Mumbler Reviews Grass Hoppers NEW Indoor Play Space at Tong Garden Centre
Our guest reviewer Charlotte and her Mini Mumbler went along to Launch Party for the eagerly anticipated NEW Indoor Play Space at Grass Hoppers, Tong Garden Centre. Find out what they thought here…
Grass Hoppers is a popular outdoor adventure playground in the heart of Tong Garden Centre, offering a range of activities from bouncing pillows to a huge sandpit, zip wires, racing track, traditional climbing frames, swings and slides, and a dedicated pre-school play area. We had a sneak peek at the eagerly anticipated indoor play space yesterday and boy did it impress! From the moment we walked through the gate to the moment we said goodbye, we were fully immersed.
The play space is broken down into 5 key areas; the sports court to the left of the frame, offering basketball and football; the older play space, offering multiple levels to climb, swing, and slide; the baby/toddler zone with lower level obstacles, mini slide, and sensory corner; the WOW area with floor piano where you can learn songs and record your own music, eye spy action panel, talking tree and mirror infinity deck and the role play area, where you have a choice of café, garage or shop to really get stuck in. Catering for ages 0-10years, there really is something for everyone.
Our favourite areas had to be the Garage (Emily is obsessed with cars at the moment); the tunnel and beam in the older section; and the bouncing balls in the older section (we managed a quick bounce when most people had already left as these were extremely popular with the older children).
And with easy access to the existing outdoor play space, we found ourselves outside for a bit of sandpit, bouncing pillow and swing action.
There is ample seating all around the play space, with a baby feeding area and designated pram store. Woody’s Kitchen offers a range of foods for both adults and children including breakfast, light bites, kids pick and mix (make their own pack up) and pizzas. And more choices of ice cream than you can imagine straight from The Ice Cream Farm. They also have a brilliant dietary requirement offering catering for gluten free, vegetarian and vegan. Emily stopped exploring long enough to sample a cheeky cone, while I scoffed a millionaires shortbread. You can still take your own picnic to eat in the outside area.
The new indoor play space is a fantastic new addition to an already great day out! We have loved visiting the outside space in the past, and to now have the option of the indoor space too is just too good to be true! And the sheer size and scale of the place meant it never felt over crowded and we got to enjoy all the areas at our own pace. It’s hard to say who had more fun; me or Emily? But it is definitely one to visit this summer and we will be heading back very soon!
Grass Hoppers Indoor and Outdoor Play Area is officially open from Monday 22nd July 2019. Opening times are from 9:15am-5pm. On Peak Days (School holidays, Weekends and Bank Holidays) Grass Hoppers has three sessions running Monday-Saturday for £5.75; 9:15am-11:30am, 12pm-2:15pm, 2:45-5pm. And on Sundays, the session times 11.15am-1.15pm, 1.45pm-3.45pm (£5.25). Off-Peak Days (term-time weekdays) its £4.75 for unlimited play. Or £3 for End of Day Play; 3:30-5pm. They also offer Sunday Breakfast Play for £3; 9:45-11am.
And to avoid disappointment, you can book your slot online.
In addition, Grass Hoppers offer three party packages starting from £10.95pp, and are available from 1st August 2019. Party bookings are for a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 24 children. Adults must supervise party guests at all times. Grass Hoppers remains open during your party but you have exclusive use of your party room.
Grass Hoppers is very easy to get to; located in Tong Garden Centre, on Tong Lane, just off the A650 in Bradford and within 5 minutes of junction 27 of the M62.