4 September 2019

The Best Soft Plays to Visit Around Fife


It's getting to that time of year where the weather gets a bit unpredictable and you always need to have a soft play on hand as back up to occupy the kids. Well we do in Scotland anyway! So I've put together a little list of some of the best soft plays to visit around Fife and there might even be one or two that are further afield but worth dropping into.


Wee Kingdom - Cupar
We haven't visited the Wee Kingdom for a while now but it had a refurbishment in June this year and from the photos online it looks lovely. It's perfect for little ones as it's a smaller soft play, maybe up to age 6 or 7 although all are welcome (children taller than 1.52m cannot use the play equipment). It has a lovely cafe selling homemade cakes, with gluten free options as well as something to suit all dietary requirements so I'd recommend. Under 1's go free and over 1's are £4.50 and the soft play is open 10am to 5.30pm 7 days a week. They try not to put a limit on play time however if it's really busy a 2 hour limit is applied.

Noah's Ark - Perth
We frequented Noah's Ark when the kids were younger but I recently took Harlow along with a friend and it's still a nice place for the kids to play. I'd say that it's for younger children again up to age 7 or 8 and they have an excellent baby/toddler area which is all secure and plenty of seating around to keep a close eye on the little ones. There's also ride on electric bikes for the kids to enjoy, you pop a £1 in an off they go. My two love them. Noah's Ark is open from 10am to 6pm all week with under 1's free, under 5's £5 and over 5's £6. The cafe is quite nice with reasonable prices and home cooked food and there's only a play limit put on when it's really busy.

Wonder World - Falkirk/ Kirkcaldy
There's two Wonder World's which we've visited and we like them both. Kirkcaldy is our closest and most visited one. It's a big soft play and great for the older kids. I think even some 11 year olds would be happy to run around in here for a few hours. It always seems clean, the food is good and I've had no issues. The Wonder World in Falkirk is massive! It's perfect for older kids and will definitely keep them occupied the whole time you are there. Wonder World impose a strict 2 hour play policy and if you run over your time you will be charged. Both of these soft plays are open 10am to 6pm with last entry allowed at 5pm. They have a few different pricing structures so under 1's go free, under 3's are £4.95 during the week and £7.95 at weekends and holidays. Ages 3-12 years old are £5.95 during the week and £8.95 at weekends and holidays. It's expensive compared to a lot of soft plays however it's really good for the older kids as they have different equipment and huge slides.

Bongos - Glenrothes
This soft play is good fun for kids aged up to about 7. The sitting areas for adults are really good as you can mostly see the kids running around at all times. They have a baby area, toddler area and bigger kids area so something to keep them all busy. The staff are friendly, the food is tasty and reasonably priced and they do an excellent party package. I think Logan had at least 3 or 4 parties here when he was younger and Harlow had hers here this year. She wants it to be here again next year so I better get booking. Under 6 months of age are currently free, 6 months to 1 year is £1, 1 to 3 years is £3.95 and 3 and over is £4.95. They do have special offers and deals on frequently so check our their Facebook page or website for more details.

Snappy Play - Carnegie Leisure Centre, Dunfermline
Snappy Play is really handy if you're in town and it starts to rain or you need somewhere for the kids to burn of some energy. It's a small soft play situated in the Carnegie Leisure Centre and your child is allowed a max of 90 minutes play. It's £4.80 per session and it's for younger children maybe aged up to 5 or 6. It's open 9.30am to 6.30pm during the week and school holidays and weekends are 10am to 5pm.

Little World of Play - Cowdenbeath
This is more an imagination play area than a soft play (but it does have a soft play area) and is suitable for all ages. I did a review back in 2017 if you fancy a nose. My son is 9 and I thought he'd get bored here but he actually liked discovering all the little rooms so not too bad. Harlow's 4 and of course loves it as she can dress up in whatever she wants and prance around the little town. If visiting the Little World of Play it's best to get online to their website and book a slot as they have limited spaces and you won't always get in at the door. There are normally 3 time slots to choose from throughout the day. Only 2 of these slots can be booked Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 2.30pm. At weekends the 3.30pm to 5.30pm slot is added.  Prices also vary so check out their website for more details.

Fife Zoo Sloth Play - Near Cupar
The lovely guys at Fife Zoo are slowly and ethically building their business, doing things the right way first time so although they don't have tons of animals at the moment they do have a brilliant small soft play and cafe. The soft play is open 10am to 5pm every day and even though the cafe is separate you can order food to be brought over for you. Under 1's are free, under 3's are £3.50 and 3 and over are £4.50. This is for a 2 hour play however when it's quiet the staff don't mind if you stay longer. It's always nice and clean when I've been and I'd say it's suitable for ages up to around 6 or 7 since it's on the smaller side. One of the cool features of this soft play is the bat cave which lights up if you hit the hand prints hard enough.

Scampers - Dunfermline
Scampers is a lovely soft play for younger children. They do accommodate up to ages 12 however I feel kids of that age would get bored quite quickly. I'd maybe say kids up to age 7 or 8 would be happy running around at Scampers for a little while. They have 3 specially designed areas for children. Babies get to play in their very own farm yard; slightly older children can venture into the jungle area; and the bigger ones get to explore the under-the-sea zone! They are open 9.30am to 5.30pm daily and are a family run business. Play is limited to 2 hours and you can bring a max of 5 children per 1 adult. Pricing varies due to timings and age so check out their website for details. You can pay for a one hour play instead of a two hour play which is handy if you're short of time or you have small children. It's always been clean when we've been in but can get quite busy at times.

Jungle Jim's - Glenrothes
A lot of people haven't heard of this soft play and it's probably because it's tucked out of the way a bit but it's a little hidden gem. When we go it's always quiet so you get the run of the place. It's an unusual layout but that only means it's better for a big game of hide and seek. The slides are super fast and it'll keep kids aged up to 8 happy. It's open 7 days a week from 9.30am with under 3's costing £2.95 and over 3's £3.95.

Little Seedlings Soft Play - Dobbies Dunfermline
Dobbies in Dunfermline now have a little soft play of their own which is perfect for younger children aged up to about 6. It's quite compact but there's plenty of tables and even it's own mini cafe serving tea, coffee, cakes and snacks so you don't need to move. It's open 9am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday. It does get really really busy at times and you're limited to 90 minutes of play. It's only £3.50 per child which is reasonable but if you're a Dobbies Club Plus Member you get it for £3.

If you know of anymore soft plays around Fife please do let me know as we're always opening to visiting more on a rainy day.

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