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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Leicester Charity of the Year 2014/15

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

Home Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston’

is our customers’ chosen charity for the next 12 months!

Part of a national organisation, Home-Start Blaby District was formed in November 1999 and subsequently expanded to the boroughs of Oadby and Wigston in 2005. Volunteers offer regular support, practical help and friendship to families in the local community that need some extra help and support in their own homes, helping prevent family crisis and breakdown. As well as volunteers visiting family homes, the organisation also runs a number of groups in the community that families can attend.

As a registered charity it is dependent on financial support and donations from local organisations and individuals. 360 Play will offer its support to Home-Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston, which received 44% of the poll vote, for a period of 12 months, with the company helping in a variety of ways.

It is a great pleasure to be supporting Home-Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston 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 the team and to providing some new fund raising opportunities which will benefit the organisation.

On behalf of the charity, scheme manager Fiona Bedford said: “Home-Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston is delighted to have been chosen to become 360 Play’s charity of the year and we look forward to the opportunities that this partnership will bring. Home-Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston offers support, friendship and practical help for families with young children, in our local community. We offer a unique service, by recruiting and training skilled volunteers, usually parents themselves, to support families with under 5s either in their homes or through family group support. We also offer specialist help, Mums in Mind for families where the mother suffers post natal depression.

> Home-Start Blaby District, Oadby and Wigston

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Stevenage Charity of the Year 2014/15

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

The Magic of Play Appeal

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

magic-of-play-appeal-charity-logo-150x150The Magic of Play Appeal aims to raise £250,000 to build and equip a new playroom on the Children’s Unit at the Lister hospital in Stevenage. The current playroom, a 25 year old portakabin, is no longer suitable to meet the complex needs of the sick children and young people the organisation cares for. The new, larger playroom will include a dedicated area for children with cancer, a space designed specifically for teenagers, improved access for wheelchair users and a sensory area for children and young people with learning disabilities.

The Magic of Play Appeal cares for over 3,000 children and young people on the Children’s Unit each year and 360 Play will offer its support to the organisation, which received 83% of the poll vote, for a period of 12 months, with the company helping in a variety of ways.

It is a great pleasure to be supporting the Magic of Play Appeal 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 they are clearly hugely passionate about what they do. They deserve all the support they can get and we look forward to working with Zoe, Marilyn and the other members of the team and to providing some new fund raising opportunities which will benefit the organisation.

Zoe Doherty, Fundraiser for the East & North Herts Hospitals Charity, commented: “We were delighted when we heard that 360 Play in Stevenage had chosen the Magic of Play Appeal to support. The children’s ward at the Lister hospital treats over 3,000 sick children every year and while our play specialists do an amazing job, the playroom is now over 30 years old and in need of repair. With 360 Play’s support we aim to raise £250,000 to build a new playroom which will be much larger, modern in design and will cater for every child we treat. A huge thank you to everyone at 360 Play for choosing our appeal to 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.