Last weekend, I took the boys to soft play at Jungle Jim’s at Blackpool Tower. We were offered free entry and passes to Jungle Jim’s in exchange for this review.
Despite having lived up North for 13 years, I’ve not been to Blackpool very often. Once or twice on school trips to the Pleasure Beach, and once to review the Sea Life Centre. I’ve never seen the illuminations, haven’t walked along the pier and definitely haven’t been on a hen party there.
Blackpool is actually only 40 minutes or so from us. So when we were invited to visit Jungle Jim’s soft play, I took both boys on a Saturday afternoon and headed coast-wards.
Jungle Jim’s is part of the Blackpool Tower complex. The soft play is up on the 5th floor, and feels a bit exclusive. On a Saturday afternoon – and in all busier periods – you have to be booked in for your hour slot. You’re let in, and you have an hour to make the most of everything before your time is up.
The Soft Play Area at Jungle Jim’s at Blackpool Tower
The main soft play frame is at the back of the space. It’s designed like a ‘Lost City,’ with jungle foliage and huge statues guarding the entrance. You enter up a ramp, and adults have to stick to the green paths – only the kids are allowed on the play equipment itself.
As a result, I’ve had to rely on Ben for our review. He’s said it was “amazing – and had the best slides ever!” The slides in question include a dark slide, and a 4 lane slide. He absolutely loved it, and he is the perfect age for soft play – he can manage all the equipment, but it’s still challenging enough to be fun.
Even though it was busy – the cafe area was full – the soft play didn’t seem busy. The kids didn’t seem to be clambering over each other the way they sometimes do! So I think Jungle Jims balance their numbers pretty carefully.
The Toddler Area at Jungle Jim’s at Blackpool Tower
Samuel, who is nearly 18 months old, has just got the hang of slides. So while the toddler area was much smaller than the main soft play frame, he absolutely loved it. He could climb up, toddle across, sit down and slide down all by himself, which he thought was brilliant. There was also a huge ball pool.
The cafe and facilities
The cafe did seem really busy, but we managed to find a table. There were several combinations of drinks and cakes available, but on that Saturday, only gingerbread men were available. The kids did love them though!
I was really surprised to see that the cafe was licensed – I can’t remember ever seeing a soft play where you can have a pint or a glass of wine while your kids played. But I can definitely see the advantages!
The toilets and baby change facilities were excellent, and actually of a really good standard – not like the normal soft play toilets.
The only thing I would really point out with the cafe is that you cannot stay once your hour is up. So it’s up to you: if you want to make the most of the children’s play time, feed them either before or after.
I have to say, the staff working last Saturday were excellent – really vigilant. As I mentioned, adults weren’t allowed in the main soft play area, but there was always a member of staff keeping an eye on things. I think we’ve probably all been in the situation where one child is a bit too rough and you want someone to have a word… Well, the staff would have done, I’m sure – although, there was no need on Saturday.
We had a brilliant time at Jungle Jim’s at Blackpool Tower, and we’ll definitely be returning again. However, if I had a child who was a bit less confident on soft play, or who wanted a grown up with them all the time, I’d wait until they are a bit older. Ben is nearly 5, and very confident on soft play equipment, so I mostly stayed in the toddler area with Samuel. But it would have been quite tricky if Samuel had wanted to go into the bigger section, or if Ben hadn’t been happy to go in without me. So it might be one to go to with friends the first time round. And you can always have a glass of wine once they are playing!
Jungle Jim’s also offer annual passes, which is definitely worth considering if you live locally.