Yesterday morning, like thousands of other parents around the country I’m sure, I gave in and took my little gang to a local soft play centre – it was raining and they needed to let off some steam! Now don’t get me wrong, soft play has it’s place – the kids love it and there’s been plenty of times where a trip to soft play has saved my sanity, particularly if I’ve been able to go and catch up with a friend over a bit of cake at the same time. However, after almost seven years of visiting these places, I’ve come up with a list of things which really irritate me about soft play centres . . .
1. Charging for adults to enter
Do you think I’m here by choice? It’s not like the kids can come without me or I’ve just come here to relax on my own! I’m already paying for them, I shouldn’t have to pay for me too – particularly as I’m about to spend even more money in your cafe!
2. Extra stuff to pay for
I’ve just paid a bazillion pounds for the privilege of sitting in this noisy, too hot / too cold air hanger and now you’re trying to diddle me out of more money with rubbishy little ride ons, grab machines and naff vending machines? No.
3. Poor Internet connection
The least you can do to make this bearable is make sure you’ve got some decent WiFi. It’s fine if I’ve got another adult to talk to but when I’m sat on my own for two hours, a decent Internet connection is a life saver and one which means I’m far more likely to return to your establishment!
4. Uncomfortable seats
Hard, slippy seats are not conducive to encouraging me to sit here as long as possible spending money in your cafe… And let’s be fair that’s what you want me to be doing isn’t it?
5. Other people’s kids
I know. I know. But I’ve got enough on my plate with three of my own children to look after without helping your child up the slide / stopping them from throwing balls at people / encouraging them to take turns.
So there it it, I could probably add more to that list given the time to think about it but, sat in the local soft play centre yesterday morning they were the first five things that came to mind! Have you been to soft play yet this holidays? What’s top of your list of irritations?