According to Early Childhood Australia, play based learning can help children to 'organise and make sense of their social worlds'. Physical activities and symbolic-play (i.e. make believe) are part of a childhood philosophy that dates back hundred of years. The best part? Your child doesn't even know they're learning!
A sprawling mock-castle in Nundah, Tiddlywinks is something a bit different for children and parents alike. Like other play centres, it provides a selection of appropriate play spaces for babies, toddlers and children; unlike other play centres, it also offers a dance and music programme designed to stimulate and excite.
DJ Col spins the tracks during the daily half hour disco sessions. Toddlers are invited to take part in songs and musical games, and to play with ribbons, scarves and superhero costumes. For the older children, there’s lights, smoke machine, and fun games like limbo and musical statues. Tiddlywinks also offers dance classes in styles like jazz, hip hop and cheerleading.
For the parents, there’s an onsite cafe serving light meals, snacks, cold drinks, and the all important coffee (DiBella here). Gluten free options are available.
Admission for an unlimited session at Tiddlywinks is $3.50 for adults and $11 for children up to four years old or $13 for children aged 5 to 11, with children under 12 months free. Tiddlywinks is open Monday to Saturday; see the website for full opening hours.