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Funworld Family Fun Centre - Greenock!
Funworld Leisure (Greenock, Scotland)
Member Name: missy0303
Funworld Leisure (Greenock, Scotland)
Advantages: Great fun for the kids! Great for parents too....see review
Situated in Greenock (right next to Gourock) on the West Coast of Scotland, Reached easily by the M8 motorway, also Fort Matilda train station nearby, local buses run past very regularly too. Because it's based on the firth of Clyde it is even accessible by boat!
This centre opened in May/June 2005 so is still relatively new.
This is the address for anyone interested
Funworld Leisure Ltd
Fort Matilda Industrial Estate
Eldon Street, Greenock
(Next to Battery Park)
Website is http://www.funworld-leisure.co.uk/ where you can get a map and directions.
Busy times include weekends, early evening and school holidays, so best to check with them if you're after a quiet(ish) time.
Open 7 days a week from 9.30am til 7.30pm
Under 5's - £3.75 for a 2 hour session
Over 5's - £4.25 for a 2 hour session
(January 2006 special offer - pay for one child, 2nd goes half price)
Adults - Free unless attending fitness class
Babies - Free unless joining in.
The last hour before closing is £2 for all.
Party bookings are also available from £5.95 - £7.50 per child
What is Funworld?
It's an amazing indoor adventure area for children up to the age of 12, They have various different areas within the centre.
This is a pretty big area for the little ones, It has a large soft play area, which is usually attended by the trained staff, The soft play includes a climbing frame apparatus with which has a ball pool, tunnel slide, This is 3 level platform but low enough for a 2 yr old to climb quite easily.
There are a couple of little cars that the children can play in, and little chairs and tables that they can use for their role play etc…..
This whole area is brilliant for all areas of development.
There is a huge slide from the highest level, which has 4 lanes and is like the ones you see at the fairground that you come down on sacks….and when you sit at the top it looks like big waves (in keeping with the sea theme)
There is also the tunnel slide, a huge one - helter skelter style, I haven't braved this as I'd probably get my ample bottom stuck halfway lol.
Again a large ball pit area for everyone to have a good laugh in, but beware there are various areas around the ball pit with ball shooting cannons which the children can use to fire the cannons (hollow plastic balls) into the ball arena! If there's an adult in there it is usually them getting aimed at! I pity the staff lol
The children really enjoy climbing from one level to another, finding different ways of getting to them and different things to do at each level.
Enclosed football/basketball area
This is a large area which is enclosed with a net, the children/adult helpers can climb through an opening to join in with a mini football game, shoot some hoops, or basically just throw balls to each other.
Over at the other side of the large open plan floor there is a huge bouncy castle… This is designed to look like the sea, with large inflatable sea creatures that the children can climb onto or bounce off of. If your child likes bouncy castles then this one is superb….. (I even had a shot)
The Big Challenge
This is basically an inflatable assault course designed for children. They have to climb over, squeeze through, crawl under inflatable apparatus, climb net then slide down the slide to reach the finish line….This is great fun for the children as 2 usually go at a time and "race" even the younger children can do this, I'd say from 3-4 yr olds upwards.
There is quite a big seating area for parents/guardians to sit and keep an eye on the children, this is situated in the middle so that parents can keep watch, the actual café Is situated beside the entrance/exit, You place your order and if it's hot food or drinks you're ordering you give them your table number and they will bring it over to you when it is ready. This is for health and safety reasons obviously.
The food is quite reasonably priced with a jug of diluting juice costing around £2
A plate of chips about £1.50 and a large diet coke about £1, there are meals available too from about £2.50 - £6.
Now I have taken my own 2 children to Funworld quite a few times now and each time they have loved it, but I hadn't actually joined in with the play when I was there with them as they would've been embarrassed lol.
I then went with the nursery class I help out in on a Friday morning, and I was encouraged to join in, climb with the children, go down chutes etc…..all I can say is phewwww……………… I had no idea fun was so exhausting haha.
The nursery class I help with are 3-5yr olds, but when we went it was a quiet morning, and it was in term time so the only other children who were there at same time was a crèche!
Because it was so quiet our brood of children were able to play on all the equipment including the huge Pirate ship climbing platform….there are lots of levels and the smaller children did need help occasionally to shimmy up! Most managed it though without help, as children will find a way if you leave them to use their brains.
You don't have to book a session in advance (unless it's a party booking) but it is advisable to phone in advance to check if it's busy or if they have party booked in as these can become quite rowdy!
There is a party room, which is decorated with very bright colours in an underwater theme again, and has spotlights and ultraviolet lights too. This is used for group bookings and also discos.
There are also various events and classes on throughout the week at Funworld.
I cannot give my opinion on these as I have not used them yet.
This is an fun exercise class with different levels for the different age groups.
Each class costs £1.75 or £3.75 with an hours play included, They are paid for in blocks of 6 classes, and must be booked beforehand.
18 mths - 3 years: Tuesday and Thursday 10:00 - 10:45 (parent participation required)
3 - 5 year olds: Tuesday 12:00 - 12:45 and Friday 10:00 - 10:45
5 - 8 year olds: Wednesday 16:00 - 16:45
8 - 12 year olds: Thursday 16:00 - 16:45
Adult Fun-fit: Tuesday 13:30 - 14:15 (Priced @ £2)
This is on every weekday morning from 9.30am til 11.30am
Baby special - £1.50 includes tea/coffee, plus morning roll or fruit salad for parent.
Toddler special - £4.95 includes tea/coffee, plus morning roll or fruit salad for parent, plus juice and biscuits for child.
10am til 2.30pm
Get a full manicure, French polish etc, prices vary. (haven't yet tried this either)
Sumo Fight Night
Every Monday night from 5.30pm til 7.30pm
Costs £3 for 9 rounds. This is for adults and children over 8yrs old.
A friend of mine works in the centre and says this is great fun, What happens is you get dressed up in one of those huge Japanese Sumo wrestling outfits…..this is inflatable! And basically just wrestle each other. I say wrestle but it more like bouncing each other around….and if you fall down it is very hard to get back up, making it hilarious to watch!
Mums and Tums
Wednesday morning 10am til 10.45am
This is a 45mins exercise class for adults, there is no need to bring your child but you can if you wish, and they can play for 2 hours whilst you exercise then relax and watch.
Class - £2
Child - £2.75
All exercise classes are run by qualified instructors and all play leaders looking after children are qualified and strict checks are run via Disclosure Scotland.
Before Funworld opened last year I used to have to travel out of town to take my kids to places like this, Kidzplay in Prestwick, Big Adventure in Linwood, But these places only cater for the younger children…with nothing (as far as I know) except the cafés for teens and adults. I don't drive so relied on trains and buses to take me to these places which cost me a fortune. I am now within walking distance to a much better facility, It takes me about 30-40mins to get there by foot, but only 10mins in a taxi costing about £3. We usually walk down the hill…..a nice walk and the kids don't complain because they know they're going to enjoy it, and then we get a taxi back up the rather steep hill as they're usually too exhausted to walk lol.
I should also mention that there is a huge park right beside Funworld which is 100% FREE!!! This is superb in the summer as there is a huge grass area, a playpark for under 5s and another for the over 5s which are well maintained and filled with deep sand. This is called the Battery Park and I have spent many a summer's day there over the years….This is situated right on the waterfront, so the kids can go throw stones into the water or collect crabs etc…..In the good weather, you can also soak up the rays and use the café facilities!
Thanks for reading.
Summary: A great fun day for kids!