So, on Monday we went to DinoM8 which is a new Jurassic themed soft play in Chapelhall, Airdrie. As I have mentioned about a million times Connor is absolutely dinosaur daft so when I heard that this had opened I was desperate to take him. Chapelhall is about a 30 minute drive out of our way but it was totally worth it.
On arrival you are greeted by the sight of absolutely massive Tyrannosaurus Rex & Brachiosaurus models, I don’t know if they are ‘life sized’ but they’re definitely huge. As predicted Connor was fascinated by them & kept asking if he could ‘ride on T-Rexs’ back’ his only negative of the day was that the answer to that question was no!
There is a separate part to the soft play for under 3’s but you can pay extra to have access to the whole place. We paid £4.95 to let Connor have the run of the place which worked out well as there seemed to be a baby group (all under a year) in the under 3’s section & I was terrified that Connor was going to land on one of them! Unusually for soft plays the baby/toddler bit looked pretty good; it had the usual ball pit and slides but there was also a variety of other activites. A touch screen where you could pretend to play the drums/piano, do jigsaw or even answer maths problems, a small trampoline inside a perspex tube, large building blocks and a load of tunnels and climbing parts.
DinoM8 is different to any soft play we’ve ever been to before as it’s quite interactive. There is a large volcano that randomly rumbles and motion sensors throughout which let off sounds of roars and shrieks as you pass under them. There is also a football pitch/basketball court which you have to climb a few floors to reach. The shooting gallery is the part Connor loved best, thankfully he didn’t see the bumper cars of we would never have been allowed to leave!
Throughout the whole place there are models of different dinosaurs, and the attention to detail is fantastic – even the bins are dinosaur eggs! They offer kids parties and the Party Rooms are filled with ultraviolet lights and decorated with claw marks and ‘DANGER’ signs. I think this will be a possibility for when Connor turns 3 in September.
Connor definitely enjoyed his time at DinoM8, he’s been asking to go back to ‘Dinosaur Land’ ever since we got home. After looking at their website I see that they offer a membership card which allows you to get 10% off unlimited entry & food and drink – I might just have to look in to that! I have a funny feeling that this will be our soft play of choice from now on.