After walking past the ‘coming soon’ banner at Westfield Hornsby for the past couple of months, we’re seriously doing a little happy dance that Wannabees Family Play Town is finally open! This week, North Shore Mums hosted an exclusive VIP launch to give our members the first chance to try this fabulous new play centre. But if you missed the launch party, you can still get a taster of this incredible play centre by watching our video review…
For the last few years, we’ve travelled across to Frenchs Forest to attend the incredibly unique and fun Wannabees Family Play Town… so we’re absolutely thrilled that the owners have seen a huge gap in the market for one of these unique playcentres on the North Shore, and they’ve just opened a brand new location at Westfield Hornsby!
Wannabees is unlike any other playcentre you’ve ever been to before. You won’t find large play structures, slides or inflatable rides. Instead, Wannabees is based on the concept of what you ‘wannabee’ when you grow up and is all about imaginary play. It features lots of different themed rooms, which are filled with costumes and props for the kids to play with. These themed rooms include:
- Police Department
- Post Office
- Hair & Beauty Salon
- Fashion Shop
- TV Studio
- Radio Station
- Fire Station
- Pizzeria & Cafe
There’s also a brightly coloured stage which they used for organised games and fashion shows (the kids can dress up in the Fashion Shop before doing a little parade on the stage).
Cafe & Restaurant at Wannabees
When it’s time to get your caffeine fix, have a snack or stop for lunch, Wannabees has a great cafe that serves everything from cappuccinos and chai lattes to burgers and toasted sandwiches.
Drop & Shop
For children aged 4 years and over, Wannabees offers a ‘Drop & Shop’ service, where you can leave your children in the supervised care of their wonderful staff.
Of course, as parents we might worry about leaving our children somewhere new, but Wannabees have thought of everything to ensure you can enjoy an hour or two to shop, have a hair cut or meet a friend for a child-free lunch. The opportunities are endless!
And it’s all very safe and secure. You’ll be required to fill in a detailed form and your child will be ‘tagged’ in the centre and supervised at all times. And rest assured, there is no way of them escaping!
Wannabees: Essential Details
- Address: Westfield Hornsby, Shop 2042, 236 Pacific Hwy, Hornsby, NSW, 2077
- Parking: The best place to park is at Westfield Hornsby (get three hours free). Enter via the Burdett St Carpark: Drive to Yellow Carpark (Level 2).
- On foot: From centre court (where fountain is): head north on Hunter St all the way to HSBC bank, then take the stairs in front of Kang Nam BBQ and turn left at the top. Follow that corridor North all the way to the end and then you’ve find us. They’re next to Joyful House Restaurant and opposite Fernwood Gym.
- Open: 9.30am – 5.00pm
Stay & Play (Casual Play)
Opening Special (prices valid until 22nd September):
- Children: $15
- Adults: $5
Drop & Shop (4+ years)
- 1 Hour: $15, sibling $10
- 2 Hour: $25, sibling $20