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Boomerangs Play Centre is a super-fun indoor space for kids to play while parents enjoy a coffee and bite to eat. They also have two for one entry on Wednesdays – an offer too good to refuse! We had to pop along and check out this haven for kids at Helensvale Homeworld.
 
We invited another mummy and little friend for a play at Boomerangs. When we arrived, we noticed that the centre was lovely and quiet – there was no loud radio or noisy games in the centre. Sure there were kids yelling and babies crying, but the centre was calm, which we loved. We could have a decent mummy-chat!
Our kidlets ran into the play area straight away. After running after them to remove their shoes, we sat down at one of the many tables and chairs provided. We had a look at the menu placed on the table and ordered coffee and snacks at the cafe. The prices are good, and smaller portions are available. We were also excited to discover our coffees came in real cups! Everything was fresh, perfectly prepared and in generous serves.

Play areas

The play areas are easy to see from all areas of the centre and everything is nice and clean!
The babies area is an enclosed pen surrounded by low-wall seating. It has interactive bits and pieces for babies to play with, and is close to cafe tables and chairs.
The under 4s area has a smaller play gym including a ball pit and low-wall seating for adults to supervise. Various cars and bikes are available to drive on the mini track, and there are soft blocks to play around.
The main play area is smaller than other play centres, but it is also lighter and easier to see into. None of our children found themselves stuck or overwhelmed. It has three slides, a ball pit, flying fox and plenty of sections to climb. The long slides are very fast, but have a long bottom section that slows kids down fast.
Our children were busy on the equipment for a good two hours and were wrapped with the slides and climbing equipment.

In addition to normal play, Boomerangs also have characters and craft/dance/music activities in the centre during the week (check their website, below, for details), included in the entry fee.

To get the special entry deal we had to arrive at the same time, so we met out the front of the centre. Two for one deals are excellent for a cheap play date with a friend, or for parents who have more than one child. After you factor in coffee and treats, a trip to a play centre can cost $30+ for one child, so these deals can save you money! Note, if you take kids of different ages, you are charged at the rate of the older child.

Positives

  • Soft baby play area
  • Large toddler play area including ride ons
  • Coffee in real cups
  • ‘Red’ food available in smaller serves 
  • 2 for 1 entry on Wednesdays and other special events throughout the week
  • Airconditioned

Negatives

  • One of the smaller play areas for older kids

 

Boomerangs Play Centre and Cafe

LOCATION Helensvale Homeworld – Oxenford/Hope Island exit off the M1

AGES 1-10

COST From $8.50

DEALS 2 for 1 entry Wednesday, before 3pm, term time only. Find more specials and information on their website.

http://www.boomerangsplaycentre.com.au/

HIGHLIGHTS Coffee in real cups, small affordable options on menu, easy to see children in equipment, quiet compared to other similar centres.