Fun play centres for free?Play centres are lots of fun, but let's face it, they end up costing quite.a bit of money. Once you pay for entry, your coffee, something for the kids... The price gets quite high. So this week I will be recommending some places you can go with the kids, which is absolutely free.
I don't want us to get too excited, so I will start off small. Following on from our escapade into children's play centres, I will first have a look at different places that can cater for the adults and have somewhere for the kids to play, but costs nothing to go (except for the drinks/food of course!).
I have in mind the family bistros that have some play equipment for the kids. Some are better than others of course, so once again it is a bit of trial and error. But I hope I can give a few hints of places to go.
Once upon a time there were some golden arches and this was the only place where you could get a feed and give the kids a play. The play equipment here was fair, but nothing like today's play centres. While the calibre of the childrens play equipment is often so-so in these establishments, two of them seem way above the rest. These are the McDonalds in Ringwood and Ferntree Gully.
The Ringwood Maccas is very new and boasts a large three story play gym, with slides and othe fun things for the kids. This one is really very new and modern and is quite nice to take the little ones. They are really entertained for a long time.
The Ferntree Gully Maccas has been there for a while, bit it is still good. It is not as modern and groovy inside as the Ringwood one, but it's play equipment is good. The only issue with this one is that it is all outdoors, so is not much good in the rainy season. They do have sun shade up for summer. The play equipment is good, though, because it is quite different from other Maccas. It is a lot bigger and is not completely made of that Maccas-style plastic.
This is just some food for thought (ha ha). I promise later posts will be more interesting!