“ Address: The Colonnades / 619 Purley Way / Croydon / CRO 4RQ / England „
Kidspace is, according to the website, the largest soft play in the UK. There are two branches, Croydon and Romford. I haven't been to the Romford branch, although, I know the area well. The Croydon branch is on Purley Way. The industrial park has a car park, which can get busy. Other stores include a Nuffield gym, McDonald's and pizza Hut. There was a City Limits bowling alley but I believe this may have closed down as it was boarded up on my trip.
I went to kidspace today - it was ny partners birthday and like many parents, our birthdays end up being all about our children. Entry is really expensive, but it us a very big soft play centre and they haven't scripted on the equipment. We paid £20 for entry - two adults, a 3 year old and a 1 year old. We went off peak, so prices were cheaper. You have to fill in form with your details when you go. I believe this is for safeguarding reasons. As I've been before, I got a free registration card, so my details are on file and they can swipe the card to find us.
There are two sets of security gates to go through, which staff open. This is to stop children leaving unaccompanied.
Toddler zone - this area has trampolines, a sensory room with lights and music and an interactive floor which my children love walking on. There is a huge climbing structure with slides and nets to climb over. I've heard parents have complained as older children run all over the toddler zone knocking over little ones. We didn't have this problem as we went during termtime when most children were at school, so the children were pre-schoolers. This meant my 1 year old was free to explore without the threat of being knocked over.
Older children's zone - is amazing. It has a section with soft balls and cannons you can fire them from. The climbing structure is huge, with rope nets, slides and tunnels. Adults can use it too, although sine of the activities are quite small. They also have a small go cart track and a climbing wall, which is manned by staff at certain times.
Facilities - the toilets are bright and clean. There are lockers available for a refundable £1 deposit, although most parents kept their possessions with them. The restaurant is quite expensive, so if you want to jeep costs down, eat and drink before you go.
Overall, kidspace is the ultimate soft play and my children love going. We don't get to go very often but have a great time when we do. The one thing that really annoys me is that adults have to pay £5.50 to get in. According to management, this is because adults are welcome to use the facilities, but the reality is most parents end up trailing their children. I've been to kidspace on occasions when I've not been physically able to use the facilities - when 6 months pregnant and 2 weeks after having a baby. I still had to pay for the privilege of sitting down. Another slight niggle is that tickets are for 2.5 hours. I think they would only ask you to leave if it's really busy. The 2.5 hours is fine for my 3 and1 year old, but I can foresee tantrums in future years!!!
I have just returned from a great day out at Kid space on the Purley Way in Croydon.
I had not seen some of the above reviews before visiting and I am glad as I really would not have attended... I have to say that I'm REALLY glad about that as it's like a different centre to that described.
I gave the wife an afternoon at home to catch up on the week's soaps and took our three children aged 5, 7 and 9 to the centre.
I loved the slides and the ball shooter things and being beaten on the timed slide by my 9 year old is something I won't live down for a while!
For lunch we all had a pizza which was hot, fresh and took just a short while to come.
Overall though the nicest thing to see was there attitude and dedication of the 'crew'. My 5 year old managed to get seperated from her brothers and was found calmly and quickly by the staff there!
We had a wonderful time at Kidspace my son and daughter loved it.My son loved riding on the go carts and the staff were really friendly towards him and they were laughing and playing with him. My daughter had a great time going down the black hole which she took her brother with her.The play team staff were friendly and helpful at all time.The food was fresh and the it was value for money, I couldn't complain the atomsphere was fantastic.My children loved it soo much they were asking when can they come back.
This isn't the first time we've been to Kidspace Croydon but it is certainly the last. I struggle to understand why adults have to pay so much but according to the propaganda at reception it is because we can enjoy the facilities as much as the children. Really? My bum would get stuck in many of the narrow tunnels and would the owners really encourage me to go down a slide and land on top of a little person in a ball pit. I would hope not. Therefore I took my laptop as they sell it as a place where parents can also get on with their own things. Apparently they have a problem with their WiFi but the staff can still access it from their computers. Mmmm , so perhaps I am being encouraged not to work but to get stuck in a tunnel instead. The food is OK, but very very over-priced for what it is. The kids party goers actually get better food than the paying adults. The toilets are not particularly clean and when mentioned to a member of staff who happened to be in there at the time, she just walked out and left them dirty. Disabled children who are not able to use the facilities also have to pay full price. The big issue though is the fact that the girl on reception let two of our boys out of the building without supervision as we were concentrating on the disabled child further up the stairs (around the corner). When I questioned her about it, she was rude about me to another customer. Having said that, none of the staff seem particularly happy about being there, but then I don't suppose they are particularly well rewarded. My issue with this place is that it is clearly profit before customer service and they don't need to care about little old me with the big bum as my £90 (yes it cost that much with the food for five of us) lost will be made up from another sucker. MY ADVICE - if you have that much to spend on a day out - go to Chessington - they value their customers and look after disabled children.
Kidspace in Croydon is a fantastic place for young children.
It is a massive play park, with different zones for different age groups. The toddler zone has soft play sections, a sensory room, LOADS of wooden climbing structures and some cars to ride on, as well as two trampolines. My two girls have really enjoyed playing in this area, which is accessible even with a buggy, with a lift from the reception area. The only down side of this zone, is that frequently the gates have been broken so that the children can run away to the older children's zones, and sometimes features of the play areas seem to have taken a long time to fix. Also, the wooden climbing frames (which take them way up high above your head) is very solid for them to bang their heads on when new walkers.
In the older children's zones (which I have only really seen when chasing my two year old around) there are some go-karts, a climbing wall, a ball park (where they can fire balls at other kids with guns!), and another massive wooden climbing zone. There is also a restaurant which is pretty affordable really and sells handy kids treats like fruit and squash.
I went to a kids party last year in Kidspace and it was so chaotic. There were several parties going on all in the same zone, and it became so chaotic that I must have attended at least three parties unwittingly. Stil the kids did seem to have fun, so I guess that's what counts.
This place is seriously expensive (with each adult paying £5.50 for entrance, and then each child paying between £5.50 and £8.50). However, as we live so local, we pay £85 for annual membership which covers as many entrances as you like. This has proved to be very cost effective, especially in winter when you can not get out so easily for them to have a run around.
They also offer lots of classes like dancing, and have a hairdresser (these things you pay seperately for.
My friend recently described the huge stair case that goes up to the play zone as being like the steps to hell, as there can be so many children running riot at the top. However, if you need to get your kids out everyday like I do, this is a total kids paradise.
Kidspace is absolutely fantastic for children and even the shy children will enjoy this place as it is full of things to do. The area is well supervised and it is quite inexpensive to make a trip here.
I used to work for an after shool club and we took about 11 children here and they loved it. There are slides and balls and there are places for them to run up and down and generally just have fun.
In fact I am quite tall, 5 foot 9 which is taller than average for a female, however the adults were also allowed to go in because we were with a group of children and I had no problems getting around.
The great thing about a place like this is that it really captures the imagination of your children and also allows them to improve their gross motor skills and get some exercise.
We visit our local Kid Space in Romford every week with out baby friends.
We started visiting here because they hold Gymboree classes here and we always thought it looked really fun!!
I suggested this to my friends as our other local soft play centre was quite boring and small.
There is so much to do in Kidspace Romford. I would say it is more geared towards older children as the play frame is very huge and the ball 'shooting thing' is clearly for older children which does take up most of the centre but the baby bit is fantastic. It is for under 3's only and although you tend to get older children in there,there is always a member of staff on hand to direct them to the correct place.
There is a huge sensory area which is fantastic ofr even tiny babies. My daighter (11 months) loves it as there is lots of different lights and colours and moving things and noises. It is completely padded which is always handy as even if she falls when cruising she never hurts herself.
The general clensiness of the whole centre seems ok. The equipment is always clean and you do see people cleaning on a regular basis but they seem to miss out the toilets and baby changing areas and these always seem dirty and smelly. There is only one baby changin facility which is a childrens play centre isn't alll that great.
The safety of the children is always put first and this is practiced throughout the centre. The gates are locked at all times so children cannot go in and out without a member of staff letting them, and people cant go in without a member of staff letting them. There are plenty of staff to advise what children should and shouldnt be doing to keep safe and on the climbing walls and ropes harnesses and helmets and provided.
The cost at the moment seems fair as my daughter is only 11 months. It is free for her and £2.50 for me to enter but I dread the day when she turns one as we will be paying £5.95 for her to enter and £2.50 for me. Visits will certainly have to be cut down as I thinks this is very steep. You can buy an annual pass for under 3s which costs £60 a year. In this instance you would oly have to visit 10 times to get your moneys worth. Unfortunately though this cost only covers a 2 hours session in peak times and you will be charged again if caught out staying longer than your ticket allows you. In off peak times though it is unlimited.
Partys are held here and they seem reasonable as food and entertainment is provided as well as 2 hours in the play centre. It is roughly £15 a head for a childrens birthday party which you may think is expensive but they do have certain deals which can make the partys cheaper.
They also have holiday sessions where you can send your child every day for a week in the holidays. I think this is quite expensive at £25 a day but I guess it can be cheaper than child care costs.
The have a huge cafe there where they sell an assortment of food from jacket potatoes to paninis and chocolate bars to crisps. Again though this is extremely dear at 70p for a small bag of malteasers, unfortunately though you cannot take your own food in so if you are hungry you just have to pay the price.
As well as the play frame and the sensory room there is a small go kart track and a football pitch in here. There are various activitys going on here and you recieve a free go on the go karts with every entry.
I would really recommend taking your children here for a day out. The staff are friendly and it is certainly a place your children will love. Be careful though because if you have more than 2 children it will be very expensive. Also cues in the holidays can get huge so get there early to avoid disappointment.
Childrens Indoor Play Centres