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Kidspace is a big indoor play area, with plenty of variety of things to do, such as a ball area (not a ball pit), mini-golf, (very slow) go karts, trampolines and the like.

Let me qualify this review upfront by saying that if you come here when the older kids are at school, this place would probably get four stars. It’s definitely one of the better play areas out there, in terms of equipment, albeit a lot more expensive.

Kidspace seems ill-equipped to cope with any decent number of visitors, however. On our last visit there, the queue just to place an order for food was massive, and the wait actually to receive the food was ridiculous. Anyone who’s got a young child knows that it’s a nightmare keeping them waiting for food, and there were a lot of stressed out parents that lunchtime. It’s a shame, because the food isn’t all that bad, but it’s unacceptable to be waiting nearly an hour for it.

I wonder if they’re very short-staffed here because the receptionist certainly shouldn’t have been working. She seemed to be suffering from a throat infection that she helpfully tried to share with everyone by coughing and spluttering over the parents and children. Lovely Christmas present, that.

There doesn’t seem to be anyone around to even keep an occasional eye on events in the play area. The under-5s area was invaded on several occasions by older kids, who proceeded to run amok and hurt several of the younger children. The system on the gate to the under-5s area, where the button is placed high up supposedly so that only parents can get to it, is about as useful as a chocolate teapot, since the gate is opened so often it might as well not be there.

It’s a shame, because Kidspace has the potential to be a really great place to bring the kids, but you have to really pick and choose your visits and hope that it’s not too busy.
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