I am a big fan of outdoor play and exploration, joining in many a week with Coombe Mill’s ‘Country Kids’ linky but this last Saturday, I woke with a cracking headache and having a house inspection in the morning (which I hate and avoid at all costs) I naturally decided to take the kids to soft play.
In hindsight, the noise, the warmth of so many bodies, the bright artificial lighting…it wasn’t the best choice for getting rid of my aching head but Meg and Eli certainly made the most of it.
Our closest soft play centre is Jollies Barn and the kids absolutely love it there. They do a fab meal deal on a Saturday which is £7 for entry as well as lunch (hot food too!). The centre itself is huge so even though when we arrived and saw that the car park was full, once we were inside it didn’t actually seem that busy.
We turned up just after 10am when it opened and didn’t leave again until 1pm, 3 hours of running, screaming children was about my limit and to be fair both Meg and Eli looked absolutely shattered. I had enjoyed some semi-peaceful time reading my book and devouring a bacon cob; the great thing about going to soft play these days is that now Meg and Eli are old enough to go and entertain themselves so I no longer have to look the fool trying to squeeze myself into spaces not designed for an adult!
If you are ever in the vicinity I would recommend going; it is really clean and well looked after and there are some interesting elements which I haven’t come across at soft play before such as the thunder and lightning sensory room with real sound effects, which my Other Half thinks is brilliant.
Eli’s personal favourite is the Dragon slide (I think that is what it is meant to be), if ever he doesn’t appear for a prolonged period of time he is almost guaranteed to be going round and down, round and down. He never seems to tire of it.
I also think the entrance fees are good. If we weren’t doing a meal deal we would pay £4 for Eli and £5 for Meg during peak times, and for the sheer size of the place I think this is good value for money.
There’s a nice little section for the under 2’s although you do sometimes see the larger kids taking over (mine included) but to be fair I haven’t ever really seen a large number of babies there. Perhaps they come more mid-week when it’s quieter overall.
Although we didn’t perhaps get the fresh air which would have helped with my migraine, it was a really chilled out way to spend the best part of Saturday morning. I didn’t even have to make any lunch which really IS a winner in my book!
Plus my Other Half turned up about an hour after we had arrived and was duly dispatched to take some photos for this post so I really didn’t have to attempt to scramble around like a monkey. What’s not to like about that?
Disclaimer: I was not asked to write this post, I am simply sharing my opinion of our local soft play centre. Visit the website if interested for more information.