In a first for Adelaide, the new Port Adelaide Plaza will feature a unique play space to stimulate and engage today’s generation of kids. Port Adelaide has engaged Play9 Studios, part of TKM9 Group, a proudly Australian company with global reach and offices in Australia, United Kingdom and the United States, to design and build a unique active play environment that is both digital and physical.
Physical play, essential to the young people, is blended with digital content using light, sound and motion, paired with touch to create a truly interactive experience that unleash kids’ imagination.
The new play area, which is yet to be named, features a dual 80-inch touchscreen Kidszone unit with ‘Tiny Town’ content, a “Whoosh” light and sound tunnel and light reactive slide and fun talk into “Leaf Tree” to activate light & sound reactive and play moulds in variant sizes and a hopscotch flooring game.
Safe, interactive, playful, the dual 80-inch touchscreen Kidszone unit can engage up to 20 kids in active play, with a mix of Augmented Reality, touch and motion functionality included. The launch game selected will be ‘Tiny Town’ giving kids a glimpse into the magical possibilities of the secret life of bugs, as they are transported to the village of Tiny Town, giving them 4 games to choose from. From shape and character matching, to speed reaction gaming, to puzzles that put kids in the picture; there’s no shortage of adventures to be had! Throughout the year, the games will change to keep everyone excited each time they visit Port Adelaide Plaza.
All Play9 products are designed to be used and seen however a childs imagination wants to perceive them! The “Whoosh” is a space tunnel, a wild wave or a magical slide - with an immersive sound and light tunnel, lit-up slide and light climbing stones. A three-in-one active play product designed to excite and made to be explored. Connected climber and slide promote 3 of 5 physical play, while the secretive tunnel brings a touch of magic with sound effects.
While the “Leaf Tree” could be a pixie’s home, a deserted island palm or a prehistoric forest – with this stunning tree, kids will become instantly transported to a world of play…the leaf tree is a stunning way to call out kids play. Kids literally talk to this tree to activate it; with pixies, owls and the tree itself eager to talk back with customised sound and lighting creating an immersive play product.
“Whether you want to escape the rain, cold or heat outside, or just need to do a bit of shopping with little ones, our free play area will mean mums, dads, grandparents and carers can take some time for themselves whilst the kids play ” said mum and Port Adelaide Plaza Centre Manager, Sam McInnes.
“Shoppers with children will also welcome the new state-of- art Parents Room, free carparking with shade sails to provide weather protection, installed in areas of the car park.” Said Ms McInnes.
And for children of working families, Paisley Park - Early Learning Centre, a purpose-built childcare centre will open on Level 1 mid-June. Paisley Park - Port Adelaide Plaza, will be a child care centre like no other. This brand new, purpose built childcare centre is designed to challenge independent minds.
An indoor beach, rock climbing wall, discovery nature trail and meals prepared by a celebrity chef. It may sound like a holiday camp for the rich and famous, but it is in fact Port Adelaide’s soon to be newest childcare centre.
Paisley Park - Port Adelaide Plaza will provide more than just a place to play. With over 30 years expertise in early education, nurturing children’s creativity and curiosity, with tailored learning tools to support their growing inquisitiveness and thirst for knowledge.
As well as the indoor beach, rock climbing wall, discovery nature trail, there will be a camping ground, mud pit, fish ponds, vegie gardens and a kabana style, open-air kitchen where the chefs cook up a storm for the little ones.
Miguel Maestre, best known for TV shows Miguel’s Feast, Miguel’s Tropical Kitchen and The Living Room, has teamed up with Paisley Park to design the meals. Among the items on the menu include beetroot bread rolls, healthy zucchini burgers, lamb gozleme, sushi, bolognese of mushroom meatballs and chocolate avocado mousse.
Centre co-founder Kat Wieczorek-Ghisso said the indoor centre would enable youngsters to engage in real life experiences which will contribute to their learning.
“Paisley Park - Port Adelaide Plaza will be a magical wonderland where children can push boundaries, be challenged and achieve anything imaginable,” Ms Wieczorek-Ghisso said.
For more information and bookings for Paisley Park Early Learning Centre - visit www.paisleypark.com.au or alternatively call 1800 724 753.
*Images are for display only and actual playspace items may vary in final colour and design