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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?

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...

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.

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

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

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

Op they also have a bar at school fetes!

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

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Cross post every

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

They shouldn't be selling them.

They should be free.


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

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??

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

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


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!

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?

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.

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

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.

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 18:37:19

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.

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'

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

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

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

Yanbu. They should sell cans of cider instead.

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