A Father’s Day special offer for dads at 360 Play!

There’s a great opportunity for some fun and games with dad on Father’s Day at 360 Play – with some special offers available for ‘dads’ too!

The first 50 ‘dads’ through the door on Sunday, June 21st will receive a FREE national newspaper, while all ‘dads’ will also receive a FREE hot drink during their visit (‘dads’ can be any adult male accompanying children).

360 Play centres are all designed so that adults can join in the fun too so why not bring dad along for some quality fun time on his special day – he’ll secretly probably love all the activities just as much as the youngsters!

And if you are looking to give ‘dad’ an extra special start to the day, why not come along for a hearty breakfast before diving into all the great activities on offer. These include lots of climbing, sliding and crawling opportunities in the three storey play structure, as well as all sorts of other fun things to do such as the dodgems, carousel, 360 Street creative play area and the Club 360 outdoor area (weather permitting of course!)

We are all geared up to give ‘dads’ a fun-filled day to remember with their children – whatever the weather – so we look forward to welcoming you on June 21st.

Hundreds of free tickets for groups and charities in 360’s Community Week

We will once again be supporting local community groups and charities when we hold our annual Community Week from June 15th to 21st.

Every year 360 Play’s UK centres open their doors to invited community groups and charities to provide them, and those they support, with a memorable day out and hopefully a little respite from the difficult times some of those visiting may be going through.

“Each of our centre teams get a lot of satisfaction from providing a fun day out for local children and from working closely with the local community groups and charities,” said 360 Play group sales and marketing manager Billie-Jan Hills. “We run this event every year and have given thousands of tickets out. We are all really looking forward to helping provide another enjoyable and successful week for all those who want to get involved.”

We are asking local children’s groups and charities that would like to take advantage of this great community-focussed week to apply for free tickets for a day to remember. There are 100 tickets per day available for seven days and any organisations interested can apply via email by contacting communitytickets@360play.co.uk

Easter Fun and Activities

We are open as usual all over the Easter holidays, including Easter Sunday of course, with specially themed Easter games and activities.

Activities including arts and crafts and pottery painting will take place throughout the holidays – along with face painting and cookery classes at various times, so plenty to keep the young ones entertained.

Twizzle and Twirl will be on hand to make sure everyone is having a great time, so come and play for as long as you wish, dressing up and imagining in 360 Street, taking a spin on the Carousel or driving on the Dodgems – it’s all included in the entry price. Don’t forget our cafe serves freshly ground coffee; perfect to wash down all those easter eggs!

Physical activity for children at 360

Physical activity helps children grow strong bones, maintain a healthy weight, and discover the world around them. Best of all, it’s great fun.

All children should be physically active for at least one hour a day. You can help by encouraging your child to find activities they enjoy, and building physical activity into family life. Most children love running around a park or playing in a playground.

One reason why physical activity in childhood is so important is because it helps your child to maintain a healthy weight.

But that’s not the only reason: physical activity is part of the way children discover the world, and themselves. It helps build strong muscles and healthy bones, as well as improve self-confidence.

You can find advice on eating well and getting active as a family on the Change4Life website.

“Nine out of 10 of our kids today could grow up with dangerous amounts of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening diseases like cancer, type 2 diabetes and heart disease.”

360 provides an ideal setting for physical activity.

Take a look at our Activity Classes for toddlers during term time or see our Beat the Clock low entrance prices for after school fun.

Opening times

We are open as usual over Christmas except for the following:

Christmas Eve 9.30-2pm

Christmas Day – Closed

Boxing Day – Closed

New Years Eve 9.30-4pm

New Years Day – Closed

WE HOPE YOU ALL HAVE A FANTASTIC CHRISTMAS AND AN AMAZING NEW YEAR

Milton Keynes Charity of the Year 2014/15

The Nominations have been counted and we are pleased to announce…

‘Emily’s Star’

is our Customer’s chosen Charity for the next 12 months!

Emilys-Star-logoEmily’s Star was set up in memory of Emily Elizabeth Elmer who was born with Trisomy 18, otherwise known as Edwards Syndrome, and who sadly passed away 26 days after her birth. The charity was set up by Emily’s mother Katie and has a number of objectives. The main activity is to raise funds for the Children with Complex Needs Nurses and families in Milton Keynes, and eventually across the UK, who care for children with life limiting and life threatening illnesses.

Additionally, the charity aims to raise awareness of Trisomy 18 and to provide neonatal boxes – Emily’s gift – to local neonatal units, which include items for both mothers and premature or underweight babies.

360 Play will offer its support to Emily’s Star for a period of 12 months, with the company helping in a variety of ways.

It is a great pleasure to be supporting Emily’s Star during the next 12 months and we look forward to helping the charity in its fundraising activities,” noted 360 Play business development manager Adam Skinner. “The charity was a popular choice in the poll we ran among our members to choose which organisation we’d be supporting and we look forward to working with Katie and her colleagues and to providing some new fund raising opportunities which will benefit the organisation.

For the charity, founder Katie Elmer said: “We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as this year’s charity for 360 Play. To have been nominated and voted for by customers and the people of Milton Keynes means a lot. We are looking forward to the next 12 months of fundraising; having such a big company backing us in 2015 can only bring good things to the babies and children in Milton Keynes that we help and support.

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Party with Santa 2014

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The 360 Play PARTY WITH SANTA event is on Wednesday the 17th December this year.

Come along and join in some festive fun and games.

We will have a Christmas disco,  games, a fancy dress competition and seasonal crafts available throughout the evening and of course Santa will be visiting to give all the children a pressie.

The party is from 4.00 – 7.30 to include all ages.

A hot snack box with the choice of hot dog, chicken nuggets/veg nuggets, fish fingers and a dessert is included in the entry price.

To book online please click on the Centre link below:

Booking in advance is advised and prices are as follows:

  • £6.00 for Play Pass holders
    (Please note that Play Pass Holder must book either at the Centre or by phoning 01908 247170  (Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm) to receive their discount)
  • £9.00 for general members
  • £3.00 for children under 1 – No food is included – just a visit to Santa and a present.

On the day subject to availability:

  • £6.50 for Play Pass holders & £10.00 general members and children under 1 £3.00 – again the under 1’s no food included just a visit to Santa.

Adult prebooked food package £6.50, on the day £7.50

Hot turkey roll with cranberry and stuffing, mince pie and a Hot Beverage

All adult entry will be FREE of charge – and the bar area will remain open until 7.00 offering a small select seasonal menu

 

Halloween Spooktacular

360 Play is once again offering visitors to its children’s entertainment centres some Halloween fun and games with our annual ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ event.

Our ‘Halloween Spooktacular’ is a ticketed event and visitors are advised to book in advance as there are no guarantees that tickets will be available on the night.

Even though it’s Halloween, a warm, friendly welcome is assured and as well as all the extra special activities taking place during the evening, the familiar 360 Play range of fun and creative play activities will be on offer for youngsters to enjoy, including the three storey play structure, 360 Street, the carousel, dodgem cars and much more.

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Fab new party area

We have been busy in Milton Keynes revamping the party area. Take a look at all our hard work, what a difference it has made.

Book now to guarantee your party as spaces are already filling for the autumn.

Charity link up

360 Play’s three children’s play centres in Milton Keynes, Stevenage and Leicester are each looking to link up with a local children’s charity to help support the chosen organisations over a 12 month period as their official charity for 2014/15.

360 Play venues are popular destinations for families with young children and feature a wide range of fun activities designed to encourage children to be physically active as well as to learn as they play.  And as a way of supporting their home cities and getting further involved with the local communities in which they are situated, each centre is now again looking to become involved with one of the many children’s charities based in their localities.

Our first experience in linking with local charities began in 2013 and we have worked with one in each area over the past 12 months or so,” noted Adam Skinner, 360 Play’s business development manager. “With the period for these arrangements now at an end we’d like to continue with this initiative and are looking for other children’s charities who feel 360 Play could help with their fund raising and other activities to put themselves forward for consideration as our next official charities.

As a family orientated business providing high quality fun, active, learn-through-play opportunities for families with children aged two to 12, we want to be involved in the local community in various ways and would like to continue with our charitable support. It’s a natural fit with what we do and we feel we have lots to offer whichever organisation we might link up with.

Adam noted that 360 Play would work with the chosen charities on a variety of fundraising initiatives which could, he said, include charity events held by 360 Play itself, with a percentage of profits going to the supported organisation, the use of 360 Play premises for a fundraising event and the provision of raffle prizes for further fundraising activities, among others.

And as an example of the support 360 Play provides to numerous local groups and organisations annually in the three areas around the UK in which it currently operates, Adam added that during the past 12 months, as a group, the company has donated in excess of 1,100 raffle prizes and attended over 60 different events.

So, if you are involved in a local charity in Milton Keynes, Stevenage or Leicester and would like to register your organisation’s interest in becoming one of 360 Play’s officially supported charities for 2014/15, please email Andrew Mellor at andrewfmellor@aol.com in the first instance, stating the reasons why you feel your charity should be considered.