Who doesn’t love soft play and Dragon’s Castle is probably one of the better ones on the Island. Dragon’s Castle soft play hold ‘Pop-In and Play’ sessions Mondays and Fridays (9:30-11:30am and 12:30pm-2:30pm). The sessions are limited to 30 places per session so you can book online to make sure you don’t miss out. The two-hour session costs £4.50 per child (this includes unlimited squash and water) and is suitable for children that are 4ft and under or up to and including 7 years of age. You can book tickets by clicking here.
There aren’t very many parking spaces at the Villa Marina unfortunately and I’ve now got to the stage where I don’t even try to find a space. However, Chester Street multi-storey car park (on Market Street) is a 5 minute walk away (parking charges apply) or there is some disc parking a short distance on Harris Promenade, Broadway or Derby Road. When you get into the Villa Marina, access is easy and there is a buggy park next to the soft play area where you can leave your pram.
Food and drinks are available during your two-hour session and the menu consists of food such as chicken nuggets/sausage/fish fingers and chips (£3.70), sandwiches with a side of crisps (£1.60) and toasted teacakes (£1.20) for example. Hot drinks are also available from a machine and the price ranges from £1.30 for a cup of tea to £1.90 for a cappuccino or latte. I was pleasantly surprised with our lunch and we both really enjoyed our sandwich. Six fairly funky looking highchairs are available to use but there is only one long ‘party’ table, so it could get quite cosy when busy.
Changing facilities can be found in the accessible toilet where there’s a drop down changing table with strap.
Now on to the fun stuff! The soft play consists of four different levels with slides (including a smaller one for younger children), tunnels, puzzles, mirrors, a sensory area for babies and lots of areas to climb on and up. I am shattered by the end of it, two hours is definitely enough!