3/15/2016

Jump&Play for the day. A review.

After nursery this morning H and I took a trip over to Slough to try out the new soft play at the JumpIn trampoline arena. JumpIn Slough opened in September 2015 and last week they opened their new feature for under 5’s called ‘Jump and Play’ which combines soft play and a section of the main trampoline area dedicated just to children aged 5 and under.

As a family we visited JumpIn a few times since opening, so I was familiar with the layout. I spoke with Lauren who is the supervisor of the Jump&Play section she explained that creating a separate area for under 5s was important away from the main trampoline arena so little ones who are just finding their feet and may find the safety video for following the rules regarding the arena hard to understand.

The separate soft play area was created by ‘House of Play’ and consists of a two storey play frame with a tunnel, double wavy slide, a ball pool and a section where children can build using a variety of shaped bricks. The entrance to the play frame is gated for safety and there is plenty of seating for parents to keep a close eye on the little ones.

H and I visited on a Monday afternoon during term time so it was quiet but absolutely perfect for my socially shy three year old who had the frame to himself. He absolutely loved the slide which wasn’t too slippery and he didn’t come flying off the end landing in a heap as he has done at other soft play centres. Another favourite was the ball pool, small but a perfect size for being buried, in fact H buried his teddy very well in the ball pool I had to clamber in and retrieve teddy before there were tears. Note to self - do not wear jeans when attending soft play – not the easiest of garment to roll around in rescuing soft toys!

The frame is jungle themed with lots of brightly coloured eye catching creatures for children to look at. Another great feature was a wall of squares each one hiding a different animal. H loved peeking behind these and making animal sounds.

The under 5’s sectioned off trampoline area that is used for Jump&Play consists of 9 individual trampolines which can only be used by one child at a time. There are a benches to sit and watch and a slide from the raised platform that houses the trampolines that takes children down to the entrance of the soft play frame.

While the play frame isn’t huge it more than accomplishes what it sets out to do and that is provide a separate safe play area for under 5’s away from their bouncy older siblings on the main trampoline arena. I think it is a brilliant addition to an already popular venue among local families. What I really like is that JumpIn caters for a wide range of ages and opening the play frame really caters for younger guests. At the moment the Jump&Play sessions last for 2 hours which is plenty of time to enjoy all the facilities.

For me as a parent of 2 children aged 3 and 8 I could happily bring them both here and know they are well entertained. My eldest son loves the music being played in the background to bounce along to.

So how much does it cost? Jump&Play on weekdays during term time costs £7 for a child of 5 years and under and that price includes the grip socks you are required to wear on the trampolines. If you already own grip socks then it costs £5 for a two hour session where you can Jump&Play.

For use of the trampolines only for under 5s is £7 including socks and £5 if you own grip socks.

Weekends and school holidays which count as ‘peak’ times under 3’s are not permitted to use the main arena and including socks is £10 or if you own socks £8.

As far as health and safety is concerned you do have to sign a safety waiver before you use any of the equipment. Staff are first aid trained and there is a list of rules to abide by, these are on the website and displayed clearly around the arena.

The equipment is all very clean, the frame is inspected for wear and tear or damage every evening at closing time (7pm) and undergoes a deep clean once a week. The maximum number of children allowed on the play frame is 38.

There are clean accessible toilets and a baby change station. Also lockers are available for use at £1 each. There are baby and child and disabled parking spaces available in the carpark as well as plenty of seating for spectators.

The small café serves a selection of hot and cold drinks as well as breakfast served until midday, a bacon roll with tea and coffee costs £3.50 or there is also porridge for the more healthy among us! Lunch menu is small, hotdog and coke for £4.50 or in the afternoon coffee and cake is priced at £3.50 but to be honest I’d only use the café for a quick drink after Jump&Play as it’s thirsty work and nobody wants to bounce on a full stomach! The café provides party food which is served as part of a party package in one of the party rooms that are available.

For more information and to book online visit

www.gojumpin.com

H and I had a great time, thank you very much Jumpin!



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**we received one free entry for Jump&Play in return for this review**

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