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I have been a regular visitor to Minor Mania soft play centre for years now and know that I was not the only one who couldn’t wait to take my kids there again post-lockdown! In case you are thinking of visiting too, I have put together some info which I hope you’ll find useful…
Minor Mania is open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 5.30pm. They currently offer three slots to book ahead for – 10am to 12 noon, 1pm to 3pm and 3.30pm to 5.30pm. Currently it is advised to book ahead for Minor Mania. They can only accept walk-ins if they aren’t fully booked and as capacity is much lower than usual due to Covid restrictions, the busier days/times can often be booked out. The prices can be viewed here.
Visiting Minor Mania…
Minor Mania is located 3 miles from Tunbridge Wells town centre, in a village called Bells Yew Green. It is based at a small business park and there is usually plenty of parking. I have only ever needed to park outside the carpark once, in a nearby road.
The main play frame is multi-tiered with lots of interesting sections for the children to discover. There’s a large slide which goes down through the middle of the frame as well as a couple of other slides.
There’s also a separate section for babies and toddlers (see pic above) with a smaller play frame, slide and a fish aquarium panel. You’ll notice some extra play apparatus around too – including a small ‘London bus’ which my kids are slightly obsessed with, a tractor and an air hockey table.
The garden area is really lovely and spacious. There’s a new sandpit and some fun new equipment to explore. We usually make the most of the indoor facilities while there, but it’s great to have the option to go outdoors too.
You’ll notice staff spraying and cleaning the equipment during your visit and in between the sessions, a full clean and wipe-down is carried out (this is continuing post-19th July too).
Adult visitors and children aged 11 and above are advised to wear a face covering before entering and keep it on until they leave, except when eating or drinking at their table.
Guest capacity has been reduced from what it was before Covid and party bookings can now be made for groups of up to twenty children. There are hand sanitisers at the entrance and dotted around the venue.
We had membership for several years when my eldest child was a toddler as we used to meet friends there every week and it made sense financially. The cost is £200 for the year (can be paid monthly) and £100 per extra sibling and this included unlimited entry for one child and up to two adults.
Hot and cold drinks as well as snacks are always available and there’s a reasonably priced menu for lunch too – including hot and cold food.
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Adults can connect to the wi-fi and you’ll often see parents catching up with work (or maybe just scrolling through Facebook – who knows?) or sitting with a magazine while the kids run around. One of my favourite things to do when my kids are actually behaving themselves!
Minor Mania have now been able to open a place for under 1’s to be able to be away from the older children and have time to explore as well as a chance for parents to meet others with little ones of a similar age too.
As mentioned before, I have been a fan of Minor Mania for years. I know people sometimes complain about play centres in general but I genuinely think Minor Mania is a fantastic place for parents and carers to take the kids for a few hours to burn some energy – whatever the weather!
Minor Mania is bright and spacious but it doesn’t have the ‘warehouse’ feel that you sometimes get with play centres.
Hannah and Rachel have done a wonderful job with it since they took over as owners and I wish them well over the coming years. I know I’ll keep returning!