Soft play centres are a god-send when the weather is not so good and with the recent snow my girls badly needed to let off some steam. So we decided to stay local and check out 360 Play in Redditch.
360 Play is located in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre in the centre of Redditch and there is ample car-parking available in the shopping centre (although parking fees need to be paid if visiting before 3pm or on all day on Fridays and weekends). From the outside 360 Play looks small but it takes up a large space upstairs in the shopping centre.
360 Play is not just soft play but includes a role play street including a vets, Lego building, restaurant and shop to name a few. However the highlight for my girls is the carousel and dodgems. My eldest was quite happy to go on the carousel about 5 times in a row and the friendly staff are happy to help kids on and off the rides (which is great for me as I could watch from the toddler area with my youngest).
The soft play is a reasonable size and kept my girls happy. As it was fairly quiet when we went there was plenty of space for my one year old to explore the older section of the soft play safely. My youngest really loved the ball area where large pipes suck up the balls and then at the end they all drop down.
One downside I would say is the toddler area, which is quite small to keep older toddlers who are generally too small for the main soft play, occupied. That said the role play area is accessible to children of all ages with the Lego area including extra large blocks for little ones (although there are some areas containing small parts so you do need to keep your eyes open).
360 Play has a drawing area where sometimes you will find staff helping youngsters with drawings and crafts. However, on this occasion I found that this area was quite messy and many the pencils required sharpening.
360 Play encourage parent participation which means you are also free to ride the dodgems, carousel and explore the soft play (although there is plenty of seating available if you did want to relax).
We decided to get some lunch whilst we were here. The prices are on par with most soft play centres at £3.99 for a lunch box for the kids and my panini was just under £6. There are main course also available. The jugs of squash at £1.99 are good value. 360 Play serves a variety of soft and hot drinks although I found them a little small for the price which is why I ended up sharing the girl’s squash.
The food came out freshly cooked and hot. However it was a little annoying that my panini came out quite a bit later than the girls and my friend’s food. This meant my youngest was a little impatient wanting to continue playing whilst I was finishing my food.
However we still had time for a bit more play before it was back home for my youngest’s nap.
The price is the main negative I have heard about 360 Play is that it costs more than most play centres. 360 Play highlight that there it is more than just a play centre and that there is no time limit. We have annual passes which work out good value if you visit regularly, but if you just wanted to take a break from shopping I would say that it was not ideal (especially as you also need to pay for parking). However they do have regular offers with reduced entry if you attend a class there and there are discounts after 3pm and on Sundays. They also have regular events for childminders and home school children.
Children 1-3 years: £7.50
Children 4-12 years: £9.50
Children under 1 year: FREE
(reductions after 3pm and Sundays)
Address: Kingfisher Shopping Centre, Redditch
Monday to Thursday:
10.00am – 5.00pm
Friday and Saturday:
10.00am – 5.30pm
11.00am – 4.00pm
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