Kidsworld is different to other pay centres. Yes it has the primary-coloured play equipment that’s de rigueur of kids zones, but it has a bit more finesse, a bit more class, a few more adult features that make parents want to meet here, order a coffee and stay a while. The food and coffee is cafe-quality, they have lounges to sit at – which makes catching up far more relaxed – and the staff are super friendly.
One half of Kidsworld features a double-story play area that includes a ball pitt, flying fox, balance beam and a long double slide. Kids love doing laps of the slide and charging about the structure playing catch, and because it’s all soft-play equipment even if they fall they bounce back up.
The separate toddler zone is huge and fully fenced. There’s a slippery dip and wobbly tunnel to crawl through for older tots plus smaller slides for younger bubs. The boat-shaped ball pitt with its steep slippery dip entry is a firm favourite with a lot of the kids, as are the Little Tike cars. Plus there are activity boards to experience, walkers to push, large soft blocks to stack and cubbies to “cook” in. There are also a couple of lounges here for parents, which is great for breastfeeding mums.
Separating the two play areas is a cafe with a small menu that includes the likes of smashed avocado on Turkish for breakfast and a poached chicken wrap for lunch. For kids there’s a choice of four excellent snack packs. You can go the healthy option of sandwich, cheese stick, watermelon cup and juice, or the not-so-healthy but keep-the-kids-happy option of nuggets, chips and juice. And, of course, there’s coffee, but we have a little tip: it’s so convenient to order your coffee here because you can do so while you continue to supervise the kids as they play, BUT we think it’s worth ordering it from the The Bridge Cafe next to the foyer – their barista skills are just that much better. Both cafes use Grinders coffee.
The foyer is occasionally set up with a race track and trikes for budding young motorists, and there’s normally a cubby conveniently located next to the lounges so adults can sit and chat while their kids play. And on really busy days – and often during school holidays – a jumping castle may make an appearance too.
Mothers groups, did you know you can book a space for your weekly catch up? There are two options available: reserve the lounge area located just off the foyer, or book one of the kids party spaces within Kidsworld. Both spaces are great locations for large groups as everyone is catered to: older children are contained and entertained; the building is heated in winter and cooled in summer; there’s coffee and food for those who haven’t had time to eat breakfast (we’ve all been there – don’t worry, new mamas, it does get easier) and there are change tables in the toilets.
The lounge area is free, and staff often kindly bring over a few toys to keep toddlers entertained, but if you want an area that is sure to keep everyone’s tots contained and happy-busy, book the party room. Here’s how: register your Mum’s Group with Impact Reception and book in a weekly catch up time (the group must have 6+ people and must make regular bookings – it can’t be a one-off, and it’s not available during school holidays). The first child per family is the usual price of $9.90, and each additional child gets access at the discounted rate of $6. Adults pay $4 (this includes a drink) and babies under 12 months are free.
Music morning: Warm up your clapping hands and join in the fun at Impact’s music morning. This casual weekly class is the perfect place to brush up on ye olde nursery rhymes if you’re confused about your itsy bitsys and humpty dumptys. And, as a double bonus, you get morning tea and discounted entry to Kidsworld too. Cost: $5 per family (if you want a play at Kidsworld too, the cost of entry is massively reduced: normal entry is $9.90 per child, but if you join the music morning you pay just $5 per child). When: 10am and 11am Wednesdays during school terms (don’t worry, we have it listed in our What’s On Calendar so you don’t forget).
Party venue: Did you know you can hold your party at Kidsworld? They’ll take care of the food, entertainment and clean up (parents, give a little cheer!) – the kids will have an excellent time and there’s no risk of cake being smeared on your couch. Click here for all details.
Kidsworld at Impact
Cost: Children under 12 months are free; 1-10 years $9.90 (or only $5 after 1pm); Adults $4 (includes regular drink); Family $28 (2 parents and admission for up to 4 children from the same family). Discounted entry if you attend Music Mornings – see details above.
Open: Monday-Saturday 9am-3pm (open until 4pm during school holidays). The cafes close at 2pm.
Phone: 0243 676 767 – ♥ tell them Playing in Puddles sent you.
Tips: Socks must be worn in Kidsworld at all times and are available for purchase at reception if required.
Facilities: baby change tables, air-conditioned and heated.
Parking: Car park right out the front.
Location: Impact Centre, 19 Chetwynd Rd, Erina.
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