Kids play centres or soft play centres are a healthy and safe environment where your children can play with others of the same age while you sit and relax. Although different play centres offer different features and different amenities, you will generally be able to enjoy access to things like hot drinks and food, and your child will be able to play on soft play equipment, slides, and more. Soft play centres are also the perfect venue for a kids’ party, removing a lot of the stress that is involved in arranging such an event.
It can take a lot of effort and imagination to keep your children entertained all day, every day, and all kids benefit from physical exercise in their play. Soft play centres provide this in a safe environment and while you will still want to keep an eye on your son or daughter as they run around, it is certainly less stressful than visiting amusement parks or even playgrounds.
You don’t have to rely on unreliable British weather either. It never rains in a soft play centre and whether it’s the middle of winter or the height of summer you can enjoy providing great entertainment for your kids. Some play centres may even have an outdoor area where the children can play and you can sit and enjoy a drink or something to eat when the weather is a little better. Alternatively, you can stay sat inside where it’s always warm and inviting.
It isn’t just acceptable for kids to make noise in a soft play centre, it is encouraged. Going out for dinner or taking your kids to the cinema can lead to them causing disruption for others that are there. What’s more, you have to put up with the stares and glances of annoyed diners or viewers. The problem becomes even worse if they don’t find something to entertain them. You could be left watching their film, while they do their utmost to crawl around on the dirty floor and annoy the people sat behind.
You can expect to see a massive array of play items and soft play equipment in the soft play centre that you visit. As well as giant colourful soft shapes there may also be giant slides, bouncing areas, indoor adventure trails, and kids’ rides (don’t forget to take some change with you for these). There may even be indoor scooters, crazy golf, or kids’ go-carting courses laid out. Different play centres offer different toys and equipment but they all have the same aim of exciting and entertaining children at their very core.
Safety and security are important. Your child, or children, will almost certainly be running around wildly and while every effort is made in such centres to ensure the safety of your children, accidents can still happen. These accidents usually come in the shape of bumps and scrapes, and the best soft play centres are those that have extensive first aid equipment and trained staff on hand. You should keep an eye on your children but there will usually be employees watching too, so you can sit and enjoy chatting with other parents or having a cup of coffee while you wait.
If you have very young children, especially toddlers, then you should check with the soft play centre that they have a special toddler’s area. There is usually an upper and lower age or size limit on the kids that are allowed to play in the main section. Your toddler will need to be supervised while playing but this area will provide complete sensory entertainment for even the youngest of your children.