Saturday, 1 February 2014
Social etiquette at soft play... What are the rules.
Help! What are the social etiquette rules at soft play? The toddler area clearly has a sign that says for under 5's only yet there were older kids tearing around climbing up slides and sending little ones flying, at first I hoped a parent would claim them and tell them off but it soon became clear that no one was going to do it. When my little one slide down the slide he narrowly avoided a foot in the face from a ten year old climbing up the slide, when Junior J innocently said "mine" the older boy angrily shouted back at him, I calmly explained he's under 2 & doesn't understand but still the older boy shot both me and Junior J evil glances, I had no idea what to do, so picked up Junior J and moved on too the ball pool, which was fine until another older child went in and got really rough throwing the balls and kicking. I want to be able to let Junior J enjoy himself and run around freely, I want to sit back and give him confidence to explore in a safe environment, but how do you manage the older children. The soft play has a separate part for under 12's which has the same style equipment for older ones. There were no staff policing the area and when I asked at reception they said it was the responsibility of the parents to look after their children, so what do you do when the parents are't watching and are not near?