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Funopolis Play Centre, Shipley

Categories: Playgrounds, Entertainment Centers, Fun & Games, Nature & Parks
Inspirock Rating:
2.9/5 based on 80+ reviews on the web
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  • Its probably the best soft play area around here without going into Leeds, but I almost passed out when I was charged £8.90 for entry! I had a 6 year old and a 1 year old! Then most of the attractions...  read more »
  • I have to agree with some of the other comments that the soft play can be very busy (down to it being one of the best in the area) but if you plan your times well it's not that bad! I regularly take 3...  read more »
  • I had mixed feelings when choosing to go here as I do not like the usual play areas which are typically attached to a pub. However, this place is great for all the ages advertised, although young chil...  read more »
  • Great place for the kids friendly and helpful staff . Foods a bit expensive. But no time limit on play like most places
  • We had our sons 3rd birthday party.. the area/space for the birthday party is not ideal.. and ruined a lot of the photo's taken as the fixture surrounds the party area ..and overshadows the whole area..its very much adhoc and not done with any consideration or ease for both adults and kids.. the play area - climbing frame is ideal and serves it purpose well.. i would recommend it as a play area .. but for parties .. id really look around for something more.. and where the staff are trained for such events
  • A huge play centre, more suited to older kids but a fantastic visit for kids of all ages. Party food was good but not amazing.
  • EDIT: The owner of Funopolis rang me today (21st January) to discuss my review and tell me they were going to install water fountains. Excellent news. We also discussed some issues on prices and although nothing will probably change as this review is just one consumer's opinion I got the strong impression that this was a man who wanted his business to be outstanding for all customers. ============================= This is an outstanding facility. The place is huge with varied and well set out play areas which allow for hundreds of children to play in an uncrowded and age appropriate environment. I have a few niggles which made me hover over the 3 stars rather than 4. My first is the staff. Fair play. I'm a teacher, I've worked with young children to teenagers all my adult career and am pleased to see a facility that provides jobs for young people. However, it does seem the staff are not trained very well. Surly, monosyllabic and lethargic are just three of the words I would choose to describe many of the staff I have had interactions with. A bit of training perhaps. I wonder if there is a trained supervisor on most times of the day. I guess I'd just like a smile and a "how can I help?" at times. Maybe I'm a grumpy old man. 33 isn't old. Got it? My second, a much much bigger gripe, is the flagrant exploitative free market capitalism that goes on...or at least that's my perception. I'm a free market capitalist, I run my own business. I believe something is only worth as much as someone will pay for it. Are the prices to enter a bit steep? Yeah, probably, but no one is forcing me to use the facility. There's no moral obligation for them to set any price at all, it's their organisation, let it be as much as they think people will pay for it. My beef is with their food and drink policy, or at least the parts of it I know about. You're not allowed to take your own food and drink in. Fine! The food and drink prices they charge are in the stratosphere. Again fine! The problem is that they don't (appear to) provide suitable and accessible refreshments for children who are engaging in an activities that make them red in the mush and pretty breathless. This is where it's wrong. Has your kid come to you parched and talking in 2 word sentences? OK, go buy them a bottle of Evian for £1.50 (price made up) or sneak into the toilets and give them a fruit shoot from your bag and get chased by a member of staff telling you you can't bring your own food and drink in. Yes, they are draconian about their policy. And of course they are. Fine. They want to make money. If that's the case then go ahead. You can charge £5 for a can of Diet Coke for me, I'm not bothered. As long as you realise you have a MORAL OBLIGATION to provide an accessible alternative for children who are running around and getting sweaty. So in a long winded and ranty way I'm asking for Funopolis to provide water which is free and accessible at the point of demand. Then no one can be blamed for getting kicked out for bringing their own food and drink in. You've provided everything you're meant to. I dunno, maybe they already do and I've missed it. I'm just thinking about the family that have saved money to take their kids there then have to double that just to be able to meet their children's basic needs. If I was bring surly like their staff I'd have given 3 stars but it really is a good place, the BEST play place I've ever been to to be honest. So in conclusion, bravo Funopolis, can we have some water because your facility is has made us all really thirsty because it's so awesome? Cheers. EDIT: I posted this review to Facebook and an employee of the company told me they do offer free water on demand. So that's good. :D
  • Went here with 2 of my grandchildren on Saturday afternoon, the activities themselves were pretty good, well spaced out to allow room for play without it being too crowded, the girls seemed to enjoy it. The staff however were very disappointing, we arrived to no-one on the front desk, a parent that was letting himself out with his child allowed us in and if my husband had not gone to a member of staff I am pretty sure that they would have been none the wiser. When getting served some drinks there was a real 'cant be bothered' attitude and when taking my grand daughter to the bathroom I was shocked to see the state of them, one was partially blocked, another with a broken seat and a third with paper all over the floor and seat, surely instead of the staff standing around talking or being outside smoking their time would be better used keeping the facilities up to a certain standard.
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