Horizon, the charity that runs both the Waterlooville and the Havant leisure centres, invited our boys to try the newly re-vamped indoor soft play area at the Havant Leisure Centre.
Horizon’s new World of Play at Waterlooville’s recently extended centre has proved a massive hit for local children. Their sister play area at Havant has been overhauled bringing it up to the same standard as World of Play.
Parking was plentiful on the rainy afternoon we chose in the Easter Holidays and three hours only cost £1. Our boys have always loved coming over to Havant Leisure Centre’s soft play; it’s massive and enjoys a very long and full room-length slide.
The play frame itself, by my reckoning, is one of the biggest in the area. It now centres around a sea ‘theme’, has been re-branded ‘Oceans of Play’. The boys noticed this immediately; observing that the soft place was refreshed, shiny and clean. The size and shape of the play frame hasn’t changed, but the re-vamp has certainly refreshed the playability and enjoyment of the centre.
As a parent, I sometimes find these indoor play centres loud, gloomy and and chilly. The kids love it and so as long as I have a warm drink and be able to sit and relax for an hour or so then everyone is happy. The re-vamp has certainly taken away some of the gloominess and I found it a much better spectator experience this time around.
The seating area extends all the way around the frame and there is also a ‘viewing gallery’ up a flight of stairs. There are the usual vending machines and access to the Centre’s cafe area to get yourself a ‘proper’ coffee, rather than one from a machine. Although it was a rainy afternoon in the school holidays I didn’t have trouble finding a seat.
The boys ran off and I hardly saw them for the next hour and a half or so, stopping only to take a gulp from their water bottles. Their little bodies had a chance to run, climb and let off steam to their hearts content.
The boys reliably inform me that there an area of trick mirrors and lights somewhere near the top. They also seemed to be carrying around soft shapes which I was told made a puzzle in another area. The balls from the ball pit, as usual, were everywhere, but I noticed staff at one point collecting them all up into a bag, presumably to top-up the ball pit; I suppose that is one of those never-ending jobs! I also noticed the Horizon staff quite regularly patrolling the perimeter, which is reassuring.
There is a small dedicated toddler area, but I noticed that children of all ages played quite happily together in the main attraction and there is easy access to the main frame for adults and kids alike.
The boys thoroughly enjoyed their afternoon playing, running, making friends and generally had a crazy, child-fest of a time! We’ll definitely be back. Hat’s off to Horizon who continually seem to maintain their competitiveness and keep a pace with their customer’s wishes and needs.
Many thanks to Horizon for the invite to visit!