Family days out: Mini Mischiefs

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Fully air conditioned, Mini Mischiefs’ multi-level soft play frame with astra, racing and spiral slides promises to entertain your mini adventurers.

Opened in November 2012, Mini Mischiefs also houses an enclosed games pitch, two ball pits as well as a dedicated baby and toddler area.

I’d driven through Market Harborough a few weeks ago and noticed the bright Mini Mischiefs sign and made a mental note at the time to come back this way and check out what was on offer.

So, a few weeks later my one-year old, Ruby, and I headed out for some adventure.

I wasn’t sure what to expect as Mini Mischiefs looked just like a large building which could easily have passed for a business unit if it was not for the big, bright sign hanging on the wall outside.

There was no doubting from the name that this was a place designed with little adventurers in mind!

It was a very hot day on our visit but as soon as we entered we felt nice and cool due to the air conditioning doing its job.

There’s a lovely feel about the place as soon as you enter.

Its open plan design makes it spacious, but there is plenty here to keep the children happy too.

After paying and signing in, we headed straight for the under-threes area.

Here there is a ball pit, a climbing apparatus with a slide incorporated, plus a big tub of toys – which Ruby loved!

Next we had a game of football on the mini-pitch and explored all the little play areas and secret hiding places.

See if you can find the second ball pit when you go – it’s a perfect little hideaway.

We then climbed the large play frame which leads to three different slides.

There’s a spiral slide, steep astra slide and a two-lane racing slide.

We opted for a go on the racing slide, although Ruby sat on my lap for it.

We zoomed down very quickly which made Ruby giggle as we did so. Lots of fun!

Afterwards Ruby was happy to go off exploring again and sat for a while playing with foam Lego-shaped building blocks.

Then it was time for a drink and snack.

There is plenty of seating available (there’s an upstairs too) and adequate highchairs to go round.

The on-site café sells lots of snacks, hot food and drinks.

Ruby opted for a mini home-made cupcake with sprinkles on – a great little treat for just 30p.

Once Ruby had finished her snack she was eager to go and play again and after almost two hours of play here she was ready to go home for her afternoon nap.

I’m in no doubt that she dreamed about her adventure at Mini Mischiefs!

It’s a great set-up here which is similar to other soft play centres but it’s always nice to experience something different and I’ve already planned to come back again soon.

What’s on

The great thing about Mini Mischiefs is that not only is it a place for the kids to run around, they can have lots of fun in other ways by taking part in set activities which run throughout the week.

For a small fee (on top of the entry price), they can take part in story time, messy play, arts and crafts or cooking for kids sessions.

Find out more by visiting www.mini-mischiefs.co.uk, email info@mini-mischiefs.co.uk or call 01858 419743.

Opening times

Open from 9.30am to 6pm every day, entry is £3.75 off peak and £4.75 at peak times.

Adults and pre-walkers are free to enter.

Where to find them

Mini Mischiefs can be found in Rockingham Road, Market Harborough.

Use Sat Nav postcode LE16 7QE.