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The Dunes, South Shields

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  • So my nephew recently had his 4th birthday party at the dunes play area, he and all of the other children seemed to really enjoy the play area and most didn't even come out until they had to get their...  more »
  • Been here many times and is good if you have small children but when it is busy it is hard to get moved. Also the staff are not the happiest in the world.  more »
  • started with a bit of bowling had a great laugh then went outside with my children and 5 grand children all 4 and under what a fabulous place, loads of stuff to do rides for all ages kids really enjoy...  more »
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  • There's a little something for all. A quiet sensory area with lights and soft squishy seats and plenty of space for someone to sit with the little ones is separated from the other two play areas (it's actually under the under 4s frame). The under 4s frame is completely separated from the larger play frame with slide and climbing area and a free area with foam toys, a small play house and baby toys including activity centre stands for smaller non walking babies. The large play frame is pirate themed with a soft football area and a giant slide and lots of crawling/hiding spaces. It's big enough that the kids get lost in it and don't come running back to the table every 5 minutes. There are also the usual ride on machines and coin machines. A meal deal option is generally available and staff will advise which is better value to pay for (special offers such as pay one child one plays free mean the meal deal isn't always the better option though it works apx 50p more than standard with the meal deal when there is no better offer). Entry is in the higher range for soft play in the area but it's worth it for the extra space! One of the best soft play areas for seating with extra upstairs seating for those with older children who can come up the steps to find them. Eating as a family within the soft play isn't an option if looking for proper adult meals, though the complex has restaurants with great menu options under the same roof and light bites/hot and cold drinks/alcoholic drinks and sweet treats are readily available within the area. Toilet facilities are modern and kept relatively tidy. My only real criticism is that staff allow a build up or plates needing washed on the side of the serving area. It would be preferable if it was removed quicker and dealt with rather than allow any build up. All in all I recommend this play area and, bank balance allowing, would choose this over any other. The website is always up to date with prices and opening times etc.
  • A great entrainment venue. Bar, restaurant, bowling, soft play for the kids, & an arcade. Lots of parking too. Watch out for the 2 pence waterfall machines though. They move all the prizes back before they close at night.
  • Huge arcade with plenty of facilities, Sambuca restaurant, Bowling alley, Large pub and soft kids play area. Also located directly outside is the fair and obviously the beach and seafront. There is plenty to do here to keep your mind occupied and entertained weather it be a large group you are with or small.
  • Very good restaurant , specials very good value, friendly staff, good food, next to traditional arcade games centre, close to the show ground with larger rides , park short walk away approximately 5 minutes, well worth a visit.
  • Good value for money in the soft play and the staff are always welcoming.

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