Last week, I took my little girl to her friend’s birthday party. It took place in our neighbourhood at Chipmunks Playland and Cafe in Lawnton , Brisbane. It was my first time at Chipmunks, although they are a well-known franchise in the country. I looked at their website and found out that they have play centres all across Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia. Their play venues are available to all kids from 0 to 11 years of age. Brisbane has 4 of them: Lawnton, Everton Park, Morayfield and Underwood which are all indoor playgrounds, open 7 days a week.
The venue features a party room and a beautiful playground with a cafe. We could use the party room for one hour only, but the kids had gathered an hour earlier to start playing before the birthday begun (as it’s custom at Chipmunks). One of the things I loved most is that they offer several birthday packages so you can choose the one that suits your wishes (and wallet). The birthday girl wanted a themed princess party and a visit from Charlie Chipmunk so her parents opted for a Bonanza Party package that included both options, plus gifts and balloons for everyone and a special present for the birthday child.
The kids were delighted when the mascot of the franchise, Charlie Chipmunk, appeared. He and the party hosts were really friendly and funny, making absolutely sure that kids were entertained and everything was in perfect order. Before the party started, we were told the rules of the Playland (no shoes, no bringing our own food and drink) so we brought our socks and left candy at home. All children and adults got yummy Chipmunk-themed meals and candy and I can’t say I wasn’t full after eating them! The birthday cake was made without nuts which was really important for my daughter and a couple of kids at the party since they are allergic.
The Playland offers unlimited stay and play on party days. Since the 2 hours of play weren’t enough, most of the kids stayed a bit longer after the party to continue having fun. The adults had reserved space in the cafe so I relaxed and sipped coffee while chatting and socialising with other parents. You can always monitor the kids from your table, but there wasn’t much need for it. The equipment is safe and the staff extremely helpful, so I didn’t feel the need to worry. In conversation with other parents, I found out that Chipmunks provides a drop-off service for school children as well, so I’ll keep that in mind for the future!
We went home after 3 hours of fun and play, fully satisfied with both the space and Chipmunks service. My daughter couldn’t stop talking about the gifts she got and the inflatable mega-slide, which is obviously a favourite thing for all children who come here! I felt relieved for visiting a playground that’s spacious, beautiful and cosy at the same time, providing both adults and kids with comfort and a pleasurable experience. The birthday girl was extremely happy saying that this had been her most special birthday ever. Her parents were relaxed and rested as the staff did all the work. Seeing their enthusiasm, I’m seriously thinking of doing the same, spending Mary’s next birthday here, at Chipmunks Playland and Cafe.