No screen time at 360 Play!

We are always looking to encourage families with young children to be more active. Switch off the screen and let’s get playing, we say!

At a time when so many youngsters spend many an hour in front of a computer or TV screen, the industry leading team at 360 Play is seeking to promote healthier and more beneficial play which in turn enhances child development. To this end, there is no ‘screen time’ at its venues; instead all the activities on offer provide a fun, stimulating environment which encourages children aged 2 to 12 to be creative and use their imagination, whether it be enjoying the many indoor or outdoor elements available.

Research shows that today’s children spend a great deal more time indoors than outdoors – and that’s not good! Outdoor play increases fitness levels and builds active, healthy bodies, it provides a naturally stress-free environment for young minds to benefit from and it aids youngsters’ development both mentally and physically.

As we move from spring to summer and the weather becomes more conducive to outdoor play, 360 Play Milton Keynes offers a wide range of activities within its Club 360 outdoor area, providing children with another fun, safe environment to enjoy. With paddle boats, a huge sandpit, play houses and much more, youngsters can be out in the sunshine and fresh air for a healthier, physically active time.

jump hurdles SQAnd of course, if the great British weather decides not to play ball and the outdoor areas are unavailable, all the activities inside the centre also offer many great opportunities for a fun, active day out, be it the three storey soft play structure, dodgem cars, carousel or 360 Street with all its creative play opportunities.

To help promote a healthier, more active lifestyle for young children, particularly during the warmer summer months, 360 Play is encouraging its members and visitors to post pictures on its Facebook page of themselves having a great time in the great outdoors. The best ones will win a family day pass to 360 Play (for two adults and two children; be sure to tag 360 Play in the photos; Ts & Cs apply).

Everything at 360 Play is available for an all-inclusive price and there are no time limits. There’s also free parking right outside the front door so it really is the place to be this half-term – whatever the weather!

Exclusive special needs evenings, big success.

We provide a unique offering for families with children with special needs

The events take place on the first Friday of each month from 6.30pm to 8.30pm and provide an opportunity for children, parents and carers to come together for an exclusive period of play and activities in a safe, secure environment with friendly and experienced staff. A reduced charge of £4.99 for each child is made and parents and carers receive free entry.

Research shows that children who participate in regular physical activities develop the knowledge, skills, behaviours, attitudes and confidence needed to be active for life, while play also provides a welcome outlet for children to be creative and release stored up energy. These skills are especially important for children with special needs.

Sq pink carousel “We began our special needs evenings a few years ago following requests for such an event,” said 360 Play’s Group Sales and Marketing Manager Billie-Jan Hills. “These regular evenings bring children, parents and carers together to compare notes, make new friends and have lots of fun and have proved very popular with all who take part.

“Very often special needs children are unable to use our centres when other children are present so our exclusive evenings each month provide an environment that caters specifically to their needs and enjoyment.”

Brothers, sisters and friends are welcome too and all the usual facilities are on offer, including a three storey soft play structure, dodgem cars, carousel, 360 Street with all its creative play opportunities and a café area. Mascots Twizzle and Twirl also join in with games and party dancing.

More information on the 360 Play special needs evenings please email: bookings@360play.uk.com

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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