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Plymouth Playzone.....What a Great idea!
Plymouth Playzone (Devon)
Member Name: ickledink
Plymouth Playzone (Devon)
Date: 10/05/02, updated on 10/05/02 (1950 review reads)
Advantages: Wears the kids out, A great way to exercise and let off steam.
Disadvantages: The slight price increase
If you have not been yet, then I advise you to go. I really don?t know who has the most fun!!
Let me set the scene.
You enter into the playzone to be greeted by a whole lot of noise, yes it is loud! Music and the sound of a lot of kids having a lot of fun. They play mainly pop so you soon get into the swing of things and find yourself singing along!
The reception area is just as you go in the door, where the friendly staff will more than happily take your shoes and your hard earned money. The staff are great but they could be a bit more informative for those first time playzoners.
The prices have unfortunately just gone up slightly; they now operate on a height system. For children smaller than the character it is £3.50, those who are taller its £4.50, parents get in for a £1 with a free drink, for this you get a whole 90 minutes of playing time. After which you may purchase an extra hour for a £1.
The actual play area is huge, with loads of things to wear the kids out! There are 3 slides, two of which are drop slides for the over 6?s only. It is advisable to wear a long sleeved top as my partner (a 36 year old big kid!) found out when he got friction burns. Ouch but easily prevented. You can also find basketball and football practice areas, rope swings, a ball pool, a rope bridge and loads of things to climb over/round/under and through?. Need I go on? I think you get the idea.
They have just opened a smaller play area for under 4?s. Little ones must be shorter than the lion and be accompanied by an adult and not a brother or sister, as we found out. Within the 3 levels there is a mini slide and ball pool with lots of stuff to explore, similar to the main play area but more suited to little ones with less risk of them getting squashed!
There is a large café area with plenty of seating for parents/carers who would rather watch than play. It is all non smoking and there is a choice of healthy food,
sandwiches etc, and the not so healthy sausage rolls and pasties, with various crisps, sweets, cakes and drinks. The choice is slightly limited but value for money. Again the staff are friendly but there could be more at peak times.
The toilet areas are clean and checked regularly, and there is a separate baby changing facility.
The bus service runs frequently from the city centre and they drop off just outside the complex, we only had to walk for a few minutes and we were there. If you drive then there is ample parking which is free.
So there you have it, if your child is under 12 and you feel like a fun day out (when I say all day I am including traveling and eating time.) then get up there. We (the adults!) had just as much fun running around the place as the kids, plus they had a lay in, in the morning...bliss. Great value for money.