Parents have been left horrified after learning their local play centre in Melbourne’s southeast was being advertised as a venue for an out-of-hours swingers’ club.
An online advertisement for the party invites like-minded ‘sexy’ young couples to enjoy a gathering at the venue in Cranbourne on Saturday, June 29.
The advert promotes children’s play equipment, such as a giant ball pit and jumping castle, as key features of the party.
The notice reads: “The party venue (not a home) has many features like a laser light show, fog machine, great sound system, games, a giant ball pit and a jumping castle, and an awesome time will be had by all.”
Parents say they have feel shocked and sickened by the claims, with some vowing not to return.
Melissa White said: “I was here for a birthday party on Saturday and I’m just disgusted, disgusted.”
Another parent Nicole Bishop added: “I could have had my boy here and it literally makes me feel sick.”
The centre owners have denied they are behind the event.
A post on the ‘Casey Kids Play House’ Facebook page reads: “We are trying to get to the bottom of this very disturbing issue and potential damage to our reputation.
“The playhouse is booked out on weekends for catered kids’ birthdays and also for private hire when we are not there.”
It goes on to say: “We assure you that even though the photos are of us there is/was no intention to hold any type of party of this description.”
The centre was closed for business today.
Victoria’s Child Safety Commissioner Bernie Geary said it is worrying there are no specific regulations covering indoor play centres and has called for a review of legislation.
“There is a shortage of regulations around these issues, so it’s something that should certainly be looked at by authorities,” he said.