A new children’s play area inside a Sydney shopping centre has caused quite a stir on social media.

Chatswood Chase recently posted images to its Facebook page of its new kids’ “play pod”, promoting recent “improvements” that had been made to the area, reports 7 news.

But concerned parents are saying with the exception of iPad screens, there is a lack of equipment to actually “play” with.

A wooden train, a square interactive box with buttons and lights – but the space is dominated by a huge screen and mounted iPads in what looks more like a kids’ mini-tech store than a traditional play area.

When Chatswood Chase posted to its official Facebook page about new safety fencing around its “play pod”, parents were more interested in the lack of interesting play materials for their kids.

“Would be even better if you ditched the iPads and just put more play equipment in there!”, one person wrote.

“No iPads. More soft play – at least,” wrote another. “Small, soft climbing equipment would be better.”

Is this really the way of the future?

DO you want to see more play areas like this OR should we stick to the good old fashioned slide and climbing frames?

Share your comments below.

  • Play areas need things to climb on, slide down, ladders to go up and things to make little minds become investigative and learning. iPads are dumbing down our kids so they don’t recognize facial features and how to smile and talk and what love is because no-one has time for these children anymore.


  • Play areas do not need i-pads etc. That is totally unnecessary. Little ones are allowed in far too much blue light from screens etc now. It has been proved it can affect your eyes. Does it impact on other parts of their little bodies too?


  • People will always find something to complain about. There’s a play area. Either play in it or move on!


  • Stick to the good old fashioned slide and climbing frames I say.


  • I’m amazed that shopping centres need play areas at all. Really? How did we all cope growing up without them?


  • Good old fashioned slide and climbing frames are the best !


  • More play less tech and when they grow older it changes.


  • My kids would love it, but I prefer play areas with less tech.


  • The screens aren’t new, they have been there for ages already, so not sure why this has only become an issue.


  • Children are surrounded by technology so much already. I would leave these play areas completely tech-free!!


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