Saturday, 8 August 2015

The Fun Farm Softplay & Sensory Coffee Lounge

Last weekend we had our first trip to The Fun Farm Softplay & Sensory Coffee Lounge on Hanham High Street. 

Baby D and her friends from NCT are all turning one around the same time so we decided to have a joint party and had exclusive hire of the softplay for 2 hours on a Sunday.

We were welcomed by smiley head farmer Jane, she was really helpful and friendly and the kids loved her.

It's a lovely little place. It's small enough that you can keep an eye on the children easily but big enough that there's lots to do and keep them occupied for a long while. There's a ball pool with a little slide, a sensory corner with bubble tube, mirrors, percussion instruments etc, several pretend farm animals that they can climb/sit on, squeakers, wobbly mirrors, big shapes and wonderful bubble machine plus more. 
Sensory corner
It's all for under 3s and was just perfect for our little one year olds who have just started walking (and climbing!) A concern I've had at other places is too many children and a wide age range with confident 5 years olds jumping about amongst tiny only-just-crawlers. I've often seen bigger kids pushing little ones off of apparatus, burying them in ball pools and knocking them flying whilst running past. But at the Fun Farm as they are all under 3 and they have a maximum number of kids at any one time (booking is advised) it's much safer for everyone.

Another concern that I've had at other softplay is the level of cleanliness - often they are filthy and I dread to think what you might find at the bottom of the ball pools! But at The Fun Farm it was super clean. I had no worries about Baby D touching apparatus, it really put my mind at ease.

They have a small cafe upstairs with food and drinks at good prices and if you've hired the whole place (only on weekends) they can provide food for your party.

There's good baby changing facilities and loads of clean high chairs - my favourite IKEA Antilop with fully working harnesses. They have all sorts going on with messy play, grandparents and non walker and crawler sessions.

All of the little ones had a wonderful time, I highly recommend a visit. Check out their website, Facebook page and Tweets.

Dawn x

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