360 Play COVID-19 Update – Sorry 360 is closed for the time being

We are sorry to announce that following the government advice to us all on reducing social interaction and to avoid smaller public spaces, we have taken the difficult decision to close all our 360 Play centres until further notice.

The health and safety of all our staff and guests is our top priority. The decision we have taken today has been made with all of you and your families in mind and to try to help reduce the transmission of the virus. Please be assured our team has been working hard over the last few weeks to do everything within our power to ensure 360 Play was as safe as it could be but in light of the changing advice over the last few days we have had to take the decision to close. All our centres and our head office are now closed and staff members at home with their families helping to do their bit to stop the spread of the corona virus.

Birthday Parties – our sincerest apologies to anyone who has a birthday booked with us, we are so sorry that we have to disappoint any child. We have tried to contact everyone who has a party booked with us until the 10th April and if we have been unable to contact you or if you have a party booked from the 10th April until we reopen, don’t worry we will be in touch as soon as we reopen offering to reschedule your party or refund monies already paid.

Annual Passes – these will be extended by however many days we stay closed.

Direct Debit Passes – we will not be taking payments from members for their passes while we are closed. 

Upcoming events and classes – we will be updating schedules and will keep you posted via our website, emails and social media.

 As a family business we are devastated to announce this decision but everyone’s health and safety must come first. We’d like to thank you for your loyalty and understanding during this uncertain time. We look forward to welcoming you again, hopefully very soon.

 With our very best wishes,

 Duncan Phillips & the 360 Play Team

What we are doing at 360 Play to keep you safe

We appreciate your loyalty and the trust you place in us as a family attraction. Recognising the ongoing and increased uncertainty that coronavirus (COVID-19) is causing around the world, our highest priority is the health and well-being of our guests and employees. With that in mind, we wanted to update you on the actions we have taken in response to the outbreak.

The advice from the health authorities surrounding businesses such as ours has not changed, so our business is operating as normal and standard terms and conditions on bookings continue to apply. In line with general public health guidance, we have implemented enhanced cleaning regimes throughout 360 Play and increased the availability of hand sanitisation products, and we ask all customers to observe good hygiene practices during their visit. For your peace of mind we have taken extra steps in temporarily removing the balls from our ball pits to raise our already high award winning hygiene standards. As balls are more time consuming to clean, dry and sanitise we would not be able to clean them in line with the rest of the equipment. We have left a small amount of balls in Ball Mania which will be removed and cleaned regularly throughout the day. 

The new guidance is that any individual with symptoms of coronavirus, even if they have not been in contact with a confirmed case, is to self isolate for 7 days. This means that any children with a high temperature or persistent cough will be asked to not visit 360 Play for 7 days after the onset of symptoms. If you are having to isolate as an adult, this will also mean you will not be able to come into the centre. A link to the new guidance is;

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-stay-at-home-guidance/stay-at-home-guidance-for-people-with-confirmed-or-possible-coronavirus-covid-19-infection 

We would ask that you please support us by being responsible and not bringing your child to 360 Play if they are unwell. We do have members of staff, children and parents in the higher risk groups and it is essential for everyone to be responsible for protecting our community.

We ask all our guests to observe high standards of personal hygiene whilst visiting 360 Play. There are simple things you can do to help prevent the spread of the virus, including: 

  • Covering your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze 
  • Putting used tissues in the bin immediately 
  • Washing your hands with soap and hot water regularly, and using hand sanitiser gel 
  • Trying to avoid close contact with people who are unwell 
  • Avoiding touching your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean.
  • Strict food hygiene rules are already in place, but extra vigilance will be taken in our restaurant.

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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Facebook https://www.facebook.com/dearbearandbeany/

Instagram https://www.instagram.com/dearbearandbeany/

Twitter https://twitter.com/dearbearandbean

 

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 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.

Make sure you are following on Facebook to find out more about our play days.

Another Basildon First in its 70th year, 360 Parent & Toddler Fayre is a great success with local families and local business

Hosted by Local Family entertainment centre 360 Play, the regions first dedicated Toddler and Parent Fayre was a great success with over 35 local businesses taking part and many over 600 local families attending.

Leading Local Family Entertainment centre 360 Play hosted the regions first Parent Toddler Fayre putting local families in contact with great companies and organisations across the region who provide everything from child development classes to bespoke birthday cakes and even mermaids.  On the day over 600 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 Basildon for the morning so families could play while also seeing what support organisations exist in their area and what great local companies serve this market. The In Car Safety Centre said “We’d like to thank 360 Play for the opportunity to attend this great event. It has been very beneficial meeting lots of local parents and carers to discuss car seat safety.

Among the stalls 360 Play also showcased some of their toddler classes. Kelly from Sing and Sign which takes place at the centre on Fridays said “What a fantastic family focused event, bringing service providers and Essex families together. We’ve had lots of interest in our new classes here, met lots of friendly faces and best of all, had a good time. Thank you 360 for hosting a wonderful event

Moo Music stall holders

The classes on offer weren’t just music and movement. Karen from local company Sounds Right Phonics was on hand telling visitors about their Thursday morning classes at 360. “I’ve had so much fun meeting lots of children and parents and sharing local classes

360 Play Centre Manager Ricki Melly “This was a great opportunity for local families to try out informative classes and workshops and to enjoy our great facility.  We are so pleased that so many organizations got involved, we are now 3 years old here at 360 but its great we have seen so many new faces who have not experienced 360 play before, we look forward to welcoming them all back over the next few months

There was all the usual 360 Play 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 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 dodgems and musical carousel, messy play activities and our 360 Street role play area.  With both indoor and outdoor attractions, 360 Play is a year round destination 

Mermaids from Swim School

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

Here is what some of the other stall holders had to say about the event,

Today has been very beneficial and it’s been great to meet local parents and promote our preschools, Hilltots, Little Teds and Briscoe Primary School and Nursery. Thank you for having us.” HEARTS Academy Trust

What a fantastic event it has been! It was lovely to see so many familiar faces. Thank you 360 Play Basildon for a brilliant event” The Book Fairy

What a great local event. Well organised and so informative with lots of great local companies. We’ve had a fantastic day.  Shelley, Painted Peppermint.

Fun in Messy Play