Gifted with Entertainment Passes by the lovely people at Charlestown Square, we decided to put them to the test and see how much fun we can have and if they really do offer value for money.
We found that the school holidays are a perfect time to use the passes to stave off boredom and deal with unpredictable weather (e.g. torrential rain).
On our first visit to Charlestown Square, we did some shopping and popped into Megamania to use the 60 minutes Quickplay.
It was a great option to burn off my child’s pent-up energy. She had a great time playing on the different equipment especially the climbing wall.
Two adults per child are free to enter Megamania on a Quickplay so it offers great value for money. I had enough time to purchase a delicious chai latte and relax and enjoy it while it was hot.
- Don’t forget to bring socks for your child or you’ll have to purchase a pair.
- Just be sure to leave Megamania as soon as the hour is up or you’ll be charged for your extra minutes.
- Note that Megamania is only valid for kids under 12 years even though the Kids pass is for kids under the age of 15.
We then stopped for a Boost juice and photo time at the marvellous Trevor Dickinson wall in Market Alley. There’s some amazing artwork so bring your family and friends and take loads of photos.
On our next visit, we watched ‘The Good Dinosaur’ at Reading Cinemas Charlestown at a morning session.
We had a great time at the movies and enjoyed watching Arlo the dinosaur on the big screen and eating popcorn straight after breakfast.
- Recommend attending a morning sessions as it was easy to get a park. We went to a 9:30am session and had no problems parking.
- A separate Reading Cinemas are attached to the Entertainment Pass coupon so bring both pieces to redeem for a movie session.
- Use the parking validator at Reading Cinemas to get four hours of parking if you feel like shopping or eating afterwards and don’t want to rush.
We followed up the movies with a healthy kids meal at McDonalds which included a grilled chicken wrap, chocolate milk and apple packet. As a mum, I appreciate having a healthy option. Besides, you can always order additional food if your kids want some fries with that.
On the way out, my daughter asked to stop and play at the Pirate Ship, a popular kids playspot.
Our third visit to Charlestown Square involved bowling at Strike Bowling. My daughter loves bowling and especially enjoyed our family excursion.
Using the bowling slide to launch the bowling ball, she scored exceptionally well. She’s actually a better bowler than me.
- During busy times, you will need to book ahead for Strike Bowling or be prepared to wait
- You’ll have to book in person as the vouchers are entered in as Cash and so bookings can’t be done online or over the phone.
Glancing at the remains of our passes, we still have Timezone, a coffee at Fifi La Femme and a meal at Coco Cubano to redeem. That’s okay, we have a few weeks of school holidays left to enjoy those.
The Charlestown Square Entertainment Pass offer great value for money if you plan to use the different entertainment and dining options. The Kids pass is $37 with a value of $55 value and saves you $18 if you were to buy items separately. The Mega Pass is $42 with a value of $72.90, saving you $30.90. There’s also an additional pass Super which I’m going to buy for myself and some girlfriends for a Girls Night Out.
We found them ideal for family excursions especially during school holidays. We had no problems redeeming the coupons but make sure you book ahead for popular attractions.
The flexible nature of these passes means you can use them when its convenient for you. If you feel like an epic fun-filled day, use the voucher all on one day. Otherwise, follow what we did and use them for separate visits. And because the passes don’t expire until December, you have plenty of time to use them.
Disclaimer: The Mummy Project was provided with complimentary passes for review purposes. All opinions are my own.