Milton Keynes MPs Encourage Nominations For Free Tickets To 360 Play As Part Of Young Minds Campaign

Milton Keynes MPs, Ben Everitt and Iain Stewart, have encouraged people to nominate deserving families in MK to receive free tickets to 360 Play.

360 Play’s founder Duncan Phillips has pledged £60,000 worth of tickets for children and families who have struggled during lockdown as part of the business’ Young Minds Campaign.

And after visiting the centre on Friday to see the positive impact re-opening was having on hundreds of families across MK, Ben and Iain are encouraging people to nominate family, friends and colleagues to win free tickets.

There are many reasons a person can nominate someone to receive free tickets to 360 Play. From children not seeing a parent as much due to them being a frontline worker to a child going above and beyond to help others, the main theme is that they could really use with a fun and much-needed experience at 360 Play.

Ben Everitt, the MP for Milton Keynes North, commented:

“This is such a wonderful offer from 360 Play who have seen the impact lockdowns have had on children and families across the country and are doing their bit to help out.

“It was lovely to see so many families back out enjoying themselves in a COVID-safe way at 360 Play so if you know anybody who would really benefit from tickets please do nominate them and help boost mental wellbeing across Milton Keynes.”

Iain Stewart, the MP for Milton Keynes South, said:

“The children of Milton Keynes have had a really difficult time during the coronavirus pandemic and that is why I am championing the Young Minds Campaign by 360 Play. 

“By allowing people to nominate families and children who have experienced a tough time to receive free tickets to 360 Play, it will give children the long-awaited opportunity to create childhood memories and be children again!

“If you know of a family or children that could do with a visit to 360 Play, I encourage you to nominate them.”

Duncan Phillips, founder of 360 Play, added:

“I am passionate that it’s now we need to get our children out from home lockdowns and start playing together with others in safe and creative settings that will help re introduce them to social interaction off screens.  Through our Young Minds Campaign if we can reach out and give just one family some help right now it will have been a success.  That’s why I am so proud to play our part reaching out to thousands of families who may not have the ability to access our sites to come along as or guests and play again in active and open settings, I look forward to hearing our centres full of play and laughter again.” 

 You can nominate somebody you think is deserving of free tickets to 360 Play here: Nominate here

 

360 Play re-opens to welcome local families for some safe smiles

May the 17th was a happy day at 360 Play’s centres for customers and staff.  This leading leisure attraction group closed its doors along with the rest of the country’s hospitality businesses back in December last year, with the hope it would only be a few weeks before they could reopen.  Five months later and in line with stage 3 of the road map, 360 Play finally got to welcome back many local families for some well overdue fun and play. 

“The coronavirus has had deep and wide impacts on our city, our families and many of the local businesses that serve them.  Some of the most impacted and yet least talked about are our children.  As a father of two boys I have seen some of the impacts this latest lockdown has had on them which is why I am so pleased we can open up our attraction for local families to be able to come and enjoy some play time without screens”  Founder and Managing Director Duncan Phillips.

Maureen, grandmother to Reece and Fay, was visiting Rushden Lakes’ centre and said  “Its amazing to be back and able to spend some quality playtime with my grandchildren in the safe clean environment that 360 Play gives us. The kids adore it here and it makes for an easy day out”

360 Centre Manager Lauren Jenkins said “The second lock down has been very hard on many of our staff and so we are really pleased to be able to get back to doing what we love here at 360, and hopefully put some smiles back on our customers faces.  We will keep in place our covid safe operating procedures and be limiting numbers while we steadily emerge from the latest lockdown. I have been with 360 Play for 5 years now and have really missed seeing the centre full of life over the last few months, so I and all the team are loving the noise our first customers are making with us today.”

360 Play was founded over 10 years ago and now has seven play centres across the South East and South Midlands.  Founder Duncan Phillips started the business to give families like his own a place where they could all play together.  Utilising hands on creative play environments, physically active play settings and skills based play attractions, the centre encourages intergenerational active play in a more traditional way, encouraging adults to spend time playing with their children and having fun too.    

360 Play Young Minds Campaign

360 Play’s ‘Young Minds Campaign’ aims to support children and families across our communities who have been isolated throughout the pandemic, those who have lost jobs, those who have been sick or those who have struggled to cope and need a helping hand back to normality. Passionate dad, owner and founder Duncan Phillips has pledged over £60,000 worth of tickets for children and families who have struggled through lockdown, for 360 Play centres across the country. 

“As a father of two boys through lockdown and passionate about giving children the best start in life, the pandemic has had a significant impact on the younger members of our society.  Unfortunately we may only see the impacts when the world does start to return to normal, but the warning signs are very clear to see.”  Duncan Phillips – Founder and Managing Director

NOMINATE a family you feel would benefit from this campaign HERE

We have closely followed the child health experts throughout the pandemic and considered where we could have an impact to help our children.

Prof Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, addressing MPs on the Education Select Committee earlier this year: “When we close schools we close their lives, the pandemic has caused a range of harms to children across the board from being isolated and lonely to suffering from sleep problems and reduced physical activity.”

Dr Kathryn Lester, senior lecturer in Developmental Psychology at the University of Sussex, writes that: “The importance of play for children’s wellbeing is still all too easily overlooked, and sadly even more so in the midst of a global pandemic.”

The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. “While posing a lower risk of physical health problems for children, Covid-19 has transformed the social lives of children more rapidly than anyone could have imagined” 

We have also watched our own families struggle through lock down and missing their peers.

“I am passionate that it’s now we need to get our children out from home lockdowns and start playing together with others in safe and creative settings that will help re-introduce them to social interaction off screens.  Through our Young Minds Campaign if we can reach out and give just one family some help right now it will have been a success.  That’s why I am so proud to play our part reaching out to thousands of families who may not have the ability to access our sites to come along as our guests and play again in active and open settings.“  Duncan Phillips 

In this campaign we are reaching out to our local communities to help find out who really need a day of carefree family fun. It’s more important now than ever that we look after our youngest generation and their developing minds.  If you know someone in your community who would benefit from this we need you to nominate them.   

For the first 30 days of 360 Play reopening, in stage three of the roadmap, we will be gifting over 50 tickets daily to the most deserving families in our communities. Friends, families, local charities or CAHMs teams can nominate families who they consider would benefit from a play date together.

Our children have struggled with isolation throughout the pandemic, all their usual social interaction with family and friends that shapes who they are has gone. Parents have been working from home whilst home schooling and providing childcare. Babies have been born who have never met or had interaction with other babies or adults.

Research shows that the formative years are intrinsically important to a child’s development and that the role of play is vital for both psychological and physical growth.

Alison Morton – Head of The Institute of Health Visiting says services have been badly hit during the pandemic with specialist nurses pulled away from their duties to help out on the Covid front line. In some areas, health visitor numbers have dropped by half. Meanwhile, the absence of baby and parent groups, and the friendships that naturally develop from them, has meant the babies of the pandemic have not benefited from the stimulus of social contact that is vital to their development.

For the majority of the school aged children all of their home schooling activities and hobbies have been through screens on their televisions, iPads and computers. Screens have been used (understandably so) as virtual baby sitters for younger children so parents can continue to work and we all feel the frustration of daily Zoom calls!

The 360 Play Young Minds Campaign has been created by Duncan with the support of his management teams across our centres and the backing of local MPs, children’s mental health charities, local businesses and more. 

NOMINATE a family you feel would benefit from this campaign HERE

A few words from some of our team members:

“The young minds campaign is something I am so proud to be part of,  I’ve seen firsthand the relief on the children and their families faces as they run through the door. It’s never been more important that we take the time to look after the young minds in our community. I saw it personally in my own family. As my little brother is autistic the time inside preventing him from socialising made him take a back step. He did not want to leave the house even to see his friends and family. He came to 360 post the second lockdown and you could see the tension drop from his shoulders as he ran through the play frame and just really enjoyed himself. The same for my mum as she sat down, enjoyed a coffee and watched. There are so many children who will have despite all efforts, been affected by this lockdown and it’s important that all of us are doing our part in supporting families through the return to normal. It truly takes a village and I’m proud 360 is a part of that.” 

Chloe Twiselton – Centre Manager 360 Play Milton Keynes

“As a mum myself who has spent the most part of the last year self isolating at home with my children, struggling at the most part to be the best pretend teacher I could be, the Young Minds Campaign is such an honour to be part of to bring happiness back to all the children and their families. The children who have been home schooled, missed out on the socialising and the lockdown babies who haven’t had the chance to experience such fun yet deserve an amazing day out to enjoy being kids again.”    

Amiileigh Boules – Centre Manager 360 Play Leicester 

“As a parent of two children and also a centre manager at 360 Play, I’ve seen first hand how crucial it is for children to be able to play freely in a setting where they can use their imagination and creativity, burn off energy and to interact with children of their own age. 

The 360 Play Young Minds Campaign is a huge project where I can help pioneer this belief and be a part of giving back to not only parents, but to children who’ve had a hard time adapting to life in lockdown. 

My team and I are so eager to get back to what we do best, and start to put a smile back on the faces of our local community” 

James Hack – Centre Manager 360 Play Basildon.

And a customer telling 360 Play how important our role will be in the coming months after lockdown;

”My son is autistic and has struggled coming in and out of lockdowns with some anxiety and social skills. He has become quite withdrawn and will avoid playing alongside people he doesn’t know well or going out at all.  He is much more content at home now. I know it’s important that he socialises, but I was worried how I would encourage him to do so. I brought him to 360 post the second lockdown after watching the safety video online. He loved every minute and so did I.  Well distanced, clean as always and an enjoyable atmosphere. My son interacted with staff and other children from a distance. I spoke to other mums across the distanced tables, and I watched my son completely relax and smile so much. We were both anxious when we came in, but we left with a new lease of life. Thank you for this piece of normal and what will hopefully be an early night!”  

Claire Hatch – Parent to a 10 year old boy.

Duncan Phillips – The Incoming Chair of BALPPA

Duncan Phillips, owner and founder of 360 Play, will be taking the Chairmanship role of the UK attractions group BALPPA for the next 2 years. Having been brought up in the leisure and theme park industry and filling the vice chair position throughout the pandemic, his experience will be invaluable in taking the UK attractions out the other side of the lockdown.

Founded in 1936, BALPPA is the non profit-making Trade Association representing the interests of owners, managers, suppliers and developers in the UK’s commercial leisure parks, piers, zoos, family entertainment centres (indoor play and soft play centres) and static visitor attractions sector.

Amongst BALPPA’s principal aims are to represent the needs and concerns of the industry to HM Government departments, policy-makers and influencers and to promote safe practice throughout the industry.

BALPPA has been particularly active over the past year representing and fighting for the leisure and hospitality industries that have been devastated by the pandemic.

A few words from Duncan:

“Our sector has had one of the most difficult times ever experienced in our lifetimes and the need to work together for the good of all has been the defining value of BALPPA this last 12 months. Under the careful Chairmanship of Richard Mancey the association has had to respond to unprecedented challenges as we have worked to serve the membership in new ways. At this time I would like to pay heartfelt thanks on behalf of the industry for Richard’s commitment to the sector and working hard to ensure our collective needs are put forward at the highest levels, at all times. On a more personal level, working alongside Richard these last two years as Vice Chairman has enabled me to appreciate his calm approach to even the most challenging of situations, thank you Richard. As we all start to look towards our industry opening back up again, BALPPA has learnt much through the pandemic that I hope will enable us to shape the Association in a way fit for the future and become even more responsive to the needs of all its members. The Pandemic has forced us to do things differently, some of which have been successful, and some of which we can’t wait to leave behind and get back to traditional methods. As your incoming Chairman I want to focus on what we have learnt to do well while still remembering what brings us all together as a body and has served us so well for many years. The use of new methods of connecting and working has certainly been one of the key learnings for me through the pandemic. Through my Chairmanship I hope to build on this to widen the reach and access to BALPPA. Not just to the key decision makers and thought leaders of organisations but to the many talented, passionate individuals who deliver our great products every day across the UK. These industry professionals, either starting out, or part way through their industry journey should be able to access all the benefits our association has to offer. By widening the organisation’s reach I think we will find greater strength and diversity of members to equip BALPPA as a must-have for tomorrow’s industry professionals. I would also like to thank Terry Monkton in agreeing to support me and the BALPPA team on this journey as my Vice Chair and I very much welcome his wider understanding of the sector from the trade side. Over the coming months as we emerge from “pandemic crisis management mode” I very much welcome meeting up with many lifelong industry friends and colleagues across the membership to see what we have learnt and what BALPPA needs to do tomorrow. Finally on a very personal note I still remember my first BALPPA event experience back in 1986 as a very young helper serving food to guests during a BALPPA Summer Conference visit to our family’s theme park Gulliver’s Kingdom. It will therefore be a great honour to serve you as your Chairman in 2021-23.”

A Successful Spooktacular Halloween

Our Halloween sessions went down a treat this year, with customers enjoying the new Pumpkin Patch along with the always popular Trick or Treat Street. Children could also create magic in Messy Play as well as enjoy all the usual 360 play features.

Here are just some of the lovely comments customers have made:

“Great Halloween fun with my 1 year old, all staff are so lovely and fun, love it here. Enjoyed the pumpkin patch best 🙂 Thank you!”

“First time coming, lots of fun. My 14 month old loved the sand patch with pumpkins. Loved looking at all the Halloween decorations. Thank you so much, worth every penny.”

“We really enjoyed Halloween at 360 Play, my kids love burning off energy in the centre, it’s a real work out for me and the kids, getting the kids off their phone is so essential to their welfare.”

Halloween at 360 Play

We’ve got pumpkin for you to be excited about this October!

Carve out some fun at 360 Play this half term where bewitching surprises await you for our Halloween Spooktacular. Get your favourite costume ready and join in the Halloween spirit with the 360 Team who are cooking up a whole host of spellbinding and covid safe activities and fang-tastic prizes, including the chance to win an annual pass! Your little monsters can enjoy up to 3 hours of safe and not so scary 360 fun along with pumpkin carving in the brand new 360 pumpkin patch and Trick or Treating on 360 Street. Make sure you stop by the 360 café during your visit for some goulishly good eats and devilishly delicious desserts*. It’s going to be fa-BOO-lous!

We have been working hard behind the scenes to find ways for you to have a great time and in a covid secure way. Temperature checks and health questionnaires for staff and guests will still apply, along with reduced capacity, hand sanitising stations and removal of the loose play elements. You can still enjoy 360 Street with your own individual prop bag which is available at reception.

To comply with safe social distancing there are only a limited number of tickets available so book early to avoid disappointment.

Join us for a scarily fun visit on Friday 30th and Saturday 31st October from 8.30am.

Children £14.95 (Free entry for children under 1)

Adults £4.95

360 Play Pass holders can enjoy a discounted rate of £10.95 for children and £4.95 for adults.

Play Pass holders need to call our bookings team on 01908 670160 9am – 5pm daily to purchase tickets at the discounted rate.

* Food and drink not included in ticket price

Book your tickets now!

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We are accepting vouchers

If you have a 360 Play day pass or voucher then we have great news for you, you will now be able to use this on your next visit to 360 Play!

Up until now we could only accept advance online bookings and we haven’t been able to process vouchers due to the restrictions placed on us by Covid-19 through our booking system. The team has been working hard behind the scenes and you can now visit us using your voucher or day pass and without pre-booking Monday – Friday until 23rd October. We know that your voucher may be out of date but don’t worry! We will still accept them when you visit us before this date.

The vouchers we can accept include:

• Day passes

• Birthday vouchers from parties

• Easter promotion vouchers (buy one child ticket get one free- cheapest child free)

• Short breaks vouchers

We apologise for any inconvenience but we are unable to accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers at this time.

Great Value After School Play

Play and Eat After School Offer

Treat the children to an afternoon trip to 360 Play this week and save on cooking when you visit us on a weekday after school. Our fantastic Play & Eat deal is available Monday – Friday when you book online. You can include a hot meal for £7.20 or choose the cold food option for £8.20 and enjoy a hassle free dinner time.

In Redditch a hot meal is £5.75 and a cold snack pack is £6.75

Tickets must be booked online.

We also have reduced our prices for entry after 3pm Monday to Friday in term time

Let the children enjoy an active session after school for this fantastic price.

1-3 years: £4.80

4-12 years: £5.80

Adults: £3.50

Redditch prices

6-12 months: £2.75

1-12 years: £3.75

13-17 years: £2.75

All sessions must be pre booked online

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Covid-19 Safety and Cleaning Measures

Welcome back, we would like you know about the precautions we are putting in place. All the following will apply:

 

Here is a video demonstrating the highly effective cleaning products we use – watch here

We politely request that you refrain from visiting 360 Play should you start displaying any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19.

The main symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back (you do not need to measure your temperature)
  • a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
  • a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

Please contact our bookings department on 01908 670160 or email bookings@360play.co.uk should you need to amend your booking.

To support the health and safety of guests and staff during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic 360 Play will be using non-contact thermometers to screen the temperature of each guest and employee before they enter. Guests who do not wish to undergo the temperature screening or who have a raised temperature of [37.8°C or above], along with their household group, will not be permitted entry but will be offered a full refund of the admission price of their ticket. No record of the temperature will be retained and the data will not be used for any other purpose.

Face masks must be worn from 8th August

From the 8th August 2020 it will become mandatory for visitors to indoor settings to wear a face covering. Children under the age of 11 and those who have health, age, equality or disability reasons may be exempt from wearing face coverings, details of this can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

Therefore we ask you to wear a face covering before entering 360 Play and keep it on until you leave except when eating or drinking at your table.

The wearing of face coverings is intended to protect us all, our staff will not routinely ask for written evidence of exemptions. The law requires us to take reasonable steps to promote compliance with the law, non compliance could result in refused entry, being asked to leave the premises or fines from the authorities if you do not have a valid exemption. We ask you not to put our staff in a difficult position by complying and wearing your face covering.

Please be aware that the wearing of face coverings is not mandatory for those working within indoor settings, our employees will continue to follow guidance from 360 Play based on workplace occupational health and safety risk assessments.