Costume Swap ready for World Book Day at 360 Play Monday 10th February

Ahead of World Book Day on Thursday 5th March we will be hosting a costume swap session at 360 Play on Monday 10th February. Costume swapping is the most fun way to recycle! Children get new-to-them costumes and parents get to save money and do your bit for the planet at the same time.

World Book Day comes just once a year and most costumes will only be worn once … maybe twice if there’s a younger sibling willing to wear it another year. Chances are that your costumes are still in good enough shape to be passed along to another child and so at 360 Play World Book Day just got more parent AND planet friendly.

 Here is how it works! Drop off your clean, gently used costumes to 360 Play between 20th January and 10th February and we’ll give you a ticket to come back to the event on 10th February after 3pm and find a new costume. If you already have a costume sorted but would still like to donate then all costume donations will be gratefully received.

Download a poster to display in your school here

360 Play supporting the Poppy Appeal

This year we are proud to support the Royal British Legion and their Poppy Appeal.

Each year we remember the sacrifices of our armed forces with remembrance services and the wearing of a poppy. From 5th – 8th November you will be able to purchase a Royal British Legion poppy when you visit 360 Play and each adult who donates at least £2 (Cash donations only) to the Poppy Appeal will be given free entry to the centre.

We hope that you will join us in supporting this worthwhile cause.

Discounted entry applies to adult admissions only

Experience 360 Play at our PTA Evening

We’d love to invite PTA members from local schools along on Thursday 14th November to their local centre to meet with the 360 Play Team. We’d love to show you around the centre, grab a coffee on us and talk about how we can work together. If you’d like to come along all you need to do is pop in between 11am – 2pm and a member of the team will be on hand to help.

What can we do to help your PTA? We can supply prizes for fundraising events, all you need to do is send an email to bookings@360play.uk.com telling us when your event is and we’ll send out a prize to you!

We’re on hand to help with fundraising events too. Did you know you can hire 360 Play for exclusive use and sell tickets for people to come along? This is a fun and easy way to raise money for your school.

We also can tailor our packages to provide you with special group rates for visits, either as a school trip or as an end of term treat for the kids. We have something to suit all budgets so feel free to get in touch with our bookings team on 01908 247170 to find out what we can do for you or to find out more about our exclusive Christmas packages for schools.

Do Parents Secretly Love Soft Play?

We’re delighted to share a post on the 360 Blog from parent blogger and mum of two, Laura. Laura writes a family and lifestyle blog, Dear Bear and Beany, sharing her life with her husband and their two daughters. Laura writes about everything from the ordinary moments, to the adventures they go on as a family. She has a love for interiors, and shares the journey of turning their house, into a home. To read more from her visit her website below. 

Do Parents Secretly Love Soft Play?

As you scroll through social media, you will often come across a post from a parent commenting about how they are off to soft play ‘hell’ today and I think we’ve all said that at some point in our life. 

But, do we secretly love soft play? I mean they are always full of parents, so surely we can’t hate them that much. I know on those cold, wet days I’ve been grateful to have somewhere to take the children, that is warm and serves a nice hot coffee.

As much as we would love to have dry, warm days, every day, the reality is we don’t. Often the thought of spending another day cooped up in the house, can make those the hard days of parenting. To have somewhere to go, meet a friend, let your child burn off that excess energy is a god send. 

For many years as a parent you find yourself squeezing through the smallest of places as you follow your toddler around. Wondering what your life has become and seriously panicking that today is the day that you might actually get stuck! 

But, then you see their little faces light up, as they master the slide for the first time or dress up as a firefighter and declare it the best day ever and you think it’s all worth it. 

Then they get a bit bigger and more independent and over time soft play becomes your friend. As you no longer have to follow them around, but can sit and watch them. Giving them a wave, as you chat to your friend about the latest phase your child is going through, begging them for the answer. You even get to finish your coffee whilst it’s hot…..I know, this is a gift! 

What I really love about soft play, no matter what age my child is. They are safe! If you’ve got more than one child, and they are both off in different directions it’s a comfort to know they can’t get out and end up in the car park. Yes, they might wander into the big kids zone, and show you what a dare devil they really are. But they call it ‘soft play’ for a reason, it’s soft. 

You may even find that you love it so much, before you know its lunchtime and thankfully a lot of places now, including 360 Play, serve well balanced meals and pick your own lunches for children. There is no need to have a panic last minute, quick kids its lunchtime time to leave, which is often met with shouts of ‘I don’t want to leave’.

Yes, on a cold rainy day you may find that everyone else has the same idea as you and they are busy. But, soft play is a cheap day out and just think you will be rewarded later with either a brilliant nap from your toddler or a nice early bedtime from your child. There is no better reward!

Do you secretly love soft play? 

Links 

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A New Term for Classes at 360 Play Stevenage

The children are back to school next week and it’s a new term for our pre-school and baby classes at 360 Play Stevenage so we thought we would let you have a taster of what we have on offer.
Book onto one of the taster sessions for our classes and have free entry to enjoy our centre afterwards.
Places are limited so book quickly.

Follow the Facebook links to message the class organisers and book your place.

Reading Fairy
https://www.facebook.com/readingfairynorthherts/

Monkey Music
https://www.facebook.com/monkeymusicbaldockhitchinandwelwyn/

Tiny movers
https://www.facebook.com/tinymovers/

Signing Company
www.facebook.com/SigningCompanyMonique/

Mama Baby Bliss  CANCELLED
https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100009809288590

Moo Music
https://www.facebook.com/moomusicshl/

 

360 Play and Puddleducks – working together

Puddle Ducks teaches children, from birth to 10 years, to swim independently, beautifully and confidently, and to love and respect the water. We teach essential life skills and water safety to over 19,000 babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and primary school children across the UK, every week.

Classes are packed full of fun – watch as your little one develops into a confident swimmer without even realising they are learning to swim! We recognise that every child is different; our expert teachers individually tailor activities to suit your child’s ability and confidence levels. We often see children achieving their 10m award before they start school.

Teaching water safety from a young age is also core to our classes. Babies as young as six months start to learn water safety and personal survival skills, and our school aged children also learn life-saving skills. Every term, we hold pyjama parties – not only to put these skills into practice, but also to have lots of fun!

Our highly qualified teachers are passionate, professional, nurturing, fun and loved by our swimmers. Our innovative programme, incorporating bespoke songs and rhymes, has been developed over 15 years and is continually evolving. Swimming taught by experts…that’s the Puddle Ducks difference.

Puddle Ducks West Berkshire was established in 2013 by Jacqueline. It has not taken long for the Puddle Ducks word to spread locally and classes are now being offered in Reading, Bagshot, Frimley, Yateley & Odiham. We can’t wait to see you there soon!

Visit our website here

In Car Safety Centre partnership with 360 Play

In Car Safety Centre have proudly been at the forefront of children’s car safety since 1983. We are an independent child car seat specialist with three locations in the UK and Ireland – Milton Keynes, Essex and Belfast. 

70% of children’s car seats are either inappropriate for the child, incorrectly fitted or incompatible with the car. This is due to lack of awareness and knowledge. We wish to change this in the hopes it will mean less children who are killed and seriously injured on our roads. We pride ourselves in being a fully independent company, who advise, explain and demonstrate our products in order to help parents make an informed choice about their child’s car seat. Our staff do not have ‘sales targets’ to meet, and we will never suggest moving your child to the next seat if the one they have is still perfectly suitable. Our aim is to find the perfect seat for your situation, not to make a sale. We also offer a fantastic after sales service meaning that you can come back to us at any time to have your seat re-fitted, or contact us at any point with questions and concerns. We want you to feel confident in the seat you have chosen. 

If you are unable to come in store to avail of our fitting and advice, you can purchase many of our products online. We aim to be ‘responsible’ both in-store and online. You will notice that when you make a purchase online, we ask for certain information that will allow us to confirm, using our knowledge and experience that the seat you have chosen is suitable for your child, and for the vehicle it will be used in. Our newly redesigned website offers lots of useful safety information to answer all of your questions, and hopefully make the world of car seats a little less confusing.

We are delighted to be partnering up with 360 Play. We want to spread the word on car seat safety and make safety fun. Some of you may also know that we are specialists in additional needs car seats and products, so we are excited to get involved in 360 Play’s SEN evenings where we can help with expert advice. We are really looking forward to this partnership.

Redditch’s First Parent & Toddler Fayre is a great success with local families and local businesses.

Located in the heart of Redditch at 360 Play Town, the region’s first Toddler and Parent Fayre on 14th  May was a great success with over 20 local businesses taking part. 

Leading Local Family Entertainment centre 360 Play Town hosted the region’s first Parent Toddler Fayre putting local families in contact with great companies and organisations across the region who provide everything from support classes to bespoke keepsake gifts.  On the day over 200 local families came to see what this region has to offer young families with children, or those about to have children.  

The event allowed free access to 360 Play Town  for the morning so the children could play while parents got the chance to see what support organisations exist in their area and what great local companies serve this market.  Sarah Cox who holds Hartbeeps classes at the centre on Thursday mornings said “This was an amazing venue for this great event. We loved meeting everyone today and doing our sessions every week. Hartbeeps has a new home on a Thursday”

360 Play Town Centre Manager Gary Allan “This was a great opportunity for local families to try out informative classes and workshops and to enjoy our great facility, and we are so pleased so many organisations got involved” 

There was all the usual 360 Play Town fun to be had too making it a great day out for young families and a great introduction to the centre for first time visitors. At 360 Play Town you can enjoy a wide range of activities for children, from babies and toddlers, right up to the age of 12 and all of the activities included are designed so that adults can join in the experience too. In addition to our multi storey play frame which features slides and ball zones, visitors can enjoy unlimited rides on our musical carousel, messy play activities and our 360 Street role play area.

Duncan Phillips Founder and managing Director “We are so proud to be part of the Redditch community and following the success of this day we are definitely looking to make it a annual event.  Thanks to all the businesses that came along and we look forward to welcoming back all the families that also attended.”  

Here is what some of the businesses taking part said about the event,

Sarah from Blossom Keepsakes said “I’m so glad I booked into this event. I’ve had a lot of interest in my raised impressions and 3D casting keepsakes. I was given a great spot to display my work and was able to take hand and foot impressions on the day. The staff were very helpful and supportive and the whole event had a lovely vibe”

“This was such a great idea! It’s so nice to see local businesses being promoted” Clair Clark, Freya Grace Boutique

Vikki from Mini First Aid who hosted a demonstration on the day said “It has been great to meet lots of parents and grandparents today and talk about why it is so important to learn first aid. We are really looking forward to coming back to the centre for our First Aid session for 3-6 year olds “

360 Play in the School Community

Did you know that what your kids do after school can affect what they do at school? Research shows that regular physical activity contributes to better academic results, improves concentration , helps development and helps to protect against negative behaviours such as bullying.

 

At 360 Play we are passionate about giving children and their families the chance to enjoy active, creative and engaging play. 10 years ago when everyone was embracing screens and phones and gaming, we decided to go back to basics and that’s how 360 Play Milton Keynes started the play revolution – no screens, no electronics, just play.  Our modern lives means that children don’t get the chance to play out as we did  and the after school period is often a sedentary time for them as their parents may tend to keep them indoors in a safe place instead of running around outside when they really need the chance to unwind after concentrating in the classroom all day. Our centre provides a safe and secure environment where they can do just that – whatever the weather.

 

360 Play isn’t all about soft play, it’s a family entertainment centre with something for everyone.  We realise that even children in the same family are very different so we have designed a wide variety of activities to suit all and as its one entry price for everything, children can choose what they want to do in a safe environment and then change their mind and try something different.

 

We now have seven centres ranging from 12 000 sq ft to 28 000 sq ft housing 360 Street, dodgems, a musical carousel, soft play frames, sports arenas, table tennis and table football. 360 also hosts classes and has an in-house messy play area with a schedule of activities linking to the Early Years Foundation Stage of learning. Some of our centres have harnessed climbing attractions and some have outside areas containing climbing, paddle boats, role play houses and a big favourite, a giant sandpit.

 

360 Street role play is a massive part of our back to basics philosophy. Role play is so key to a child’s development – they watch, they copy, they learn.  We provide the safe environment to explore, to learn risk without risk. Luigi’s Pizza parlour, Vets ‘n’ pets, Twirl’s boutique and Twizzle’s Garage are just a few of the street brands now familiar to customers at 360 Play.

 

As a local business we are proud to support our community and so we decided to give local schools the chance to visit us for a play session after school free of charge. This is a great opportunity for children to rediscover the centre and enjoy spending time with their friends and for some to experience what we have to offer for the first time. We are thrilled to be welcoming them along for our 360 Play in the Community School Days.

 

This week we have been welcoming children to our centre in Milton Keynes and we have been delighted to speak with parents who understand and share our ethos and enthusiasm for active play.

‘This has provided me an opportunity to bring my child here where I wouldn’t have been able to afford to do so before. Thank you’ Kylie Bates – Rickley Park School

‘Good idea for the kids to spend time with friends they don’t usually see out of school.’ Ceri Tyers – Rickley Park School

‘Really good idea, kids have had so much fun! Great idea for SATS week too. Thank you’  – Parent from Chestnuts school

360 Play Stevenage is excited to announce a collaboration with locally based company, Fundamentally Children

We’re going to be teaming up with Fundamentally Children and the Good Toy Zone to bring some exciting new events to visitors. The first part of this new partnership will see three play days beginning on 19th June showcasing Good Toys in the centre, with the Good Toy Zone team on hand to promote play and talk to parents about the benefits of the products.

Dr Amanda Gummer the MD and Founder of Fundamentally Children said “We are delighted to be working with such an exciting partner who shares our approach to play and child development. We’re thrilled to be able to offer even more play opportunities to children visiting 360 Play with our Good Toy Zones and play days.

The centre itself features a host of attractions and activities for families, including a multi-level play frame featuring ball showers, ball zones, slides and more, a carousel, dodgem track and 360 Street creative play zone incorporating individual play units such as a fire station, supermarket, pizza parlour, vets and dressing up boutique.

“We are excited to be working with Fundamentally Children, a company that shares our ethos when it comes to engaging children in active, creative and stimulating play” said Managing Director Duncan Phillips. “We look forward to providing more opportunities at 360 Play for children and their families to enjoy play time in our safe and secure environment.

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