Family days out: Aardvark Little Explorers

Finding things to do indoors with your children can often be a difficult task – especially if you’re looking for something new to do.

Proving popular with parents and their little ones is Aardvark Little Explorer’s which takes place at the Corby Masonic Complex every Monday and Tuesday.

Here children are offered a multi-sensory experience using bubble tubes, fibre optics, dark dens and interactive light stations – plus so much more.

Ruby and I headed off one Monday morning to have our very own Aardvark adventure and were surprised at what was on offer.

Being born and bred in Corby, finding the Masonic Complex wasn’t an issue for me but for those not familiar with the town, it’s worth noting that the building itself is set back from the road.

So don’t worry if you think you’ve missed it. Once you turn off, just follow the side road ahead and you’ll find plenty of spaces to park.

Sessions start on the hour and run for 50 minutes and only cost £2.50 per child – which is, in my view, great value.

On paying I was given an Explorers Loyalty Card. Basically this gets stamped on each visit and once you have 10 stamps, you earn a free session.

There are plenty of tables and chairs available to put on any bags and jackets you may have.

Ruby and I had to take our shoes off, ready for play. Straight away Ruby headed for the building blocks (which look like Lego) but are really big and actually quite soft to touch.

She stacked them high and was pretty pleased that she managed to build them almost as tall as she was!

The room itself is pretty big and is filled with lots of fun and exciting things to do for children from a few months old to, I would say, five years.

The crinkly, shiny ‘paper’ and multi-sensory gadgets are ideal for babies and young children, while the bouncy castle, building blocks and ride-on racing cars are perfect for the older ones.

Ruby loved the sit-on and ride-on toys and looked proud as punch to be riding her very own ‘sports car’!

Being almost two and half, Ruby is growing in confidence and was quite happy to wander off on her own, playing with whatever took her fancy, safe in the knowledge that I was still close by.

It’s great that she can explore different textures and toys at her own pace while interacting with lots of other children of a similar age.

It’s worth noting that spaces for each session are limited too, so it doesn’t seem overcrowded at all.

There was plenty on offer for Ruby to enjoy and she had lots of fun crawling through tunnels (and trying to hide from me) and knocking over large soft building blocks.

There was also pop up tents, a bouncy castle with mini-slide and a huge inflatable football pitch! A wide range to entertain and keep the little ones occupied.

The time flew by and Ruby actually didn’t want to leave at the end of the session.

Although the sessions only last 50 minutes, there’s nothing stopping you from booking two sessions together to make this a longer visit – and it’s something I’d certainly consider doing in future.

Session times

Sessions cost £2.50 per child for 50 minutes of play fun.

They run on the hour from 9am to 4pm on Mondays and 9am to 3pm on Tuesdays (subject to hall availability).

You can book via their Facebook page or email aardvarksoftplayhire.corby@facebook.com.

Sessions prove popular so it’s advisable to book early if you can.

Where to find them

Sessions take place at the Corby Masonic Complex on Rockingham Road (postcode NN17 1AD).

Parking

There’s plenty of parking outside the venue and parking is free.