Family days out: Kids Play in Kettering

With four levels of indoor fun and a new pre-school play area, Kids Play promises to fire kids’ imagination with their attractions.

It’s not quite spring yet and the weather has been somewhat unpredictable.

Looking for somewhere to go with my toddler, Ruby, I thought back to some of the places I used to take my older children – and Kids Play in Kettering came to mind.

After a quick online check on opening times and prices, we headed off for some adventure.

We arrived nice and early and as it was a school day, it was pretty quiet and entry was cheaper too.

We saved even more as under 18 months get to play for £2 rather than the standard £4.95 for under 1m. What a great start to the day!

The guy on reception was kind enough to point us in the direction of the new pre-school section and mentioned that if we wanted any of the rides opened, all I had to do was ask.

So off we went to the pre-school area which has a pretend village built–– with vet shop, garage, café, post office and police station!

There’s also a slide and if you keep your eye out, you’ll find a kiddies shopping trolley, baby pushchair and ride-on car!

Ruby had fun looking in all the buildings and playing on the slide.

There’s also a ball pit here, just for the little ‘uns – and this was a big hit for Ruby too.

And there’s plenty on offer for bigger kids too.

There are four levels of fun which include crawl-through nets, tunnels, tyre swings and ladders.

When they’ve had enough of climbing, they can slide down the astro slide.

Ruby and I had a few goes together and she loved it.

But the fun doesn’t stop there!

Again for the older ones, they have a climbing wall, trampolines, a dropslide and dodgems.

Plenty to keep kids entertained.

After a bit of fun in the ball pit, I asked if they could put on the ladybird carousel ride for us, which they were happy to do.

Ruby wasn’t very keen at first but once she realised what it was, she really enjoyed it.

By this point, we’d played for over an hour and it was time for some snacks for Ruby and a nice cup of tea (for me!).

There’s a Costa Coffee on site which sells teas and coffees which is great.

But sorry, for any Costa lovers, they don’t stock all the lovely pastries and cakes that you’ll find in Costa – although they do have a good selection of food and snacks on their own menu.

There’s free wi-fi too, which is great if you have time on your hands while the kids run around!

Another freebie is the parking on-site.

But it is worth noting that it can get very busy during peak periods as Kids Play is right next to the Lighthouse Theatre and Conference Centre.

After a couple of hours here, Ruby was ready for a nap, so off home we headed.

We’ll be back again soon no doubt though – it’s a great bargain, especially for families with children under 18 months old.

Prices

Peak (during weekends and school holidays)

Children over 1m – £7.95

Children under 1m – £5.25

Children under 18 months – £2

Adults – £2

Off peak

Children over 1m – £7.45

Children under 1m – £4.95

Children under 18 months – £2

Adults – £1

How to get there

Kids Play can be found at Kettering Leisure Village in Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB.

They’re open from 10am to 6.30pm all year except Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day.

Top tip

Plan your visit in advance and you can save up to 20 per cent off your ticket price by booking online. Just visit www.wherekidsplay.co.uk.

They do parties too!

Party packages are available all week and at weekends starting at £8.50 per child.

If you want to go all-out and hire the venue exclusively in the evening, you can do that too.

Just visit their website or give them a call on 01536 484 838 for more details.