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Hidden gems: Five indoor play spaces for winter

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As winter looms and the temperature drops, outdoor playgrounds suddenly don’t look as appealing.

But if the thought of heading to another noisy and packed indoor play centre gives you heart palpitations, the options can be limited.

Luckily, indoor play doesn’t always have to be a stressful experience.

We’ve uncovered five indoor hidden gems to be discovered this winter that offer a more relaxing atmosphere for parents (and coffee!) while thoroughly entertaining the kids. 

The Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre

An awesome play centre that’s actually educational? Yes, it exists! This state of the art,  play space has learning at its heart.

Designed for kids from birth to 6 years old, each area of The Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre tells five Australian stories. From learning about the mythical Bunyip in the dress up area to climbing netting resembling HMS Investigator while staring down at underwater light displays, each section allows little ones to completely immerse themselves in the stories while encouraging different types of play. There’s even a quiet area where kids can read a book inside one of three cosy pods designed to mimic a kangaroo’s pouch, along with designated ‘story time’ sessions.

For the younger tots, there’s a soft and colourful infant crawl space and plenty of comfy seating for parents. An added bonus? As it’s a ticketed experience with five sessions per day, it won’t get too crowded or noisy – meaning it’s the perfect space for imaginations to run wild.

The Tim and Gina Fairfax Discovery Centre | Open daily with 75 min sessions available from 9.15 am-4.45 pm | Bookings are essential | National Museum of Australia, Lawson Crescent, Acton | $10 per child, $5 per adult, $30 per family (2 adults and 3 children or one adult and 4 children). Friends members play free | nma.gov.au/discovery-centre

Little Amigos

If you’re after a side of coffee or lunch while the kids run wild, be sure to check out the newest inclusion to the scene.

Little Amigos is conveniently both a café and play centre which includes a ball pit, slides, play kitchen, farm, construction site and a mini train ride. The vibrant play space caters for babies to seven years old, with a cute garden theme that will be a hit with parents and kids alike.

Shop 19/337 Canberra Ave, Fyshwick | littleamigos.com/canberra

Tiny Creatures Kids Club

Explore, play and celebrate the magic of childhood with this adorable new kids’ club. Using a light-filled, blank-space venue, founder Melanie Gibb has created a fun timetable of classes and workshops that align with the ACT school term.

Whether it’s yoga, art, cake-making or discos, there’s something for everyone. Come winter, there will even be movie nights complete with popcorn and cosy bean bags. Fun fact: the 90-square-metre space room also doubles as a party venue.

63 Wollongong Street, Fyshwick | tinycreatures.com.au/kidsclub

PlayUP at OPH

A hidden gem in one of Canberra’s most iconic buildings, PlayUP encourages thoughtful, imaginative play. Walk in and you’ll find a special ‘Kindness Café’ for kids, listening pods, story time and even facilitated craft sessions.

For the parents, there’s a café in the building and plenty of cosy corners with beanbags to relax on while little ones let their imaginations run wild.

18 King George Terrace, Parkes | moadoph.gov.au

BlocHaus

If you have older kids who need to burn some serious energy, look no further than this bouldering venue in the heart of Dairy Road precinct.

The huge space includes a dedicated area for kids 5-12 years and their families to enjoy bouldering; a fun activity that combines rock climbing with shorter walls and padded mats (meaning there’s no need for ropes, partners or other gear!).

Following a special colour grading system, the climbs are designed specifically for little bodies. An added bonus? There’s also specialty coffee on site and plenty of room to hang about!

2, 2/1 Dairy Road, Fyshwick | blochaus.com.au

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