A new FEC has opened in the UK aimed at kids. 360 Play in Stevenage is the second in a planned chain of venues from DP Leisure and at 24,000 sq ft is approximately a third larger than the original outlet in Milton Keynes.
Children can enjoy a rage of activities spread across three areas, centring on physical play, creative play and skills play. In the centre of the building a three-tier play structure incorporating a wide range of slides, climbing elements, tubes, ball zones and more. Beneath this is a bumper car track with floor-pick-up by the Italian manufacturer IE Park. The ride forms part of the Skills Zone, which also features a carousel and various hands-on activities.
A smaller play structure, aimed at the under 4s, features in another area of the building together with a play garden and junior carousel. Adjacent sits 360 Street, a signature feature of the FEC. Based around a similar format to Kidzania, visitors engage in role play inside scaled down shops and businesses including Luigi’s Pizza Parlour, Vets and Pets, a dressing-up shop, fire station, car body shop and more.
Additional facilities located throughout 360 Play include a café, classroom and party zone. An outdoor zone, Club 360, is set to open in June, featuring sand and water play, soft play and an events area.
“We have created what we believe to be an engaging, entertaining and inspiring family-orientated facility,” says DP managing director Duncan Phillips. “It’ a great site to be on with an excellent catchment area.”