NB: This is not the Play Stax website. This is a review of the indoor play area from the perspective of my 2 year old son. For opening times and prices please telephone 01493 653117
I had never heard of the Play Stax indoor children’s activity play centre until Adam had a pre-school trip there. Despite it being on the same road we go down every time we visit the beach at Gorleston we didn’t know it existed. I am so glad we have found it because it is an amazing place for children.
There are so many twists and turns in the large climbing frame it is hard to keep up with Adam. The climbing frame spans the width of be warehouse. The huge slide had to be his favourite activity. It is extremely fast!
There are plenty of tables and chairs for the adults to sit at. They have a good selection of drinks, cakes and hot food so you are fully catered for.
When Adam went on his pre-school trip he focused solely on the climbing frame and slide. On our next visit he discovered the fenced off section for children under 6 years old. There is a large area with soft play toys that would be perfect for crawling babies. There is a role play police station and prison!
Adam loved the car wash. It is sectioned off so the cars cannot be taken out. In true Adam style he had to line up all of the cars!
My favourite section was the play shop and cafe. It is something I have never seen before and the attention to detail in the shopping items was fantastic. I loved the soft play baked bean tin!
In early 2015 there will be a new addition to the Play Stax equipment – can’t wait to see what it looks like.
Our verdict on Play Stax in Gorleston
It is a great place for children that caters for a wide age range. Children who do not enjoy climbing can still benefit from the role play soft areas such as the shop and the car wash.
I like that you do not have to leave the area to get a drink. Food is prepared in the kitchen and your number is called out so you do not have to queue and wait. There are toilets on site and there are baby changing facilities in the men’s toilets – something I always look out for!
As Play Stax is in a warehouse it can feel a little cool when you are sitting at the tables. However, it is warm when you are on the play equipment and heating the venue would make it unbearable for the children running around. My advice would be to bring a jumper.
Adam adores Play Stax and I can already tell we are going to be frequent visitors. They also have a loyalty card scheme. Once you have visited 5 times you get the 6th visit free!
Play Stax is open 7 days a week between 10am to 6pm (5pm on Sunday). Entrance costs £4.50 per child and you can stay as long as you want.
Are you looking for other toddler friendly days out around Norfolk? Then take a look at our Adventures of Adam around Norfolk posts:
Adam was 2 years and 5 months old.