Lollipops Playlands – Sydney’s Best Indoor Play Centres

Does everyone in Sydney know everything about Lollipops Playlands already?

Just in case there are some new mums and dads who haven’t heard of these meccas for our minors, here’s some info with my top five good points and five drawbacks too.

There are 14 Lollipops Playlands throughout Australia, with five in Sydney. Each is run by a fanchisee, the central Lollipops website can be found here.

All of the Lollipops are very similar, being very large, with huge play structures, large slides, teacup rides, a large cafe, soft play area for the little ones and much, much more.

Lollipops Playlands – What We Like Best

I must say that my two five year olds just love these places.  Of course they do!  They’re bright, colourful and there’s lots of opportunities to run, jump, roll, slide, chase and climb.

I tend to take them on rainy day, and my preference is to go at lunchtime when the littler children are off at home having their daytime nap.  My wild kids can charge around madly, and it’s much less of an assault on my ears.

The cafe at Frenchs Forest Lollipops is large, you can see the soft play area behind it.

Lollipops Playlands – Top Five Good Points

  • Unlimited play, you really can stay and  play all day if you’d like to.
  • Unlimited teacup rides – very popular.
  • Cafes are very spacious, lots of space for the lots of strollers.
  • The separate soft play areas for young children are really practical and pretty large too.
  • The play equipment is really, really good fun for the preschoolers; quite challenging and definitely thrilling.

This aerial walkway at Frenchs Forest really deights my kids.

Lollipops Playlands – The Downsides

  • Parents have to pay to get in – shockers!  But you do get a free coffee.
  • Pretty expensive especially if you have several children (but look for special offers in local papers and when you join email list)
  • You can’t take your own food in – boo hoo.
  • You need to remember socks, or pay for them, always a problem for us in summer.
  • Can be amazingly busy, especially when full of parties; it’s a good idea to call ahead to ask how many parties are being run at the time you’d like to go.

Read all about Sydney’s Lollipops Playlands on their websites here:

Campbeltown

Castle Hill

Frenchs Forest

Penrith

Wetherill Park

Yes, yes, I much prefer the kids to play outdoors, I really do.  

But I don’t mind a bit of indoor play when it suits us.  

What about you?  

Do they drive you mad or save your sanity?

 

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4 Comments

  • Reply August 12, 2011

    Deep Fried Fruit

    Hi Seana!! Thanks for stopping by DFF. Hey, I might email you next week for a bit of author-to-author networking. Would love your take on a couple of things I am encountering on this very fascinating journey. Have a great weekend.
    Cheers!
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

  • Reply April 26, 2013

    Rachel

    Lollipops at EQ (Fox Studios) has been saving my sanity since 1999 :)

    • Reply April 27, 2013

      Seana

      Don’t burst into tears but… it’s not there any longer. But I was there in 1998 and 1999 too, a real life saver for me too!

  • Reply April 27, 2013

    Rachel

    Oh you’re right! But there is another play centre there under another name. It saved my sanity just two weeks ago. Doesn’t have that teacup ride tho :(

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