Xanadu Playcentre

http://www.xanadu.life/

2/151-159 Princes Hwy,
Hallam VIC 3803

A not for profit playcentre…did you know that existed? I didn’t until very recently when I went to visit Xanadu Playcentre out in Hallam. What an amazing concept! The centre on the surface operates and functions like a regular profitable play centre, except that 100% of the profits go to supporting charities and services working with disadvantaged families throughout Australia and overseas.

That in itself was enough of a reason to love it and want to support their business….but turns out the play space is actually really great too.

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Gated younger kids area to the left

The good bits….

Great toddler space.
I love heading to play centres that have a large, dedicated small kid area, and Xanadu did this very well. Lots of ride on toys, their own ball pit, toy kitchen, climbing equipment and even a mini jumping castle were gated away…safe from the “big kids” (over 4s).

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Lots of slide choice.
Ever want to re-enact that scene in the Titanic when they are sliding down the sinking ship? Well now you can. As Missy Moo has Belfast blood in her, I’m sure she thoroughly appreciated a slide down this historic ship. I preferred the ones to the left.

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Cool party areas.
There were six party areas; some more hidden and private than others. A local asylum seeker was commissioned to paint the aquatic mural…just another way Xanadu are working with the local community. Seriously, love it.

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Coffee.
One of my favourite things is when my coffee comes with a cheeky freebie..in this case a sneaky Hershey’s kiss!

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Food.
You won’t get any complaints from me when you sell me a freshly volcanic $1 hot jam donut and a wood fired pizza. The food was great, no complaints.

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Facilities.
Lots of highchairs, a change table, and clean toilets.  I especially appreciated the water dispenser…so handy.

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Areas to improve.

A bit tired in places.
Some of the play areas are a little worn down (stairs etc), but nothing more than cosmetic details due to the age of some of the equipment. Didn’t effect our use at all.

Bigger kids play areas.
I feel this play centre might be lacking a little for kids older than about eight. I couldn’t say for sure (as a mother of a two year old), but think they majority of the activities would suit younger kids rather than tweens.

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The “big kids” area. This represents about half of their play area.

Given I have a two year old though, I thought it was great!

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Admission Prices:
Up to 11 months FREE
1 – 2 $ 7.00
3 – 5 $ 9.00
6 – 14 $11.00

Want it cheaper?

  • Follow Xanadu on Facebook for occasional special events and discounts too ($7 entry for everyone this May)
  • Scoopon has great discounts too
  • Small ideas have (the best voucher ever) a discount of one free visit every month for the whole year!

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All in all we had a ball at Xanadu….and will return once a month for well…probably forever! Great playspace, great coffee, free chocolate, all profits going to charity…need I say more? I rate Xanadu a 9/10, losing a point for lack of variety for bigger kids.

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