I’m not so keen on soft play centres, but one we do like is Megakidz. Megakidz indoor play centre in Sheffield is specifically for under 8s. You can find it on Bernard road, s2. It’s very basic and that’s part of why we like it.
Megakidz is the closest soft play centre to town centre: it’s just by cricket inn road tram stop (on yellow route to Meadowhall), and just past park square roundabout.
As far as soft plays go, like I said, I’m not a huge fan of them, but I like megakidz. It’s a bit rough around the edges, but is run by nice people, who are always friendly. Catering for dietary requirements is great, they have dairy free butter, soy milk, a vegan sandwich option, and seem to be able to cater for allergies, too.
We go for the Tuesday or Thursday morning Rhythm and Rhyme session, they put out free snacks for kids (toast, fruit and sippy cups) and this is included in entry price. The Rhythm and Rhyme is by Amanda and is great, with parachute game, singing and signing, etc.
I usually go for their opening time at 10, they put out the breakfast around half 10, then we play for some more before singing time at 11, which usually lasts around 35 minutes. Afterwards we either play some more or head off, and Eric is usually tired enough and wanting lunch and a nap!
The soft play is basic; no massive play frames, not modern. There is a bouncy castle, ball pool, wooden Wendy house, little tike slides and a small soft play area. There is a separate 5-7 soft play behind that, and next to the 18 months + area is a separate baby corner with toys, books, play matts etc. There are sofas & it’s an open space.
Photos are not allowed, but these are what I managed to get on my phone when the play centre just opened for the morning:
So what do I like about it? It’s basic and the actual play frames are small so I don’t always have to go in with Eric; he’s happy enough kicking balls around and using the little tikes slide. It’s informal & the cafe feels nice, homely and not a big business feel. It’s never usually busy, isn’t big and flashy and whilst it’s certainly not for everyone I like how basic it is. It’s £3.50 for over 1s and free under 1s (that includes singing time too, I used to take Eric before he was one just for that as it was free!) and that includes the snacks and singing.
During term time, Rhythm and Rhyme is on Tuesdays at 11, Wednesdays at 1pm and Thursdays at 11. Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursday mornings they put out the breakfast snacks and drinks.
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