A typical and somewhat inevitable rainy start for the kids’ Easter holidays, meant that we took a trip to the indoor Treehouse Family Play in Bournemouth, Dorset.
Located in the town centre (handy if you need a break from a bit of shopping) the Treehouse is tucked away down a side road and did take a bit of hunting for.
Initially, you walk into a spacious coffee house with rustic tables mixed with fun, brightly coloured canvased artwork on the walls. But as you delve deeper into this Aladdin’s cave of a building, you find that their tag line, ‘Play. Pure and simple’ certainly rings true. Because the play area is different. It’s different to the usual indoor soft play areas we have been to before. I loved the innovative concept of a wooden adventure play frame covered in grass (artificial grass!)
My 3 year old played happily and confidently on the climbing rope ladders, slides, hid in the tunnels, played with the balls and just generally had fun, climbing the ‘trees’.
When my baby decided it was time to make an appearance by waking up, I took her to the baby indoor garden where there was a small selection of toys. If you even realise there is a ‘downstairs’, you find a large room filled with even more fun: music, disco lights, a glitter ball on the ceiling, a Lego wall, a chalkboard wall, a football table, even an Xbox set up.
If your children are old enough not to need constant supervision, you might enjoy the luxury of sitting down with some of the locally sourced, organic food that’s on offer. Breakfast/brunch is served all day and there is a good selection on the Lunch and Snacks menu. Our sweet tooth was more than satisfied by the homemade cakes and brownies. There are also dairy free and gluten free options.
We were spoilt for choice in the drinks department: Peppermint Hot Chocolate, Praline Mochaccino, Gingerbread Latte, even super fruit and veg juices and smoothies were there to tempt us.
On the day we visited, there was a large activity table set out for children to design their own Easter Egg with tissue paper, sequins, glitter and feathers. Children could make Easter baskets too. There was also a small Gift shop selling quirky, chic gifts such as cushions, bunting and photo frames. A box of newspapers and magazines were also available to read.
We will definitely be returning, next time with my stepsons who are slightly older at 7 and 10, but who would also be well entertained and occupied.
If you take a look at their website here, you will find details of prices and a list of various baby and toddler classes which are available during term time. You can refer to their Facebook page here for details of classes and dates.
We really enjoyed our afternoon at the Treehouse. It was so refreshing to see children playing in the artificial ‘outside world’, after all, being outdoors and climbing trees was the epitome of our childhood, right?
Image taken from website
Are there any play areas or features of a play area which you like or would like to see in your local area?
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