Chatswood Chase: Stay Play Shop returns, and the 1st hour is FREE!

We all know how much faster – not to mention more relaxing – it can can be to tick things off your Christmas shopping list without having to drag the kids along! This festive season, Chatswood Chase Sydney is giving mums the chance to shop child-free with the return of their Stay Play Shop service!

Shopping with children can be challenging at best… complaints of boredom, a random tantrum, urgent trips to the toilet, the constant need for snacks and entertainment, the list goes on. At Christmas time, the need to do some serious shopping intensifies, with presents to buy for kids, partners, teachers, parents, siblings and more. And how are you meant to actually buy presents from Santa with kids in tow?

That’s why we are so delighted (and relieved) that Chatswood Chase Sydney have brought back their Stay Play Shop service for Christmas.

Stay-Play-Shop-Image-1This innovative childminding service lets you shop in peace, knowing your child will be entertained in a fun and safe environment under the care and supervision of Stay Play Shop’s qualified staff members.

And the kids will have a ball! There’s so much for them to do – a fabulous Christmas craft table (something different every day), dress ups, a lego wall, puzzles, books, blocks, cars and so much more. You can shop alone (and without any guilt!), knowing your children are being well cared for and having fun.

North Shore Mum Carly Hall used the service last year, and said, ‘The carers were very warm and friendly with the children. They had a great little set up with dress ups and a mirror, as well as blocks, cars, a magnet wall, white board markers and lots of puzzles and books. I would say by far the most popular activity was the awesomely stocked craft table.’

It’s completely safe and secure too. When you arrive you’ll complete a registration form with all the important information about your child. And it’s a gated play zone, so there’s no risk of children escaping. You just need to stay in the centre to shop, and so you’re only a few minutes away in case they need to call you back!

And incredibly, this service is absolutely FREE for the first hour. If you want a bit longer, it’s just $5 per 30 minutes (up to 2 hours). Bookings are not required.


  • Where: Level 1 (located outside Williams-Sonoma), Chatswood Chase Sydney, 345 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood
  • When: 10am – 2pm from Monday 27 November to Friday 22 December (weekdays only)
  • Suitable for: Children 3 – 5 years (must be toilet trained)
  • Cost: First hour free and then $5 per child/per 30 mins thereafter (2 hour limit). UnionPay customers receive an additional free hour.


  • Food isn’t allowed in Stay Play Shop, so be sure to give your child some snacks before you arrive.
  • You can leave a bottle of water with them – just make sure it’s labelled with their name.
  • Take your child to the toilet before you check them in. If they need to go while they’re at Stay Play Shop, the carers will give you a call to take them (although if it’s ‘more urgent’, they will certainly make sure they get them to one ASAP!).

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