During February half term we went on a family adventure to Liverpool, somewhere we’d not been to before. We were keen to explore new places and see what Liverpool has to offer for families. After arriving by train we headed towards Albert Docks to Mattel Play. It was an easy 15 minute walk from the train station and we got to see the sights of Liverpool on our way.
Mattel Play is based around three themed areas of play including Thomas the Tank Engine, Bob the Builder and Fireman Sam. You are free to move around the zones once inside. Visitors are given a two hour slot although I was told that on quiet days you can often have a longer stay.
We found that Mattel Play was similar to a soft play area however much more immersive and interactive and encouraged children to explore and experience the zones through the characters.
In the Thomas the Tank Engine zone there is an area where little ones can play they are at the ticket office and in the station master’s office, along with opportunity to climb aboard Thomas and Rosie. There is also a ball pool area with Harrold the Helicopter and a soft play area for children to load the coal. Mini enjoyed pretending to serve customers at the ticket office and planning the train journeys on the blackboard.
Her favourite part of this zone was Farmer McColl’s farm where you can plant vegetables, before digging them up and posting them back into the farmhouse.
In the Bob the Builder zone there is the opportunity to play in Bob’s house, have a ride on Dizzy or learn to build a wall, all whilst wearing a builder hat and safety jacket. There is also an area to draw with light boxes to allow children to trace over, which Mini enjoyed doing with Mr Mack.
In the Fireman Sam zone you can ride in Jupiter and turn on the sirens and fire the hoses. There is also Dilys’ grocery store to explore along with climbing aboard a boat and jet ski as part of the ocean rescue team. Mini loved wearing her fireman’s helmet in this area and having a go at sliding down the fireman’s pole.
Mini was kept entertained at Mattel Play for the two hours and played with other children as well as there being opportunities for grown ups to join in too.
At 5 and a half and I would say that Mini is at the upper end of the age range for Mattel Play and would be suitable for children 0-6 years old.
Overall I was impressed by what Mattel Play has to offer, it was very clean, well spaced out and not too busy considering we were visiting in half term and I would definitely recommend a visit if you are in the area.
There is also a shop onsite selling a wide range of Mattel merchandise and a café. We didn’t stop to eat at the café however the menu was reasonably priced and offered a range of both healthy and more treat item meals and snacks.
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Disclaimer: We were provided with free entry to Mattel Play for the purpose of the review, all opinions are entirely my own.