Interaxcity; an indoor play space where children role play in a purpose-built city
Interaxcity is the first of it's kind in Melbourne. A similar concept to playcentres you may have seen or experienced overseas, this Malvern based interactive museum is a purpose-built mini "city" in which children are encouraged to role play "grown-up" jobs and pursuits.
“We invite children to be any community hero they like, depending on what they feel inspired by that day – a chef, a flight attendant, a doctor, a postie – the choice is theirs,” says Interaxcity founder Melissa Blumenthal.
For example; your children can shop for groceries in the supermarket, using play money or their own credit cards (given to them on arrival). They grab a shopping basket on arrival and head to the till to pay.
There's the florist where children can choose a bouquet and write a message to a loved one. A playhouse where mini visitors pop the laundry in the washing machine and hang on the dryer, prepare food or have a "sleep" in the bed!
Pop into to the doctor/dentist to fix mum or dad or serve up a fine feast in the restaurant.
Check in for a holiday at the airport and stop by the mechanics to fix the car on route.
Don a flouro vest and get to work on the building site using faux bricks, cement and piping.
Lastly, sort the mail in the post office and post the letters into the appropriate mailboxes throughout Interaxcity.
Sessions at Interaxcity last for 90 minutes, which is a decent chunk of time and more than enough for each child to visit all of the above themed play spaces. It is highly advisable you book your child's session in advance. The maximum amount of children allowed into the centre on each session is 35. There is a high chance the session will be full if you don't reserve your child's spot ahead of time.
The centre is open from 9:30am weekdays and Saturday. The current schedule for the four 90 minute sessions is 930am, 11:15am, 1pm & 2:45pm. Sundays are reserved for parties and event bookings.
My 5yo child thoroughly enjoyed his play session at Interaxcity. He is very much into role playing at the moment, as are most kids at his age, therefore Interaxcity is right up his imaginative-play alley. The centre is aimed at younger children up to early primary school age.
There are bathrooms at Interaxcity but no cafe. Parents and carers are encouraged to partake in role playing. Free parking is available in nearby streets.
“Most kids have limited opportunities to engage in purposeful play these days. We all lead such busy lives, so we often lack the time and energy to really play with our kids. We tend to over-schedule their time. We also rely heavily on electronic devices and television. But simple pretend play – especially with parent or care-giver engagement - is vital to every child’s development and well-being, explains Melissa.
Visit Interaxcity Children's Museum:
Where: 1a Cawkwell Street, Malvern, Victoria
When: From 9:30am Weekdays & Saturdays. Pre-booking for your session is highly recommended.