If you’re looking for a super duper soft play with lots of added extras then 360 Play in Milton Keynes ticks all the boxes. My youngest is almost 3.5 years and is massively into soft play and small world role play and so we headed to 360 Play on one of our Friday ‘Mummy & Me’ days. After visiting, I’ll definitely be back again with my 7 and 9 year old too.
360 Play Milton Keynes Soft Play
The main soft play area at 360 Play in Milton Keynes is a huge multi tier zone with lots of different routes to take and interesting areas to explore. We headed straight for the big multi lane slide to race each other down.
As well as the usual clambering around, there are interesting areas hidden in the maze of passageways. Stop for a boogie on a mini stage, thrown yourself into a giant ballpit and you can spend ages feeding balls up suction tubes or balancing them on jets of air.
I asked around about 360 Play before I went and it seems very much loved by you guys too. The only drawback raised was that the main mega soft play area is right in the centre rather than up against a wall which means if you’re sat down, your kids can escape out the other side without you realising. I’m happy for my 7 and 9 year old to run off and explore and know where to find me so it still works for me. My 3 year old is a bit small to go off alone in a really huge soft play so I get my exercise anyway following him around and there’s a baby & toddler zone for under 4’s too which is completely separate.
Baby & Toddler Zone Soft Play
If you’ve got a little one, it’s always good to have a smaller little ones only soft play area where you don’t have to worry about big kids bundling past you.
Tucked away at the back little ones have their own dedicated area and there’s plenty of comfy seating too if you get the lucky chance to sit down. There’s plenty of soft play shapes, a mini double wave slide and ballpit.
I love that all the extras at 360 Play in Milton Keynes are included in the entry price. We met the most lovely woman who runs the messy play offering. She immediately engaged with my little one, putting on a bubble machine which he loved and knew the names of lots of other children who were regulars. The messy play area also had books, do a storytime and have activities set out. While we were there it was paint printing with fruit and vegetables.
A great addition to the soft play are the dodgem cars which gives 360 Play in Milton Keynes that extra stretch for bigger kids. They also have an outside area with a climbing tree. It’s being done up this spring so I’ll report back when I’ve been again with my full troop of boys.
If you’ve ever spent a fortune on carousels at a summer fair then fear not, your kids can have as many goes as they like and it’s all included. My son plonked for the pink car every time and had such a grin on his face. There is a minimum height requirement though so check it out first before promising a ride to a tiny tot.
Role Play Town
We could have easily visited and just spent our whole time at 360 Street which is a gorgeous small world role play set up. Tucked away with it’s own special area upstairs, there’s plenty of seating for grown ups too so I was able to sit down with a cup of tea for a bit and still be able to see my little boy play.
The ‘street’ has lots of shops starting with a pizza restaurant, complete with aprons, cooker, wooden pizzas, plates and lots of accessories. They also have a clothes shop packed with dressing up clothes, a supermarket with little shopping baskets, a vets surgery, fire station, car garage and lego zone … wow! Check out the video below for a walk around.
Lots of imagination has gone into creating each of the different rooms with oodles of accessories and dressing up clothes for each section. Staff tidy and sort regularly so everything doesn’t get totally mixed up and into a crazy mess like my house does.
One thing I really like which I haven’t seen elsewhere are prompt cards in each section. Role play is so beneficial to a child’s development and even more so if a parent is joining in. The cards or notice boards in each room give you some ideas of what you can do as a parent. When we played as firefighters, we’d pick up a card which gave a situation e.g a tree has fallen down and blocked the road, who do we need to call and what will we do. I called the fire crew and my son quickly got his helmet on and drove the fire engine to the fallen tree. We were then busy pretending to chop it into logs so we could carry them out the way. The car garage has an MOT check list and the supermarket has shopping lists which with picture prompts which match up to the food that’s there to buy.
With the variety of what’s on offer that can stretch a good age range, friendly staff and it all being clean and tidy, I’d say this is the best soft play I’ve been to in the area. Food portions are decent too! I’m really looking forward to going back again in the spring to check out their outdoor area too.
If you fancy going, you can save 10% by booking online in advance and 20% for an afternoon session and while you’re on their website, register for free as this will speed up getting in when you arrive.