Oh my gosh, Nubo Alexandria was everything I had hoped it would be. It’s pretty, it’s functional, it’s unique and it’s perfect for parents and kids. I’m not sure you get better than Nubo Alexandria. Maybe Nubo Chatswood will give it a run for its money.
It’s hard to pick what my favourite aspect is. It could be the suspended reading nook. But that’s me, the kids had other favourite spaces.
This post isn’t affiliated with the owners nor is it sponsored. I just loved our visit and the review reflects that.
There are three downsides to it but I’ll touch on those later. The biggest of the three is that the whole space is not geared towards kids who are in wheelchairs. The other two issues don’t detract from the experience you just need to know to take them into account when deciding whether and when to visit.
Where is Nubo Alexandria
Address and Location
Nubo Alexandria is in the same center Sky Zone and the venue. It’s that huge entertainment block that stretches between O’Roidan and Bourke. You can enter from O’Roidan, Bourke or Doody so just keep a look out and you won’t need to circle the block.
The official address is Unit 201, Building 2, 160 Bourke road, Alexandria.
There is parking in 160 Bourke Road but if you’ve ever been to the center you know that it is a nightmare!! Unless you’re going to Sky Zone which has its own parking. Trying to find a parking around Nubo is a nightmare so try your luck but don’t get your hopes up.
The parking issue was my first minor problem with Nubo Alexandra.
There is also parking if you enter on 55 Doddy Street. There is a sign there that says parking for “Red Bull, The Venue, Nubo” and others. If you enter there and go all the way up to the roof you will find ticketed parking for Nubo.
This parking will cost you $7 for the whole day. There is a lift down to Ground, from there you walk through the building past The Venue, past Sky Zone and turn right. The entrance to Nubo Alexandria will be on your right.
What makes Nubo Alexandria so cool?
As soon as you arrive you take your shoes off and put them in a locker and then… you write your name on the locker.
As I said, its hard to pick on thing. There are so many areas for the kids to play in and each one has been well thought out and put together. Here’s a list of some of the cool things:
1. The Reading area.
The book collection is great. It’s better than some kids libraries I’ve been to. One of the books I picked up was called “My Dad used to be Cool”. How hilarious is that!
The reading area has stairs for the kids to sit on and a reading nook in a glass bubble that the kids climb a ladder to get in to.
2. The creative space
Nubo Alexandria has a gorgeous creative space. There are three stations set up with different crafts. When we visited the first table was set up with wooden face boards where the kids could create different faces.
The second table was for making flags and flag necklaces. Different papers, cutting, glueing, clolouring in.
The third table had this stuff on it that look like little polystyrene balls but they weren’t. These little things were soft and like kinestic sand stuck together. I’ve never seen these before and would be really interested to hear from anyone who has them.
In this room, one side of the wall is a giant whiteboard so the kids can write all over it.
3. The ball pit
The ball pit is not your average ball pit. It’s clean and only has blue balls. You can slide down little slides into the ball pit. This space is limited to the under fours.
4. The connectivity Room
I’m not sure what the proper name for this space would be. It has two walls which are covered with foam blocks and the foam blocks have gaps and holes where you can put other foam pieces into.
It is really a mind twist if you’re little.
5. Two upstairs rooms
There are two upstairs rooms which the kids can play in. There are big glass windows so the kids can look down and see everyone below them.
When we visited one of the rooms was set up like a house with a kitchen section and little tables, ironing boards. The other room was set up with trains and long train tracks.
All of the rooms and sections are light and airy, they are so stunning!
6. The climbing ropes with the long slides.
This was my son’s favourite place. It took him a while to work up the courage to climb as high as he needed to go to get to the level the slides start at but once he did I couldn’t get him down.
He absolutely loved this space.
Facilities at Nubo Alexandria
Not everything is accessible to kids who are in wheelchairs. They would be able to get into the space but there would be limitations to what they could do. I’m not sure they would be able to get up to all the books or the two rooms or the ball pit.
The café is top notch. There is coffee, food and drinks. Again, the space is really neat and smart. It’s a space you want to be in, not a place you have to be in.
Nubo has really thought of almost everything. Even the kids’ bathroom is awesome. Instead of conventional basins they have this huge circular metal basic with the taps coming down from the ceiling like ocuptus arms. It is a sight to behold.
Opening Hours and Cost
Nubo is open every day of the week except for public holidays. It’s open during the week from 9am to 4pm and on the weekends from 9am to 5pm.
The second downside is the cost. It is more expensive that most of your average play spaces. It is an hourly rate which differs between the week and weekends. I think if you’re willing to spend that for two or three hours in a beautiful space then you won’t be disappointed. There is so much for the kids to do and it’s a really lovely area for moms too.
Children under 2 are $10/hour or $25 unlimited per child
Children over 2 are $12.50/hour or $40 unlimited per child
Weekends and Public Holidays:
Children under 2 are $12.50/hour or $37.50 unlimited per child
Children over 2 are $15/hour or $50 unlimited per child
For each visiting Child one accompanying Adult may enter free. Any additional Adults are $5/hour
What else can you do in the area?
There is actually lots to do in Alexandria. It’s actually a great place to visit with kids. Whenever I do an airport drop off or pick up I spend time in Alexandria.