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To think £3.50 for a Caramel Slice is extortionate, even for Soft Play?!

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MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 12:14:42

Currently at a new, rather 'trendy' children's play centre (can't really call it soft play as nothing is really that soft! All trendy wooden shelves to climb on instead of foam steps etc hmm).

Very odd but my little one likes it.

I'm really short on cash at mo but thought I could stretch to coming here, despite knowing it was half term. (My child isn't of school age).

Prices gone up from £4 to £6 for a 2yr old and (£5 per adult) because of Half Term.....confused... Annoying but fair enough. They have a business to run.

Get to ordering a cuppa (can't come without getting a brew! That would be torture!!) - £3.50 Caramel Slice - £3.50..... I nearly fainted. Instead I ordered some hot Ribena @ £1.20 and a Unicorn shaped Shortbread @ £1.70 & made do. Was quite nice to be fair.

They've actually put the prices up of food & drink by at least 40% by my reckoning.

AIBU to think they're taking advantage of Mums desperate to run their kid's energy off but whom don't have the funds to pay what is probably a pittance for Boden-clad gang?

Before I get flamed, I totally get that they have overheads to pay and it's perfectly normal practise to increase the entry fee slightly during school holidays but £18 for my daughter to go down two slides, a quick go on a tethered indoor swing and....well that's it. A cuppa and a caramel slice for me (If I'd succumbed and paid the price they were asking) £18??

Idontdowindows Mon 12-Feb-18 12:20:44

Well, they certainly know how to set prices there!

MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 12:24:01

Well I won't be back! I'm clearly the poorest here!

Wondered why I've been getting funny looks....

Awwlookatmybabyspider Mon 12-Feb-18 12:25:01

YANBU. £3.50 for a caramel slice.
There's making a profit and there's being fucking greedy.
Why do adults have to pay. Fuck that.
It's not like you're going in there to play in there , was it Or where youwinkgrin

shoofly Mon 12-Feb-18 12:25:43

Did I read you right, that you have to pay Adult entry as well? That's ridiculous! Surely they're making enough money from their overinflated cafe prices

HollyBayTree Mon 12-Feb-18 12:25:47

Supply and demand. No one put you in a half Nelson, and shook money out of your purse.

jaseyraex Mon 12-Feb-18 12:26:04

I'm more gobsmacked that it's £5 per adult! Why on earth do you have to pay? Are you playing too? That's ridiculous.

Aeroflotgirl Mon 12-Feb-18 12:26:07

Rip off, I would be bringing my own.

LuxuryMilk Mon 12-Feb-18 12:26:08

I do agree it’s a lot, but you chose to buy it. I would just take my own snacks in future

GlitterGlue Mon 12-Feb-18 12:27:38

That’s extortionately expensive.

MyDcAreMarvel Mon 12-Feb-18 12:27:47

Why are you paying £5 for a adult , that's bizarre.

GrannyGrissle Mon 12-Feb-18 12:29:06

If you were getting looks the other parents could have crowd funded your caramel slice grin ? They charge GROWN UPs a fiver to get in?! I'd have been running round on the climbing stuff and weeing in the ball pool for that price.

PinkHeart5914 Mon 12-Feb-18 12:29:10

When I rarely take my dc (all under 3) to the circle of hell that is soft play, it’s £4 for a mouthful of brownie and £2.70 for a very SMALL black coffee. Don’t get me wrong I don’t mind spending on things but it’s the size of the things I object too.

I can understand a business upping the entrance fee in the school holidays although I don’t agree with it, but upping the price of food and drink as well is a bit mean imo

PinkHeart5914 Mon 12-Feb-18 12:29:55

Also why do you have to pay to go in? I have never had to pay for me at soft play just the dc, I am not playing so I am not paying!

bearcubby Mon 12-Feb-18 12:29:57

@GrannyGrissle haha amazing! grin

LemonShark Mon 12-Feb-18 12:31:03

I live in a very cheap town up north and £3.50 for a caramel slice doesn't seem expensive to me. Just seems about average.

Where I live is CHEAP and wages are low, where are PP living where you can get a caramel slice much cheaper than that?

MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 12:33:18

No ball pool to pee in!

There's two slides, some wooden shelves to climb up to get up to the shelves and two tethered swings. And a few plastic trucks. That's it!

Wellfuckmeinbothears Mon 12-Feb-18 12:33:19

That is extortionate but unfortunately they have a captive audience, a lot of soft play places don't allow you to bring your own snacks etc so you're stuck paying through the nose for mediocre tea and cake!

MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 12:33:59

I can't play either, I'm disabled! Otherwise I'd be getting my money's worth!!!

MotherofaSurvivor Mon 12-Feb-18 12:36:10

It's not even a full size caramel slice, it's one of those narrow rectangular shaped ones the size of Mr Kipling slices! angry

lalalalyra Mon 12-Feb-18 12:39:37

It's ridiculous that you have to pay for both the adults and the kids. It's one or the other around here (I'm still not quite sure what to make of the place that only charges the adults though).

So basically at your place it's £11 for a 2yo? Doesn't surprise me somewhere that expensive charges £3.50 for cake tbh.

EssentialHummus Mon 12-Feb-18 12:40:15

I’ve no idea what a caramel slice is, but I’d say (gently) that YABU. If money’s tight that isn’t the place to go.

wednesdaygirl Mon 12-Feb-18 12:42:41

I get some places charge for adults but a play area really hmm
For the £5 I'd expect a hot drink and a homemade biscuit at least

TheJoyOfSox Mon 12-Feb-18 12:44:22

Vote with your feet, do not return. You can also post a review on trip advisor, don’t be cruel, but be honest.

I certainly wouldn’t go at those prices, fair enough to put kiddie prices up , but wrong to charge for adults in my opinion.

fatov Mon 12-Feb-18 12:44:30

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