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.

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.

Fresh Fun at Stevenage

We have been working hard over the summer to create an outdoor area at Stevenage. We have created a compact area full of 360 outdoor fun. A large sandpit is enclosed by outdoor 360 Street with our quirky school house, cottage, police station and ice cream kiosk for the kids to have endless imaginary fun. With some nice seating and landscaped planters it all adds up to some fresh air and sunshine on a nice day.