“ Type: Childrens Indoor Play Centres / Address: DP Leisure / Roebuck Way / Knowhill / Milton Keynes / Buckinghamshire MK5 8HL / United Kingdom / Tel: 01908 308 360 „
I recently had a few things to do in Milton Keynes so I thought I'd try and find a soft play area to stop at for my 3 year old as kind of a sweetener to get her to want to come - yes I know it bribery but sometimes it just has to be done!
So I had a google before we set out and found a place called 360 Play -I noted the postcode and out it in the satnav. It found it no problem so I was happy once I had found a parking space in their incredibly small car park.
We went in and it looked like a fun place with things on all levels. I went to pay for entry and was told that you had to become a member - it was £5 for membership - I'm not sure what the idea of the membership is entirely I just think it is a way to get £5 extra out of you. As I didn't live in the area I wasn's sure if to pay it as we may not go back often. As it happened my daughter loved it so much that we do visit quite a bit as it is much nicer than the play areas around here. Entry is quite expensive - £2.95 for adults, £5.95 for 1-3 years and £7.95 for 4-12 years. Under 1's are free. AS you can see if there are a few of you going it soon adds up.
We have visited on numerous occasions and while it has been busy it has never been unbearabley busy that you can't move in there - In my opinion there is nothing worse!
Once you are in you are greeted witht he usual large soft play things, this is multi level, all circus themed and includes slides, ball bits and a large area to run about. There is also quite a large area for little ones so they have a place to play without bring knocked over by some of the larger kids.
If you do have an older child who is happy to go off and play alone (I don't and have to climb all over the equipment!) and want to relax there is a large area with leather sofas and TV's so you can have a bit of me time. In addition to this there is also a cafe with a seating area with a range of meals available. Their food is very nice and not too expensive. They do serve breakfast until 11.30 too! They have the usual fish n chips, burger and chips, jacket potatoes etc as well as paninis, salads and sandwiches. All available in adult and child portions. It also comes on proper plates with proper cutlery, noone of this cardboard rubbish. Main meals are around £5 for aduls and childrens meals are £3.75. Drinks start from 95p for a soft drink and £2 odd for a hot drink so this can soon add up.
On the downstairs level there is also a carousel and bumper cars. These are included in the admission price so your child can ride as often as they like. There is also a messy play area where your child can paint and draw and do other fun stuff! There is a karaoke station and also some table football down here too so you can stillplay with your kids whilst not having to clamber over all the equipment!
Don't forget to visit club 360 on the downstairs level which takes you to a little beach area outside with a sandbit, racing cars and even pedalo boats. There is also a climbing wall thing here too.
One thing I did notice here is not only is is immaculately clean but there are always staff around tidying up and playing with the children. They are always very friendly. Obviously they are not their to supervise your child but its sometimes nice to watch them with others and sit back and have a coffee for a few minutes.
Upstairs is 360 Street - probably my daughters favourite bit! It is fantastic for role play. It is a mini street with little shops to play in which include all of the usual accessories you would find in these shops in real life. There is a pizza parlour, grocery shop a clothes shop and a vets. The vets is full of cuddly animals and 'vet stuff' to make the animals better. It looks very authentic! There is even some vets dresssing up in there so you can look the part too. The grocers is full of play food and a cash register so you can do your shopping as well as in the clothes shop. THe clothes shop has loads of dressing up stuff and some changing rooms to make it just like the real thing. In the pizza parlour you can don your chefs outfit and make your yummy pizza, it has ovens, food as well as all the cutlery and crockery to make mummy a delicious meal! As this is upstairs there is a large glass panel so you can still see below and your child has no danger of falling off!
The make it break it zone is also upstairs. Here there is lots and lots of lego, duplo and other building and construction activities.
You do have to swipe your membership card for exit so there is no chance that you child will escape! They also run childrens parties (we've never been to one but they look a lot of fun) and pre school classes such as baby signing, drama, cooking and music.
Play 360 is situated on Roebuck way in the Knowlhill area of Milton Keynes and provides a great day out for you and your children. It is open from 9:30 -5:30 sun-thurs and 9:30-6:00 on fri and sat. They also have special events on for Christmas/Halloween/Easter etc. I really recommend it here as it is clean, tidy and staff are friendly. It offers soemthign a bit different to other play centres I have been to, you are guaranteed lots of fun.