They put on amazing shows for the kids. So if you are heading to the studios, there is no entry fee to go into the grounds. If the kids just want to play on the playground then you only buy a pass for that, or if you are seeing a show then you pay to the see the show. The general admission cost is $25 for the show, child ticket holders also receive complimentary pass to the playground. If you don’t want to watch a show then you can pay $10 for a child over 3 for an all day access to the park. Under 3’s are free with a paying sibling. Then you sit back and buy a coffee and relax.
The park is great and our girls loved the Whoa Web, which is New Zealand’s only crocheted play net. We tried to convince them to go check out other parts of the playground but nope they didn’t want to!
So whilst the kids are playing you can grab a coffee from The Grounds Restaurant/Cafe. The Grounds Restaurant is owned and run by Executive Chef Ben Bailey, and it was great to see him in action in the kitchen. I love that you can see all the way through the kitchen, and it was busy, lot’s of hands on deck. The reason for this is because everything is made in house fresh everyday, including the array of ice creams which include vegan ice creams as well.
The idea behind the restaurant is based around family eating so you order a few dishes and share, now don’t be mistaken in thinking that because it says “family” you will find chicken nuggets and chips on the menu…oh no! There is no trace of that sort of meals anywhere, which I was rather pleased about. You can order kids bolognese, cheese toasties, chicken tenders, etc. It’s homemade wholesome food.