“ Play Centre / Address: Xscape / Kings Inch Road / Braehead / Renfrew / Glasgow / PA4 8XQ / Scotland / Tel: 08458 739 645 „
I visited Monkey Bizness today with my 9 and 6 year olds. The softplay is much of the usual but had a fun spiders web bungy climbing thing which my two loved and had never seen before. The food was good and not too expensive. Hot chocolate was great with lots of marshmallows. The staff were AMAZING, so friendly, so smiley and just really nice and very informative. The only downside I would say was the entrance price - £7 for each of my kids and £1.25 for me - I found this really expensive compared to any other soft play in the area - a total of £15.25 before I got lunch. I usally take the kids to Adventure Planet in Cumbernauld and find this expensive enough at just over £5 each. Monkey Bizness was unusually quiet and this was the first day of the school holidays (which was another nice thing about it) but I reckon the entrance price is putting a lot of people off.
Monkey Bizness in Glasgow is a soft play area which is located within the Xscape centre in Braehead, Glasgow. It is part of a national chain of Monkey Bizness centres located across the UK including Edinburgh, Hull & Sheffield amongst other locations. I had never heard of Monkey Bizness before until I came across a deal on offer on a website called 'Living Social'. With my daughter's fourth birthday just around the corner at that point, i thought that I would purchase the deal and use it on her birthday as a family day out.
What is Xscape centre?
Xscape centre is the location for Monkey Bizness, Glasgow and I will just mention it briefly as the centre has a lot going on inside and would require a seperate review. In brief it is an action and adventure centre located in the Braehead area of Glasgow and includes things like an indoor snow slope, rock climbing, ten pin bowling, adventure golf and an odeon cinema.
Also in the Xscape centre there are various places to eat including TGI Friday's, Frankie and Benny's, Nando's and Bella Italia amongs several others. There are a few shops in there as well aimed at the active amongst us, including Evans Cycles and Trespass.
Pricing at Monkey Bizness
As I mentioned previously I purchased a deal online on a group purchasing site called 'Living Social'. The deal which I purchased entitled us to entry for two adults and two children as well as two large pizza's and two side order's to share for the total price of £15.
This turned out to be quite a good saving as the prices if paying on the day turned out to be quite expensive in my opinion and if we were paying for it all seperately it would have cost about £39. The prices for entry which are listed on the website are as below:-
Under 1 - Free
1-3 years old - £6
4 years and over - £7
Adults - £1
Under 1 - Free
1-3 years old - £5
4 years and over - £6
Adults - £1
I am maybe being a little harsh in judging Monkey Bizness as expensive, but I am judging it against other softplay areas which I have taken the kids to which usually charge about 3 or 4 pounds each for the children and nothing for adults.
There was also a monthly special offer on listed at the entrance which was entry for 2 adults and 2 children and family cheeseburgers and chips for £20. This sort of offer does make Monkey Bizness better value for money as entry alone for the four of us would have added up to £15.
In Monkey Bizness there were two main areas. There was one area for four year olds and over and one area for under four year olds.
The area for the older children is quite big and includes the usual mix of climbing areas, slides as well as an area where they can kick soft balls about with goalposts and baskets to throw the balls through.
The smaller play area aimed at the younger kids included ball pits, smaller climbing areas and a couple of slides for them to go down. With my children being aged two and just turning four, they were more than happy to play in this area.
One really good plus point in favour of the play areas in Monkey Bizness was the level of cleanliness. A lot of soft play centres do not seem to be the best when it comes to cleanliness but Monkey Bizness's play area's and play equipement were all very clean.
Eating and drinking
As previously mentioned our deal at the centre included two pizza's and two sides. We ordered a four cheese pizza, a ham pizza, curly fries and garlic bread which suited the kids as well as ourselves. On the menu the pizza's were about £8 each and the sides about £4 each which I feel is quite reasonable. The food was of a high standard, the pizza's were well made and tasty. Other choices on the menu included toastie's, sandwiches and burgers amongs other things.
We ordered a couple of coffee's which were reasonably priced at about £2.50 each and a jug of juice which was a large jug of diluteing juice for £2.
The staff member who was working at the entrance was very upbeat and explained where everything was situated within the centre, she was also aware of the offer we had purchased and explained to us where to go to order our food. Staff at the food counter were also very pleasent and happy to assist.
We were very happy with our visit to Monkey Bizness in Glasgow. We wouldn't rush back as it is quite far from where we live and there are certainly cheaper options locally, but this was a special occasion and we would go back for something similar in the future.
My children both had really good fun, the level of cleanliness was very high and the food and customer service were also both of a high standard, so on the basis of all of these things I would not hesitate to recommend Monkey Bizness.