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 in Cardiff. 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!
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 April 2023. I have never been given free entry, any perks, or asked to write about any of these soft plays in Cardiff – I’ve visited them all with my son in an attempt to keep him occupied!
Soft Play in Cardiff
Tee Rex Soft Play in Tee Rex Adventure Golf, St Mellons – Best Small Soft Play for Under 5s
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. As it is fairly compact this wins my vote for the best small soft play in Cardiff for under 5s. You can see everything and feel really safe about letting your young children explore. 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. Read my review of Tee Rex Soft Play with Photos.
Cefn Mably Farm Park and Soft Play, St Mellons – Combine Soft Play with Animals – Best Full Day Out
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, mini golf, train, pony rides, swings and a playground. There are separate soft play areas for toddlers and a large area for older children. There is a cafe, but the Farm Shop was still closed for renovation when I last updated this. It wins my best full day out as you really can spend all day here, however adults do have to pay full price as well. Visit their Facebook page for up to date information. Read my review of Cefn Mably Farm Park with Photos.
Jump Soft Play, Llanishen – Largest Soft Play
Jump is one of the largest soft plays in the UK at 27,000 square feet and gets my award for largest soft play Cardiff! 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. My son recently had his 6th birthday party here. Visit their Facebook page for up to date information.
Mambo Play Centre, Cardiff Bay – Best Soft Play for a Mix of Younger and Older Kids
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 a lot of extra sensory stimulation. The toddler area is gated off with a code you receive when enter, meaning older kids can’t just run in and create havoc as they can sometimes do in other soft play areas. 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.
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 is not strictly a soft play, but it does have 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. 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.
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!