Local soft play centres
During the school holidays, somewhere to tucker out over-excited children for an hour or two is high on many of our Christmas wishlists. Check out our Local editors' selection of 10 superb soft play areas and explore Mumsnet sites in your Local area to find more.
Kids' Zone, National Army Museum - London
The Kids' Zone allows the little ones to have a run around while discovering army life with arctic and jungle themed soft play. There are also dressing-up areas, arts and crafts zones and interactive toys.
Caterpillars Cafe, The Bentall Centre Kingston Upon Thames
Shopping trips with children are far from relaxing, but take a break while they run off some steam at the Caterpillars Cafe. Once they're worn out, they'll be much better company for your retail therapy.
Treehouse Family Play Bournemouth
Based in a Victorian Freemasons hall, Treehouse Family Play is all about grass and wood, bringing the outside in. There is also a dressing-up area and messy play sessions. The cafe serves locally sourced food as well as gluten-free items. A CCTV screen means you can watch your children play if you want to.
Archie's Launch Pad, Farnham Surrey
In full-blown space ship mode, Archie's Launch Pad is a soft play area jam-packed with extra-terrestrial delight. Plus, for you, there's a lovely cafe to relax in whilst they explore the universe.
Combine a day out at a farm with a soft play day at Swithens Farm. You can stock up on some local produce, too.
Children's Activity Centre, Cannock Staffordshire
A 6,000 square foot play centre claiming to have the best facilities in the Midlands, this soft play area also boasts an 8,000 square foot laser tag experience for children and adults and a bear stuffing studio where children can choose a toy and watch it be created.
Kikiland is tropically themed with pirate ships, safari vehicles and a volcano. There's a coffee shop with healthy snacks attached, too.
The Play Loft, Rivendell Village Chelmsford
Set up by local parents, the Play Loft is is not a typical soft play area. It provides an opportunity for kids to explore and learn through imaginative play, with a different activity every hour included in the entry price.
Snakes and Ladders, Brentford Richmond Upon Thames
This soft play area has a brand new section with Duplo bricks, vintage Tonka toys and a Home Corner with mini-kitchen and dining table.
Candy Kingdom, Bridlington East Riding of Yorkshire
Here you can combine a soft play day with a visit to John Bull World of Rock sweet factory for a tour and demonstrations.
Find more soft plays on your Local site
- Kingston Upon Thames
- Richmond Upon Thames
- Tower Hamlets
- Westminster and City
- Berkshire: Reading
- Bournemouth & Poole
- Cambridgeshire: Peterborough
- Cornwall & the Isles of Scilly
- Devon: Exeter
- East Riding of Yorkshire
- Essex: Chelmsford
- Essex: Colchester & Harwich
- Greater Manchester: Bolton & Bury
- Greater Manchester: Manchester & Trafford
- Greater Manchester: Stockport & Tameside
- Greater Manchester: Wigan & Salford
- Hampshire: Southampton
- Newcastle and Gateshead
- North & South Tyneside
- Stockport & Tameside
- West Sussex
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Last updated: about 3 years ago