Wondering what do you do when it’s raining and the kids are climbing the walls? We’ve got just the thing…
If you’re looking for days out with the kids and the weather’s not up to scratch, soft play is the obvious choice. We’ve picked five in Leeds that offer all the usual attractions and few surprising extras too. So next time the heavens open, you’ll know exactly where to go.
If your child’s started going to birthday parties, you’ve probably already been to Jackaboos. Housed in Sunny Bank Mills in the heart of Farsley, it’s your classic soft play, with plenty of room to run, climb and let off steam. It’s open to kids up to the age of eight, and you can just turn up and play, or there are weekly classes to sign up to if you fancy visiting more regularly.
If they’re still not ready for home after their play session, Jackaboos is in a great location – pop into the Sunny Bank Mills gallery, drop into Scrap for a craft session, or have some lunch at one of the neighbouring cafes. You won’t even have to move the car.
Jackaboos, 10a Sunnybank Mills, 83-85 Town St, Farsley, Pudsey, West Yorkshire, LS28 5UJ. Babies free, crawlers £2, walkers £3.75.
The Barn at Emsley’s Farm
The Barn doesn’t have the usual climbing frames and ball pools, but it does have different ‘rooms’ including sand play, dress up and a bouncy castle – all within eyeline of the café area, so you can enjoy your giant slab of cake in peace.
They hold lots of events to keep your little ones entertained with everything from Tiny Tales and Tunes to Turn Up the Talent and the Creation Station, which means you’ve hours of fun ahead of you here. And it’s not just indoor fun. Outside they’ve got animals and a play area, in case the sun should ever make an appearance, so you can really make a day of it.
The Barn, Emsley’s Farm, Warm Lane Yeadon, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS19 7DW. Under 18 months £1.50, over 18 months £3.50, entry and meal deal £6.
Jungle Kids has everything you’d want from a soft play centre – ball pools, slides and climbing frames – and all on a massive scale. There’s a mini football pitch, ball cannons and even an aerial slide. It’s big enough to not feel too crowded, but you can still keep an eye out for the inevitable – when they get stuck at the top of the climbing nets.
There’s loads of on-site parking and the location’s great if you live further out of the city and don’t want to get snarled up in city centre traffic – fun and efficiency all rolled into one.
Jungle Kids, Unit 2, 12 Whingate, Armley, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS12 3BL. Pre-walkers £1, under 2s £2, 2-4 years £4, over 5s £5.
If your kids prefer imaginative play, Tumble Town could be just the ticket. With themed role play areas including a shop, garage and café, they can serve up pretend tea and cake while you put your feet up and enjoy the real thing. Of course, the kids can still climb and slide, just on a much smaller scale than other soft play centres.
This probably isn’t the one to go for if you’ve got older kids, as the equipment is scaled down, but it’s perfect for pre-schoolers and little ones just finding their feet.
Tumble Town Adventure Play, South View Business Centre, Ghyll Royd, Guiseley, Leeds LS20 9PP. Babies £1 (or free with an older sibling), crawler / cruisers £2.50, walkers £4.
Little Bees Play and Party
It can be tough to find a soft play centre that keeps the whole family happy, but Little Bees manages it. Split into three areas, it offers the standard slides, ball pools and play cars, plus a twin aerial slide for the older kids, a sensory area with a colour-changing ball pool for toddlers, and a role play and a music area for pre-schoolers. So, no fear of smaller tots cramping the older kids’ style then.
It’s light, airy and well spread out to give everyone room to play. A word of warning though – this is a really popular spot, so can get very noisy at busy times!
Little Bees Play and Party, Unit 19, Limewood Road, Seacroft, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS14 1LU. 6-11 months £1.50, 1-2 years £3.80, 3-10 years £5.