Category: Out and About

Monkey Bizness: Soft Play Review

Monkey Bizness Soft Play review

Monkey Bizness is a huge indoor soft play warehouse catering for young babies to younger teens. There are 4 locations across the country: Gosport, Hull, Lewes and Sheffield.

Locally to us is Monkey Bizness: Lewes. Although not on our doorstep, we are more than happy to travel the half hour car journey. Although some of our towns soft play areas are great, the sheer size of Monkey Bizness puts it ahead of its competitors. Especially if you’re after making a half day or day of it.

Opening times

  • Monday – Friday 9am – 6pm
  • Saturday – Sunday 10am – 5pm

Prices

Prices can vary depending on whether the days is classed as Peak. So check on the website. However, the general prices are:

  • Under 1’s: Free – peak and off-peak
  • 1 – 3 yrs: £5.25/£6.25
  • 4 – 12 yrs: £6.25/£7.25
  • Adults and 13 yrs+: £1.25/£1.25

Monkey Bizness also offer quite a few deals such as during term time 1 adult and 1 child can get in for £4.00. They also offer a Play and eat deal and Marvins meal deal, restrictions apply so check the offers page.

Also on offer are a number of Entry Packages, which cover annual, 90 day and 30 day passes for the more regular visitors.

Parking

Parking is a little restrictive. In Lewes, the warehouse is located on an industrial estate. There are some parking spaces outside the lot, alongside the road and a small overflow car park about a minutes walk to the centre. However on our visit at 11am, off peak, there were no free spaces anywhere and we ended up pulling off down a back lane and parking about 5 minutes walk away. The lane was very quiet traffic wise, but not the best if you also have a buggy in tow. I would say arrive earlier to secure a close parking space if you can.

The Play Area

You enter through press button release doors, which is great for safety. You can let you little ones run about knowing they will only ever be in the warehouse. To the right, you find the babies area, especially for under 2’s. This is small square with soft climbing blocks and a ball pit. Also on this side is the Toddler soft play area. A two story area, with a small slide and activities scattered throughout, Large enough for the toddlers to explore and feel independent, but small enough they can be seen at all times. Directly in front, as you enter is the seating area with tables, chairs and sofas. To the left and behind is the cafe area and directly left is the multi story soft play area.

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I counted the main play area as three large stories high, but in places each level was semi split also, making it huge! There are three different slides coming down at different levels and different designs. There are numerous activities inside, balls to play on, bouncy climb ons, climbing ropes, a football area and tubes to climb through.

Adults are allowed into the play gyms with the little ones. Chris had the pleasure today. He bumped into another man right at the top and secretly I think they enjoyed it just as much,if not more than the kids!

Food

Inside Monkey Bizness you find the Amazonian Cafe. Although the food is nothing to rave about. It is adequate and caters for a variety of palettes. Hot when it arrives and fresh to taste. It’s a lot better than some soft play places I have eaten in. Another great off peak deal is if you spend at least £4.00 on an adult meal, you can have a child’s meal for £1.50 saving about £2.50 on the average child price, bargain!

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In General, the place is really clean, the floors are tidy, the soft play areas are not Sticky. The toilets are clean and fresh. I have to say Monkey Bizness is one of my favourites. Service with a smile, clean and tidy and vast area for the little ones to tire themselves out in! Highly recommended by us!

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Rainy Days, Muddy Puddles and Ideas to Inspire!

Rainy Days and Muddle Puddles

Rainy days and muddy puddles

We knew it was coming, it had been forecast, but waking up to the rain and grey skies was a tad gloomy. Especially after the glorious sunshine of the past few days. Apparently in the south we were hotter than Thailand, and it was glorious!!

Rainy days come with mixed emotions in our house. I love the sunshine, the long days of summer. Chris on the other hand, can’t wait for autumn and the cozy storms it brings. Finlay, well come rain or shine he loves being out. However, he especially loves a play in the rain. He’s a typical boy as soon as there’s a puddle, he is in it. So when I asked him if he wanted to go out and splash in some puddles, I got a massive yes and he kissed my knee and said “THANK YOU MUMMY”!! He was happy. However, I know venturing out in the rain isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, so I thought I would share some of our other rainy day activities to inspire you.

Our Top Ten Rainy Day Activities

  1. Splash in Muddy Muddles

    As we already said this is our number one activity for rainy days. Put your waterproofs and wellies on and go and find them puddles. Its actually really fun to let your hair down and jump around with your kids. On the same topic, if you live near a forest or nature walk, take your little ones bike. Finlay loves skidding through the squishy mud on his balance bike, its messy, but remember its only mud, it will wash off!!

  2. Bake, Bake, Bake

    What better excuse to make some tasty cakes or biscuits? I always keep a box of those fairy cake mixes in the cupboard. They are quick and easy and Finlay loves sticking the edible stickers on at the end! If you fancy something else, why not try jam tarts or cheese straws!

  3. Make a Den

    Get those cushions, duvets and sheets out and make a fantastic den. I remember how magical it was when I was little. Think of make believe adventures to combine with the den, is it a ship drifting on the ocean with pirates and sharks lurking? or perhaps a fairy kingdom, a princess waiting for her prince to rescue her?

  4. Craft some items

    I have a draw full of paper, paints, glue, glitter (yes we have this evil stuff, Finlay seems to love it), pipe cleaners,boggly eyes, tissue paper, old greeting cards and we just make crazy things. I admit this can be messy and isn’t my number one activity, but its  great for the imagination every once in a while.

  5. Make Rock Creatures

    Grab some stones and Rocks (Easy for us as we live on the beach) and paint them. Stick some some eyes on them and voila – Rock Creatures. You can make them look like bugs, Lady birds, snails, butterflies or turn them into monsters. Decorate with stickers and glitter too!

  6. Read

    Use the time to catch up reading some books. Involve the children, ask them what they can see, what lessons they think they have learnt etc. Also activity books are great fun to do together and pass some time

  7. Play Board games

    The type of games will vary depending on the age of your child. ELC and Orchard have some great  games for younger toddlers. Finlay is getting to the age where hes beginning to understand some more complex games which is nice. He apparently loves Ludo (but hes doesn’t get that just yet, haha) Some of Favourites are hungry Hippos, Elefun and we even have a very Retro 80’s Mr pop that belonged to Chris Finlay loves.

  8. Dress up

    Whats not fun about dress up and make believe? Combine it with some of the other activities. make your costume! Dress up in use your den in the adventure. Act out your Chileans favourite,book, film and TV characters!

  9. Get involved with toys

    Get out the toys and play together. I often let Fin play while I’m trying so hard to fit everything else in. Don’t get me wrong, Finlay plays happily on his own, but its great to play with him. To put everything aside and just spend that time being part of his make believe world, the little things, rainy days can make us remember this!

  10. Watch  Movies

    Last but not least, do not let anyone tell you that TV is the spawn of the devil. I Think that TV can be a life saver. Especially if your busy. As long as you don’t have your little one glued to it 24/7 then don’t worry. On those rainy days make it extra special, Grab a duvet, get some popcorn, put your feet up and relax and watch a movie together!

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