“ Address: Unit 3, Carley Drive / Westfield / Sheffield S20 8NQ / England „
I really disagree with the last review, I was recently at the play center with my little girl who is 2 yrs old who really enjoyed playing within the center including the toys there, we have also attended a party there which I thought was brilliant and well organised and the games were fab, the food was tasty and the staff went to great lengths to make it fun and a party to remember I would highly recomend and I will definately book my daughters party there, I have also been to runaround, the play center was ok, but did not have the same friendly welcome as kidz kingdom.
I went to Kidz Kingdom recently for our playgroup's Christmas party. It is located on an industrial estate (as these things seem to be) in the South of Sheffield near Crystal Peaks. There is a small car park, but I imagine at busy times this is nowhere near adequate.
Prices are similar to other play centres I've been to, £3.25 off-peak and £4 peak. The playcentre is very clean and the staff are very friendly. It has a big climbing frame, 'football' pitch, ball pit, the obligatory cosy coupe cars for the kids to fight over and a well equipped baby area with a selection of suitable toys for babies and toddlers. Although it is a very nice place I think its this area that lets it down slightly and is the reason that I haven't been back since. If I'm choosing a play centre to go to I would prefer Runaround (about 2 minutes drive away) where the toddler area has a barrier rather than an open entrance and contains 'soft play' toys rather than standard ones - just squishy shapes, balls and big soft bricks but it does make it feel more like a play centre than just someone's front room.
We had a party which was nicely organised with plenty of food which included some vegetables in amongst the sausage rolls, crisps and potato smileys that the staff kept waving in front of my son's face whilst I alternated between trying to tempt him with cherry tomatoes and just not looking at the rubbish he was eating. Then it was present time with Denzel the Dragon (someone in a costume), my son managed to contain his fear enough to get his present which turned out well as its a sparkly lift the flap book which he loves.
Kidz Kingdom in Sheffield is a soft play centre that caters for toddlers upward although there are baby walkers and other forms of entertainment for smaller babies. I have been here quite a few times now and really enjoy it.
The play centre its self is clean and gives easy access to parents if their child is in need of help, there is a toddler section and then a larger part for older kids though free access is to all parts. The room is actually a warehouse and is decorated in a castle and dragon theme with damsels in distress too, very charming. They have toilets with steps for little ones that are toilet trained or still learning and in the baby changing room a very generous and useful supply of wipes, nappy sacks and hand wash are free to use.
There is a café called Dragons Diner that sells a fairly wide range of food and drinks from small snacks and jugs of juice to full hot meals, all a shade over priced but not ridiculously so. The cost of two hours starts from £3.25 at quiet times upwards and if it is slow they are pretty relaxed about what time you leave. If it is a busy time they give you a card with your maximum stay time on.
The staff I have had experience of have been very friendly and polite and always happy to help either myself or my son if they find him struggling or stuck (he is a climber and not 2 years old yet).
Kidz Kingdom do private party's available from £100 for 15 children, I have never been to one but know several others that have and have had mostly good experiences of this facility. With this you get some playtime in the soft play area and use of the private party room and party food . Also a few extras you can add on to your party if you wish to pay extra for them like a visit from Denzel the Dragon or helium balloons for guests or a disco.
I have to say I have little to complain about were Kidz Kingdom is concerned. The toilets are a little hard to work out the first time you go and a friend who went to a party was not impressed by the lack of enthusiasm by one member of staff and also found that same person a little inconsiderate when setting a good example for eager toddlers. She was sad to hear them asking the birthday child questions like are you free today as opposed to are you three today. This is not the sort of language I teach my child and I don't appreciate it at a facility I had paid for. If I considered hiring their party facility then I would mention this before the actual arrangements were made. Other then that it's a great place to go for a chat with friends while your children have great fun at the same time.
A playcentre buried in the middle of a tiny industrial estate in a suburban area.
Kidz Kingdom is themed around a castle and dragons which shows in the interior design with dragons suspended in the ceiling height and castle walls all around.
The cafe area is known as the Dragon's Diner and serves a variety of sandwiches and snacks at fairly normal prices.
Entrance is £3.25 + depending on if your visit is at peak times or weekends and will generally get you entrance for 2 hours but when it's quiet the owners are pretty flexible about time limits.
The toilets are clean and each features a step stool and a potty as well, ideal for those with toddlers who are toilet training.
There's also a baby changing room which is generously stocked with wipes, nappy bags and antibacterial hand wash. There are even nappies stocked behind the counter for emergencies (though not to be taken advantage of).
The parties are a variable price from around £100 and include a number of elements such as hot and/or cold food, balloons, party bags and a guest visit from the Dragon (which is quite sweet!).
The play frame is really good, there are two levels for the toddler area an the older kids area covers 3 levels. It says it's recommended for children over 4 but it isn't strictly limited to that. My twins were happy whizzing around in there at age 2.
There's also a baby area which is great for those who aren't so mobile yet and the youngest siblings of the children who are going. I believe those under 1 have free entry too.
The staff are pretty friendly and willing to help.
The best bit is that no matter where you sit you can see all the play frame and generally speaking you can see your kids, which is a huge bonus for when you like to keep an eye on your kids.
There are comfy sofas and a number of cafe style chairs and tables, I always prefer the sofas but they get snagged pretty quickly.
It's always clean and you'll often see the staff going about returning things back to where they belong, like the balls to the top level by the air cannons or the push along toys to the toddler areas once abandoned by the toddler in question.
A nice atmosphere and one which we return to often.
My only criticisms are that more bunting would help blend the building more seamlessly with the theme, though it's hardly a necessity.
The toilets are not ideally signposted. I often see people looking for them.
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A fun activity centre for children. Great for kids birthday parties!