As the days get colder, the indoor play centre is a sanity saver for many families. Here are some of the best indoor play centres on the Sunshine Coast for the littlies to burn off some energy this winter.
0–5 YEAR OLDS
Chipmunks has a dedicated under fives play space and then the larger over fives multi-storey playground, ball pool, giant slide and interactive activities. With great coffee and meals available, and no time limit on how long you play, it’s the perfect escape from the wintery days. Kids need socks to play.
Central, 8 Fairfax St, Sippy Downs
These free weekly sessions provide fun group interactive activities for children under five and their carers. Rhymetime features songs, rhymes and finger plays to promote early literacy and language development for infants up to two years; Storytime features stories, rhymes and songs to enhance language development for children ages two to five years. Watch out for their outdoor Story Seat Book-ventures too, where you can join the library for a morning of stories, games and fun at one of their fabulous Story Seats – located in local parks across the Sunshine Coast.
Held every Thursday, the Mums & Bubs Mornings at Noosa Civic are the perfect opportunity to catch up with other like-minded mums and caregivers. Enjoy a complimentary coffee from one of the cafes, whilst your little one socialises and plays.
Gymbaroo offers a range of age-appropriate music and movement classes, from non-mobile babies to school readiness sessions. Kids can crawl, jump, hop, swing, roll, sing and dance their way their way to healthy physical, social, emotional and intellectual development. And most importantly, you can have fun together!
Goodlife Community Centre, Buderim
6+ YEAR OLDS
Pew pew pew…! Grab a phaser and get set for some action-packed laser-guided fun! In Laser Tag, players wear a computerised vest and ‘tag’ opponents in an exciting arena in a variety of different game styles. This high-tech sport will keep the most active of kids busy! There are also video and arcade games available to keep you occupied between battles.
3 Main Drive, Warana
A world of arcade fun all under one roof. Race with Super Mario, shoot basketballs to win prizes, play air hockey, embark on a Jurassic Park adventure and more. It’s bright, noisy, and kids love it!
Kawana Shoppingworld & Sunshine Plaza
Adventure Empire offers a range of indoor climbing and bouldering challenges for every level. Kids can get fit and strong, and challenge themselves with every climb. Rock climbing is a great way for kids to develop hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills and problem-solving skills.Climbs are for suitable for ages 6 and over, however they do also have a Little Monkey Club for ages 4-7. As well as the climbing walls, Adventure Empire offers a great after school and school holiday program. The ‘Adventurism’ program encourages team work, fair play all while having fun and reconnecting kids with the great outdoors.
2/2 Park Place, Caloundra
Mini-golf meets cocktail bar? Yes indeedy! Though it pulls an adult crowd at night, during the day Holey Moley is a great place to take the kids. Forget windmills and castles, instead putt your way through shark infested waters and pop culture references that will keep both kids and parents entertained. If that’s not enough, Strike Bowling is right next door, and they do an awesome birthday party too!
Big Top Shopping Centre, Maroochydore
The newly refurbished Sunshine Plaza has something for every one! For the littlest ones there are two super-fun indoor play spaces to enjoy, both within easy reach of great coffee. And for the older (and v-e-r-y brave) ones, a high ropes course spanning the river is due to open mid-year, as well as another outdoor play area. They also have three well-equipped Parents Rooms.
154-164 Horton Parade, Maroochydore
This indoor trampoline centre is a hugely popular spot for kids of all ages. The main area for 6–10 year olds is wall-to-wall bouncing heaven, with 40 interconnecting trampolines, a huge air bag to land in, slam dunking basketball and soccer. For kids over 140cm there is a separate Ninja Warrior Course (bring sports shoes for this activity). For the littler ones there is a dedicated toddlers’ area with foam pit for those under 110cm and another soft play area for those under 140cm tall. Don’t forget your grip socks, or you can buy them there.
24C Innovation Parkway, Birtinya