Little Play Town

I hear AMAZING things about this place, especially after the NHM Secret Review that was recently published on NHM!

I didn’t realise it was for children aged 7 and under, so I will definitely be checking it out soon with Miss NHM!!!Our facility is called Little Play Town located in Odiham high street in the Fountains Mall – a fun and educational play facility for children aged 7 and under.

Address: Suite 1, Fountains Mall, High Street, Odiham, Hampshire, RG29 1LP, England

Web addresses – www.littleplaytown.com / www.facebook.com/LittlePlayTown.co.uk

Call Little Play Town on 01256 701234

Opening hours

Monday to Sunday:

09:30 – 11:00 – Session 1

11:30 – 13:00 – Session 2

13:30 – 15:00 – Session 3

15:30 – 17:00 – Session 4

Pricing

Kids (1-7): £5.95 (includes free entry for 1 adult)

Under 6 months: free

Infants (under 1’s): £1.00 with a paying adult

Additional adults: £3.50

Description

Little Play Town is a fun and educational play facility for children aged 7 and under.

A magical little play town where your kids can dress up and through imaginative play feel free to be anyone they can dream of being: a farmer, fire fighter, vet, postman, racing car driver, builder, a beautician, a chef…

Adventure Party Room for Hire

Cafe area with baby tummy time play pen. Cafe is serving superb 100% Arabica Coffee and a large range of Teas & a lovely selection of cakes, snacks and treats are on sale.

8 imaginative play areas including a Fire house & fire engine, Vet, Building Site, Hairdresser and Beauty Salon, Post & Mail route, Picnic Area, Race track, Farm Yard with sensory area, Farm Shop & Bakery

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Review 2017: Little Play Town

Thank you VERY much to the NHM Secret Writer who wrote this review!!

Review 2017: Little Play Town

I was really excited when I saw that Little Play Town was opening in Odiham. We’ve been to Little Street in Frimley before and really enjoyed it. Little Play Town looked similar, focusing on role play with the play space divided into different themes, but it is much closer to us in Basingstoke – bonus! It opened early October and I visited with my 2 year old a few weeks later. We had a brilliant time!! There were serious tears from my little one when it was time to leave. We can’t wait to go again.

The play space is quite large and includes a building site, hairdressers, vets, firestation, race track, café, play kitchen and more. The space is immaculate and the toys are really high quality. As my friend said to me ‘the toys are the ones I would buy for my child if I had an unlimited budget’. It feels like a high quality, clean, safe place for little people to play. My son enjoyed exploring each play area and an hour and half seemed about the right amount of time for him to play with everything without getting bored.

Tips

Little Play Town run 4 x 1.5 hour sessions throughout the day 7 days a week so you book online (or just turn up and hope there’s space) for the session that you want to go to. At the end of the session everyone leaves giving the staff time to tidy everything up and get it ready for the next group. This means that at the start of each session everything is tidy and in the right place.

I wasn’t sure what age it would be appropriate for but I think I will take my 5 year old next time. I’m pretty sure he’d still really enjoy it. I would guess up to around age 7 would be ok.

There are no shoes allowed inside and adults and children all need to wear socks.

Little Play Town is upstairs and there’s no lift. You can store a pushchair upstairs but you’d need to be able to collapse it and carry it up.

Food

There’s a small café with a soft play space for pre-walkers. The café has good quality drinks and snacks, including some child-friendly healthier options. The café is next to the play space but you can’t see all of it from the café so with younger children you wouldn’t be able to sit in the café whilst they played.

Baby facilities

There are two toilets and a baby change area that is large and clean.

Parking

There are two pay and display carparks in Odiham that are within easy walking distance. Spaces on the street are free for 2 hours so if you can get one these are ideal. We went for the 9:30 session and on-street parking was easy. I can imagine it might be harder later on in the day or at the weekend.

It took me a while to find exactly where it is. The entrance is on the side of the building down the small driveway that goes down the side of the Bel and Dragon from the high street.

Prices

£5.95 for 1 child aged 1-7 years with one adult. £3.50 for an extra adult. £1 for a child under 1 year. If you only have a child under 1 you’d need to pay £1 for them and £3.50 for you.

Other info

Little Play Town also do children’s parties and are starting a children’s yoga class. More details on their webpage (www.littleplaytown.co.uk.

Rating

5 out of 5 – we loved it!!

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Review 2017: Little Street – a unique play opportunity for little people

Thank you VERY much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who wrote today’s post and to Little Street for inviting us along to their re-launch event!

https://www.little-street.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/littlestreet.co.uk/

About

Little Street in Frimley is a role play centre for young children. It is a miniature version of a town, giving little ones the perfect opportunity to try out lots of different experience and careers!

Open 7 days a week, Little Street offer four 90 minute play sessions a day for little people to explore their little world. Pre-booking is recommended as numbers are limited to ensure the best experience for everyone attending. Little Street is suitable for children up to 7 and even has a play pen for young babies as well as bumbo seats available for use.

My daughter (19 months) and I were lucky enough to attend the re-launch event after a recent refurbishment which has made way for a brand new vets and an air ambulance. As well as the new areas children can take a visit to Chicco’s cafe or Belle & Beau Beauty Salon. They can do their weekly shop at the (very well stocked!) supermarket.

There is also a construction site, complete with rocks, bricks and diggers and the Starlets Theatre, which has an Ice Cream stall, stage, musical instruments and many fancy dress costumes. In addition to this there are a variety of ride on toys which can be driven around the road. The attention to detail in each room is amazing, with appropriate wall stickers and fantastic props including animals in the vets, make up and hair products in the salon and many familiar items in the supermarket!

My daughter was a big fan of the new air ambulance and was fascinated by the rotors on top. She also loved the supermarket and kept taking any trolleys that she’d found outside the shop back to it!

The staff at Little Street were very welcoming and did a fantastic job of keeping the place tidy (and as much as possible items in the right rooms!) without disrupting the children’s play. It is very clean and everything is in great condition, you can tell it is very well looked after.

Food

The venue has a small café where you can purchase hot or cold drinks, cakes and healthy snacks.

Parking

There is some parking on site at the station for a small charge, or there is a car park a short walk away where you can park for free for 2 hours – ideal as the sessions you can book are 90 minutes.

Tips

Remember you and your little one will need to wear socks. Don’t worry if you forget as they do have some you can purchase when you get there!

It also has a handy buggy park – if you ask at reception they can give you a lock to secure your buggy in the shelter outside.

Rating out of 5

After wanting to visit Little Street for ages, we were so pleased that it lived up to and exceeded our expectations and we will certainly be going back in the future! It gets a fantastic 5 out of 5 from us!!

Disclaimer: This post is a review of Little Street. The NHM Secret Reviewers experience was supplied free of charge for the purposes of the review. She was not expected to write a positive review and any opinions expressed are her own.

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Review 2017: Jump Factory Mini Jump Review

Thank you very much to the NHM Secret Reviewer who wrote today’s review! Fab job!!

About

Jump Factory’s Facebook Page can be found here Jump Factory

Jump Factory is a warehouse that’s been transformed into an indoor trampoline park with over 80 trampolines on site. Mini Jump is an hour long session set aside for kids aged walking to 5 year olds.

It is available several times a week, currently term time Mon-Fri 10am-12pm (2 sessions) and 2-3pm, Sat-Sun 9-11am (2 sessions). They also offer Mini Jump parties. We went on a Friday morning in term time.

There is a large car park to the front. Visiting on a Friday though I couldn’t say how busy this gets. The cafe upstairs offers a range of cold foods and hot/cold drinks and is particularly useful if you arrive early. There is also a microwave for heating baby food.

The toilets and changing facilities are downstairs as well as a locker area to change socks and leave personal effects. You are not allowed food or drinks in the jump area but we were told it was fine to pop down for drinks etc kept in the locker area. The whole place looked clean, well kept and appeared to be in very good condition.

The jump area is much bigger than I expected consisting of a multitude of various sized trampolines, ramps (‘halfpipe’), air bag, dodge ball area, climbing wall area,  and basketball area, all of which were available during Mini Jump. There were several soft balls, foam letters and tunnels around which were a simple but nice touch.

The staff were great, especially on reception who seemed unphased by tantrums and more concerned with being helpful.

The sessions were an hour long. I didn’t think the boys would be entertained enough for an hour, how wrong was I! Now, I would say it was the perfect length.

All in all, brilliant fun for little ones, adults and all in between. I had never been anywhere like this before and had no idea what to expect. Our toddlers were brimming with excitement! We will definitely be going again, and again, and again.

Tips

Requirements are one adult to every two mini jumpers.

They offer hour long sessions on the hour so bear this in mind when timing arrival.

If it’s your first time, arrive early as you will need to fill out a quick online disclaimer. You will also have to watch a brief safety video each time.

It’s worth bringing or purchasing drinks to keep in the locker area.

There is no lift up to the cafe, only stairs. However, if you need help, the staff said they would happily assist where needed.

You’ll need to purchase their special grip-socks, but you can keep these for future use.

Obvious one really, but wear sensible clothing for jumping around in.

Watch out for the couple of steps halfway along in the jump area, they blend in to excited two year olds, especially when walking backwards – as you do! To their credit, there was a staff member stood there the whole time.

Prices

Please check Jump Factory’s website for current prices, Jump Factory

Rating

Definitely 5/5

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Soft play parties from JV Bouncy Castle Hire – great for all kids

I’ve been working with the team from “JV Bouncy Castle hire” for the last couple of years and they are absolutely brilliant!!!!

Very professional and reasonably priced.

Highly recommended by me!!

Soft play parties from JV Bouncy Castle Hire – great for all kids

high-res-pngA kids birthday party…it really is enough to strike fear into the heart of any parent. The thought of entertaining and feeding upwards of 20 small people, all of whom will have different needs, likes and dislikes. You want it to be safe, fun, entertaining – and over in a maximum of two hours!

Soft play is a perfect choice for kids parties and can be arranged to suit kids of all ages and abilities. Plus soft play can have special significance for children with sensory and autistic spectrum disorders. Best of all, you can tailor the soft play experience to suit the children attending the party – all without needing to go to a generic soft play centre.

What makes soft play so good?

We all know that active kids are tired kids at the end of the day. A win win for most parents. But research backs this up by showing that children who are active are more likely to be physically, emotionally and socially happy and they also get the chance to show off their brilliant imaginations.

But it is the safety aspect that might appeal to party organisers more. Soft play apparatus gives kids the chance to jump around, jump on and off things and jump on each other without fear of hurting themselves. The soft landing gives them confidence and allows them to stretch their limits without helicopter parents hovering at every turn.

For kids with special needs

Soft play is ideal for children with sensory and autistic spectrum disorders . The apparatus is often brightly coloured, has rounded and soft features and  even incorporates different textures to attract children to different areas and types of play. From a ball pit full of plastic balls to a bouncy platform with ride on horses, kids can have experiences that are simply beyond everyday life. Parents have reported that their special needs children come out of their shells in this environment and want to interact both with their parents and with their peers.

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Tailored especially for you

A soft play centre has fixed apparatus giving you little choice when it comes to party types and themes. Arranging your own soft play party gives you so much more flexibility. You can choose your soft play theme to suit the age group then add lots of cool stuff like ball pools, inflatable tubes, shapes, ride on toys and slides.

Forget the magician and the disco – soft play really can keep kids happy for two hours or more. We are not suggesting that there won’t be tears, tantrums, spilt juice and mini arguments – but everyone will go home happy, tired and excited about the next party!

If you would like to book a soft play package for your children’s party we would be delighted to help – just give us a call on 01256 277075, pop us an email to admin@bouncycastleshire.co.uk, or simply browse and book online here: https://www.bouncycastleshire.co.uk/.

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Basingstoke Gymnastics Club: Timetable for pre school classes

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Fun House Indoor Play centre open days

“Thank you for your interest and support in this event, due to the high demand we have decided to run these session everyday free of charge from Monday 5th October -Friday 9th October the sessions will be 10-1 as planned and pre booking will be available once we have organised this later this week”

Fun House Indoor Play centre is holding a free open day on Friday 9th October for babies, toddlers and pre-school children to launch the new role play area. 

The session will be free for all children 0-5 years from 10am – 1pm. 

Activities will include: Soft play, sensory room, arts and crafts and the NEW role play area. 

You can find out more at the following facebook event: FREE Baby and Toddler open day

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Support for new mums at Basingstoke’s Playday 2015 event

Just in case you have missed it, National Playdays is on tomorrow and it’s FAB!

Support for new mums at Basingstoke’s Playday 2015 event

Basingstoke’s NCT (National Childbirth Trust) will be offering new mums a welcome break from the fun-filled mayhem of this year’s National Playday event on August 5, 2015.

The free family event in Eastrop Park, Eastrop Lane, Basingstoke, allows children to take part in craft activities, tumble over soft play shapes, bounce on inflatables and even do some pond dipping.

But volunteers from Basingstoke’s NCT will be on hand offering a discrete space for new mums to change or feed their babies as well as offering taster sessions in baby massage and advice from trained breast feeding counsellors.

Kimberly Powers, Co-Chair of the Basingstoke branch, said: “Playday is a fantastic family event and the children love it. But if you have a young baby, you might want somewhere a little more comfortable and private to feed to or change them.

“We’re here to support parents through the day-to-day practicalities of parenthood and to introduce mums and dads to other parents so come along and find out more. Or book yourself on to a free taster session for our baby massage course. Benefits can include strengthening your bond with your baby and an ever sought-after improvement in sleep.”

For more information visit: nct.org.uk/branches/basingstoke

Or find us on Facebook at Basingstoke NCT or on Twitter @BasingstokeNCT

Media requiring more information can contact Jenny Legg on 07725 619304 orjenny.legg@gmail.com

Under 5’s at Fun House

The team at Fun House are very kindly offering a free hot drink to parents who present a copy of NorthHantsMum either digitally or on paper!

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We are now proud to say your children really can play, learn and grow together because there’s something for everyone with our under 1’s area, soft play and toddler town.

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A child’s imagination is one of the most fascinating things which is why we have incorporated Toddler Town into our soft play area.  Our Hairdressers, supermarket, bakery and construction site gives young children the opportunity to make their dreams become reality.

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Remember when you were young you dreamt of what you were going to do when you grew up well the wait is over for your toddlers they can live there dreams right now.

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Our enclosed area for the under 1’s teamed up with the sensory room makes the perfect area to start stimulating your little ones senses. With a good mix of natural and man-made resources your baby can play, learn and develop with you in a safe and stimulating environment.

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The soft play area, ball pit and slide give your toddlers ample space to run and burn off that excess energy.

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I hear you ask yourself what’s in it for me?  Well other than quality time with the little people in your lives there’s quite a few comfy sofa’s to sit on and enjoy and drink and a snack or meal from our café.

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Our café serves both hot and cold drinks, snacks and a full cooked food menu.  With a wide range of snacks and food on the menu including healthy choices there is something for everyone.

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Opening hours and prices are as follows

Monday-Friday term time 10am – 2.30pm

Under 1’s – £2.00

Under 5’s – £3.90

Over 5’s – £4.40

Weekends – 10am – 4pm

Under 1’s – £2.00

Under 5’s – £4.40

Over 5’s – £4.90

School Holidays 10am – 6pm

Under 1’s – £2.00

Under 5’s – £4.40

Over 5’s – £4.90

For more details about the Fun House please see the following website: http://www.funhousebasingstoke.co.uk/comeplay.html

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“Breastfeeding Welcome” places in North Hampshire – Feb 2015

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I’ve noticed a lot of “breastfeeding friendly” signs in the area recently.

It’s so awesome to see these signs out and about.

I’ve been meaning to try to find more details about this for ages but I only stumbled on the website below because of something that someone else mentioned on another post.

Thank you very much to Fran and Sarah for inspiring this post after our discussion on the Cafe Project post I recently published and thank you for providing the link to the website below. 

“Breastfeeding Welcome” places in North Hampshire

If you are looking for details about breastfeeding in public in Basingstoke and Deane or are a business that would like to participate, check out the following website:

http://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/breastfeeding

Also, they have links to pdf’s about current Breastfeeding support in Basingstoke (YAY! I’ve finally found the original source!!) and participating businesses:

Participating Businesses: https://www.basingstoke.gov.uk/content/page/51474/Breastfeeding%20Scheme%20-%20July%202017.pdf

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