If you’re looking for something to do indoors where the kids can have fun running around, then head off to a soft play area such as Hullabaloo in Northampton.
Looking for somewhere different to go (as we’ve been to so many indoor play areas) I decided to take my two eldest, Kai eight, and Ella, six, to Hullabaloo in Northampton.
I’d found them through an online search and it seemed pretty easy to get to, so off we went.
Hullabaloo is located on an industrial estate and thanks to the eagle-eyes of Kai and Ella, we found it OK.
It’s set back a little from the road and there is plenty of parking here, although it was very busy when we arrived.
Parking in some spaces can be a little tight – worth noting if you need room to get children in and out of car seats.
Kai and Ella, as ever, were very excited about their new ‘adventure’.
Once we paid the entry fee at reception the kids had to hand in their shoes, which are stored behind the counter until you’ve finished playing.
You’ll just need to give them your surname after play to get them back.
To get into the play area, we headed through the door on the right and we were greeted by lots of noise as it was so busy!
There are plenty of tables here so it was just a case of finding one that wasn’t being used.
As the kids had already taken their shoes off, they were off like a shot!
The table I was sat at was directly in front of the playing area which is basically two floors of soft play which included a selection of slides, swings, netting and mirror maze.
There is also a soft play area for under-threes.
Although the play area seemed to be smaller than others that I’d been to with the kids before, they seemed to enjoy themselves.
In the two hours we were there, I only saw them a few times when they came back to the table to quench their thirst and have a snack!
There is an onsite cafe selling drinks and home-made food for adults and children alike.
Really good value is the jugs of juice which are just £1.90 each – and you get eight to 10 cups of juice from each jug.
Some snacks are a little expensive though – I paid £1.80 for two packets of Pom Bears, so may be worth taking your own snacks to have after they’ve finished playing.
All in all, the kids had fun (which was my main objective) but it’s a little too far for us to be rushing back again when there are other similar, bigger, play areas closer to home.
Entry prices vary depending on age and when you go.
Prices start from £3.50 for one to four-year-olds and £6.20 for five years and over.
Under-ones go free with a paying sibling (otherwise £1.95 which includes a free adult hot drink).
Adults go free.
Hullabaloo is open every day from 9.30am to 6.30pm.
How to get there
Hullabaloo is easily accessible from the M1, A45 and Northampton town centre and can be found on an industrial estate in Gladstone Road, NN5 7QA.
There’ll be a Halloween Spooktacular taking place at Hullabaloo from 6pm to 8pm on Friday, October 31, and Saturday, November 1.
Entry is by ticket only (so you can’t just turn up on the night) which costs £7.50 per child and includes a spooky gift, ghost walk and entertainment.
Spooky snacks will also be on sale and there will also be a fancy dress competition. Adults go free!
For more information call 01604 595530 or visit the website.