As much as I love the beautifully colourful days of Autumn, with its crunchy leaves and cosy evenings, I do often wonder how I will tire out Joseph when the parks are wet and the days are cold. Thankfully, we discovered Wonder World Soft Play.
Wonder World Soft Play is easy to reach for drivers and non-drivers alike, as it is conveniently situated just a short walk from Exhibition Centre train station and it has on-site free parking.
Forget your past experiences of dingy-lit-rooms-full-of-grubby-play-mats as Wonder World really is a whole world of adventure for your wee ones.
As soon as you enter you are greeted with a friendly welcome from the staff, of whom there are many located on hand to help with any questions or assistance you may need. However, the only assistance you are likely to require is actually removing your child from the venue (there were tears).
Wonder World is described on their website as "Scotland's most exciting soft play" and you can see where the hard work has been put in to claim such a bold statement. The walls are filled with colourful themed murals from rockets in space to Egyptian pyramids and there is the totally unique "moon crater" bouncy climbing wall, an Astroturf football pitch and a mini Grand Prix track. This is on top of all the usual fair you would expect to find in any other soft play.
Despite being only 19 months-old, Joseph ran straight to the "older" children's section (recommended for 5 - 12 years) located in the centre of the soft play area. This comprised of more challenging climbs, an actual rock climbing wall, slides designed for climbing up, as well as a steep drop slide. They also had a section made up of smaller trampolines (which Joseph loved) that were safely surrounded by netting, so it's secure for all ages as well as being lots of fun.
The baby and toddler section was tucked away to a more 'quiet' side of the soft play and had all the same attractions but scaled down, which is a nice touch for younger siblings who don't want to miss out on the action! This section was complete with an obligatory ball pit and jumbo soft building blocks, as well as an air stream which suspended the balls in mid-air and was very popular with all ages.
What really stood out for us was the fabulous mini go-kart track. Joseph is car mad so this was a must for us and I was pleased to find that it only required a pound coin to operate. These along with the grabber machines and static cars were the only things that required extra payment so bring your loose change if you want to use them.
The toilets facilities here were clean and ample and the cafe on site provides an array of hot and cold food (you can pay extra for a meal included on entry) as well as coffee and cakes. You are also free to bring a packed lunch and eat it in the dining area which also provides clean high chairs.
We spent around 2 and a half hours here which for a child under two, was a real success as Joseph often gets bored very quickly. We even could have stayed longer, however, toddler (and mummy!) were exhausted.
The cost of entry varies; under ones go free, under 3's is just under £5 and 3 - 12-year-olds are just under £6 (these prices are subject to change during weekends and holidays so do check the website before visiting).
Although this may seem expensive compared to other soft plays, you really can see where the extra money is being spent, as like I said previously, this could easily be a whole day's entertainment.
They also offer party packages to fit all budgets which you can also find details off on their website.
If your wee ones are looking for something to keep them busy in the meantime, they also have a YouTube channel called 'Wonder World TV' as well as their own apps available on both the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. These Apps are kid-friendly, donít require a wifi connection and there are no in-app purchases (phew!) so the fun can begin before you've even arrived.
If the day is grey and you're climbing the walls at home, I suggest you go climb the walls at Wonder World Soft Play instead. Take a pal and enjoy a coffee while the kids wear themselves out and look forward to a good night sleep afterwards!
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