Can you imagine a play date in your house which you don’t have to clear up after? This is what it’s like at Dinky Street! (Although, I’m wondering if they should ask the children to tidy up at the end…thoughts?)
Dinky Street, housed in a former Bishops Cleeve doctors’ surgery, is a great high-quality role play centre where your kids can pretend to be police or fire officers, supermarket shoppers, hairdressers or doctors and more. There are different rooms set out as mini versions of the real thing and children can role play at anything they choose.
The rooms include a doctors’ surgery with an examination bed, bandages, crutches and x-ray machine. There is also a construction area which has play bricks and a mini fire engine with lots of equipment to play with.
Another room is a hair and beauty salon, complete with mirrors and everything you would need for styling. There is a mini café with a service counter and lovely little tables. Opposite this room is the supermarket which probably suffers from the most mess at the end of the session but is great fun as kids can pretend going through the check-out with a real ‘beep’ and plastic money and credit cards.
We really enjoyed it and my son explored all the different rooms and dressed up as a fireman (person?!) I started off following him round and then sat in the cafe with some friends as the children can’t get out due to a safety door.
The two friends behind the business, Michelle and Louise have five children between them and believed there were a lack of indoor play areas near them, so came up with the idea of Dinky Street. They believe that play is a vital part of child development and one of the most powerful and natural tools children possess for learning. Many theorists of child development now acknowledge the vast importance of play in cognitive, emotional and social development.
There is certainly a lot of opportunity for imaginative play at Dinky Street. The centre offers four 90-min sessions per day and is open seven days a week. There is a maximum number of children allowed in each session and you can book online. Along with the play rooms, there is a spacious café serving drinks and cake including vegan and gluten free options.
Dinky Street is aimed at ages 0-7 but the last session of the day is open to kids up to 10-years-old. Babies and toddlers are also catered for as there are soft toys in a safe ‘pit’ and you’ll find interactive play equipment in the café including a giant chalk board. There are also little bikes and dressing up clothes.
There are sessions every month specifically for those with special educational needs and/or physical disabilities. The centre is fully accessible and open to those with disabilities at any time, but these sessions will be quieter with fewer children.
There are four sessions a day: 09:30-11:00 | 11:30-13:00 | 13:30-15:00 | 15:30-17:00 – Prices start at £5.80 per child and an adult goes free. There are also a number of party packages.
Annual Play Pass is 10 sessions for £50.00 valid for 12 months from date of purchase and the Summer Pass is 5 sessions for £25 valid in June, July and August 2019.
You can find out more on the Dinky Street website here