Reviewed by B
Overall: Good. Nappy change in disabled toilet. Outdoor covered play equipment. Kids Club on Tuesdays.
Good Points: Clean, roomy area in disabled loo for changing bottoms. Great play equipment. Ramp access into club foyer. Cute kids meals that come in a cardboard activity box. Good food 🙂
Bad Points: No ramp inside club to get to different levels. Lift or stairs only. No area where you can feed in private – be prepared to feed in public, and be covered at the same time.
I love Wenty Leagues!! Does that make me a westy? I don’t care anyway. It’s a great place, made even more fabulous by my lovely brother-in-law being one of the chef’s on staff. Really, he is an incredible chef. And mad as a cut snake, in a good way hehehe.
So how did I end up at Wenty? I had to pick up my Father In Law (FIL). Gosh, that makes him sound like a wino huh hehehe. Seriously, he is the best FIL ever. I think I am very lucky to have wonderful inlaws.
Anyway, a few weeks ago a fabulous well-connected friend gave me his 3 members tickets to the last State of Origin game being held in Sydney. FIL had a blast with me at the NRL Grand Final 2009 so I was pretty confident he’d love to come to this too. I offered him the third ticket and he snapped it up – good man.
He stayed at chef’s place for a couple of nights (‘cos FIL lives in the boonies) and when chef came to work on the Wednesday FIL went with him. And that’s how bubba and I ended up at Wenty Leagues.
Parking was a cinch. It was only about 11am and we found a park in the first carpark at the front of the club. It’s not the main carpark though, but I always use this one. The bigger outdoor, and the undercover car park is at the back of the club so you can just drive straight to the back for more parking options. Haven’t seen any Parent With Prams parking there, but it’s a club so it’s not like pram parking is high on the priority list.
I was a little worried if the front desk staff would let us in! My little girl was dressed impeccably, as always, but I was in jeans, nice shirt and…..thongs. I pulled my jeans at the legs to try and make them cover my feet as much as possible, but there’s not mistaking a pair of thongs on someone. They were my formal thongs though – black Havianas – so I was let through without a bat of an eyelid. Yes! Also, it’s Wentworthville so they’re probably not too strict on footwear (my guess anyway).
Getting inside the club from the front is easy. Stairs or ramp. Love it. Any place that has a ramp automatically gets my vote. Once inside though, getting to the eatery, entertainment, kid-friendly level is not so easy if you have a pram. You can either pick up the pram and baby and carry it up the stairs, or wait for staff to unlock the lift for you. Me….I pick up the pram and bub and get up the stairs myself. It’s quicker. This visit we were pram-free and bounded up the stairs, which becomes a whole lot of fun when you have a toddler. It really does! The simplest things really do become almost new and definitely fun when seen through the eyes of a little one.
There isn’t a Parent Room here. Instead there’s an area inside the disabled bathroom for changing bubs. I checked the other female bathrooms on this main floor, and there weren’t any change tables in there. The disabled loo is definitely it. It’s clean and fairly roomy, but you won’t be wanting to do much more in there than just change bottoms.
On the bistro/restaurant/entertainment floor, to the left by the elevator entrance is the disabled toilet. It’s not too hard a door to use which is always good. The room is big enough to take a pram in and all the bits and pieces you usually have with you. The first section of the toilet is for baby changes. A regular fold out wall mounted change table is provided. The bin is in the corner next to an odd red flip down chair. I’m not sure if this is for mums for feeding, or for disabled persons. A bit puzzling to me anyway. I’d think I’d rather feed bubs out in the main area anyway. There are comfy seats, but make sure you keep yourself covered. It’s a club afterall, and while they may let formal thongs in the door….I’m not sure if the club would be that permissive of exposed breasts. Who knows….I could be wrong.
Anyway, the sink, soap, hand dryer and paper towel are further back in the room, where the loo is. So really, the club has all you need for the basics. There’s even an outdoor covered play area for kids, and on checking out the website there’s also a Kids Club every Tuesday. Haven’t been to that yet, but I’m thinking we’ll give it a red hot go once school holidays are over. I avoid all kiddy fun places during school holidays – they just get so crowded!! And I know that when term is back, it’s going to be nice and calm again.
Okay now back to FIL!! Have a guess where we found him. Cmon, guess!! Yep, at a table upstairs watching sports and Keno. He’s awesome. Bubs had loads of fun on the play equipment. It’s wonderful! The wall and door to the area is glass so you can keep an eye on the little pixies. But you can’t hear them yelling – which could be a good or bad thing, depending on your mood.
Oh….and the third State of Origin game was AWESOME!!! For me anyway ‘cos I am a Queenslander. Woohoo!!!! FIL supports NSW but he had a good time anyway – how could you not when you have such great seats…..and free ones at that!!