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Soft Plays are one indoor activity that my children have really missed, but I know a lot of parents have been nervous to take their children with the ongoing virus situation. Well, I can tell you that The Jelly Lounge is one soft play that has put lots of measures into to place so that you can feel safe. My kids had such a lovely time there last week after school. I think they thought they were dreaming as it had been so long since they have been to a soft play!
Location: The Jelly Lounge, 29 William Street, Windsor SL4 1BB
Opening hours: Wednesday to Sunday 10:00am – 5:30pm (Closed Mon/Tue)
Public Transport: 5 minute walk from Windsor & Eton train station (£3 return ticket from Slough)
Parking: Nearest parking is Victoria Street Car Park SL4 1EG (£3.60 for 2 hours)
Cost: 1 hour soft play for walkers to age 9
£5 on Weds and Thurs
£8 Fri, Sat and Sun
Babes in arms are free (baby area at the back of the soft play)
Book a slot in advance: Yes. BOOK HERE.
Food: Yes there is a cafe on site
Toilets: Yes, including baby change
New Covid Precautions
I have been to The Jelly Lounge before, when it first opened, which you can read about here. But obviously today I will tell you about how it is with the new precautions in place, whilst still looking as stylish as ever.
– Temperature checks at check-in
– 15 minutes between each session for the soft play to be steam cleaned and wiped
– Fresh air system put in on the ceiling – this pumps fresh air into the soft play room and pushes the used air back outside
– Shoes off and hand sanitiser on before you go in to the soft play room
It’s best to book a slot online before you arrive. They are limiting numbers to a max of 15 children per session, but depending on what day and time you go, it can be very quiet. We went on a Wednesday at 4.30 – 5.30pm and my kids had the soft play all to themselves!
When you arrive, you check-in at the far desk in front of the soft play. You’ll get your temperature checked with the zappy gun thing. If you are early like we were, you can wait in the cafe, where my kids enjoyed watching the fish in the fish tank. We could see staff cleaning the soft play through the doors.
The Soft Play
The soft play at The Jelly Lounge is a long shaped one, going along the length of the room, with seating and tables alongside it, as well as the loos and baby change. There’s this cool crocheted climbing thing with tyre swings and a hammock. Lots of giant bouncy balls and swinging things (do you like my technical terms?!)
There’s a double wavy slide that my two like to come down together, as well as a twisty tube slide.
I have to say, you could see that everything was so CLEAN, like I genuinely felt happy for my children to play here. Have a watch of my Instagram reel to really get a sense of the space.
There is a baby area at the back of the soft play in an open room. This is handy if your little one is too young for soft play, or if you have more than one child. For example if you had an older child in the soft play and you have a young baby, your baby can play in this baby area.
I sat down and had my latte that a member of staff brought over. The tables, seating and floor were spotless. I can see that these guys are really working hard to keep this place safe from the virus.
I took a photo of the drinks menu if you want to peruse it, also I just love chalkboard displays. The seating that you can see in this photo is outside of the soft play. You can pop in here just for a coffee or lunch if you don’t want to use the soft play. There are lovely armchairs in the window and the kids spotted some tablets too.
Anyway, back to the soft play, my kids really enjoyed their hour here. If you could hear the laughter, they were having the best time! It was brilliant because, as we came after school on a weekday, they had it to themselves, it was like a private soft play for them.
The Jelly Lounge is a short walk from Windsor & Eton train station, so it is very easy for us to get here after school. And at £5 each on a Weds/Thurs, I think I will make this a regular once a month activity. £10 is what I would spend as a treat at a coffee shop, so instead I can spend £10 for an hour of active fun. It does mean planning things, so I would have dinner already prepared at home, but that is doable.
Windsor is a lovely place to have a day out. I have written about where there is to do there in this blog post – you could end a day out with a visit to this soft play.
I hope you found this review useful. It is really lovely that The Jelly Lounge is open again and that we can support this local small business.