To think that soft play shouldn't charge for adults?

(48 Posts)
KenAdams Wed 17-Jul-13 12:40:07

When child's prices are between £6 and £9? They charge £3 for adults.

That's about £24 for a family of 4 to go!

flanbase Wed 17-Jul-13 14:40:18

I'd never pay to go to one of these places

nancerama Wed 17-Jul-13 14:42:19

We have 2 near us that I go to. The naice one doesn't charge for adults, but has a fabulous cafe so I spend loads when I go there.

DS prefers the other one, as the soft play is more challenging, but they charge per adult, claiming that they have free wifi and magazines. Given that I'm supervising my child I don't get my money's worth. In reality their food and drink is so vile it's the only way they can get enough money out of their customers.

That's ridiculous, OP! Dreadfully overpriced. Here's our local one C & P'd from their website (I have a gardening club card so we get the cheaper deals):

6 months - 2 years £1.50 for Gardening Club members (£3.50 for non-Gardening Club members)
2 years - 8 years £3.50 for gardening club members (£5.50 for non-Gardening Club members)
Under 6 months (babies in arms) - FREE
Accompanying adults - FREE

AND the adults get to play, too wink

Our local soft play doesn't charge for adults, gives free wifi and makes its money from parents staying ages and surfingthe net while buying lots of drinks and foods.#

A farm thingy a few miles away however, wonders why no-one goes much. They charge twice as much for adults as for children, and there is nothing for adults to do (not much for the kids to do tbh, they don't get much repeat business).

I object to paying for something for ME to enter a site which has signs everywhere saying children are not to be left unsupervised! We are not there to have a good time, we are there to supervise our kids!

Bubbles1066 Wed 17-Jul-13 15:28:40

YANBU. £3 is extortionate. My local charges 50p for adults which I think is OK. If you have an annual pass you get one adult in for free. I never buy any food/drinks and have an annual pass which is much cheaper than paying each time so it doesn't cost me much at all.

forevergreek Wed 17-Jul-13 15:32:54

Yes around here it's £9 per child. £5 for under 2 and £3.50 for an adult.

So the time I went with 3 week old ds2 and 16 month old ds1 and myself to let oldest run about safely it cost £13.50. We only stayed about 45 mins as he was finished after that.

Haven't really been since but would now cost £21.50 as both over 2.

They are way to noisy for me to pay and sit in noise

TerribleTantrums Wed 17-Jul-13 15:33:48

They might be doing it to keep the number of adults down. One pfb could have two parents, two grandparents and an aunt all milling around, admiring the pfb's first attempts at walking and generally getting in the way of the other children. Although, if this is the case, they would probably be better off allowing one adult free per child and then whacking on a big fee for extra adults.

CloudsAndTrees Wed 17-Jul-13 15:41:25

We have far too many soft play centres near us, some charge for adults, some don't.

In my experience its the nicer ones that serve good food that charge for adults, but I think it's understandable when some people use it as a coffee shop. I've seen entire families of 5+ adults go with one or two children. I know they are likely to buy lunch, but there isn't always a lot of space for adults.

ChippingInHopHopHop Wed 17-Jul-13 15:42:51

We have a few around here - some charge for adults, some don't. Some sell good coffee, some don't. Some have a better set up for the older one. Some have a better set up for the younger one. Some I can climb around easily, some I can let them roam free....

Whether they charge for the adult or not is only one small part of the decision making process grin and it's the 'overall' price that I consider anyway, not how it's broken down.

It's lovely to be going to the park instead at the moment - wild horses couldn't drag me inside a soft play at the moment (unless I could find one with superb air con!!).

Jinty64 Wed 17-Jul-13 16:09:48

Ours doesn't charge for adults, £6 for over 5's, £4 for under 5's. you can't take in food or drink and the cafe is good but expensive. It is beyond freezing in winter but was lovely and cool today.

KenAdams Wed 17-Jul-13 16:18:02

Katese no it's in the Midlands. There's a restaurant that you pay for stuff in but you can't see the play area from there really.

There's nothing for your £3, you're just paying to go and supervise your children. DD isn't walking yet so its a case of sitting with her and watching her constantly. I wish I could read a book or something!

primallass Wed 17-Jul-13 16:23:09

Our local farm park does this. But now my kids are big enough that we can sit the other side of the fence and just pay for them to go in.

Look at the Playfactore in Manchester if you want to see extortionate...

KenAdams Wed 17-Jul-13 17:06:56

manchestermummy that's steep but at least you get laser tag and stuff.

Chunderella Wed 17-Jul-13 17:18:50

Playfactore's ok if you have an under 1 and don't go during peak time. Whenever I've been, there's change from a fiver for DD and I, plus I don't buy food there either. During school holidays and with older DC, it takes the piss.

cannotfuckingbelievethis Wed 17-Jul-13 17:37:29

Glasgow here and I've never been to one or know of one that charges for adults... Local prices range from about £2.50 for 1 hour to £3.75 for unlimited play...It's taking the piss I think to charge for adults. As others have said, it's not like you have the option of not going in with your kids and leaving them unsupervised. I always try to make a point of feeding my two lunch before I go (as the food is over priced) and will occasionally smuggle in the same kind of Capri Sun that they sell as they're 3 times the price in the shop (yes, yes I know, I'm terrible, slap on the back of the wrist for me). I'll buy my own coffee though grin

evertonmint Wed 17-Jul-13 20:12:54

Lots if the soft plays cgarfe for adults round here. Pisses me off no end. I have an issue with anywhere that is a child attraction which charges more for adults than children. Local farm thingy charges more for adults than children, and the adult annual pass needs a photo so you can't swap between parents. It's as if they think childless adults would actively want to go to see 2 sheep, a pig and a rusty old tractor. Bonkers!

evertonmint Wed 17-Jul-13 20:13:31

Cgarfe?? Charge!

MortifiedAdams Wed 17-Jul-13 20:15:09

Ooh its quite good round here - most places £3.50 for one pair of adult/child. Then £1 for every extra child or adult. Under ones free.

umpti67 Wed 17-Jul-13 20:23:43

*what are they charging for?

Heat, lighting, staff wages, public liability insurance etc.
It's all got to be paid for somehow.

Even if you go and sit and read a book for an hour or so as some people do you are using a facility.( I know, I know, it's not you
MN's you all too busy watching your kids like hawks but some people like to relax while their kids play)*

But surely that's covered by the huge entry fee paid for the dc and the £3 coffee? Free wifi - come on - how many people can actually use it? Yes places like Alton Towers do this but that is a one off treat for a full day. Not something my dc will have had enough of in an hour and used to be a weekly activity.

DeepPurple Wed 17-Jul-13 20:30:23

The one local to me has just closed for a refurb. They were free for under 6m and £3.25 per child. Free wifi and free unlimited juice for kids. They also did an unlimited monthly pass for £12! Cracking value! The food was a decent standard and was great value. £3.50 for a sandwich, yogurt, chopped carrot & cucumber and a handful of chopped fruit. (For kids obviously)

I've gone to a new one today and was aghast at it being £4.50, no drink but free wifi and a more expensive menu. Maybe that isn't too bad after all!

FlatsInDagenham Wed 17-Jul-13 21:02:06

I have never heard of soft play charging for adults and I am shock at the idea! I always assumed they made most of their profits through the cafe, which I patronize regularly seeing as entry for my dc - one of whom is free because she is a pre-walker - is cheap as chips.

katese11 Wed 17-Jul-13 21:15:54

thanks ken, just thought it was the same one causing controvesy round here!

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