Playcentres are a bit of a love or loathe for most parents.
Yes, there is an abundance of very little and very loud little ones in playcentres. No-one covers their mouths when they cough and you have ended up stuck in a narrow space trying to rescue a child more times than you care to remember.
But on the other hand, for me, playcentres are a godsend. I feel like my local playcentre and I actually have a co-parenting agreement, my little ones are there so much.
It keeps my little ones entertained, busy and above all else burns off some energy.
Only recently since having a birthday party in the playcentre did I realise I am onto a winner. Having a birthday party there is a must.
You barely see them.
Playcentres are busy. Excited children, bright colours and things you are allowed to climb on- you won’t be seeing them for the duration and you certainly won’t be hearing ‘I’m bored’.
The mess is not your responsibility.
If you have ever had a children’s birthday party at home you will know, the mess is torturous. A party you swore would stay in one or two rooms has erupted all over the house and even your hot press ends up trashed. When you have it in a playcentre that mess? Not your responsibility!
You don’t have to cook.
It can get overwhelming quickly when you are hosting a party at home. You have to keep up on drinks and food and if you are cooking, well let’s just say we have had a few ‘chargrilled’ pizzas in our at-home party days. Having a party in a playcentre means drinks, snacks, food and even cake are all taken care of.
You don’t even have to do the party bags.
Party bags are still very much a ‘thing’. They can be time-consuming and it can be difficult to know what to put in them. Butin most playcentres, they even look after the party bags for you.
You come home to a clean house at the end of it.
Probably the best feeling is coming home after your little one having a great party, to a clean untouched house. That’s if your house was clean, to begin with. Which for me, is wishful thinking!