Wannabees Family Play Town at Hornsby Westfield would have to be one of our favourite indoor activities. We have been there twice now ( well Farley has been three times, once with Gran while I got a hair cut) , it’s a wonderful, toddler friendly, interactive experience.
If you’re not familiar with Wannabees, it’s a unique play centre that provides custom made spaces for kids to dress up and engage in imaginative role play. There is everything from a police stations to a beauty salon, fire station, post office, hospital and vet, even a TV studio and radio stations. Kids are free to explore on their own or they can join one of the staff directed activities that are hosted throughout the day.
While it’s aimed at kids of all ages, it's a great learning experience for toddlers, who will love touching and exploring all the areas and activities. However I would recommend avoiding weekends and school holidays when it’s likely to be busy with older school aged kids. The first time, I went with a group of mums from playgroup on a weekday and it was perfect! We basically had the place to ourselves and our littles ones had free range. This time, we went on a Saturday, during school holidays and while it wasn’t too chaotic, there were a lot more older kids to navigate around.
Farley loved the hospital / nursery area which had lots of baby dolls to care for. She also loved the grocery shop, the pizzeria and the vet. The TV studio was a lot of fun with the green screen set up so kids can actually see themselves on TV. Farley loved dancing along to the on screen dance class. She also enjoyed the construction site which had foam bricks, tools, paint brushes and rollers (not paint, ofcourse!)
There are also dance discos and fashion parades through out the day on the concert stage. If you do have a baby along for the fun, there is a designated small soft play area that is suitable for babies who aren’t walking yet. I think I’ll definitely be back a few more times once our new baby arrives.
There is a cafe on site and you can book rooms for parties. There is also a drop and shop option where older kids can play while you do the shopping. Head to the website for more information.
Tips and information:
- Where: There are two Wannabees Family Playtowns in Syndney. I’ve been to the Hornsby location, which is the newer of the two. The other is in Frenchs Forest.
- Hornsby - Shop 2024, 236 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby, NSW 2077
- Frenchs Forest - Capital Business Park, C1/1-3 Rodborough Rd, Frenchs Forest, NSW, 2086
- When: Wannabees is open 7 days a week - check the website for specific times.
- Cost: All children are $15 for 1 hour, $20 for 2 hours or $25 for all day. Parents are $5.00