Planet Kids Play Centre
10-12 Cecil Street, Southbank
The challenge – two mamas from opposite sides of Melbourne to catch up in a central location, comfortable for both kids and mamas to play and relax. The solution – Planet Kids!
It was my first venture out alone with my two little ones – a newborn and a 2 year old. It was a hot summer’s day and it was my first attempt at catching up with my sister in law who also had a newborn and a one year old in tow.
Planet Kids was air conditioned, spacious but not with a warehouse feel and had what us mamas needed – coffee! After what felt like half an hour of getting a parking spot and finding a ticket machine, making it inside this parents’ haven was a huge relief.
There were different areas for the kids to play in depending on their age. We loved the soft toddler play area for kids ages three and under and Daniel also loved the cars and the tall play gym structure with a huge slide. All the different areas felt clean and well looked after.
– Soft toddler play area
– play rooms with different toys in each
– party rooms where you can host a party for your little one
– open space in the middle of the play centre for kids to drive around the ride-on cars
– an interactive space also in the middle of the play centre for games and some dancing fun
– a cafe selling reasonably priced snacks and food (We had two ham and cheese toasted croissants and a cappucino. They use Five Senses Coffee.)
Planet Kids is adjacent to Cafe Ciel, and this is where you also enter the play centre if you’re entering via the ramp. It has a sophisticated, industrial feel to it and if you feel like more “grown up” snacks and food, you can purchase some here instead of the cafe inside Planet Kids. It can also be hired as a function space – we attended the launch of the Wonderful Mama online magazine at Cafe Ciel last year and the drinks and canapes were gorgeous.
Daniel had a great time!
Where are some of your favourite play spaces to take catch up with friends and kids?
12-18 Yarra Place, South Melbourne
Like the enchanting laneways in Melbourne’s CBD where you always seem to find a new place to have coffee or a pop-up store full of eclectic goodies, South Melbourne is also blessed with good quality eateries. One well-known hangout is St Ali’s, perfect for a Saturday brunch with girls and our little male guest, Toddler D. I hadn’t been there in ages and there were a mix of families, friends and fitness fiends decked out in their sleek running gear and the latest fitness tracker wearables ordering their Saturday morning coffee.
Amongst all the chatter about the latest mummy, work and relationship goss, we enjoyed smooth coffee, savoury dishes and couldn’t resist the seductive row of sweets laid out on the front counter (I’ll be back for you custard and lychee donut!). The specials board boasted veal shin with roasted root veggies and a pork belly dish with black pudding and mash. I opted for the seafood scrambled eggs with kimchi and it was full of flavour and texture with roasted rice scattered on top. Finished it off with a sweet macadamia blondie. With gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options throughout the menu everyone is sure to find something to satisfy their appetite at this Melbourne institution that should be on everyone’s brunch place list 🙂
The F.T Tuckshop – 2 Charles St, South Melbourne
As you can probably tell by the shaggy and untamed fringe Daniel is rocking we visited this place quite a few months ago now! – I found a few unpublished posts that I need to get up on this blog. I found this place whilst taking a random stroll down Clarendon street’s surroundings as I waited for my sister to meet me. It pays to look up and as we made our way down Coventry street and its cute boutiques the words “cheeseburger, jaffle and milkshakes” caught me eye.
In a small space down the laneway emerged Tuckshop – suitably named as ordering through the little window was like ordering lunch at the tuckshop at primary school 🙂 With quite a substantial menu for lunch, Baby D and I couldn’t go past the meatball sandwich and a Banoffee milkshake. The bread roll was soft and the meatballs were covered in just the right amount of sauce and melted cheese. Our milkshake was served with a cute striped straw, creamy and super delicious! 🙂 We lounged around and watched people on their lunch break enjoying old school jaffles and quality coffee. If you’re after a satisfying meal of good old classics served by friendly staff check out Tuckshop! 🙂
Cheeky Cinos (photo from www.cheekycinos.com.au), pumpkin soup, catchup, exterior of Cheeky Cinos, lovely wares at the South Melbourne market.
Cheeky Cinos, happy mums!
What a beautiful Friday to end the week! Sunny, crisp and perfect for a stroll down the streets of South Melbourne and my first ever visit to the cafe that mums rave about, Cheeky Cinos on Cecil street. This is a parent’s haven where you can actually enjoy eating with both hands, have a straight-forward conversation with your friend, and sit still not having to push a pram back and forth in an effort to lengthen your baby’s nap time while you hurriedly scoff down your food before he wakes up (sound familiar?!)
It was 12.30pm and the place was roaring with busyness! I ordered a coffee and biscotti and it came out in what looked like a soup mug – nice and huge! 🙂 There were prams neatly parked in a row and plenty of highchairs if needed. The play area was amazing! Even as an adult I wanted to climb in there and explore in bare feet!
Although Baby D attends many play dates and Mother’s group outings, I have never yet left him completely on his own so being a little apprehensive we tested out the waters. The state-of-the-art developmental play area was so welcoming and Daniel made himself quite at home rather quickly though he did keep turning around to see if I was still there. After a few minutes I decided that he would be ok on his own so I bought him 15mins of surpervised play time ($5). He totally LOVED it! He watched all the other kids wobbling around and he happily tummy crawled his way around the padded maze of learning equipment. I was so excited to see him all independent and happily playing without me but also a little sad that he is growing up so quickly. No wonder everyone tells me to enjoy every moment – they really do grow up fast!
We must definitely visit Cheeky Cinos again so daddy can see Baby D in action and also to visit South Melbourne market again as there are so many pretty things to look at and lots of inspiration for home decorating. We ended this fabulous Friday in South Melbourne visiting a few more boutiques and pop-up shops in the area and filled our tummies with Wat Da Pho goodness! It was so good that I didn’t get the chance to take photos of what we ordered so more of an excuse to go back again next time!
In the evening we enjoyed some quiet time for reflection and to give thanks for all our blessings at St Francis.
What did you get up to last Friday?
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