Our Indoor Play Centre is Now Open!

Well, we officially opened in June, but things have been so crazy we haven’t had time to update you! Our Indoor Play Centre has been going great guns since we opened and we have thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Seeing all those little faces light up truly does give us the warm and fuzzy’s, and the positive feedback we have received has been overwhelming. Our goal is to provide a fun, friendly and safe environment for all children (and great coffee for their parents!).

A little bit about our play centre….

Fun For Everyone

Matty’s Play Centre is fun for kids of all ages. There is heaps of space for kids to play and we have a special area for toddlers, complete with spinning wall panels, chiming bells and a walk on piano! However, Matty’s is fun for older kids too, including those in their early teens.

Supervised Play

Our friendly staff are always keeping an eye on things and are on hand should you or your children need any assistance. We believe in interacting with the children and their parents because we want you to be both safe and happy!

High Standards

From the beginning, our vision was to bring a fresh approach to our play centre. We thought through the layout carefully and aimed to cater for children of all ages. We are fastidious about cleanliness as well as the maintenance of all our play equipment. Our staff are passionate about what they do and love to hear your feedback. We believe there is always room for improvement!

Prices and More

We are open Monday – Saturday from 9am – 5pm

Babies/ Toddlers under 3 = 1/2hr – $5, 1Hr – $9, 2Hrs – $12

Children 3+ = 1/2hr – $7, 1Hr – $11, 2Hrs – $16.50

We also put on fabulous parties for children. We charge $22 per child for a 2 hour party that includes rides and food (cake not included).

For those who like to visit our play centre regularly, we now have Pay Passes available. These allow you to pre-purchase visits at a discounted rate saving up to 25% on entry fees.

Under 3 – 10 x 1 hour visits $76.50, 20 x 1 hour visits $135

Children 3+ – 10 x 1 hour visits $93.50, 20 x 1 hour visits $165

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Our Indoor Play Centre is Now Open!

WAYS TO GET KIDS OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER

For many adults, some of their most cherished childhood memories were those spent with friends and family having fun adventures and playing games in the outdoors. Unfortunately these days, many if not most children prefer staying in, curled up with their tablets, computers, and video games. While indoor play also have their merits, studies have found that too much of these sedentary activities promote childhood obesity, reduced cognitive development due to lack of creative stimulation and problem solving activities, and reduced muscle development due to lack of movement.

This is why there is now a growing movement to bring children back outdoors. Even our toy shop Nowra believe that playing outside and getting some fresh air has countless long-term benefits for kids of every age – and perhaps even their parents! It can train them to be creative and imaginative; it gives them physical exercise, even if it’s just mild movements. Best of all, it teaches them about their environment, which is a bottomless source of wonder and learning. If your child needs encouragement to look up from their iPad once in a while, here are a few things you can try to diversify their activities and bring them outdoors this summer.

Bring the indoors out 

If your child has no interest in stepping foot outside the house at all, then it may be best to start slow. Create a seating area for them in the patio or the garden and encourage them to play with their toys there. A different setting automatically gives a different dimension to playtime, and stimulates them in whole new ways. Even if they’re glued to their tablets and mobile phones initially, their minds are naturally curious and should find some distractions in no time. 

Start in your backyard 

Backyards are not only close by and familiar; they are also the perfect settings for fortresses and campsites. Fortresses are easily built with sheets, wires, or poles, or cardboard boxes. Not only do these teach them to be resourceful and ingenious, it encourages them to be imaginative through role play and fantasy as well. The same goes for camping where they are experiencing something brand new for the first time.

Let them experience jumping castles 

Jumping castles Shoalhaven are heaven for many. What kid doesn’t like to jump around given the chance after all? Jumping castles Nowra also encourage fantasy and creativity, especially when they start making up stories about where they are and why they’re there. Then it transforms from jumping castles to actual princess castles, and their adventures become more real. 

Go on family walks or bike rides 

Set aside at least one hour a week just to go out for a stroll or to go biking together. Not only does this encourage your children to be outdoors, it’s also a great way to bond as a family. Whether you do it in a nearby nature trail, a park, or just around the block, it’ll be time well spent.

 Send them on a treasure hunt 

Give your child a little challenge. Hide little gifts around your house or on the route they take to a friend’s house or a favourite play area. Then make a map or give them clues and send them on a scavenger hunt. Nothing sparks their imagination more than pretending to be like the heroes and adventurers in their video games. Not only will it be an exciting challenge for them, but it will also be rewarding after they find all the little treasures you’ve hidden. 

Become explorers 

Kids have naturally curious minds. Give them a little explorer’s set with a magnifying glass, notebooks and crayons for drawing their discoveries, and perhaps even a small box for their keepsakes. This is a great way to learn about little things like insects and bugs, flower buds, rocks, and basically anything that the naked eye will barely notice. New perspectives and new things are a source of endless wonder for many children, and encourage them to learn. 

Look up to the sky 

When was the last time you just lay in grass? Lying in the grass and assigning shapes to different clouds can be a relaxing bonding activity for you and your child. It teaches them to be imaginative and creative, while allowing you to relax and rest your mind. This is also a great activity on a clear night where you can gaze at stars, learn about constellations, and look for the man on the moon.

 Go old school and teach them your favourite childhood games 

Reliving your favourite things about childhood is always fun and funny. Why not give your child the opportunity to create the same memories by teaching them the games that made you laugh the hardest, those games that will always have a special place in your heart. Not only will it give your kids physical exercise, but it’ll be something special that you can share.

Whatever age your child may be, it’s never too late to encourage them to see more of the outside world and explore their environment. Whether through unstructured play or through something more educational, there are many activities in the outdoors waiting to be experienced and enjoyed.

WAYS TO GET KIDS OUTSIDE THIS SUMMER

6 CLEVER KIDS’ TOYS STORAGE SOLUTIONS

For parents, there are only a handful of things more fulfilling than watching your kids having fun and being happy. There are also only a handful of things that irk you more than your kid’s playroom or bedroom looking like it was the setting for the latest dystopian blockbuster. When one too many Lego blocks lying on the floor have sent you screaming in pain, or when that pile of dress-up clothes is standing taller than your child, you know it’s time to play the parent card.

Cleaning up doesn’t have to be a boring or painful experience. With creative storage solutions, even clean-up time can be fun for your little ones. Better organization plus a touch of playful whimsy might even add another dimension to playtime. Not to mention it can add style and personality to your children’s rooms, making them a more inviting space. Here are great storage solutions from Mattys Playtime Nowra, which are also practical and fun.

Rolling Crates 

This is a cute and functional solution to larger toys lying on the floor. You can create your own crate by following this simple and affordable design. You can also simply buy an existing crate at Kmart or reuse an old wine crate or melon crate by adding wheels. What’s so great about these is your kids can pull it around the room with them like a little wagon, and play with them while picking up their toys. Maybe you can even give your child a little ride-around as their favourite stuffed animals join them in the rolling crate one by one! 

Pegboards

 We know what you’re thinking. Aren’t these a little too boring and industrial? Shouldn’t girls’ and boys toys Nowra be stored somewhere befitting little girls and boys? Pegboards might be commonly seen in tool-sheds and hardware stores, but that’s not the only place they belong. Spray paint the pegboard a fun colour and it automatically gets new life. With a few hooks you can hang little girls’ accessories like necklaces and headbands, or a boy’s baseball glove. You can also hang baskets of different sizes which can serve as storage for loose toys, art materials, and the like. The best part is, a pegboard can grow with your child. As they age, their school supplies and important reminders can be hung here as well.

Over-the-Door Shoe Organizers 

Once again, this is the magic of repurposing at work. Just because it was labelled a “shoe organizer” doesn’t mean that’s all it could be. These organizers are great for holding smaller toys, accessories, or art materials. They can also become home to medium-sized plushies or dolls. The best part about them however is how little space they take up. Just hang them behind a door, or even on a wall, and that’s that. If you want to take things to a whole new level, you can also create your own personalized over-the-door organizer by sewing pockets to an old quilt. 

Trays, old drawers, and bins under the Bed 

This is a great solution for the lazier kids. You can pick or make colourful trays, repurpose old drawers, or use clear plastic bins and just have your child chuck all their toys in there after playtime. Because trays and drawers are shallower, it’s easier to see the toys they contain. Bins, on the other hand are deeper which is why clear and see-through bins are the most effective. You can assign specific trays for specific toys as well to make it easier for them to find what they need. Afterward, just slip it under the bed where it doesn’t get in anyone’s way. Because it’s low on the ground, it’s also very accessible for your Child, allowing them to get to their toys anytime.

Storage Bags 

These clear, toy storage bags are not only super cute, they are very practical too. First off, they are easy to make and are customizable depending on your kid’s personality or on which toys you plan to put in there. Second, your child can easily pull it around with them as they clear the floor of their play area. Finally, if your child has a play-date or if the family’s going on vacation, bringing your kid’s toys is as easy as pulling the drawstring close and taking the bag with you! It’s organization on-the-go – something that moms the world over can appreciate when it comes to packing for their kids.

Animal Pen 

If your child’s toys Nowra, particularly their stuffed animals, are spilling everywhere, then perhaps it’s time to put them in a pen. But not just any pen. Everyone knows how much kids love their stuffed animals, so they better get a worthy home as well. Stylish wire baskets or wicker bins are an obvious and easy choice for the storage of these special toys. Or, you can make an animal pen for them instead. This simple tutorial shows you how easy it is to create a cute and stylish home for your child’s furry friends. And the best part is, they’re no longer spilling all over the floor but they’re totally accessible whenever your child wants to play.

With easy and practical storage solutions, there’s really no excuse for continued mess after playtime. Solutions like these make it super easy for your kids to clean up after themselves. It also gives you, the parent peace of mind that you won’t be injuring your toe on any uncannily sharp toys on the floor anymore. Lastly, they add style, character, and warmth to your child’s room.

6 CLEVER KIDS’ TOYS STORAGE SOLUTIONS

WHY LEGO IS THE BUILDING BLOCKS TO CREATIVITY

One fateful day in 1949, the Lego Group began manufacturing “automatic binding bricks”, which would change the face of playtime forever. These bricks resembled classic building blocks but were able to interlock with each other, thus creating a vastly wider range of possibilities. The name itself, Lego, is derived from the Danish phrase “leg godt”, which means “play well”. Thanks to the brilliance and simplicity of Lego’s design, playing well has been elevated to a whole new level. It may not be as fancy as other toys in Nowra, or as flashy as video games and tablet apps, but its benefits for children are unparalleled in the realm of toys.

Lego is so elegant, in fact, that these days their use isn’t limited as children’s toys. They now also come in more complex sets such as Lego Technic, or cross-branded with popular series like Harry Potter and Indiana Jones. They’re even being used to build robots, models, and miniature structures for the purposes of science and engineering. They’re also being used in classrooms as visual aid for various scientific and mathematic topics. This goes to show that Lego’s usefulness goes beyond simple fun.

In its heart however, Lego is for enriching the imagination. That’s why in our toy shop Nowra, we advocate playing with Lego. Countless studies over the years have proven its positive effects on children. Between developing motor skills to developing social skills, playing with Lego augments a child’s natural abilities. The following are the benefits of Lego to children, as confirmed by decades of research.

Develops spatial awareness 

Lego trains children to think in 3D, helping them understand relationships between shapes, forms, sizes, and spaces. They are trained to assemble and build, which helps develop their skill for figuring out relationships within simple structures. This is a precursor to physics and geometry. 

Enhances reasoning and critical thinking 

While building simple structures, children’s minds are automatically figuring out cause and effect. “Putting this block here results in this shape” or “detaching this block from this one creates this form”. When they are able to see the relationships between action and reaction, they become better at insightfully understanding how things work. It strengthens logical thinking and open-mindedness. 

Enhances problem solving skills 

When recreating a Lego design or following an instruction manual, children learn to figure out how to get from one block to a bunch of blocks forming a specific shape. They quickly learn to try different ways to achieve their desired result, which strengthens their problem solving skills in the process. Studies have shown that children who are exposed to this skill at a young age exhibit proficiency in mathematics when they get older. 

Practices dexterity and motor skills 

For young children, clicking blocks together isn’t always easy. But getting to practice this at an early age helps develop their dexterity and fine motor-skills. It also helps develop hand-eye coordination. 

Practices patience, focus, and perseverance 

Creating something from Lego isn’t as instant as flicking something on a tablet and getting results. When following instructions or trying to create something by themselves, children learn to sit still and focus on the task at hand. They also learn the value of patience and putting in effort to achieve a desired result. When they complete their task, they are rewarded with the feeling of accomplishment and the praise they get for their efforts. 

Develops communication and social skills 

Lego is a very interactive toy and encourages sharing, teamwork, and communication between playmates. When trying to build something together, kids learn the value of another’s input as well as the value of helping and contributing. Studies have shown that kids who play with Lego have more developed communication skills than kids who do not. This is a very important aspect of adulthood, and an essential element in sympathy and empathy. 

Encourages creativity and imagination 

Perhaps the best thing about Lego is how it has no limits. With no limits as to what it can do, a child’s imagination is allowed to soar and go wherever it wants to go. It encourages fantasy and story-telling. It encourages invention and innovation. It basically allows a child to build and create whatever comes to mind. Not only are these elements crucial to the fun and fulfilment a child finds during playtime, but it’s also the building blocks of any creative profession as an adult. Many architects and engineers have taken their penchant for block play as children and turned it into legitimate contributions to society.

 With all the benefits Lego play can give children, it’s no wonder they remain one of the best toys Nowra and all over the world today. Another cool thing is that Legos from the 50’s will fit into Legos of today, essentially making them timeless. As long as there is love for imagination and invention, Lego will be loved from one generation to the next.

WHY LEGO IS THE BUILDING BLOCKS TO CREATIVITY