One of the things I really want to do here on the blog this year is showcase some of our favourite family friendly days out and attractions in our local area. I’ve previously shared our day at Kent Life Hops ‘n’ Harvest Festival and our trips to Jeskyn’s Community Country Park here and I’ve had some great feedback and messages about them that Id like to continue sharing more about our little corner of the country. Today I wanted to tell you about Little Street in Maidstone.
Little Street is a children’s roleplay centre situated in the Royal Star Arcade, Maidstone. I guess a good way to describe it is as a kind of soft play alternative for children aged 1 to 7 years. We have been a few times now and I’d definitely say that Florence, now 2 years and 7 months, is the perfect age to make full use of the facilities on offer, though I’ve also taken William along with us and he loved crawling around and helping to clear the shelves in the shop and having a go on the fire engine!
The play area of the centre is set out like a little high street and reminds me very much of the CBeebies show, Biggleton. There’s a theatre, a police Station, a building site, a supermarket, a doctors surgery, a school and a cafe as well as a postbox, fire engine and picnic / BBQ area all perfectly equipped for acting out everyday jobs and engaging in roleplay games. The shop for example is stocked with all sorts of food (either plastic play food or empty food container), toiletries, drinks and there are trolleys (Complete with babies!) and baskets for children to walk around and buy their weekly shop.
Each ‘room’ is scaled down to be the perfect size for little people but with enough space for parents to join in the fun too. They each have plenty of opportunity for play and also learning with menus and tills and more.
Out of all of Little Street, we have spent the most time at the building site building walls and riding diggers ‘like Daddy’.
Little Street are open for sessions every day of the week, and can be prebooked on their website or alternatively you can just turn up at the start of each session — however I would recommend avoiding peak times if you do as spaces are limited and get booked up quickly. Children are free to play for the entire session with each session lasting 90 minutes.
There is a seating area for parents with clear views of the entire play space so you can sit and keep an eye on them while having a cup of tea or cake from the cafe. They have a small soft play pen for younger babies with a couple of toys in which can be handy considering there is no access for prams and pushchairs into the cafe or play area and they have to be left in the foyer. If you are taking a smaller baby along and your little one might need you to join in the play it might be an idea to take a baby carrier!
Little Street also do children’s party packages, where you can either book out a certain number of spaces or hire out the entire centre.
We have had some truly lovely trips to Little Street and cannot wait to go back next month to play!