Sandbucket Play Centre and Cafe, North Narrabeen

Three separate play areas for kids of different ages and a cafe that serves food and coffee. Sounds good to me. 

I took both kids out on a blustery (very Winnie-the-Pooh-esq) to an indoor play Centre on the Northern Beaches, I’ve wanting to explore the area a bit more so I was glad when I stumbled on Sandbucket Play Centre and Cafe on Facebook (link to FB page here).

The playcenter is housed in the Pittwater Sports Centre, the address of which is 1525 Pittwater Road, North Narrabeen NSW 2101 (going North it is on the left hand side on the road). 

  

The entrance to the Play Centre is through the Cafe. You will also need to pay the entrance fee at the Cafe. As at June 2016, the entrance fees are: 

– $9.50 for kids 3 and over 

– $6.50 for kids under 3 

– $5 for under 12 months 

– Adults are free. 

Upon payment you’ll get arm bands for the kids so you can get in and out of the Centre should you need to eat or go to the loo. 

The Cafe serves Danes coffee which was really good and has a variety of meals and snacks (healthy and otherwise). Some people seem to come in just to eat at the Cafe and there were a few kids in school uniforms eating. You can pick up a frequent coffee card which gets clipped each time you buy a coffee. Make sure to pick up a copy of Child Magazine at the counter if you can.  

  

The menu seems pretty extensive but we didn’t get a chance to sample anything other than the chocolate donut 🙂 

  

There are three separate play areas the smallest area is the one for kids under 2. 

  

The only problem we had with this area on the day we went is that some bigger kids were jumping in the ball pit to the disregard of smaller kids.

The medium size play area must be dedicated to ages 2 – 4 (working from the signs on the other two play areas). It is a climbing frame with a slide, tunnels, obstacles to walk through and climb over. 

  
The biggest play structure is marked ‘4 years plus’ and it is big! It has a ball pit, four big slides, flying foxes, steps and obstacles to climb up and through. 

  
The Play Centre doesn’t have its open bathroom, you have to go into the gymnastics hall to use the bathrooms and from what I could see there was no baby changing area (but I could be wrong). 

The Play Centre is generally  open from 8:30am – 5:30pm Monday to Thursday, 8am – 4pm on Saturday and 9:30 – 4pm on Sunday’s. However there is a disclaimer to the weekend operating hours: it may close earlier you have to phone and check if they are open and hours differ during school holidays. The phone number is 0299137421. 
There are a number of rules to be observed (there may be more that I didn’t see so be on the look-out) including:

  • No outdoor food to be brought in
  • No food other than adult drinks to be taken into the play area
  • Coffee / tea / drinks to have a lid on in the play area
  • Kids must play in socks
  • No heeled shoes
  • No nappies to be changed in the play area
  • Adults not to be on the slides
  • No walking on the slides 
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Moving Bodies Soft Play, Mt Kuring-gai

The bigger centre is known as Moving Bodies Centre but this review is solely about the soft play area which is open weekdays and suited to 0 – 11 year olds. There are two separate areas with a common eating area / mom’s lounge and bathrooms.

There is some confusion as to whether this play centre is in Hornsby or Mt Kuring-gai but following our exit from the highway the sign said Mt Kuring-gai Industrial Area so I’m going to go with that 🙂

The address on their website is Unit 2, Marina Close, Mt Kuring-gai, other references to the address that i’ve seen is corner Hamley Road and Marina Close. What you want to do though is just put Hamley Road in your GPS and when you get to the end of the road it will be on your left.

The centre is made up of 2 units and you will pay at the first unit and the be directed to the next door unit to enter the soft play area. The cost for play is $2 for 6 – 11 month olds, $4 for 1 – 2 year olds and $8 for 2 – 11 year olds.

 

0-2 year old play area

This was the area we spent most time in today and it was really lovely – big, safe (sprung floor), clean and virtually empty.

There were plenty of soft structures for my daughter to play on: things to play on, slide down, climb up, ride on, crawl through and sit on. The pictures speak for themselves.

 

3 – 11 year old play structure

The play structure is 3 storeys tall and filled with all the things you would expect, a ball pit, tunnels and slides.

 

One of the best things is that you can watch your children play, on monitors provided in the eating area – very smart if you are trying to keep track of two kids.

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Eating area complete with screens to watch the kids playing

The problem with the centre is that there is no cafe or restaurant so you have to take your own snacks. You have to make sure that they are nut free and that your kids eat them in the eating area only. The one other things I wasn’t a fan of is the bathrooms but they’re okay just not perfect. Will have to have a better inspection of them when I take our newly potty trained 3 year old (help us all 🙂 ).

The people that work here are great: friendly and actually seem to like kids which is a plus!

 

We will definitely be back and next time we are I will update you all. I will also pop past Marina Close Cafe to get my coffee fix and will report back.