MOTR Top 5 Indoor Play Areas

MOTR TOP 5 INDOOR PLAY AREAS

Picture the scene. A rainy Saturday afternoon in February, the children have been contained indoors all morning and are now climbing the walls complaining that they are bored. You may have already attempted most of the ideas in Bethan’s article “10 things to do on a rainy day”, and it just seems that bit too windy and cold to take the baby out for a walk…

What do you do? As much as I appreciate the facilities we have here in Gibraltar, one I feel it is lacking is somewhere for the kids (and parents!) to really let off steam and burn some energy when the weather is bad.

Fortunately, there are a few places across the border for us to do just that!

Here are MOTR’s top 5 indoor play areas within driving distance of Gibraltar.

Pasteleria Okay
Photo: Pasteleria Okay Facebook
1.Pasteleria Okay – La Linea

If you are pushed for time or really don’t want to drive too far from Gibraltar, head to Pasteleria Okay for a coffee and a croissant in peace, while the children can enjoy the large soft play area attached. You can sit directly opposite where the children play, there is a large open space for running around along with a stage for putting on shows and definitely enough climbing options for the kids to be entertained for an hour or so. They even have separate toilets for children, with baby changing facilities inside plus a few high chairs for the younger family members.

Find them on Facebook here

Tribus Parque
Photo: Tribus Parque Facebook
2. Tribus Parque – Palmones 

Conveniently situated near the retail park in Palmones, this makes a good afternoon trip with the children after a (potentially frazzled!) morning of shopping. Aimed at preschool age and above, Tribus Parque really is an all singing, all dancing kids entertainment venue. In addition to its soft play area, it also boasts several types of bouncy castle, trampolines, and even boats to row on water and train rides. There are several events held here throughout the year such as at Halloween and Christmas, so its worth keeping an eye on their Facebook page for updates.

Find them on Facebook here

Seta Magica
Photo: Seta Magica Facebook
3. **OUR TOP PICK**  Seta Magica – Secadero

Even if the weather isn’t particularly bad, you will probably find us here at least once a week with our pre-schooler and toddler. This delightful cafe has a medium sized soft play area with easily accessible areas for younger children and a fenced in section for babies filled with age appropriate toys. There is also a built in trampoline, a swing and the standard ball pit and slide! This is a relaxing option for our family as it suits both children age groups quite nicely, especially given that its easy to keep track of the children from the seating area, once they are inside the soft play. Clean and bright, with extremely friendly and helpful staff, offering a selection of  homemade food (with healthy options available) plus great coffee. Seta Magica is usually my go to place if I want an enjoyable and stress free few hours out somewhere nearby, with our children.

Find them on Facebook here

Kidz Kingdom
Photo: Kidz Kingdom Facebook
4. Kidz Kingdom – Estepona 

The original and probably the biggest indoor soft play area within a reasonable driving distance of Gibraltar, Kidz Kingdom has something for all ages. Fast slides, lots of ball pits, a variety of climbing, jumping and rolling over/under options are available here, along with a trampoline and a separate ball shooting game area where the children can compete against their friends! There is also a decent sized area for younger children, with mini versions of everything next to it in the larger area. A word of warning however, it can get extremely busy at Kidz Kingdom so you are best off getting there as early as possible, as its quite a way to drive just to be told you cant come in yet as it is too busy!

Find them on Facebook here

Costa Jump
Photo: Costa Jump Facebook
5. Costa Jump – San Pedro de Alcantara  

Ok, maybe we are cheating a bit with this one, as this may not be the ‘conventional type’ of indoor play area like the previously mentioned places, however Costa Jump is definitely an option if you have older children and are willing to drive out to San Pedro. A huge area full of different types of trampoline, basketball hoops and foam pits you can dive headfirst into, this is a brilliant option for both children and their parents to get the adrenaline going! And if you are visiting with a baby, there is a great cafe where they can perhaps have a snack and/or a nap whilst you wait for the older siblings and the rest of the family members to finish bouncing!

Find them on Facebook here

At MOTR we want to hear from you, are there any other soft play areas you have come across in the surrounding areas? Where do you take your kids on a rainy day? Let us know!

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