What Makes a Good Soft Play? Our Brean Soft Play Review!

Brean Soft Play Review

I recently wrote a short post on how to survive soft play. My first tip was to pick a good soft play! Here I want to talk about what makes a good soft play and feature one of my favourite soft play centres in our local area. To note, this isn’t a sponsored post and I am in no way being compensated for talking highly of this soft play!

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Ok so my fave soft play in the South West…it has to be Brean Play in Brean, near Burnham on Sea, off junction 22 of the M5. It certainly isn’t our closest – we have a few more in Weston-super-Mare and there are loads more in the area.

But out of the many I have visited, Brean always wins hands down for me. And here are the reasons why:

It’s clean

I’ve been to so many soft play places that, quite frankly, I just wouldn’t want to let my child play in. Call me a snob, I don’t care, but some places are just completely gross. The toilets stink, the nappy bin is overflowing and there are crumbs, food bits and dribble all throughout the soft play maze. Bluergh, bluergh and more bluergh. When b was a baby, yes, he’d spit up in the baby bit – but it isn’t hard to grab a muslin or wet wipe and…wipe!!!

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It’s well maintained

The equipment is clean, it has no signs of aging and it feels sturdy. I’ve been to a few soft plays where I really have questioned the safety! Rope ladders are fraying at the sides and there are sharp metal bits protruding from areas in the toddler area. Not so inviting.

It’s secure

I feel it is secure. To be honest I’ve never had a problem with any soft play but I’m certain b couldn’t just wander off if he wanted to. He’d have to get past me first and then through the main entrance, of which you have to show your receipt before they will let you out! Keep that receipt or you are stuck forever.

Perfect for Little Ones

It has a great area for babies and toddlers. Let’s be honest, there isn’t an awful lot for super little ones to do at soft play. Or so I thought! I love Brean because they have dedicated, fabric swings for babies and children under 2. Argh I know, I’m one of those mums who let her three year old on these :/ It was quiet!!

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Baby Fun

They have lovely sensory stuff for babies. Check out this super cool water and mirror area. If you have a little one that is less mobile, it’s nice to sit here for a while. There are some cool, squidgy Lego blocks too which are fun to build with.

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They have little rides for the toddlers and smaller kids. They are so fun that they attract the older kids – which, honestly, pees me off no end…I know, I know – hypocrite alert after my three year old was spotted sitting in the under two swings :-/ Opps!

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The main soft play maze isn’t too challenging! I know, I know, I’m a bore – but at some soft plays, I have seriously feared for my life! I love Brean because I know there are no sudden drops and no super high bits that might throw me of balance. I remember in one soft play, me and b were alone and he decided to have a panic mid rope walkway. We were wobbling all over trying to get off this bloody thing and I couldn’t lift him as there was nothing to hold onto and he is super heavy!

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Stuff for the parents

There are plenty of tables, chairs and sofas for the adults. It’s handy to have a place to dump all your coats, shoes and bags.

Bright and Airy!

It’s bright and airy and just has a pleasant feel to it. Some soft plays I’ve been to are so dark and gloomy and it’s difficult to navigate around the soft play bit without whacking your head or losing your toddler!

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Ok so yeah yeah, we like Brean Soft Play. I also really like the Play Port softplay in Portishead. It isn’t huge but that’s what makes it appealing. So what about the downside of Brean – are there any? Well a few niggles. Here they are to even up the review 😉

  1. Car parking. It is fine if you are a resident of the local area because you can claim parking back. But if you aren’t, you need to whack an extra three quid to your day out during the peak season.
  2. Food. Yes I understand why they say no picnics and own food – they want you to buy at the café. And to be fair the prices are fine. But we usually don’t stay past lunchtime so it can add up having to buy snacks. I typically just pack b his water bottle as far as drinks go…and give him a big breaky before we go haha!
  3. Leaving. Typically the hard part is convincing b to leave! And this is where I deploy the snacks. They are, of course, in the car. And b is quite happy to follow me there.

Soft play nil, mummy one. Result ! Do you enjoy soft play? Yay or nay?

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  1. This does look like a lovely place! Where many of these soft play areas can improve on is the food, I usually try to completely avoid it, but isn\’t that a missed chance?? The kids do get hungry and thirsty of all that great playing.

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