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Member Name: sarah1976
Date: 28/02/11, updated on 28/02/11 (162 review reads)
Advantages: Great party with exclusive use of the whole place
Disadvantages: Food is absolutely awful
Astrabound is based just outside Doncaster town centre on an industrial estate, it has sufficient parking spaces on site and in a nearby street, a couple of disabled spaces are also available. It is a large 13.500 square foot warehouse containing a large metal net and foam/padded play area, wavy and tube slides a huge drop slide and soft play areas suitable for all ages up to around 12, it has three areas suitable for babies toddlers and kids and a seperate sports area, a large netted section with footballs etc.
We were invited to a 9 year olds birthday party there recently, a fun evening but a few things really let the place down.
We were greeted at the door by a gang of youths it was dark around 5.30 pm, this was pretty intimidating as they were making comments to both myself and my daughter, the staff inside were aware of them as the youths were making obscene gestures to them through the windows. However nothing was done about them.
As we entered we gave my childs name and ordered her party food from a menu of the usual kiddie junk food chicken nuggets fish fingers burgers etc.
She then went on to play.
About half an hour in the children were called to a small area which is screened off from the rest of the room in a tent like fashion. The food was then brought out.
I was sat just outside this area with other parents, I was not really aware of much else at this time as we were all sat having a chat while the children ate, My daughter came over saying she didnt like her chips and chicken nuggets could she leave them. I acknowledged she was not enjoying them and let her go on to play. I then went to investigate further, none of the children had eaten any of their food, burgers had bites taken out of them and had been spat out back on the plate, half eaten chips on the table, several meals had not really been touched at all. They smelled awful, I did not venture as far as to taste them.
During this time the building was cleared of all members of the public who were not attending the party giving the children exclusive use of the whole building.
The children were then taken into a seperate room were they were given laser guns, the lights were switched off in the main room AND THE FUN BEGAN!!! The kids went mad running round squeeling having so much fun, they had to shoot each other with the laser guns, hiding and chasing their way through the huge climbing area slides etc oh they loved it and it was fun watching them too, one of the staff dressed as a soldier and came out in the last 10 minutes or so and all the children followed her round chasing her up and down the climbing area.
Astrabound did not provide the party bags these come at an extra cost of £2 I think when mothers are paying what I think is £15 per head, I would expect party bags to be included. Astrabound charge for children that do not attend too! They also do not include a cake, face painting is £1.50 per child. Where do you stop!!
The party itself was great the kids loved it and chasing each other round the play area with laser guns having exclusive access to the whole room all added to a special party atmosphere.
I am under the impression the staff did discount due to the disappointing food so I will give them their due for this.
All in all a great time was had by all however the food was pretty awful because of this I am only giving 3 stars.
Summary: A great time had by all, shame about the food.
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