It's quite a challenge to keep young kids active and happy on a rainy day and once the school holidays arrive it's not just the weekend you have to think about. Standing in a park all togged up in your wet weather gear and jumping in puddles is only fun for a short amount of time. So where can you go to keep your little ones happy and have a chance to relax yourself?
i Kidz soft play centre in Oxford is a great place to visit. It's one of the larger ones in Oxfordshire and has a whole host of fun things to keep your children happy. As we all know, happy kids equal happy parents.
My son is just over two years old and on arrival at i Kidz he goes bananas. He's jumping up and down and twirling circles before we've even paid. Once the gate opens it's like releasing a wild animal as he races first to the ball bit. This is no ordinary ball pit. It's got a lovely big area full of colourful balls with a low platform that he can leap off without a care in the world. My son also loves to collect the balls and feed them into the tubes where they are sucked away and deposited back in the pit.
Once the initial excitement of leaping through the splash of colour wears off, there's lots more to do. The big draw is the multicoloured undulating slide which both parents and children love to slide down. It's reached through multi levels of an adventure frame, all softly padded.
To top it off there are a couple of play wendy houses, swings and ride on cars to wizz around on.
Parents are not left out either. There is a Costa coffee here so you can get a decent caffeine hit to keep up your own energy levels and a chance to sit down on some comfy leather sofas. Food is also on offer with mini meals for kids at £3.99. Sandwiches, jacket potatoes and pizzas also available so adults are catered for too.
The soft play is enough to keep my toddler happy for several hours but for older children there are lots of activities on throughout the day. Action packed classes include the Dance Academy in association with the Bernadine Soul School of Dance, Tennis, Golf, Martial Arts and Football. Children can also get creative with art, music or relax with Disney storytime. Some activities have separate pricing so check the website for details.