The benefits of Soft Play

Soft play is a type of indoor play area designed for children. It typically features a variety of padded structures, such as slides, ball pits, and climbing frames. Soft play can be a great way for children to have fun and exercise, and it also has several benefits for their development.

Here are some of the benefits of children's soft play:

  • Physical development: Soft play helps children develop their gross motor skills, such as balance, coordination, and strength. It also helps them develop fine motor skills, such as grasping and releasing objects.
  • Social development: Soft play is a great way for children to socialize and interact with other children. It helps them to learn how to share, take turns, and cooperate.
  • Cognitive development: Soft play can help children develop their problem-solving skills and spatial awareness. It can also help them to learn about cause and effect.
  • Language development: Soft play can help children to develop their language skills. They may learn new words by listening to other children or by interacting with the soft play equipment.
  • Emotional development: Soft play can help children to develop their emotional regulation skills. They may learn how to express their emotions positively and how to cope with difficult emotions.

If you are looking for a way to help your child develop physically, socially, cognitively, language, and emotionally, soft play is a great option. When choosing a soft play area, make sure to choose one that is safe and clean. You should also supervise your child at all times while they are playing.

Here are some additional tips for getting the most out of children's soft play:

  • Choose an area that is appropriate for your child's age and abilities.
  • Start with shorter play sessions and gradually increase the amount of time your child spends playing.
  • Encourage your child to try new things and challenge themselves.
  • Be positive and supportive.
  • Make sure your child has plenty of water to drink.

Soft play can be a great way for children to have fun and learn. Following these tips can help your child get the most out of their soft play experience.

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Opening times (Softplay)

9.00am - 5.00pm
9.00am - 11.00am
9.00am - 12.00pm
Access is subject to availability and may be limited at peak times. Last entry one hour before closing.

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10.00am - 11.00am
Our climbing sessions last 60 minutes, which includes a 15 minute briefing session at the start. Allowing you to climb for 45 minutes.


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