“ Address: Nottingham Road / Nuthall Nottingham / NG16 1AE / England „
Has a family we went to Jungletastic Nottingham in March 2011.I can only say what a un-clean, poor set up for my childern. When we complained bout cold food and dirty floors and toilets the owners did not care one bit.I would say to anyone try another in door playcentre in Nottingham rather than here.
What is it?
Jungletastic is a soft play centre for children from 0-11 years of age; there is a café within the centre serving hot and cold food and drinks.
Where is it?
It is just off junction 26 of the M1 on the A610. There is a car park situated outside, but on a rainy weekend you will need to park on the roads locally as it fills quickly.
How much will this cost?
Prices vary depending on term-time, school holidays, weekdays and weekends. Currently the prices are (correct at July 2009):
Term time mon-fri £3.25 before 3pm, £2.75 after 3pm
School hols mon-fri £4.25
Under 1's £1 (free if older sibling attends)
They are open daily from 10am til 6pm. During peak times play is limited to 2 hours.
During term time they dun special offers such as drink and a biscuit with every entrance, or a special meal and entrance offer if you take the children straight from school.
Is it any good?
As any parent of young children will know trying to find a decent soft play area for the little ones to use can be a nightmare. Some of them are in need to a refurbishment and have seen too many years of abuse, others let the older kids run riot and the little ones get knocked over, others just have an awful lay out or really sparse equipment, especially for the toddlers just finding their feet.
However, Jungletastic has been open for just about a year so the equipment is still fairly new and everything is in good working order. It is laid out so that you can see your child in about 80% of the equipment. There is some equipment that is placed at a lower level at the back where you have to climb in to see them properly, but this is in the section for older children.
There are 2 areas clearly marked out, one for the under 5's and one for the over 5's however unless it is really busy the children are free to use both sections whatever their age. There is a ball pit, slides, giant bouncy balls; small push-along/ride along's for use outside of the main play areas, and plenty of tunnels and step for climbing and exploring.
To one side of the play area is a café with chairs and tables on the other 3 sides of the play area so no escapes can take place! The entrance area is small with a little hatch to pay and leave your shoes with a gate which is controlled by the staff so no children can get in or out without supervision.
The café does the normal sort of foods you would expect to find in a kids play centre, burgers, sausages, chips, soup, sandwiches etc. They serve fruit shoots and slush puppies for the kids, and soft drinks, tea, coffee, hot chocolate for the adults.
There are toilets situated at the back of the centre, these are clean and checked by staff often thoughout the day, there is a baby change area in the disabled toilet which is adequate.
At the back of the centre are some small rides for the children, the kind you need 50p to operate and some small vending type machines with tattoos and sweets in so avoid the back area if you don't want to be bugged by the kids asking for things!
Do they do any thing extra?
Occasionally special sessions are run, such as craft afternoons or a local person coming in to show off their talents (think photographer or selling hand made goods), I have not been to any of these but I think they generally get a good response.
As with most places like this they do cater for birthday parties, however they are not cheap! My eldest turned 4 this year so we treated him to a party here, they did a cold buffet and party bags and had a dedicated person keeping an eye on our party guests (around 12 children) and it was just under £100 for a 2 hour session. I'll let you make your own mind up as to value for money, I'd just like to say that I didn't have to have 12 screaming kids in my house trampling jelly and jam sandwiches into my carpet! The party bags were basic, but enough to keep the kids happy with sweets and an animal mask each. I had to provide a cake as they currently do not make cakes but they cut it up and put it into the party bags and also provided napkins for the adults to have some too. They also include a free return pass for the birthday child.
If you really want to spoil your child for their birthday you could even hire out the disco room for an extra price. I believe that it is possible to hire out the whole place for your personal use but dread to think how much this would cost!
They do run a frequent customer reward card where once you have visited 10 times (or paid for 10 entrances, so if you had 2 children it would be 5 visits) you get a free entrance. However, you have to know about this and ask for a card, they don't really publicise this for some reason!
Would you recommend it?
Yes, this is without doubt one of the best soft play areas for smaller children that I have found, if you have older children you would possibly find better elsewhere. I am not sure how well the owners will ensure that the equipment is up to date and in good order, I suppose it's easy for the first couple of years until the kids start to get their wear out of it. So long as it keeps replacing out of date equipment I would be happy to recommend this to anyone with young children.
My boys are 2 and 4 and I can see them enjoying this play centre for the next few years, every time we go past it they ask if we can go and play!
Childrens Indoor Play Centres for ages 0 to 11.