When Chipmunks indoor play centre opens its doors at the Coast town centre in a few weeks, owner Yini Chu knows that local children will love it.
Yini is mum to two girls, 10-year-old Junya and her three-and-a-half-year-old little sister Suya, and says both her daughters adore going to Chipmunks.
“My oldest daughter had her first birthday party at a Chipmunks playground and she has loved it ever since,” she says.
Yini hopes to have the indoor play centre up and running at the end of September, in time for the school holidays, but says it may be October due to delays caused by Auckland going back to Alert Level 3 restrictions in August.
Chipmunks has been operating in New Zealand for 22 years and is the country’s most visited and largest franchised indoor play centre. An entertainment facility, birthday party and private hire venue for kids aged 0 – 11 years old, it offers state-of-the-art playgrounds specially designed with safety and learning in mind.
The Whangaparāoa centre will have age zones catering to children’s different abilities. Smaller children can enjoy soft play areas, ball pools and interactive equipment which builds on their physical, cognitive and mental development. The Main Zone offers more challenging play opportunities for children aged five and over.
It will also have a full-service café, with an extensive menu of kids favourites including burgers, pizza and chips as well as healthy options such as salads, wraps and bruschetta. Parents can have a barista-made coffee while the younger members of the family can indulge in slushies, smoothies or milkshakes.
Yini is new to the children’s entertainment industry – previously she was an office administrator for a multi-media company in Newmarket.
But she wanted more flexible working arrangements to allow her to enjoy more time with her children during the week.
She will be supported at the Coast playground by two full-time staff and extra part-time staff during busy periods such as weekends and school holidays.
One of her goals is to create a safe space for local families. She says the new centre will have plenty of seating for parents and grandparents.”
“[It will be a place where] parents can have a coffee and relax while they watch their kids play. [Where] everyone is happy.”