We got to the counter and paid the $5 entry for Caitlyn (it is $5 for 1 year olds) and stepped inside, just to notice that for our $5 entry the toddler area (the area for kids up to 5) consisted of a few, old, pale, faded pastel coloured toys in doubtful condition - you know plastic toys that resemble a stove, a little house and so on. Some parts were missing, certainly there were no interesting buttons doing anything, and they were just downright boring. There was also a little slide, but that was pretty much it. Oh and I did discover a little lawnmower push toy that was pretty dirty and also one of those little cars that kids push with their feet while they sit inside minus the steering wheel.
Now I don't know about any other 1 year olds, but my 1 year old hasn't quite reached the age of pretending to play house or cook a meal. So Caitlyn very quickly lost interest and ventured to the side that was for older kids. Now this side had a few large play structures and 2 bouncy castles. It was brightly coloured and padded, but not really suitable for a 1 year old. But from the bite marks in parts of the foam that they wrapped around the poles of the structures, I'm guessing a number of bored 1 year olds must have ventured to this side.
Of course if I wanted to I could have forked out $1 / $2 per ride on some of the electronic rides that they strategically placed all over.
So they quite happily took our $5, but the venue absolutely did not cater for a 1 year old - what a rip-off!!!
Afterwards we went to the Albany Westfield Mall and they have a little play area there which was in way better condition, way better suited and best of all - didn't cost me anything. So note to self, rather take the kids to play at the shopping centre when it rains...