202/366 Soft Play

Today we went to Cwmbran and took Ashley to a soft play session at a local company. I’m not going to name the company as I don’t feel they deserve a mention. They are overpriced  at £3.95 for a session, this is regardless of the child’s age. They have notices up saying children should be supervised at all times but I saw quite a few in the ‘Under 3’s’ area where Ashley was playing. No member of staff said anything to these parents or asked for the bigger children to be removed.  I had to bite my lip on several occasions and asked one Mummy if her little one who was aware he was pushing Ashley over with a toy tractor if they would ask him to stop before he hurt him.
They have what they call a cafe charging £1.95 for a cup of Nescafe,  I thought that was a bit steep. The equipment there is good quality but one wonders if it will be maintained with such lackadaisical staff working there.

Ashley loved being with other toddlers, he’s not quite walking yet but managed to get around and did a few roly-polys’ on his own too. Although he doesn’t say many words he chattered in his own way with other kiddies and made plenty of noise!

He saw my camera in my hand and grunted at me while he stood quite still and posed for this one..He’s such a diva at times!!

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13 comments on “202/366 Soft Play

  1. Melanie Edjourian says:

    wow we pay about £5 per child and £1.50 per adult ;-(

  2. Awww cute picture. We’re in Scotland and it’s average for soft plays to charge £4 – £4.50 per child, which I don’t mind if it’s unlimited time.
    I object to the ones which chuck you out after 60/90 minutes. As far as I’m concerned, if you’re buying coffees and the place isn’t full they should let you stay (like our local one does).
    Mums should also be more vigilant, as well as the staff. I never let my boys go in the baby area, now they’re big and like to play rough and tumble.

  3. Nikki Thomas says:

    Soft play is great but does seem to come with its own issues. The one near us does a toddler time during the week and for £2 they get to play and a glass of squash, but after school and weekends are a lot more expensive. And the supervision thing happens everywhere, some parents don’t give a stuff what their kids are doing and it does put me off sometimes. Great photo x

  4. Erica Price says:

    Cute picture. Can’t remember the prices but sounds similar to our local ones.

  5. Our Local soft play area is £4.75 its clean but again the staff let it down. Great photo though x

  6. Soft play is a real mixed bag depending on where you live and the variety. In Yorkshire we had a fab one… but it did sound a bit like the one you’ve been to! We’ve moved to Wales, where most of the places also charge for parent entry so we’ve been £15 down before we’ve even thought about coffee! And don’t get me started on holiday time and weekend :o)
    Our best find is the local leisure centre £1.05 per child (bring your own food and drink) and totally exhausted children for a fraction of the price.

    And way, rant over, the photo is such a great capture!

    • Sue says:

      My son has found one in the local leisure centre too and only £1.50, but it’s only term time. It’s within walking distance too so they don’t have to travel to Newport or Cwmbran.

  7. Bob hates these places, and we hate the fact people allow there children to eat in the play areas and contaminate the toys. love the picture

  8. Don’t you just love a soft play center?! man, they know how to charge and the coffee is always awful. BUT we have one nearish to us and they make their own cupcakes and the coffee is good. Shame it is only really big enough for preschoolers.

  9. TheBoyandMe says:

    What a little sweetheart. I hate the way staff and parents allow children to behave like savages I soft play.

    Thanks for linking up

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