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Plymouth Playzone (Devon)
Member Name: wishywalshy
Plymouth Playzone (Devon)
Date: 07/02/01, updated on 07/02/01 (1623 review reads)
Advantages: Very good quality equipment, indoors, friendly staff, the bar....good foor
Disadvantages: speed humps cleverly disguised, very busy at times
Located on the outskirts of Plymouth (Crownhill, Christian Mill Business Park), this innovative area, which was very recently built on the premises of the old Clarks shoe factory, has captured my kid’s hearts.
Renovating the derelict and disused factory has been done to perfection.
Designed for toddlers right through to teenagers, and even adults, a considerable amount of time, planning and capital has gone into the design and function of it.
A massive combination of slides, soft play and activities, this facility surpasses all others like it in the Plymouth locality.
Catering for children’s parties and adult functions the Playzone has a lot to offer everyone.
How would I get there?
Lets assume that you are in the city centre, you would follow signs to Tavistock, head north and keep going until you reach signs for Crownhill and follow the signs from there. From the city centre it takes approximately 10 minutes depending on the traffic.
What is parking there like?
Abundant, and free
What are the opening hours?
9.30am-8pm weekdays, and 9.30am til the bar shuts weekends
Do we need to bring anything special?
The only real criteria is socks, long sleeves and covered legs.and if your child has a medical problem ie asthma, their inhaler on hand would be a good idea, as this is a physically demanding place.
What will it cost?
That does depend on the age of your child, and the time of day.
Currently the cost is £2.95 for 6 years and under and £3.95 for older children, playtime is 2 hours.
Please note though, an adult, or responsible person must accompany children, and you will be charged £1.00 per adult for the privilege.
However, for your £1.00 you are entitled to a cup of tea or coffee during your stay.
On weekday evenings (Mon-Fri, 5pm-8pm) the
re is a flat rate of £3.95 per child, which provides a kids meal too.
So what does it actually have for my children to play on?
A freefall slide, that is not too high, but not too low, a double freefall slide into a pool of balls. Things to swing on climb and explore.
My daughters favourite is the “squeezer”,(2 PVC covered foam rollers that draw you into and through the small gap, both vertically and horizontally, hence the name squeezer.
Aerial activities including rope bridges and rope swings adorn the upper levels, with obstacles for climbing in, on and around with a load of options for coming back down, Fireman’s poles, ladders, and a most unusual waste disposal system in which you down head first through more rollers and down a tube, a most interesting experience.
On the lower levels there are large footballs, basketball hoops, soccer practice goals, hidden tunnels, and a huge 5 lane bumpy slide, a large ball pool to swing in to, and a whole heap more.
But is it safe?
As safe as any activity which involve physical exertion, but the added advantage of this play barn is that children can be accompanied by their carers all the way round, in fact you are positively encouraged to have a play yourself.
There is staff on hand to offer support and encouragement, and a well-stocked first aid kit for those little emergencies.
Decked out in their jolly multicoloured overalls and caps the staff are easy to spot, and when we have been there, have always been courteous and helpful.
What about older kids?
When they get too fed up there is a TV room, which to be honest I have only taken a peek into, but it seems very bright and jolly, and the TV is a good size too.
The Bucking Bronco is a new addition, and beware it cost a £1.00 for three goes, but this is the only activity that a surcharge is imposed on, and there is a prize for the person who stays on the longest everyday
And littler on
A tiny little area designated for under 3’s with a small padded ball pool and a soft play area, all padded of course.
“But mum I’m hungry”
No problem at all, there is a large scrupulously clean café area serving snacks and food, all freshly prepared and very reasonably priced, served with a smile with no service charge or tip expected.
Catering for vegetarians and meat eaters alike, the children’s meals (Munchkin meals) are generous and supplied in a sweet Old MacDonald’s farm cardboard box and the adult’s meals enormous.
Not only do they sell the classic junk food, but salads, fruit and baby food are also on the menu
It is fine to bring your own food and drink here too.
There are plenty of highchairs for the younger gourmets, all new with well fitting restraints and clean trays and seats
You mentioned parties?
Personally I haven’t done it myself yet, but if finances allow, I certainly plan to give it a try.
The parents that I have consulted on this option seem very satisfied with the value for money.
Parties consisting of less than 10 children are set up in the café area, and 10 or more, have their own party room.
There are two party deals, £5.95 per child, and £6.95 per child, both of which include supervised play with a trained member of staff for an hour, food, drink and party bags, for an extra £1.00 the birthday child will receive one of the Playzone multicoloured smocks.
At most weekends there are family events including discos, and Karaoke evenings with cash prizes for the winner.
The café has a large stage and powerful PA system to accommodate even the quietest voice.
Parent and toddler sessions:- Thursday afternoons, all in for £2.95 including a drink for the carer.
………And a bar, a little one, but still licensed to sell alcohol.
A nice little touch is if you have to leave t
he fun early you are given a £1.00 off voucher for your next visit
Are there any factors at this place that you don’t like?
The well disguised speed humps on the driveway, which I have been assured will be rectified in the not too distant future.
There are no grabby machines and amusement machines .Lovely!!
The weekends and wet afternoons are extremely busy, which goes to show how popular the place is.
There is no bouncy castle, I like bouncy castles. LOL, not so sure about the kids though.
The website should you care to take a sneak peek is www.plymouth-playzone.co.uk (sometimes it works!! LOL)
In conclusion, this is the indoor playbarn to frequent in Plymouth, the cost is fair, the equipment great, and the people friendly.
So get your shoes off, and come and join the fun.
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