We've been to Creepy Crawlies a few times and never been disappointed, latest time was the other week.
This appears to be a purpose built soft play centre, unlike many others that are shoehorned in to a vacant shop or industrial unit. As a consequence it is large, bright, and airy.
The main climbing frame has the largest slide that I have seen outside a fairground. The café is quite pricey but the food is very good quality and it also serves beer and wine - a definite plus for board parents! The outdoor part is much improved on our previous visit and has obviously had a lot of time and money spent on it. You've got to question the wisdom of this since by definition you tend to go to this type of place when the weather is too bad for any other outdoor activity! There are fringe activities (disco, football court, and drawing) that help to keep the kids amused when the novelty of the climbing frame is wearing off.
The open-ended admission makes for a very relaxing stay without continuously clock-watching.
On the downside…
The car park is quite small and not surfaced or drained. We arrived in the middle of a torrential downpour. Large and deep puddles had formed which could not be avoided since there was very little space left. My wife and I both got our feet soaked wading through these puddles - the kids had to be carried.
Man was this place busy! Not surprising given the weather. When we got in there were no chairs or tables to be had anywhere and we ended up sitting on the floor. Funnily enough though after about an hour everyone up and left and we almost had the place to ourselves!
Older kids were overrunning the toddlers play area and there were toddlers on the large climbing frame - all this culminated in the smaller kids being constantly knocked down by the larger ones. This place could do with a bit more policing.
I know we all have to be vigilant about paedophiles but being reprimanded by the staff for using a video camera without permission seems a bit extreme.
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