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The boys and I have finally got ourselves down to Rushden Lakes and to 360 Play. We visited the 360 Play over in Milton Keynes last year but as it was so far to travel we only went once. Rushden Lakes is only 15 minutes away so much more accessible!
360 Play is located on the ground floor, under the cinema. It doesn’t look like it’s going to be much as you approach but once inside it’s like a magical kingdom that opens up in front of you!
Right at the entrance is the merry go round. This runs continuously throughout the day and like everything else in the park is included in the admission price.
As you walk into the heart of the park it feels like you have stepped into a village. You come across a post office, vet surgery, mechanics, cafe, pizza shop, and more!
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This village is perfect for 2+-year-olds. There are relevant themed props inside plus dress-up outfits so the children can really embrace the role-playing.
Outside the Fire Department is a car the kids can get in. This was a massive hit with all my boys and they spent a lot of time in here.
For the older children (and adults!) there is a giant play frame with interactive ball pits, wave slides, tunnel slides, and other soft play features. It’s one of those frames that once your children get inside you get much-needed peace and quiet until they reappear sometime later hot, sweaty, and demanding food and drink! Luckily there is an on-site cafe right up the back corner serving anything from snacks to full meals.
Although not open on the day we went there was also a messy play area and an outdoor play area.
There is lots of seating around the park although I was on my feet most of the time racing after Hudson (2) who was keen to explore every nook and cranny.
There is a section at the back for the under 4s. Hudson spent a little time here at the start but as it’s not fenced in he was more interested in exploring the bigger play frame. He loved the interactive ball pit and spent a lot of time feeding the balls into the shoot and watching them fire out the other end.
Flinn (5) loved the bumper cars, again this runs all day although there can be a wait depending on how many cars are available on the day. There were about 6 running the day we went which was fun until one person got stuck and a pile-up quickly built!
Admission for 360 play starts at £7.95 off-peak for 1-3 year old and £10.50 peak time for a 4-12-year-old. This can get a bit expensive when you have a few children, especially older ones but there are membership and discount passes available so well worth looking into that if you think you will go often. It is also a little cheaper if you prebook online.
The only downside to coming here over going to the 360 Play at Milton Keynes is that Rushden Lakes doesn’t have the big outdoor play area or paddle boats but as we visited in the middle of winter this wasn’t a problem for us!
Have you been to 360 Play Rushden Lakes? What do you think about it?