The Hideaway opened in Partington in April this year and has since received rave reviews and even won an award! It’s a “play space” with a café, and is not for profit, with all surplus income being used for the benefit of the community.
I’ve been meaning to take my 1 and 3 year olds for ages, and finally got round to doing so this morning. We were very impressed!!!
The Hideaway is about 20/25 minutes from Knutsford, just beyond Dunham Massey, and has lots of free parking outside. We thought we might have to abandon as on arrival we were greeted with a sign saying they were full!! Helpfully they offered to ring me when they had spaces available which happened after only 5 minutes. They said it was pretty unusual to be so busy on a Tuesday, but you can book online beforehand to guarantee entry if you like. It was £4.50 per child over 12 months (the price is a little more during the holidays).
First impressions were good; the staff were really helpful, it was all very clean and there was just SO SO much to do!!
In one corner was a smallish split level soft play area with the usual slides, ball pit etc plus an area for babies. There was also a bouncy castle, sports area with footballs and netball hoops, golf putting area, lots of ride on cars, a reading corner, giant blocks building area, “mini town” for playing shops, plus plenty of toys to play with. They even had several walkers/jumperoo type things for babies. Somehow despite the number of things to do and them being pretty busy it all felt very calm and not at all crowded. Everything was well organised and the workers regularly went round tidying up each area!
There are also several activities going on at set times (included in the price) such as messy play, song time, story time, and also crafts throughout the day. It’s Mickey Mouses’ birthday this week so we made Mickey/Minnie ears!
If you have older children and go after school or during the weekends or holidays, there’s plenty for them to do too including a Lego table, table football and tablets, as well as the multi sports area.
We had lunch in the café which was very reasonably priced, with standard kids’ meal deal of sandwich and various extra options (fruit, jelly, raisins, crisps and juice) for just £2.90. For adults there was a selection of sandwiches, jacket potatoes, omelettes etc.
Would we go back? Definitely!! It offered so much more than a standard soft play, and was particularly good if you head there with different ages/preferences as there was such a variety of things to do. We were there for two hours but could have stayed longer if littlest hadn’t been desperate for a nap! We didn’t even get chance to try all the different zones or any of the set activities. It was clean and airy, everyone working there was so friendly, and it just felt like a pleasant place to be!