to boycot (and want other to), my local soft play?

(44 Posts)
MortifiedAdams Sun 20-Oct-13 18:23:59

One of those big, industrial, play barns. For kids. Sells cans of lager.

Is it OTT of me to be shock at the adults sat round drinking cans of lager bought at the food counter?

MortifiedAdams Sun 20-Oct-13 18:24:46

others to

sparkle12mar08 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:25:19


Have they got a license?

It is a bit odd!

dashoflime Sun 20-Oct-13 18:26:13

Where is this place? I wanna go!

More seriously- is it a problem? Are parents just having one or two or are people commonly falling over drunk? I presume you can only buy them with food?

TEErickOrTEEreat Sun 20-Oct-13 18:26:22


What's the problem?

Ho Ho - you jest, yes?

Play barns are the 8th circle of hell, as are a plethora of bloody other people's rug rats.

If a lager is what gets you through it ? So bloody what?

Guitargirl Sun 20-Oct-13 18:28:30


Don't go if you don't want to but it's none of your business what others choose to do.

OddBoots Sun 20-Oct-13 18:29:37

My first instinct was 'urgh' but then a lot of 'family' pubs have a child's play area so it's not that odd really.

AnnaRack Sun 20-Oct-13 18:30:09

Near me there is a soft play that is in a pub/restaurant. Alcohol is served there. Seems quite OK to me. Just because alcohol is served doesn't mean people will get drunk and be irresponsible. Maybe the alcohol makes soft play more bearable for the parents?

magicstars Sun 20-Oct-13 18:30:30

Is it one in N.herts? I was shocked at them selling booze.

Sinful1 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:30:41

YANBU lager is no where near enough to survive those hell holes, boycott them until they agree to serve hard liquor.

MortifiedAdams Sun 20-Oct-13 18:31:05

I assume they have a liquor license. Well, I was there aroubd 1.5hrs and saw a few drinking and buying from the counter, however I didnt count how many each were having grin

Tee my problem is that it is a childrens playbarn (as opposed to a pub with a little soft play attached) and (1) I wouldnt have thought it a suitable place to grant a license (2) this is happening in the middle of the day (3) the soft play is rather remote with crap.public transport and most people drive - however I have no idea if the drinkers I saw then drove.

AngiBolen Sun 20-Oct-13 18:31:30

Do they sell gin? I can see the attraction in gin. I would happily leave the car at home if I could have a Gordon's to get me through the hell of an afternoon at a play barn.

No different from pubs with soft play. (One of the worst Sunday afternoons of my life was spent at one of those).

When i was a teenager there was a softplay centre and it had a licensed bar. They held adults only events at night where you could get pissed and go on the softplay. Its the one and only time i've ever gone on one of those vertical drop slides.

Jomato Sun 20-Oct-13 18:33:54

One of our local ones sells wine and beer. I think it's wonderful.

movingaway Sun 20-Oct-13 18:34:04

Hmm, my first reaction is I agree with you, but then I remember in France this year having a can of lager in a Mcdonalds with a massive play area and rather enjoying it. And I have also been to pubs with a play area in the beer garden and had a half a lager while the kids play.

If it's cans of special brew yanbu- if it's those little (coke can size) cand of weak lager then yabu, as long as people aren't steaming drunk.

gamerchick Sun 20-Oct-13 18:34:40

A couple of beers is the only way to survive one of those horrible places sometimes.

MortifiedAdams Sun 20-Oct-13 18:34:47

TheDoctors that sounds a right laugh! grin

It just sits odd with me that this is a place designed for kids and yet it sells beer. Odd. Like having a bar in a library or the staff room.

thestauntonlick Sun 20-Oct-13 18:34:53

Yanbu. They should sell cans of cider instead.

MammaTJ Sun 20-Oct-13 18:36:14

I need to know where this is. I am tempted to go there! grin

gamerchick Sun 20-Oct-13 18:36:27

I really want to tell you what you sound like wanting the place boycotted though.

Seriously man! 'Shakes head'

ilovesooty Sun 20-Oct-13 18:37:19

Presumably there are adults there who aren't driving? You can boycott the place if you wish but YABU to want other people to follow your lead.

Tuonz Sun 20-Oct-13 18:39:04

I'm with you Mortified.

Drink with lunch at a pub is understandable, however I personally would wonder at drinks in a play barn. It's not like you can sit and enjoy it like a glass of wine over a meal with nice people. It's just alcohol in a warehouse full of slides and children. Where's the enjoyment there?

Plus larger?! Scared of flavour. Real ale all the way.

ilovesooty Sun 20-Oct-13 18:39:12

I think a bar in a library sounds perfectly reasonable. Cafe bars attached to libraries and bookshops are not uncommon on the continent.

Floggingmolly Sun 20-Oct-13 18:39:34

All those Wacky Warehouse hell holes are attached to pubs, aren't they? It's not unusual at all. The one I had the misfortune to attend ds2's friends birthday party at sold beer in plastic pint glasses in the pub, in case you wanted to join your kids in the soft play bit hmm

Tweasels Sun 20-Oct-13 18:40:02

I might actually enjoy soft play if it involved copious amounts of alcohol!

I know what you mean though OP. It is a bit odd. I'd guess they are assuming most parents are responsible and wouldn't get hammered.

vestandknickers Sun 20-Oct-13 18:41:53

Boycot the ones that don't sell alcohol. How else are you supposed to survive those places?

everythinghippie29 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:42:01

Our local soft play also has indoor football pitches set up for 5 a side. They say alcohol and it never really struck me as odd as a lot of adults use the football facilities and they also host parties etc, where adults may wish to have a drink. I don't think its really that big of a deal for someone to grab a beer to pass the time!

everythinghippie29 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:42:58


Rufus44 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:45:38

They do this in our local soft play which is linked to a five a side football place which is why I assume it has a licence.

I have had a few lagers, anything to get through one of those parties! For what it's worth I wasn't driving and wasn't in sole control of my children

ChippingInNeedsSleepAndCoffee Sun 20-Oct-13 18:45:52

Unless it's in a horrible area where people are likely to go in and get totally wasted, I can't see the problem. Well, I can... do they only sell lager??

vestandknickers Sun 20-Oct-13 18:46:04

Maybe the ones that don't currently offer an alcoholic option could slip a bit of voddie into the slush puppies. Just a thought. Would certainly take the edge off! grin

MarcelineTheVampireQueen Sun 20-Oct-13 18:47:36

They shouldn't be selling them.

They should be free.


Rufus44 Sun 20-Oct-13 18:50:57

Cross post every

TEErickOrTEEreat Sun 20-Oct-13 18:52:06

Well so long as they have a license I don't see the problem.

If they don't, or people are driving drunk, call the police.

elskovs Sun 20-Oct-13 18:59:19

Why do you care? Sounds like fun. Would you be less offended if it was wine? Snob

MinesAPintOfTea Sun 20-Oct-13 19:06:31

Also their target market isn't children, its the parents who need somewhere to let their children run off steam on a rainy day. In which case aiming to be the most attractive business to the (presumably adult) parents us a sound business strategy.

harticus Sun 20-Oct-13 19:30:43

We went to a kids party the other day held in a bar where they have a play area set up.
The connection between booze and play areas seems well established in British culture.
Hard to think of any country in Europe - other than UK - where flogging booze in a kids play area would be regarded as normal.

Rufus44 Sun 20-Oct-13 19:35:48

harticus so was it a bar with a play area or a play area with a bar...two completely different things I would have thought

AngiBolen Tue 22-Oct-13 22:16:28

Op they also have a bar at school fetes!

Laquitar Tue 22-Oct-13 22:37:12

Op this has now turned into advertising the place.
Everybody wants to go!

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Tue 22-Oct-13 22:39:40

Well, you can get a glass of wine or beer in the Tate Modern, which is essentially Soft Play for the metropolitan middle classes. So YABU IMO.

Milkjug Tue 22-Oct-13 22:46:39

The soft play I used to go to in London (small, independent) used to sell wine alongside rather nice organic-y lasagnes and falafel. It only cost a pound for me and my under-one to stay indefinitely. (Think they made their money from the cafe.) I wrote most of a book there. I still miss it...

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