A cold day with a constant flurry of snow was the perfect opportunity to try out Frostys Funhouse in Forfar and escape the chill outside. It's an ice themed soft play centre for kids up to the age of eleven. Frostys is right next door to the ice rink so the frozen funhouse theme is very much in keeping.
We were greeted with a friendly welcome and by chance our visit coincided with a special toddler deal. It runs on Monday and Tuesday from 10am to 12pm with entry at £3 and a free tea or coffee thrown in for good measure. Outside this offer, the usual price for 1-3 years is £4.50 and £5 for 4 - 11 year olds. During term time, foster careers and childminders enjoy the slightly reduced rate of £4 and adults go free.
The play frame is a good size with multi levels and a good variety of places to scramble. My son enjoyed the four lane slide and I must admit that I enjoyed it too. There were also the usual favourites of a ball pit, scramble nets and plenty of soft ladders to climbs and tunnels to crawl through.
A little different was the rapid fire cannons. Collect up small soft balls, feed them through and press the button to fire them out. The canon made a good whooshing sound and balls weren't even necessary to keep my two year old happy.
Another big hit was the football and basketball area. There were three large lightweight balls in colourful patchwork design. They were light enough to kick about, thrown in the air and jump on.
I suspect that outside term time and on weekends that the large play area could be quite hectic for smaller kids. Luckily there is a dedicated space for under threes. It also right next to the seating area so easy to keep an eye on your little ones. There are a number of toys to suit all ages up to three including a jumperoo, mini kitchen, scramble tunnel and slide. There's also a toddler race track with plenty of ride on cars, or for mini astronauts there are rockets.
There's plenty to do here and you could easily hang out for a few hours. The cafe seating sweeps around the playframe allowing a good view of your children while at the same time enjoying a well earned hot drink. Food is also available including sandwiches, sweet treats and fruit. Someone has also made an effort with decorations The polar theme reigns throughout with a large penguin bin and huge stuffed polar creatures looking down on you from up high. The only criticism I would have is that they were playing a commercial radio station and I would rather have listened to an upbeat music cd than the constant run of adverts you get interjectng the radio programme.