All the Soft Play Centres in Cardiff
With a rambunctious toddler, I’m an aficionado of the soft plays in Cardiff. Tired of searching google constantly and trying to figure out where to go, I thought I’d compile this list for other parents in Cardiff and South Wales with babies, toddlers or young children, who are looking for somewhere safe to visit and burn some energy. Soft play encourages physical co-ordination, manual dexterity, emotional maturity and social development, in a stimulating location that allows for the fact that children fall down a lot!
If you know of a soft play in Cardiff, or if any of the below change details or close down, please pop me a message in the comments so I can keep this list updated. Opening times and costs were correct as of 2018, but visit the website or social media to confirm specific details, as soft plays do sometimes close for parties and events so it’s always worth checking before travel.
I’ve also compiled a list of restaurants and cafes in Cardiff with FREE play areas!
Soft Play in Cardiff
Tee Rex Soft Play in Tee Rex Adventure Golf, St Mellons
Tee Rex Soft Play is located in a building next to Tee Rex Adventure Golf in St. Mellons and is one of the newest additions to soft play in Cardiff. It has an area for toddlers, whilst the main area is suitable for those age approximately 2 to 5 years. It has a cafe on site and you can take older children for a round of adventure golf with dinosaur theme throughout.
Open Mon through Sat 9:30am to 6pm and Sun 10am to 4pm. Entrance costs £2 for those 0 to 12 months (free when accompanied by a paying child), £4 for children over 12 months on weekdays and £6 on weekends and school holidays. Adults are free. It has a loyalty card for repeat visits.
Cefn Mably Farm Park and Soft Play, St Mellons
Located in St. Mellons, just a few minutes away from Tee Rex Soft Play above, Cefn Mably combines soft play with an outfoor farm park, complete with farm animals that you can feed, reindeer, pony rides, swings and a playground. There are separate soft play areas for toddlers and a large area for older children. It has a cafe and also a farm shop attached.
Open daily 10am to 5pm, Weekdays and term time costs £4.50 for 18 months or older, whilst weekends and non term time cost £6.50 per person. A family ticket for 4 people (any combination of adults / children) is £24, whilst those under 18 months go free. It has a loyalty card for repeat visits.
Jump Soft Play, Llanishen
Jump is one of the largest soft plays in the UK at 27,000 square feet! It has a fully gated toddler area with mini ball pit, play areas, reading area, slide, sand pit and mini bouncy castle. The older children areas are three tiers high, with a massive ballpit and ample slides, as well as an inflatable obstacle area and indoor 5 a side football pitch. It has lots of themed party rooms and a small arts and crafts area. It has a large cafe and offers after school meal deals.
Opening times are Mon to Fri 10am to 6:30pm, Weekends 10am to 5pm. There’s a fairly complicated pricing structure of under 12 months £1.50 (free with a paying child), 12-24 months £3.50 off peak, £5 peak, 2 to 4 years £5.75 off peak, £7.25 peak and 5 to 12 years £7.25 off peak, £8.25 peak. Adults are free. Although this is the most expensive soft play, it’s definitely also the largest with the most to do, particularly for older children.
Title photo taken by myself at Jump!
Zone Play, Central Cardiff
Zone play has a two tier soft play and a dedicated toddler area with toys and cars. It has a small cafe and has a separate party room.
Opening times are Mon to Fri 9:30am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm and Sun 11am to 5pm. It has a bit of an odd pricing structure with under 8 months being free, but 9-11 months being £1.50. I have no idea how they can actually tell the age of babies that precisely! Those between 12 months and 4 years are £4 term time and £4.50 weekends and holidays, whilst 5 to 12 years are £5 term time and £5.50 weekends and holidays.
Parc Play, Central Cardiff
Parc Play has an indoor play area, indoor climbing wall and cafe and a large outdoor play area, complete with massive pirate ship! It runs lots of special events throughout the year which are updated on the website and social media, but in winter is only open weekends and school holidays.
Opening hours are 10am to 5:30pm from February to the end of October, and 10am to 5pm weekends and school holidays only during the winter. Check the website for exact dates and times. Under 2s are £2.50 or free with a sibling, 2-3 years old are £4.50 whilst 4 to 12 is £6. Adults are £1. An annual membership is available from £22.50 to £48 which entitles adults free entry as well.
Wacky Warehouse at Heron Marsh, St. Mellons
Wacky Warehouse is located next to the Heron Marsh pub in St. Mellons. It’s got a small toddler area and lots of climbing areas as well as a cafe.
Opening hours are Mon to Thu 9:30am to 7pm, Fri and Sat 9:30am to 8pm and Sun 10am to 7pm. Children under 1 and adults are free. Tots club allows those under 5 to get entry and a drink on weekdays for £2.25. For weekends and for those older than 5, prices are £3.50 per child. Wacky Warehouse has the Wacky Club which offers a variety of options for 4 weeks of unlimited play, starting at £7.50 per month which gets you unlimited off-peak play and 10% off food, or £10 for unlimited play on weekdays and weekends, with big discounts for multiple children too. If you regularly visit a soft play, the monthly pass makes this one excellent value.
Ants Inya Pants, Central Cardiff
Ants Inya Pants is located just off Newport Road and is very convenient for central Cardiff. It’s a fairly small soft play but has plenty to do, including a small well padded toddlers area and then tiered soft play and slides for the older ones. It has a cafe with plenty of seating.
They are open Mon to Fri 9:30am to 6pm, Sat 10am to 6pm and Sun 11am to 5pm. Prices are £1 for babies under 12 months old. For older than 12 months it is £3.50 during the week and £4.50 during weekends and school holidays. Adults are free. For regular visitors there is an annual pass of £75.
Mambo Play Centre, Cardiff Bay
Mambo Play Centre has an absolutely massive play frame, making it ideal for older children, complete with huge ball pit, dodgem cars and a giant giraffe! The baby and toddler area is a good size, with small cars to ride on. Electric quad bikes are also available for an extra charge (£1). In addition, it has a large indoor sports court and a cafe that serves a wide range of food and costa coffee, with after school meal deals.
Mambo Play Centre is open Mon to Sat 9:30am to 6:30pm and Sun 10am to 5pm. Babies under 12 months are £1.50 or free if accompanying another child, 1 year olds are £3.95 at all times whilst ages two plus are £4.95 term time and £7.45 on weekends.
Play Loft, Whitchurch
Play Loft in Whitchurch doesn’t look big from the outside, but spans multiple floors and has plenty to do. With soft play, role play, arts and crafts, a garden area and a cafe, this is one of the few play centres in the West of the city and well worth a visit.
Open 9am to 5pm Mon to Fri and 10am to 5PM Sat and Sun. Baby in arms are free, under 2s are £2 and over twos are £4.
Pebbles at Boulders Climbing Centre
Pebbles is the new soft play for under 7s that starts to teach climbing and co-ordination with an obstacle course, with general soft play for the very little ones underneath. There’s an on-site cafe, and for older children and adults there’s a wide range of climbing available from beginner to experienced.
Opening times for Pebbles are 10am to 6:30pm on weekdays and 10am to 5:30pm on weekends. Prices are £4.20 weekedays, £4.50 weekends.
Blue Diamond Garden Center (previously Wyevale Garden Center), St Mellons
There is a small soft play located directly in the cafe at Blue Diamond Garden Center in St. Mellons. This used to be Wyevale Garden Centre but was sold to Blue Diamond in 2018. The Garden centre contains clothes shopping, an aquatics section and a wide array of indoor plants, outdoor plays, homeware, food and books. The soft play is quite small and I’d recommend it for younger children and likely only to keep interest for 30-60 minutes whilst you’re enjoying a well deserved cup of coffee.
It’s open Mon to Sat 9am to 5:30pm and Sunday 10am to 4pm and is very reasonably priced at £2 per child, or £1 if you have a rewards card (which is free).