Kids’ 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 Muddy Surrey commercial manager Becky and her two little ones – Piper, aged 4, and Miles, 3 – to Little Street in Frimley. Here’s their verdict…
On the day we went to Little Street it was tipping it down outside – one of those days when the rain just doesn’t let up at all. So I was pretty pleased we were heading somewhere indoors where both the kids would be kept entertained.
Little Street in Frimley is right next door to the train station, so parking is straightforward – and as anyone with two pre-schoolers will know, on a wet day it’s a blessing not to have to walk far. (Cost is £1.20 for two hours parking on weekdays and £1 on weekends.)
But practicalities aside, what I hadn’t expected was how much my two would love it. It’s a fairly big play centre, with lots of different rooms – all set up beautifully – and both of my children were in their element exploring, pretending, dressing up and playing.
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 Piper who donned the posties bag and delivered a few letters.
There’s an air ambulance helicopter for budding medics or pilots – which Miles loved. He also loved revving around the miniature streets in his miniature car.
In the indoor street, you will find a bakery, hair salon, vet surgery, fire station and a supermarket that would give Waitrose a run for its money!
There’s a construction site with diggers, and a stage with a ticket office and rows of dressing up which both my children loved.
Little Street makes it really easy for your children to get involved in some really imaginative play.
Miles loved having his own shopping list, walking around the supermarket with his trolley, picking things off the shelf and then heading to the tills to pay for his haul!
And Piper spent quite some time tending to the locks of a little blonde dolly in the hair salon.
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.
There’s also a small café where so grown ups can enjoy hot and cold drinks, snacks and cakes, plus a baby ball pit in a separate seating area.
It’s best to book ahead. At Frimley, 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. A 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.
As well as the Little Street in Frimley there’s also a branch at West Byfleet in Surrey, Horsham and Chichester in Sussex, and Maidstone and Sevenoaks in Kent.