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.

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

Located in the heart of Farnborough at 360 Play, the regions first Toddler and Parent Fayre on 1st May was a great success with over 30 local business taking part and over 700 local people 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 support classes to bespoke Birthday cakes.  On the day over 700 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 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.  Kathy Slater who holds Caterpillar Music classes at the centre on Friday mornings said “What a fantastic time we had at the amazing 360 Play Baby and Toddler event. It was an incredible turn out and we enjoyed sharing lots of Caterpillar Music fun with all the wonderful children and their families that came to our sessions. Puppets, props, bubbles and lights were all out in abundance with lots of happy little faces enjoying the benefits of music, movement and sensory!”

Among the stalls 360 Play also had local support groups for parents. Emma Collyer of BRAAIN said “It was really useful for us to be able to speak to some professionals and parents of younger children. We were able to advise on local coffee mornings & our support group meet up so they have the support from other people with children who have an additional need.” 

360 Play Centre Manager Mitch Holmes “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 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.

Duncan Phillips Founder and managing Director “ We are so proud to be part of the Farnborough 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.” Goody bags

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

“I just want to say a massive thank you for having me at your event today – it was awesome. The staff were lovely and so accommodating. The event itself was just amazing, a great marketing opportunity and friendly environment. If you do it next year I would love to come back!” Zara from Koala Kids Parties

Joanne from Blue Bear Bakery said “ What a fantastic event in Farnborough. It was wonderful to have the opportunity to meet so many people and businesses from the local community in one place, especially as my business is a new one The staff were really helpful and the atmosphere was such a friendly and happy one. Everyone I spoke to was really enjoying their day. “

Free Parent and Toddler Fayres in Leicester, Milton Keynes, Rushden Lakes and Stevenage

If you’re an expectant parent or have a baby or toddler make sure you don’t miss out on our free Parent & Toddler Fayres. Anyone attending can enjoy free entry into the centre from 9.30am-2.30pm. This is a great opportunity for local families to attend informative workshops, browse stalls from local businesses, find out more about local toddler classes and nurseries and so much more! There’s all the usual 360 Play fun to be had too making it a great day out for young families.

11th September at 360 Play Milton Keynes and 360 Play Stevenage

18th September at 360 Play Leicester and 360 Play Rushden Lakes

9.30am to 2.30pm

Free Parent and Toddler Fayres in 360 Play Basildon and Farnborough

If you’re an expectant parent or have a baby or toddler make sure you don’t miss out on our free Parent & Toddler Fayre at 360 Play Basildon and 360 Play Farnborough on Wednesday 1st May. Anyone attending can enjoy free entry into the centre from 9.30am-2.30pm.

This is a great opportunity for local families to attend informative workshops, browse stalls from local businesses, find out more about local toddler classes and nurseries and so much more! There’s all the usual 360 Play fun to be had too making it a great day out for young families.

360 Play does World Book Day

Join us at 360 Play to celebrate World Book Day on Thursday 7th March. We’re going to be sharing some of our favourite stories with dedicated story sessions throughout the day in our messy play area , enjoy a visit from Twizzle/Twirl  for a very special story time between 1pm -2pm and if you find all of our hidden book covers you could win a Quarterly Play Pass! Make sure you wear your World Book Day costume and bring along your favourite book to play for FREE (This applies to kids only, sorry grownups).

Mother’s Day Family Ticket Offer

Celebrate Mother’s Day on 31st March in 360 style with this family ticket deal. Book your family ticket online and enjoy a day of family fun for 4 people for just £19!

This fantastic offer includes free registration for your family and unlimited play time at 360 Play for a family of 4 (at least one member of your party must be an adult). Visit us before 11.30am and you can also enjoy 50% off breakfast too! Just show your confirmation email to a member of the food and beverage team when you order.

This offer is online only and there are only a limited number of family tickets available.

Visit your local centre’s page and purchase the offer from the OFFERS & EVENTS button on that page.

Terms and conditions apply

Milton Keynes Parent and Toddler Fayre

Milton Keynes Parent and Toddler Fayre

Wednesday 27th February 2019

360 Play Milton Keynes are holding a Parent and Toddler Fayre, providing a FREE day of fun for local families.

Enter the centre for FREE from 9.30 to 2.00pm and stay as long as you like.

There will be stalls from local businesses and nurseries, taster classes and talks from professionals on subjects such as breast feeding.

All this and the usual play facilities – why not come along?

360 Play’s 7th centre opens

360 Play Rushden Lakes opened its doors to the public this week and Mayor of Rushden Cllr David Coleman was on hand to help us celebrate our seventh centre and to enjoy the first of two days of our exclusive Golden Ticket preview days. Our centre manager, Lauren Jenkins and the rest of the team have worked incredibly hard over the last few weeks and it was great to see it all come together.

The new centre follows the proven formula of our existing locations with a wide range of activities for children, from toddlers up to the age of 12 and all of the activities included are designed so that adults can join in the experience too.

“We have been overwhelmed with the brilliant feedback and response from our customers during the Golden Ticket preview days,” said centre manager Lauren Jenkins. “The reception we have had welcoming us to Rushden Lakes has been great. We look forward serving the communities in this region and would like thank everyone for coming along to celebrate our opening with us. The new team of over 40 local recruits have all worked really hard and we’re looking forward to welcoming lots of families to the centre over half term and into the future.”

360 Play Rushden Lakes features a host of attractions and activities, including;

A multi-storey central play frame featuring elements such as a sports themed area, urban skateboard style area, ball showers, ball zones, slides and more. Classic family rides including family bumper cars and our well known carousel. 360 Street creative play zone which incorporates 10 individual play buildings such as a fire station, supermarket, pizza parlour, post office, vets and pets, car garage/body shop and dressing up boutique. There’s also our messy play area which has a daily timetable of activities to enjoy, all included in your entry price.

The centre also incorporates some new elements with a baby sensory room and a designated Sports Zone incorporating ping pong tables, table football and basketball area and also includes the longest football table in England!

A classroom and party space offers groups and members regular classes and activities to stretch the imagination while delivering educational learning.

After spending most of the morning exploring the activities and even joining in the play with Mayor Cllr David Coleman, the Mayor’s Consort, Melanie Coleman said “What a fabulous facility for Rushden. Thank you for the lovely welcome.”

“We are so thrilled David and Melanie could join us and help open up our new centre.  It doesn’t seem like 10 minutes ago we opened our first business in Milton Keynes with the aim of delivering a family destination to play together as a family.” Said Founder and Managing Director Duncan Phillips. “We are a family business that has family at its core and we hope all the families of this region will come along and find how much fun you can have when you put the screens down and just let your own imagination drive the play.”

Being 5

Your 5 year old, no longer the tiny demanding baby, past the terrible toddler 2’s AND 3’s and yet still not the capable child who welcomes independence, brushes off kisses and demands that you let them go out to play alone. Why is being 5 years old so massive?

The year our little people turn 5 is a huge milestone and not only for them. For us parents it sparks the change of everything that we were just beginning to get our heads around.

We have nourished, loved, taught, trained, nursed and held close these small beings through every aspect. We have sheltered them and watched as they learn practically everything about being human, but now, in their fifth year, we hold back the tears as we watch their tiny legs carry them off to school.

This is SCHOOL, where they will be with another adult for longer than you in any given day. Where we no longer decide what they get up to for a fair chunk of the day.

‘Let them go, be off with you’ said no parent ever.

So off they go, they are 5 (or going to be very soon). ‘I am 5’ says every child proudly, holding up their entire hand, all digits raised. It really is something special and here is why.

  • Independence
  • Capability
  • Responsibility
  • Growth
  • Understanding
  • Emotions

Inside such small little bodies, still with baby hair and speech too big for their mouths, they have an ever developing brain. Major changes are occurring. During the last few years, being a toddler, they have learnt about the world they live in, explored how things might work, had a go at controlling some of their emotions, grasped the majority of their basic language and even begun basic maths and English.

MY sweet boy, good as gold, was four. He followed the rules, hated me being upset with his behaviour, was polite and also held my hand and cuddled me A LOT!

BANG! He is off to school, he is 5! He is learning and making his own independent choices…………. And boy don’t we know it.

He has:

  • made ‘friends’ with EVERY child
  • learnt delightful knew ‘noises’ from said friends. The most pleasant of which is to imitate a foghorn for long periods of time (usually in the middle of the doctor’s waiting room)
  • kindly brought me TWO PE tops home in his bag
  • crammed an entire box of used tissues into a zipped school fleece (discovered AFTER a wash)
  • skinned 3 holes in 2 pairs of trousers, in 2 days
  • fallen over EVERY week in the playground, resulting in a ‘yellow card’ implying I must attend to the teacher for the details

Being 5 means:

I have to leave my parents, walk away by myself, sit on my own, listen carefully, be kind to other children, control my emotions, stop my lip wobbling when I am scared, hold it together, be brave, follow orders, follow the rules, know how it all works.

Being 5 means: I have time to think without my parents, time to decide alone, people to choose from, decisions to make, games to create, space for my own things, belongings to take care of, ideas to share and wonderful experiences to tell…..

And then I get to go home, still cuddle my Mum and Dad, still kiss them 1 million times before bedtime, still eat my dinner with my fingers and let Mum stroke my hair in bed. Mum and Dad can still sing me my favourite song to help me sleep and I can snuggle with my comforter. That is all ok because I am 5!

Just 5