There is plenty to do here, the staff are really friendly, and the proximity to the train station couldn’t be better.
I know what you’re thinking... if you’ve been to one soft play then you’ve been to them all! Well, I was pleasantly surprised with The Wee Play Place Soft Play and Cafe in Alexandria.
On a rare day with no plans, I was trying to decide what to do with my 18 month old little boy. I’d grown tired of the soft play that was local to us and remembered seeing a post from another mother on Facebook about a new soft play that had opened. As it's only a few stops on the train from where I live, I packed Jaxon’s bag and headed for the train station.
The Wee Play Place is literally a 5 mins walk from Alexandria train station. I you turn right when you excit the station, it’s located just before you cross over the red bridge. The outside of the building is very grand (I later discovered that it had many previous uses such as a cinema and carpet shop) and as it is a listed building, there is no ramp or access for pushchairs so it was a case of bumping my pushchair up a few steps.
You have two options for admission; either play for £4.50 or play and eat for £6. Even though I always have a bag of treats for my little boy, I opted for the play and eat (it’s worth noting that they have a policy which states only food purchased on the premises can be consumed).
I was given all the relevant information at the desk and was even loaned a pair of socks for both my son and myself with the weather being beautiful, we were both wearing sandals and forgot to bring any. There are plenty of tables and chairs available, as well as sofas to choose from but we turned right and headed straight to the toddlers area. This area has a small ‘wall’ all the way around it which is perfect for stopping the little ones from crawling out. There was everything you could ever need to keep your toddler entertained, including soft blocks for building/climbing, a slide, a climbing frame, hiding places, and wooden toys to stimulate the littlest of ones. There is also a ball pool located in the main soft play area.
After about an hour, I decided that it was time to eat and we headed over to order using our voucher from play’n’eat. The kids menu is basic as expected and I opted for hotdog, chips and beans. The portion was plenty and it was brought to the table along with plastic cutlery and Jaxon gave it his seal of approval. There was also the option of a cup of diluting juice alongside it. For the adults, there is tea/coffee/juice, a selection of breakfast rolls, main meals and other items so you are sure to find something you like.
One of the many things I love about The Wee Play Place is the height of the main soft play frame. I found it very easy to navigate when my little one decided he wanted to climb with the big boys and girl (I’m 5’9) and although I got a little stuck going down one of the slides, Jaxon had a great time exploring it. Another pleasant surprise was the toilets, yes the toilets. When re-fitting the toilets, I was told that the littlest guests were at the forefront of the thinking process and there are sinks which are closer to the floor for them to easily access.
All in all, I love the Wee Play Place. There is lots to do, the staff are really friendly, and the proximity to the train station couldn’t be better. Just make sure you remember your socks!
Where: 125 Bridge Street, Alexandria, West Dunbartonshire, G83 0TA