wallan jungle gym offers a multi-level climbing gym and a dedicated play space for smaller children. Plus Kindy Groove on $5 Thursdays, a free drama and dance session.

Jungle Kids Indoor Play Centre, 2B Commercial Drive Wallan, (03) 5783 4104

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21. Little Rascals, Ferntree Gully

Designed for 0-7 year olds, Little Rascals has a soft play area making it a great play centre for babies, LEGO pit, smaller-scale climbing equipment and plenty of cafe tables and couches.

Little Rascals, 3/1140 Burwood Highway Ferntree Gully, (03) 97536488, little_rascals@optusnet.com.au

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22. Chipmunks, 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

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23. My Puzzle House, Pakenham

My Puzzle House is an indoor playground near Melbourne that offers a sensory play gym in Pakenham.

For kids indoor play they offer active play equipment, quieter play and a sensory room that’s dark and calming. All sessions are led by at least one session host. 

Read the My Puzzle House review.

My Puzzle House, 5 Embry Court, Pakenham03 5611 0404

My Puzzle House Pakenham

24. SuperPark, Melbourne

SuperPark is designed for kids of all ages. There are activities suitable for toddlers, older children, and even adults.

It has a smaller climbing frame with a ball pit dedicated to toddlers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience for the little ones.

Starting at just $30, visitors can enjoy a two-hour all-access pass. Children under two get in for free.

Read the SuperPark, Melbourne review.

SuperPark, Melbourne, Highpoint Shopping Centre Shop L07 6205/200 Rosamond Road, Maribyrnong

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

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

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