SCROLL DOWN FOR VIDEO! Any Thomas the Tank Engine fans in your house? If you’re heading to Centre MK on 18th August 2016 then there’s a FREE Thomas & Friends play area outside John Lewis next to the beach. It’s recommended for children aged 3+ but I took my baby boy around it to explore. There’s a small ball pool where children have to find the gold balls (although my 1 year old liked sitting in it), a couple of areas where they assemble soft shapes, a tv screen where they make the flag disappear and lastly steps to climb before going down the fireman’s pole or slide. My baby boy was a bit to small for the last bit. At the end they collect a goody bag which contains colouring sheets, some crayons and some stickers. The whole thing takes about 10 minutes to walk around. We didn’t have to queue so could have gone around it more times.

It’s not somewhere to go for ages though but a good pit stop for babies like mine who don’t want to be in their buggies, or something extra to enjoy for bigger ones going to the beach. The only disappointing thing is because it’s a tour it’s only there 17th/18th August before it moves on to the next shopping centre – so apologies if you’re reading this and the date has gone, I’ve written it up ASAP! There’s more information about it on the Thomas play station website.

I'm Laura, mum of two boys - aged six and four. I started this website at the end of Sept 2015 whilst on maternity leave. I now work four days a week and do this blog late at night once the little boys are sleeping. It's won several awards over the last four years and I continue to run it for free and mostly focus on free, cheap, and good value days out. Do drop me an email if you want to contact me. Don't forget to follow all of our latest adventures on facebook, instagram and twitter and have a look at all of the videos of the places we visit on the Milton Keynes Kids YouTube Channel - subscribe to it for notifications every time I add a new place. And remember... you may been reading this post months after we visited, do check with the destination you're visiting for up to date opening times and prices. If you find this blog useful then please do comment on my posts and leave me a Facebook review - it makes doing this all the more worthwhile.

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