This was our first visit to Snakes and Ladders in Abingdon and it is a lovely alternative on a wet rainy day.
The main play frame is three tiered with plenty of opportunities to climb, jump, slide and crawl. They are many slides, including its longest 3 lane wavy from the third floor, which was actually pretty fast! There is a spiral one from the third floor which is also pretty cool. There was soft play basketball area as well as a rocking ball on a zipwire, which though small, Ay really enjoyed.
There is another dedicated zone for under 5s with a separate smaller two tiered climbing frame but Ay (4 years old) loved the main frame and could manage all of it on his own. I think the actual “under 5s” area should be re-named as the toddler and baby area. I don’t think 4-5 years old will spend much time in it. There are also mini themed little trikes to push along, a home corner and construction zone for imaginative play. This area also has a few coin-operated arcade style games.
I was really excited to see the Discovery zone which had some really interesting scientific experiments. Unfortunately, a lot of them were not working, which was disappointing. We spend some time playing with the human body puzzle , pin ball and giant pan pipes but this area does not live to its full potential. I saw some oversize Lego bricks for play but these were tucked away in buckets (probably a covid safety measure)
Verdict: Compared to the Sprouts play barn, the pricing is slightly more expensive (Sprouts will cost £11.95 for child 2-4 years with one adult, while S&L will cost £12.95 for the same), but they are both one of the best soft plays in Oxford. The frames for both are pretty good, may be sprouts slightly better but the discovery zone gives S&L an advantage for me- it was just unfortunate that a fair bit of the equipment was not working. Sprouts play barn has the advantage of having Millet Farm on site, so you could walk around the garden centre and enjoy the animals and outdoor play area in addition to the soft play. You can however go to Abbey Meadows from S&L which is about five minutes drive away and is pretty amazing too.
🗺 Address: Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3NJ
🎟 Entrance charges apply (Please see website for up-to-date prices HERE)
⏰ Timed entry for 2 hours session
🚻 Toilets on site
🍕 Refreshments available (not allowed to take your own food/picnic)- I have attached a picture of the menu
🚘 Free parking on site
🐕Dogs not allowed within the play area
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