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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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Little Dish Family Cookbook: Review

Little Dish Family Cookbook ReviewBaking with Little Dish

Many of you that have found your way here probably already know Little Dish as producers of healthy pre packed Children’s meals made with 100% natural ingredients. Well the Founder Hillary Graves, has produced this Fantastic little cookbook with a wide selection of healthy recipes to cook together as a family!

I have had the Little Dish Family Cookbook for a good ten months now. Actually, I was super Lucky and won it in a competition last year, excited was an understatement! I am always on the look out for healthy new recipe’s that I can cook for the family and I knew that Little dish had released this. However, as I like to try and remain thrifty I tend to get my recipe’s of the internet, therefore I refrained from buying it. Winning it was a real Bonus!

Whats inside?

Little Dish - whats inside?I adore this book, its not just about cooking healthy wholesome meals for the whole family. The book actually actively encourages you to get your children involved in the cooking and preparation. Therefore, is especially great for encouraging fussy eaters to try new things.

The book is laid out really well, It has clean crisp design with splashes of colour, accompanied with beautiful, mouth watering photos. To add a little bit of fun, each recipe has a cute little character. He or she advises what your little one can do to help. A fun little bonus with this book is the sticker chart and stickers. Finlay really loved choosing his stickers. Its a great way for your child to see what and how many new skills they are learning, very innovative!

The Book is nicely split into the following sections:

  • Breakfast
  • Smoothies
  • Lunch & Supper
  • Savoury Snacks
  • Puddings & Desserts

The book also has very clear contents and Index pages. I cant stand not being able to find what I want in a cook book.

Lets Get Cooking!

As an afternoon activity, I always turn to the back of the book to either Savoury Snacks or Puddings and Desserts. I had my friends little girl also, therefore what better way to spend an hour or so baking with the tiddlers. Together we selected the Delicious ‘Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies‘!

Little Dish Baking

These cookies were really simple to make. They only required a few ingredients, Rolled Oats, Flour, Butter, Egg, Light Brown Sugar, Raising agents and chocolate Chips. The little ones could really join in with this recipe, due to all the mixing and stirring (it was messy!!). As the book suggest they really loved rolling out the mixture into balls and squashing them with forks. A huge bonus is they only take 10 minutes to cook. So we were soon sampling the fruits of our labour and these cookies always get a huge thumbs up from us!

Little Dish Chocolate Chip Otameal Cookies

This book gets the thumbs up from us and is most defiantly one of my Favourite toddler orientated cookbooks!

Finally, at time of writing this post this book is available on Amazon for £7.00 – Bargain!

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