Big Blast, Brookvale – Amazing Huge Soft Play For Kids

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Now here’s a play centre that causes a bit of a conundrum.  The three of my children who have visited absolutely love it. But me… not so much as they do.

Read on… my thoughts are in this review.  And I’ve posted more photos here.

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How long should I leave them there for?

Big Blast Party Zone

13 Old Pittwater Rd (cnr Dale Street)

Brookvale NSW 2100

Website: click here

Big Blast is basically one large warehouse-type space, full of huge inflatables.  They are pretty spectacular especially the precipitous drop of the Cliffhanger.

I walked in and thought it was all a bit dark, dingy and cramped. My Teen13 and the agile and active twins aged six walked in and thought: ‘Woooo hoooo!!’

They ran about like maniacs, they whacked each other with giant soft sticks. They soared and climbed.  They got into suits and stuck themselves to the velcro walls.

It was just what my totally over active kids needed on a wet day.

We were fortunate that not many people were there at the time. I had called ahead and been advised to come quick before some parties were due in. I would absolutely recommend calling ahead to see how busy it is, especially if your children are young.

Big Blast is for children aged 5-15 both for casual entry and for birthday parties.  They do a drop and go but only for children aged 10-15 years.

The drawbacks

It’s very expensive! Casual entry is expensive at $25 for 1.5 hours and $22 for 1 hour.   The cafe is not great, see below.

There is always a staff member on duty but I would recommend keeping a very close eye on younger children and taking plenty adults if you’re there for a party with heaps of kids.  I couldn’t see any safety instructions or warnings and no safety briefing was given (unlike Tree Tops Adventure Park which did the best one I have ever seen for my kids.) The son of a friend of mine hurt himself badly there when he fell awkwardly off one of the inflatables.

Some of the equipment needs updating, the velcro suits and wall were only just working when we were there.

But my children did absolutely love it, and begged us to take them back. So we’ve been twice and I dare say will go there again.  My poor purse.

Cafe: Yes, upstairs, with windows to look down on play area. NOT a great menu and the coffee is from a vending machine. Horrors!!  The hot food was limited to pies only when we visited.

Parking: Free onsite parking under the building, entry on Dale Street.

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 See lots more photos here.

Would your children like Big Blast?

Would you pay that much to wear them out?

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  1. Looks amazing Seana, and yes my kids would love that, but it is very expensive and it would have to be for a very good reason for me to be happy paying that much. Like the idea of the hanging twins though! X

    • Hello Mairi, yes, I left them there for quite a while. I need the velcro wall and suits at home. They were laughing so much they could barely move when they came off. Sweet, and D was into it too. His teen cool can still disappear completely.

  2. A fun play centre with bad coffee. Are these people insane? Kids love to beat each other up don’t they? . The Velcro wall looks brilliant.
    Carolyn

  3. I think my little kids would like it – but yes, would have to check they weren’t going to be inundated with big kids. When I am desperate (ie it’s raining and kids driving me nuts) I have been known to spend what it takes to get through the day :)

    • Oh me too, Rachel. When my older boys were little, and GiantTeen16 was genuinely hyperactive I would sometimes go to a pool and THEN a play centre, just to keep out of the house. With the twins,I know I could take them to pools more when it’s raining, they always love a splash and a swim and it’s SO good for them. But often I am idle and go to play centres which cost far, far more. Must make a winter mantra – to the pool when it’s raining, if wet, get wetter.

  4. That is pretty pricey…especially for bad coffee.
    But you know…it looks like fun. For me, especially :) x

  5. Very welcoming and polite staff
    Paid more than we should have and sadly won’t return. The children had a blast!
    The staff were constantly supervising but there was very little for the price paid. Coffee was made and served in a cup and it was enjoyed. Very little to choose from the cafe upstairs but very minimal and my advice, need to improve to allow people to want to come back and stay. Parking undercover
    Other venues offer parents coffee.
    In anycase all the best to the family owned business
    Was lovely to meet you today

  6. Very welcoming and polite staff
    Paid more than we should have and sadly won’t return. The children had a blast!
    The staff were constantly supervising but there was very little for the price paid. Coffee was made and served in a cup and it was enjoyed. Very little to choose from the cafe upstairs but very minimal and my advice, need to improve to allow people to want to come back and stay. Parking undercover
    Other venues offer parents coffee.
    In anycase all the best to the family owned business
    Was lovely to meet you today

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