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

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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?

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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