Teeny tots will love this place… and so will their mummies. The soft-play area is fenced and air-conditioned and has a two-level play maze packed with obstacles for kids to crawl through, squeeze under and scramble over. This play space used to be restricted to children under five, but it’s recently become an area open to all ages.
Just outside the play area is the eating area – it’s separately fenced, has large tables for group catch-ups, and here’s the best part, has an adjoining nursing/changing room, so you can let your toddler continue to play while you change your baby. Hallelujah! Don’t you hate it when you have to lug the stroller, baby and toddler to the bathroom just for a nappy change.
The soft-play area is ideal for the 1-4 age group who go crazy for the maze and ball pit here, but if you have a bub who’s on the crawl or just learning to teeter totter, they’ll also love riding the big red car, scrambling over the foam crocodiles and playing with the wall activity panels. They also have a soft-play baby zone specifically for tiny tots.
There’s an adjoining larger eating area and lounge where older children can play computer games, a claw arcade game and watch flicks on TV.
The lounge area is also a good spot for mothers groups to meet up as there’s ample room for multiple prams and a large rug for bubs to roll about on on the floor.
The Cafe has a large menu. Think smashed avocado, eggs Benedict, and fruit salad for breakfast; pulled pork nachos, pumpkin and feta frittata, and BBQ-chicken pizza for lunch. Kids can order a cheeseburger, fish and chips, the always-faithful peanut butter sandwich or fairy bread, and at $2 for a sandwich, you won’t break the bank.
Don’t forget to sign your children up to the Mini Mania club – it’s free! Each month your child will receive a free gift when they show their membership card at the Cafe and they’ll get a free kids meal on their birthday.
Ages: Best suited to kids aged 0-5, but older kids can have fun too.
Kids eat free: Luminous Brasserie on Thursday night and Sunday lunch (with the purchase of any adult main from Luminous Brasserie – $15; limit of two children per paying adult). The $9.90 kids menu includes a main, side, drink and ice-cream. Choose nuggets, a burger, pasta or fish with chips, mash or veg.
Facilities: There’s a changing table, microwave and feeding chair located in a small room opposite the soft-play zone.
Open: Mini Mania is open daily from 9am-9.30pm (Cafe daily 9am-9.30pm; Luminous Brasserie daily lunch 11.30am-2pm, dinner Sun-Thu 5.30pm-8.30pm and Fri-Sat 5.30pm-9pm).
Parking: The club has a large car park directly out the front and there are always plenty of spots.
Tips: Join the club. It’s only $5 to join and you get a 10% discount on all food and beverage purchases, so you start saving almost immediately.
Location: 26 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford.
Phone: 0243 232 311.
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