Kid’s play at Little Street
Take your little one to Little Street and let them get lost in this wonderful world of make-believe safe in the knowledge it's also good for their learning and development. Winning!
Children love to play make believe, and the benefits of role play in their early years development is widely recognised.
In the homes of many toddlers the toy box is filled with things like doctors’ kits, tea sets, miniature cars, and kitchen sets. But it’s more difficult – and let’s face it, quite a lot of effort – to turn your living room into a world in miniature. A world where there are shops and shelves are toddler height and filled with the sorts of things you’d put in your weekly shopping basket.
Say hello to Little Street, a play centre for toddlers that’s been carefully designed to creative and educational play. If you’re looking for inspiration and something different to do with your little ones, then Little Street is great fun.
We sent our Muddy Researcher and her three little ones to Little Street in Sevenoaks. Here’s their verdict…
Little Street has centres in Maidstone and Sevenoaks (as well as Frimley and West Byfleet in Surrey and Horsham and Chichester in Sussex), each offering something slightly different with a variety of themed rooms.
We all know our little mudlets love to play make believe and I can’t imagine a better place for supporting and awakening their imagination than this. The variety of themed rooms are scaled down to be the perfect size for little people, and carefully designed and filled with props to offer a creative and educational play experience.
It’s a fairly big play centre, with lots of different rooms, all set up beautifully! The play town at Sevenoaks has a theatre, veterinary centre, supermarket, construction site, beauty salon and pizza parlour. The indoor play town at Maidstone has a medical centre, cafe, police station, school as well as a picnic area with a BBQ.
Within the road area there are lots of ride on vehicles, a large fire engine for aspiring young firefighters, and a post office with delivery points around the town. All of my children (my son, four, and his two-year-old twin sisters) were in their element exploring, pretending, dressing up and playing plus it’s a great alternative to soft play.
The attention to detail is a real delight – for both children and adults – with beautiful murals painted on the walls to really help bring the street scenes to life. I loved the post boxes dotted around – and so did my Mudlet who donned the posties bag and delivered a few letters.
Little Street makes it really easy for your children to get involved in some really imaginative play. The little ones even had their own shopping lists, so were able to walk around the supermarket with their trolley, picking things off the shelf and then heading to the tills to pay with what they had collected!
Play sessions are timed at 90 minutes, and at the end of each play period, each Little Street is restored back to its original state so that the next group of children can enjoy the ‘wow’ factor.
And of course for the grown ups, Little Street has a cafe bar selling hot and cold drinks, delicious cakes and healthy snacks. It’s almost enough to make me want to turn back the clock so my little ones are at this stage again, just so I can take them along. Almost.
It’s best to book ahead. At Maidstone and Sevenoaks, the cost for one child during peak times it’s £6.45 (£6 off-peak) and that includes entry for an adult. There’s also a one-hour after-school/post nap session at £3.95 per child.
An annual 10-pass pass is available for £50 (for use Mon-Fri term time only) or a Freedom 10 pass for £55 (use anytime, peak or off-peak). An after-school pass offering 5 sessions between 3.30pm-5pm during term time is also available for £20.
These play passes can be used for multiple children* so are incredible value. Passes can be purchased onsite or by telephone, Sevenoaks is 01732 668347 or Maidstone is 01622 296868.
*maximum of 3 child spaces in a single visit.
There are also Little Street’s at West Byfleet in Surrey, Horsham and Chichester in Sussex.
Reporter: Louisa Priestley