What would you pay for a couple of hours of kiddy fun at an indoor play centre?
One where you could enjoy a hot coffee and scroll through Insta, while the kids enjoyed an obstacle course, a mega ball pit, some indoor push cars and the company of other children?
$5? $10? $15?
Keep going … because a newly opened play centre in Glen Waverly, Victoria will set you back a little bit more than that.
Known as Rainbow Town Play Centre, this mega playground isn’t your average indoor play centre. And neither is the price.
In fact, to get the full play centre experience (both zone A and zone B), you will need to cough up, ahem, $48. And that’s per child.
I’m sorry, HOW MUCH?
Nearly $50… for a play centre? Sure, it’s a pretty amazing play zone for kids, but… $50? Really?
Kids under the age of three will get 50% off so… if you happen to have two kids and a toddler, you can expect to pay an incredible $120 for a few hours of indoor fun.
And that’s not even including the overpriced cookie and juice your kids will inevitably demand once they get inside.
Why the crazy costs?
Surely there are some hidden gems behind the glass doors that warrant the costs, right? Something spectacular like an all-you-can-eat sushi bar, free foot rubs or a free-flowing champagne waterfall for the parents.
Not quite. But it is pretty amazing.
There’s the indoor play centre with a mega ball pit (which looks clean at this stage), an indoor rope course to tire them out and a massive rock climbing wall. There’s also a trampoline area and a mini car race course complete with some pretty shmick-looking vehicles.
For a family with four kids, you’re looking at nearly $200 for a morning of indoor play. I mean, you could literally get a yearly pass to a theme park or water park for this price.
Playcentre costs spark social media backlash
I’m a bit of a tight arse and haven’t been to an indoor play centre in a year or two, so maybe I’m out of touch with the whole indoor playground pricing guide, but this seems crazy expensive.
And, as it turns out, it’s not just me who thinks so.
Rainbow Town Play Centre only just opened last week but many mums have already headed to Facebook to express their concern over the price. After the play centre shared their entry fees on their Facebook page, dozens of mums admitted that, although the place looks great, the price is just too much.
The Honest Mumma recently shared her experience and entry fees on her Facebook page and once again, the public has spoken out about the price.
“Are the ball pits diamond encrusted for that price?” commented one person.
“Is this like a drop-off centre, or is like a 3-course meal provided for the kids….. wow! That price is crazy!” another mentioned.
So, the verdict is in. Nice place, shame about the price. Would you pay $48 per child to visit?
While you’re checking out play centres, have a look at one of the biggest indoor playgrounds in the southern hemisphere. It also happens to be in Victoria.