Who knew Bunnings had so much fun and free entertainment on a weekend? I certainly didn’t until one Sunday morning when we accompanied Dad on his Bunnings mission.
The Joondalup Bunnings store runs free scheduled Kids DIY Workshops which change weekly (and also run during school holidays). The theme of the workshop my two girls attended was “Woodwork” and they could creatively decorate a wooden hook rack (all materials provided free of charge). There was plenty of glue and glittery sparkly bits to stick on, as well as paint sticks for a no mess approach. A friendly staff member was on hand to supervise, but young children do need the help of a parent.
The girls had a lot of fun decorating their wooden racks, and were occupied for about half an hour doing this. The workshop is very informal and kids can join or leave at any point for the duration. Check out the Bunnings Joondalup website for more details, or phone to enquire. For some handy articles about creative projects at home click here.
The workshop area is alongside the indoor playground. So handily, when we had finished our art, we moved on for a play session. The playframe is bright and cheerful and sits securely in a carpeted, fenced and gated area. It features tunnels, slides and all sorts of hidey holes to climb in and out of. There are also some tactile wall games.
And better yet, there is a small café alongside the playground, with windows to the playground, allowing you to keep an eye on the kids while you have a coffee break. A limited amount of light food is available for purchase, such as sausage rolls, pies and an assortment of cakes, slices and biscuits. The babychinos are super cheap, and my girls loved every sip of them and declared them to be the best they have ever had! I enjoyed my latte, although service was a touch slow.
The fun doesn’t stop there – on the day we visited, there was also a free photo booth with an assortment of fun props to get silly with…
Another photo op was provided by the Bunnings Bears…
We were also greeted by the resident Bunnings inhouse entertainer (who incidentally looks like Santa). He can be found roaming around chatting to people and encouraging them to join in fun impromptu games (to win small Bunnings branded gifts or even vouchers if you’re lucky!). And he has fun stamps for the kids too.
Public Toilets are located next to the workshop area. We were sorted for a solid 1 ½ hours before Dad returned (don’t ask).
Another kiddie drawcard at Bunnings is the mini trolleys – useful to entertain little kids if you need to venture down the long shopping aisles.
Outside Bunnings on a weekend morning, there is usually a Sausage Sizzle fundraiser with delicious smells that may mean an easy stop for lunch takeaways.
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