I stumbled upon Cheeky Chinos by luck. As my young family meandered through Chadstone Shopping Centre on Mother's Day we questioned why we couldn't find a children's play area. Chadstone Shopping Centre, is, afterall, the largest shopping mall in the Southern Hemisphere, surely there must be small indoor playground for the little ones to stretch their legs?
Google on my android told me of play area and cafe called Cheeky Chinos, which happened to be exactly where we were in the mall. What a joy. Cheeky Chinos is such a great initiative, with a semi glass walled, supervised play area for kids at the back of a cafeteria, with wholesome food to keep parents and carers happy.
Cheeky Chinos Play Area
The supervised play area has two Cheeky Chinos staff members on hand to look after the kids while they explore the soft play equipment and activities on offer. It isn't a huge play space, but Cheeky Chinos certainly kept my own kids (6 years and 18month old) busy and very happy. You can choose to sign your children in for 15 minutes, 30 minutes or 1 hour play time; we settled on 30 minutes for our first trial. Both our children had a great time; our 6 year old didn't want to leave and our 18 month old that is usually quite clingy, enjoyed every minute. Because there is a glass gate entry, children can see their parents sitting in the cafeteria while they play, and visa versa, which is great for the kids that might be shy, and parents that might worry.
Photo by McZany Photography
Playtime aside, what I really like about Cheeky Chinos, aside from its cleanliness and welcome seating, is its healthy menu choices. Although I should point out that Cheeky Chinos is far from your average playcentre, most indoor playground's food offerings are somewhat dire; hot dogs, sausage rolls, chicken nuggets, uninviting sandwiches and dodgy coffee. Cheeky Chinos offers wholesome and healthy nourishment such as loose leaf Chai's made with pure Australian honey and ginger, raw vegan cakes, veg packed muffins, gluten free options, organic energy balls, smoothies, diary free coffee's and fair trade tea's
Raw Cakes at Cheeky Chinos
Head to Chadstone and treat you and your little ones to a Cheeky Chino, open from 9am to 4pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday's. Let the Cheeky Chinos team supervise your children for $5 per 15 minutes. Oh, and there's FREE WiFi!
Where: Shop B165, Chadstone Shopping Centre, Chadstone VIC 3148
Contact: (03) 9077 2806
All images c/o www.facebook.com/cheekychinos