People Spotting At Soft Play

Friday, 15 May 2015

People Spotting At Soft Play

people spotting at soft play

I have said it before and I will say it again. Soft play is my kind of hell on earth. Having visited them for the best part of 7 years the novelty has certainly worn off. I have to say I find watching other people's snotty children wipe their face on a foam block that your child then immediately licks is kind of off putting. 

So why am I here writing from soft play hell? 

Well it's raining, I haven't left the house for 2 weeks due to poorly children and it's better than watching Bing on repeat play all day. Looking around though I am surrounded by like minded people. All having bought their little ones here to tire them out as much as possible and to have a cup of tea without interruption. 

So who do I see? 
Well there's a couple of Mummy groups. They just want to meet their friends and have a chat without their little ones continuously interrupting. It also has the added bonus that you don't have to squash 6 mums and 12 kids into one of the poor Mum's living rooms.

There's a Grandmother who is more than likely hoping that her Grandson will be so tired out from playing here that he will have a nap this afternoon and not scatter building bricks over her entire and pristine house. 

There is what I believe to be a first time Mum. A bit of an assumption I know, but she is the only adult that is on the soft play equipment that is enjoying playing with her child. I vaguely remember those days with big man. Soft play was a novelty then, a place to enjoy together, not the place to grab 5 mins of me time. 

There's a new mum of 2. Oh how I remember those days. Thank God they are over. It's not like she's even getting a break. She's sat with her 4 month old in the babies section whilst the older brother is competing for attention. Then she gets two minutes to herself while rhythmically rocking the baby seat to get them off to sleep. 

Then there is me. I might look like a social media obsessed woman who can't be away from her phone. Well they are probably right, but please don't judge, I have been doing this soft play thing for a long time. The novelty wears off. Infact I'm not sure how I ever did it. So far this morning I've hurt my wrist and banged my knee. I am clearly too big/old for this soft play lark.

So there we go, my morning of people spotting complete. 

Do you recognise yourself? 

And most importantly, did it work?

You bet it did! 

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  1. Soft play used to be my last resort, reserved for rainy days and/or desperate times, only. I remember actually being (apart from Grandma....yet!) every single one of these at one time or another!

  2. Merlinda Little15 May 2015 at 12:22

    I am the mother who is snapping photos of her son wishing there will be a good enough one for instagram! Kidding aside I always go with my husband so that my son can have a playmate. He is a bit small for his age and kids sometimes be not gentle with him. I dont like soft play but my son does so I am just there as a groupie. #pocolo

  3. Louise Fairweather15 May 2015 at 12:27

    Yeah me too x

  4. I am the Mum of 2 trying to spread my attention between my 1 year old girl in the 'baby area' and my boisterous 3 year old boy wanting me to go down the big slide with him. I end up dragging Sophie up with me through the maze towards the slide. Sophie looks at me.. I"m sure she's thinking "Are you really going to take me down there Mummy?", but there is no choice my love. Harry is going to keep going on and on and on and on until I go down! :)

  5. Louise Fairweather15 May 2015 at 14:21

    Oh bless you. I have been there. Twice x

  6. Louise Fairweather15 May 2015 at 14:23

    Luckily little man is very outgoing and didn't need me all the time. I felt I was far too big to be in there! Good idea about taking your OH x

  7. I love people watching! Its often the last thing on the list when we've exhausted everything else, but I'm the mum who reluctantly enters the soft play area with great hesitation (they scare me!) x

  8. Louise Fairweather17 May 2015 at 18:09

    They scare me too!