Soft play centres are great places to go with the kids when its raining or if you have half a day to kill. They are especially good for toddlers as they provide a secure, safe place so they can really let off some steam. Each centre will have it’s own unique set of rules you have to follow. But I think there are some universal unwritten rules for taking your toddler, which should help you get the most out of your visit.
My 10 rules for soft play with toddlers
1. Always take socks for the kids – even in the middle on the summer you don’t want your kids running around with bare feet.
2. Always take your own socks – it will just be your luck that your child is the one who gets stuck at the top when you’re wearing flip-flops!
3. Avoid half term (if you can) – the age demographic completely changes as the older kids are let loose.
4. Secure your territory – it’s key to get table in a prime position so you can watch your kids whilst enjoying a cuppa.
5. Take your own snacks – if they have a cafe some places won’t let you eat your own food, but if they do it’s a lot cheaper and convenient to take your own.
6. Work out where the toilets are when you arrive – with all the excitement it is highly likely you won’t get told your child needs a wee until the last-minute. You need to know the quickest route.
7. Keep an eye on what your child’s up to – you don’t want to be the Mum who is completely oblivious to any misbehaving.
8. Meet up with friends – you can have a chat and a drink, and there’s less chance you will be dragged on to the equipment if they have a buddy.
9. Go during your toddlers most active time – the key to soft play is to get your little one get as worn out as possible, so they have a long nap once you leave.
10. Finally, note what time you arrived – most soft play centres have a limit on how long you can stay and they will find you if you over stay.