Winter in Melbourne can be hard on parents, as your play options diminish but your child’s appetite for fun remains the same. We were recommended Chaos Lab Melbourne by a friend with two very active children… so I was pretty convinced that our toddler would be entertained. We bought tickets online, which are reasonably priced when considering the number of rooms available to families and the prime District Docklands location.
Chaos Lab Melbourne tickets
The price of admission is $34 for children aged 4-9 years old, and $10 for the accompanying parents. If you are planning to send a group of children (must be minimum of 15 children and no adults) it is $33. The tickets can be purchased online and do not need to be printed which is always a positive, and you simply need to scan your QR Code a minute or two before your allotted time. The tickets are time-blocked like other play centres, and we were booked in for 10 am, hoping the 60-minute booking would be enough.
Activities at Chaos Lab Melbourne
At 10 am we were scanned in and seated ready for the kickoff show. The lab theme is carried out throughout each of the Chaos Lab rooms. At 10 am sharp the welcome show started with a presentation with the head “scientist” who performed a few impressive tricks that turned out to be basic science. The young performer scientist also asked the audience to participate in choosing the colour of the lab concoctions and the short show ended with some satisfying science experiments.
From there, we headed into the rest of the Chaos Lab which included one of the most incredible ball pits we have ever seen. The colours changed periodically in a rolling wave so the balls changed colour before your eyes – a very cool effect that impressed both children and adults. Adults are allowed to accompany the kids in the ball pit which was a nice touch as some children can be apprehensive in loud, busy environments.
The other spaces were just as impressive, and we made our way through the slime area, a neon graffiti area, a mirror maze and a rainbow light area. Each space was open plan so it was easy to keep eyes on your group. There was a science experiment area where you can mix your own concoctions which looked like a lot of fun but too old for our little one.
Our Chaos Lab Melbourne review
What I loved most about Chaos Lab Melbourne was the details. Each staff member was dressed in a lab coat, there was funny signage around the Lab that suggested prompted that chaotic vibe and there were little mice found on the walls and in the corners of the space.
There was also a huge area to park your pram with people behind the desk and supervising the area at all times, which made it so much easier to be present in the moment and able to play inside. The age range is 4-10 but Chaos Lab says that any age is welcome if supervised by adults, and our two-year-old absolutely loved the experience.
There was also staff manning each of the rooms, and while the rooms were not too complex, it was just nice to have someone there to demonstrate how to play with the slime and shapes to draw on hands that would glow in the dark. Some play centres are completely hands off and it’s up to you when you enter (which is great!) but we loved the interactions we had with the staff.
We’re not sure how many people are allowed to enter in each time bracket, but Chaos Lab Melbourne did not seem too crowded at all so they have got the volume right. The slime area was so popular and it was great to see that no child had to wait to get their hands dirty.
Chaos Lab Melbourne photos
Now, let’s get to what you really want to see… Chaos Lab Melbourne photos. Like any experience, the photos can only try to portray the vibrance and fun of this unique play centre. Given it is an indoor centre with black walls, the Chaos Lab needs to be seen to be believed. Be sure to get Chaos Lab tickets now and escape the cool weather with this fun, science-filled day out!
If you want to learn more about the events happening in and around Melbourne for kids and the whole family – be sure to check out our Melbourne kid’s articles.