There is also an extra room where they put on activities for older children. Sometimes you have to pay extra for these, sometimes they are included. The last time we went it was those giant hamster ball things, which were free of charge.
Rascalz is near the town centre in a very industrial area. Parking is limited but you can park on the nearby streets for up to two hours on weekdays, and as long as you want on a weekend.
It can get quite expensive and they are strict on the ages. They also are quite tight on the wristband sessions, even when it’s almost empty, which always confuses me. The food is pretty ropey but has got better recently.
3) Little Monkeys – Just up the road from Big Fun is Little Monkeys. It is a soft play area inside a private sports complex. Lots of parking and quite central, it’s very popular. It can get very busy inside though and sometimes you have to fight for a table, although you can sit in the adjoining bar if you want to. The indoor football pitch immediately next to the soft-play can create some language issues though, be warned.
There is a good toddler bit but you do have to turf the older, rougher kids out from time-to-time. The main bit is two storeys with the usual slides and net bridges. Food choice is pretty average and the waiting times can vary.
Little Monkeys often do coupon deals, so it’s worth watching out for these, although they are not the most expensive play area in Hull to start with. Worth a visit or two.
It’s a little bit more expensive than the Hull play areas, but it is worth the extra, especially if it saves the four mile drive to the nearest one in Hull…..which is……
Food is ok and not too expensive.
Blue Kangaroo is a small pleasant kind of place on Finkle Street in Cottingham. There’s not much wrong with it but it’s a very small play frame and my older children were unimpressed. Great for tots, and as a meeting place for parents of Cottingham who don’t fancy getting in the car every time. Parking is limited.
Kinderland is ok. But it’s pretty same-old and is too far for us to make it worth the bother when there are slightly better ones a lot nearer. The only time we went, the staff were a bit surly and we couldn’t get a table because all the free ones had been reserved for a party – only they hadn’t and the staff had closed them off because they didn’t want customers sitting at them and dirtying them again. Apart from that, it’s ok. A few ball pools for the toddlers and quite a good sensory play area. Same-old for the older children. Incorporates a photo parlour, so handy if you want some portraiture done.
People of East Yorkshire, what do you think? Which are your favourites?
Written by Joanne Brady