Last Sunday, we went along to Quest at the Merry Hill shopping Centre, near Dudley to try out their adventure zones. I have a seven year old and almost three year old twins so it’s always a risk to find stuff to suit both age ranges but luckily we didn’t need to worry; as we arrived it was clear there was lots for all including:
- Yu Kids Adventure Soft Play
- Mini Ropes Area
- High Ropes Extreme
- Krazy Golf
- Nerf Combat Area
- Nerf Target Range
With three kids under my belt, I have seen my fair share of soft play areas over my time but this soft play zone was one of the best I have ever seen. It reminded me of the new Willy Wonka film with all the colours and candy-pop like theme. It was far more impressive than your bog standard slide and soft toys.
There were inflatable and running water slides, a mini roundabout, a spinning “hamster wheel” and the coolest upstairs balloon area which instantly made me think of Fun House and how I had always wanted a go as a kid. There is an under two section with a smaller ballpit and funky walk on water little pool.
The soft play alone was enough to entertain the girls but we did have a wander over to the mini rope climbing area. I have to admit, seeing them in little harnesses made my eyes well up a bit as I still think of them as my babies as they looked so grown up! They were attached to the wire that they needed me to pull in front of them but at the grand age of 2 I was impressed at how they nipped round the course.
Whilst the girls were busy on the ropes, the boys enjoyed a game of mini golf which was good as it didn’t last too long as C can get a bit bored if there are too many difficult holes.
As the girls had had a go on the ropes, I decided to also try out the bigger high rope area. There were three different levels but I was a bit of a chicken and only made it up onto level one. C stood on and watched as he wasn’t so sure. It was brilliant as I was “walking over” shoppers underneath me who had no idea! The staff were really good when C freaked out and got him down straight away.
After braving the high ropes, we headed to what C had been desperate to try out all day and he was absolutely amazed at the Nerf area. With a range of different Nerf guns and bullets to try out, the boys set about having a competition to see who could get the most points. There are targets with different points and it tallies up your score on an electronic board in front of you. Lets just say they got very competitive! The girls also got their face painted for the first time from the loveliest member of staff who was incredibly patient with two wriggly ladies. We of course had a dinosaur and a panda – what else could my twins be?!
We spent almost three hours in the Quest zone and that was only in the indoors bit (we weren’t able to go to the outside zones) It was a warm sunny day so I do wonder if it is a lot busier on a rainy Saturday afternoon but the staff were incredibly helpful and very quick at helping. C is at the age where Nerf is the best thing on the planet and there were chats of a possibility of returning with a few friends for a birthday treat in the near future. After spending the morning there we were also able to potter around the Merry Hill centre and do some shopping and have lunch – it really was a full day out with the best of both worlds for both adults and kids.
Each activity is priced individually so if you have little ones, you can opt for the soft play or if you wanted just to go for the Nerf zone then you just pay for that. There is a small area which also sells food and drinks so you can have a sit down while the kids run wild. You can find all prices and more information about Quest at Merry Hill by visiting the Quest website. It is based on the lower floor by Debenhams and there’s absolutely LOADS of parking. I often shop at Merry Hill so can see my husband taking the kids off to play whilst I do some serious shopping…although I may have to go back and brave level two of the high ropes. We shall see…! We had a brilliant time and would definitely recommend a visit – just the soft play alone is worth it!!
Disclosure – we were given complimentary entry for the purpose of this blog post. All views, words and opinions are my own