When you live in a country that doesn’t always guarantee the best outdoor weather, soft play can become a regular favourite with mums who want to let kids let off a little steam, give them some fun exercise and give themselves a bit of Mummy time too in the process.
Here’s our six favourite soft plays in Edinburgh.
Think Egypt meets Indiana Jones. The themed décor here is fab for sparking those young imaginations and they are quite possibly taking in a bit of history at the same time as all that climbing, crawling, clambering and chasing too.
Time Twisters, 5, Catalyst Park, 2B Bankhead Dr, Edinburgh EH11 4EJ
There’s so much on offer here that no two trips are the same and you’ll be lucky if you see your child the whole time you’re there. It’s always busy and very noisy but the kids love it.
Gambado, Fountain Park, 124 Dundee St, Edinburgh EH11 1AF
Perfectly positioned to break up a day of shopping, Ocean Play Centre. We love the little role play areas.
Ocean Play Centre, Ocean Terminal, 98/8 Ocean Dr, Edinburgh EH6 6JJ
Right on the beach at Portobello, this is a godsend when the weather changes at the last minute and a day at the beach is off the table.
Tumbles, 20 Westbank St, Edinburgh EH15 1DR
The soft play at the EICA only goes up to age 10 (probably because there is much more exciting, climbing related things for older kids to do in the climbing arena) but this makes it a very toddler/tweenie friendly soft play so if your kids are younger I’d recommend here. Their coffee is good too.
EICA Ratho, South Platt Hill, Newbridge EH28 8AA
Brand new to Edinburgh, located at the end of Easter Road, (used to be Leith Waterworld) so expect state of the art playing facilities that include the Biff Bash Forest, Spiders Web Astra Slide, 3D Rope Maze, Roller Challenge Zone and Drop Slide. You can even drive a safari quad around their track. I haven’t been yet but plan to go soon.
Jungle Adventure, 377 Easter Road
Edinburgh, EH6 8HU