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 – that’s definitely the soft play. 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 of these Cardiff soft play centres were correct at least update, 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!
This list of all the soft play centres in Cardiff was updated in February 2020. I have never been given free entry, any perks, or asked to write about any of these soft plays – I’ve visited them with my toddler in an attempt to keep him occupied!
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, Cardiff 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. Visit their Facebook page for up to date information.
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. Visit their Facebook page for up to date information.
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. Visit their Facebook page for up to date information.
Photo taken by myself at Jump Soft Play, Cardiff!
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. There are hours of fun to be had in this soft play and it’s in a convenient central location. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
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. Parc Play is also one of the few children’s play centres that offers an annual pass, so if you’re a frequent visitor this can work out amazing value. Visit their Facebook page for more information.
Wacky Warehouse at Heron Marsh, St. Mellons, Cardiff
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. The Heron Marsh is very family friendly so visiting this soft play is a great opportunity to have lunch or dinner out.
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.
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.
Play Loft, Whitchurch
Play Loft in Whitchurch, Cardiff 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.
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.
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. Despite being small, this is one of the best soft plays for adults as the cafe is lovely, the garden center full of plants, gifts, clothes shops and there’s an aquatic shop for a visit to the fish.
I hope that this list of Cardiff soft play centres has been helpful to you and you’ve decided where to go. Which is your favourite soft play in Cardiff? Are there better options for soft play elsewhere in South Wales? Let me know in the comments!