Doodlebugs is a family owned and operated play centre located in Miami on the Gold Coast. It is one of the largest centres on the Gold Coast with a large cafe area and large play areas for older children. It is fully air-conditioned with complimentary Wi-Fi for your use, making it a great respite spot for working parents that need to get some laptop work done!.
Doodlebugs has a separate toddler area and a dedicated ‘walker’ area for little ones. It includes a slide, trampoline, kitchenette and some blocks to play with. There are no ride-ons.
The larger play area includes three slides, large climbing equipment, ball pit, spinning columns and a Cannonball Battle Zone. Kids can shoot foam balls and deliver them back to the cannons to shoot out again. This is loads of fun but does make the centre very noisy.
There is an indoor train that runs two-hourly at 10am, 12pm and 2pm (except it does not run on Mondays). If there are lots of children, they will do a few trips around so that everyone gets a go. The first ride is free with entry; extra rides are $1. It is definitely a highlight of visiting Doodlebugs!
The cafe is good and has a varied menu (melts, acai bowls, smoothies), although serving times are long and the option to buy smaller serves of ‘red’ food would be a positive. The tables and chairs are a bit close together and make navigating the centre, or finding a spot to put your pram a bit tricky – if possible, grab a ‘picnic’ bench for the kids- there is plenty of room for strollers in this section and you get a great position to supervise your children.
Some prices are a bit expensive ($1 for a Chupa Chup or 5 rice crackers for example) and $7 for a bowl of chips (no smaller option available). However, overall the variety is good, and the convenience of having smaller snack sizes is handy.
There is an outdoor seating area, which is enclosed, however not covered, so is wet when it rains.
The toilets are clean and baby change facilities are provided.
Parking is right out the front of the centre on the road.
- The train!
- Airconditioned and free wi-fi
- One of the largest centres
- Long waiting times for food and coffee
- Can be noisy due to the air-compressed cannons
Under 11 months- Free
12 months – 5 years $9.50
6 – 12 years $11.50
Ask them about their 10 visit and six month passes – we have a six month pass and it’s great value.
OPENING HOURS 9am – 3pm daily 7 days a week (Saturday 4pm close)
Closed public holidays and Mothers and Fathers Days.
LOCATION: 6/54 Paradise Avenue, Miami