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Looking for a place to take the kids? Try one of these 11 “soft play” centers

Soft play centers are a great way to entertain kids on rainy days. They provide a lot of fun in a controlled and above all safe environment.

This type of active play also helps children develop their social, mental and emotional skills, and gives them a rare chance for a tough time. Soft play can also keep kids fit without them even realizing they’re exercising.

So when you’re struggling to think of somewhere to take the kids, we’ve got some of the best in Leicester to choose from, plus some great ones nearby across the wider county.

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360 Play Leicester

There’s over 8,000 square feet of play including giant wave slides, aerial gliders, an interactive ball zone, assault race track, aerial swings, cargo nets and tunnels, a round -point and much more.

There’s a separate play area for toddlers with slides, “biff bags”, a “finishing trail” and all-stuffed building blocks for early builders.

The cafe offers fresh foods ranging from a stack to a full meal and is the perfect place for you and your family to unwind.

Or: Unit 1 Meridian Leisure Park, Leicester, LE19 1JZ

Contact: 0116 289 4731 or click here

The Jungle Club

The site offers fantastic exercise and fun for toddlers and the extra large soft play area, with ball pits, soft play elements, swings, slides and a mirror maze is spread over three huge floors.

For toddlers, there’s a small, fenced-in play area where adults can easily keep an eye on things. Elsewhere on site there’s a boxing gym, bar and restaurant, pool tables and gaming machines, so it’s a handy place to take young children and teenagers, who can split up a bit and enjoy the rest of their time at the Jungle Club.

Or: Checketts Road, Leicester, LE4 5ER

Contact: 0116 266 1054 or visit the venue’s Facebook page here

Come on kids come on

There’s plenty to keep the kids busy at the indoor play and party center in the heart of Leicester. The soft play area has three levels that include mega building bricks, a soccer field, a spider net, mini slides and a trampoline. There are also go-karts and a laser arena for kids looking for thrills.

Or: Unit 2, Raw Dykes Road, Leicester, LE2 7JU

Contact: 0116 255 6575 or visit here

Soft play is ideal for a rainy day

Rebound Ashby Trampoline Park

If you have kids full of energy, this is the place to take them. There are interconnecting trampolines, soft play and your little ones – or not so little ones – can join in a game of dodgeball or try their hand at hoop shooting.

There are also relaxed sessions suitable for people with autism while guardians can accompany the younger ones in the soft play area. A cafe is on site to unwind after a busy trampoline session.

Or: Smisby Road, Ashby, LE65 2UE

Contact: 01530 567045 or click here

Jungle madness

Situated on the edge of Donisthorpe Woodland Park and a short distance from Conkers and Moira Furnace is Jungle Madness Soft Play Centre.

There’s a tiered play area for the bigger kids and sections for the little ones too, plus an indoor bouncy castle to help burn off that energy.

If the weather is nice, the outdoor beach area is perfect in summer, with sand games, a paddling pool and deckchairs for older children.

Also check ahead to see what’s going on – from creative messy play to mini raves to carveries, there are always plenty of events to attend.

Or: Church Street, Donisthorpe, near Ashby DE12 7PX

Contact: 01530 272203 or click here.

Noah’s Ark Shepshed

The indoor playground is ideal for toddlers to play, learn and have fun. A great place to meet other parents and enjoy something to drink and eat while the kids play safely in the three-tier play structure.

A special area is also available for children under two. There is also a cafe selling hot and cold food and drinks.

Or: 91 Charnwood Road, Shepshed, LE12 9NL

Contact: 01509 504298 or visit the Facebook page here

fun valley

The indoor play arena features giant slides, climbing frames, ball pits, tubes, trampolines – and a cafe where adults can relax.

And those feeling more adventurous can explore the 20-foot-high rock climbing wall.

Or: Evington Valley Road, Leicester, LE5 ​​5LJ

Contact: 0116 273 6211 or click here

Fun Valley Soft Play Centre, at Evington Valley Road, Leicester
Fun Valley Soft Play Centre, at Evington Valley Road, Leicester

Active bubble game

Home to a giant play setting, with a baby/toddler area, a chill-out area for the over 10s and two party rooms to celebrate your children’s special occasions, Bubbles has plenty to keep the whole family entertained.

Relax in the cafe for a coffee and a slice of homemade cake, a light lunch or a main meal.

The goal of the dedicated staff is to make sure the kids have fun while the parents and carers have time to relax, he tells us.

Or: 7a Sketchley Meadows, Hinckley, LE10 3EN,

Contact: 01455 241224 or visit the site here

Wacky Warehouse in Bees Knees

The multi-level adventure playground with fun features is attached to a family restaurant and also offers space for toddlers and babies.

On sunny days, an outdoor playground is available. Party packages are available and it is possible to purchase a one month game pass with unlimited play for one month.

Or: Meridian Way, Thorpe Astley, Leicester, LE19 1LW

Contact: 0116 263 0069 or click here

Wacky warehouse with two bell towers

The soft play area has games and equipment to keep kids entertained for hours and give parents a break. It is attached to the Two Steeples pub, so it is possible to relax with the family with a meal and a drink or two.

Party packages are available and it is possible to purchase a one month game pass with unlimited play for one month.

Or: Bell Street, Wigston, LE18 1AD

Contact: 0116 281 3856 or visit website

Every kid loves a ball pit
Every kid loves a ball pit

Average Joe @NPC

You might call him Average Joe, but there’s nothing average about this sweet play center. There’s a selection of things to occupy your little ones – from bouncy castles to ball pits or something calmer in the form of chalkboards and plenty of books.

The purpose of the playground at Average Joe’s is to encourage play and interaction between children and adults.

Housed in a century-old factory, there is an excellent cafe in what is collectively a gym and fitness center.

Or: Unit 5, Great Central Trading Park, Great Central Road, Loughborough, LE11 1RW

Contact: 01509 210805 or click here