As Little Man has got bigger, we now really LOVE a softplay, (honestly I used to stand there and wonder what all the fuss was about when he was younger- it’s finally kicked in what they’re good for, and have I been getting a work out in them too!) We’ve found some gems of London soft play ideas over the last few months for you to consider, hopefully additionally helpful in these winter months where play indoors is needed more than ever. All of the below have cafes of course, and all will have baby change facilities, though we never used them to feed back on to be honest. So here goes, 7 of our best softplay in London ideas. This is VERY North London centered at the moment, due to where we live, apologies for that: hoping to add some gems from other parts of the City soon.
Please see links to all the below softplays mentioned, at the end of the post!
Little Dinosaurs (Muswell Hill, North London) Visited 2022. Open 7 days a week, this is a really lovely play area which has got a great soft play area and huge garden enclosure combined, with lots of toys outdoors, including a bouncy castle in the summer, and lots of seating for mums and dads. It’s surrounded by Alexandra Palace too, so you’ve got so much nearby you could also combine with. The price is really reasonable, they had a great and more sophisticated food menu when we went, it was really clean, everything was really bright and lovely, and Little Man and I had a great time. Price: £5.50 per child only, for a whopping 2 hour session of play. Session times start 4 x a day.
Hullabaloo at The Sheriff Centre (Finchley Road, North West London). Visited 2022. So Little Man and I attended this when he was a baby, therefore in the under 2 section only at that time, which is lovely, but much smaller of course. The softplay area for the older kids looked huge, and exhausting, and of course, we loved the fact it’s setting is in a Church, with a post office and cafe . Softplay London never looked so innovative! Open 6 days a week, with generally 1 hour play sessions starting on the hour every hour! £4.50 for up to 23 months, or £6.50 for up to 10 years. They advise you can also book for 2 hour slots, and pay double, if you’d like more time for tea and cake! (and play, I’m assuming).
Play Park at Better Waltham Forest (Walthamstow, North East London) Visited end of 2022. We ADORED this soft play/trampoline area. The soft play was huge, for up to 12 year olds, but I took Little Man all over it and wow, was it a work out for me too! The trampoline section is fun, and so is the soft foam area, with beams to try and balance and walk across, or simply just to chuck yourself in! We had a great time. These guy are open 7 days a week, for 1 hour sessions, and it’s £9.00 for adult and child combined, which I thought was well worth it considering what you get to play in. If we are considering awards for the best softplay in London, this is probably the best that Little man and I have been to, as it simply offered so much. You will need your own trampoline socks for this one, which you can buy there. Probably my favourite out of this list tbh- it was mayhem and I was worried about heads bumping on the trampoline bit- didn’t happen for us this time anyway- and it was great!
Soft play at Better Clissold Leisure Centre (Stoke Newington, East London). Visited end of 2022. This one takes place in a sports hall, with a class running behind a curtain alongside it! This is simple, but effective- better for younger kids I would say as no structured soft play mountain to climb. There is LOTS of space, a large bouncy castle with a slide, lots of soft play toys, and a ball pit, which was a little on the small side and gave me anxiety over Little Man kicking or being kicked accidentally in the face, quite a few times during the session! We had a marvellous time here, and paid just £6.10 for the 2 of us, for the 1 hour session.
KidsMania, (Hackney, East London) Visited 2022. Once under threat of closure, Kidsmania is still alive and kicking, reportedly in a different part of the same building, until redevelopments get underway. We found it rustic in style, definitely not a modern soft play, but clean and with everything a child needs. Rustic but relaxed, but everything you need softplay London style! These guys are open 7 days a week, and there aren’t any set session start times (unlike all of the above) which is a definite advantage if you have a poo explosion, are running late, stuck on bus etc!! Prices range between £3-6.00 depending upon age, and adults are free of charge. Sessions are for 1.5 hours.
Kids Adventure Zone (Wood Green, North London) Visited end of 2022.
A little bit like with KidsMania, this is a “golden oldie”, rustic, but still super. We arrived early on our typical Wednesday outings, were greeted by lovely staff, found the place very clean, and with lots of fun elements to the giant softplay. Open 7 days a week, it has a huge seating area too which is helpful and an on site cafe, which we didn’t try, looks fairly rudimentary stuff that you find in most places. The admission prices range from £2.50-6.95 depending upon age, £1.50 per adult and we were allowed 1.5 hours of play with our booking. We loved it! They were also playing 90’s classics from Madonna when I went- I was really feeling the retro vibe, and was very very happy about that!
Clowntown, (Finchley, North London) Visited 2023
Clowntown is huge! It’s been on our to-go list for ages, and we weren’t disappointed. There were plenty of tears on leaving- poor Little Man. We went on our usual Wednesday slot, and for a 1 hr 45 min session paid just £9.50 for the two of us, which I thought was really good. There is a huge area for younger kids under 3, a smaller section for babies, and then a large softplay area with lots of slides and climbing elements for over 4’s. We saw lots of under 4’s in the larger section with their parents, and that’s what we did; so I think it’s ok if it’s quiet and the children are supervised. Little Man would not have it staying within the younger section- definitely not as exciting! I have been told it can be mayhem here at weekends, so maybe it would be a different story then as he’d be far too little around bigger more boisterous kids. But for now, Little Man had the best time. Not just within the softplay structure, but the additional things outside it that you are meant to pay a £1 a ride for- we didn’t pay, as just sitting in it and pretending to drive is enough for a 2.5 year old! This is the mecca of London soft play centres- if you’ve yet to visit, add it to your list!
Where would you add to the best softplay in London list? Keep checking back! We will be adding South East, South West and more North London soft play centres to this over the coming weeks!
Little Dinosaurs: https://www.alexandrapalace.com/things-to-do/little-dinosaurs/
Hullabaloo at The Sherriff Centre: https://thesherriffcentre.co.uk/hullabaloo/
Play Park at Better Waltham Forest: https://bookings.better.org.uk/location/waltham-forest-feel-good-centre/trampoline-park/2023-01-19/by-time
Softplay at Better Clissold Leisure Centre: https://www.better.org.uk/leisure-centre/london/hackney/clissold-leisure-centre
Kidsmania, Hackney: http://www.kidzmania.co.uk/
Kids Adventure Zone: http://www.kidz-adventure-zone.com/