When my sons were babies and they got to the point where they were on the move, it became apparent that fitting a number of friends and their similar active babies in my living room was a struggle. So we endeavoured to meet somewhere else and often ended up at soft plays so that the children had a bit more room – and we could have a cappuccino and a catch up. But is there a need to spend a lot of money in order to have that get together? In the last couple of years we’ve seen an increasing number of shops trying to become more family friendly. B and Q – the DIY store in Milton Keynes has a soft play attached to their cafe. Watch our video and then scroll down for more info.
What is at the soft play at B and Q in Milton Keynes?
B and Q is a rather large DIY store in Milton Keynes. You wouldn’t normally go there unless you’re looking to buy stuff for your house. The soft play is located next to the cafe. When you enter the store turn left and you’ll see it a bit further down. The soft play includes some steps and a slide and a few cubes to play with. I’d say it’s most suitable for babies up to young toddlers. I took my 2 and a half year old. He liked it and was able to easily climb and navigate his way around it. But, he likes to explore. Because it’s not sectioned off he was easily able to run out, into the cafe and then wanted to wander around the whole store – which is huge. So if you’re looking for somewhere stress-free then you’ll be fine if you have babies, but will be constantly watching children who like to run. If they could put a gate in place it would be fine – but still definitely one for the younger ones.
Where is the B and Q soft play and where can we visit that’s similar?
The address is Patriot Dr, Rooksley, Bradwell Common, Milton Keynes MK13 8PU – and there’s plenty of parking. If you want to visit other cafes with play areas then there’s Bunnings – another homeware store in MK – that one is more suitable for aged four and up but is also free. There’s a free soft play next to the snowdome in Xscape in MK – most suitable for up to the age of 5 or so. There’s also Wyevale Garden Centre soft play in Woburn Sands – you do pay and it’s limited to one hour but it has a small ball pool in.
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