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Hey girls, could we start up a THINGS TO DO WITH BABIES IN DORSET thread? It would be really useful to know where people go for swimming, soft play areas, etc. I don't know where to go for any of these things. Those of you with older siblings perhaps you could add your thoughts? It would be great to hear about baby friendly restaurants or cafes, or even where the great parks are for kids.

The only place i've had experience of so far is Crazy Monsters: http://www.crazymonsters.co.uk/ a soft play area for 6 months to 10 years. Very clean and friendly. There is an exclusive area for small children under 4 yrs with its own slide and ball pit, and vast area for everyone else! It's based at Blandford Forum. Costs 75p for 6 month - 1 year, then £2.99 for over 1s. Easy to find.

Wendeth

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Good Idea Wendy,

I have not been yet but I no most of my antenatal girls go there every week Zooma in christchurch, in bargates reasonably priced and very clean and tidy.

Also I have started to take Peanut to spring jump at littledown cost £4 per go but you can just turn up and pay and plan and don't need to pay for a full term in advance. Fantastic fun for older ones lots of room to play and they also have a bouncy castle. Facilities are good at the littledown with a nice cafe and swimming.

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I've been to the adventure wonderland a couple of times. During winter its only £1 to get in. There is a small baby/toddler part and when I went last week, I took Duggie around the childrens climbing stuff as there weren't many people there. It has a cafe area and highchairs. Its a little bit grubby in places but I thought it was a good place for an hour for something to do or meet other mums for coffee.


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Play Place Southborne is fab also!
 

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RINGWOOD LEISURE CENTRE: has 4-storey purpose built soft play area called the PlaySite, £2.50 per child, discount for twins, only £4.50 for the two. Age 2 months to 10 years. No separate area for small ones and no cafe.
http://www.newforest.gov.uk/index.cfm?articleid=3219

Thanks for the input Eli-

** THE PLAY PLACE : http://www.theplayplace.co.uk/ 11 Parkwood Lane, Southbourne, BH5 2BD
Under 6 months FREE, up to 1 year £1, 13months - 23 months £2.95, 2 - 5 years £3.95 (for 90 mins of play).
Indoor soft play area and cafe.

** Just went to the Play Place today, 8th Feb. It is a friendly small & fun softplay area for the children, with yummy cakes and tea and your own table for you. It is best to book a table before you go as it has a limited capacity. when all the tables are full, you can't get in. Tuesdays are the only day when you can turn up without having booked a table, but other days you run the risk of not being able to get in cos it's full. It is a clean and safe environment so you can sit and have a cuppa while still closely watching your toddler run mad. Parking is just by Little People in Soutbourne, cross over Seabourne Road and go left. You'll see an alleyway and it's down here. Buggies can be parked at the bottom of the building and babies then carried upstairs where the cafe/playarea is.

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Eli - That looks great. Never knew it existed and it is only a few minutes from my parents so great to go to after visiting them. Thanks.

Wendeth - really useful post thanks!

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It is great, we've had lots of fun there many times x
 

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Just seen this Wendeth, great idea!

Bee a bug in Westbourne is another place to add to the list. It has a cafe too and lots of high chairs. There's a fairly small baby area but you can can go on the bigger play area with your little ones. JHB has arranged a meet there on Feb 28th on another thread.

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Sea Life Centre currently has an offer on mainly sutable for those with older children as I think under 2 yrs go free anyway (worth checking that as long time since my DS was that age) - although adult ticket is still a bargain.  Collect 4 tokens plus application form from the Dorset Echo this week and you can get a yearly pass for all Sea Life centres for £12 adult and £10 children.  Weymouth Sealife has giant turtles, penguins, seals, sharks etc plus splash zone and free rides. Great day out. Back issues are availble from echo office but passes have to be collected in person next week (also need passport sized photo).
 

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Monkey Business - Tower Park (in what used to be The Venue Nightclub)
Free parking. Cafe. Play area for little ones and a sensory area. Little ones can also use other play areas with a grown up. Comfy sofa's to sit on if you're not eating. Small lift for buggys.
Unsure of prices, but when Kara was under 1 she was free and I was £1. Now I think it's £2.95 for as long as we like.
 

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Also Ollies Playground. Poole Dolphin Centre (above the bus station). Cafe. Segregated area for small ones. Stay and play as long as you like. Haven't taken Kara, but used to take my friend's children. No idea on prices (and am on mobile so difficult to check)
 

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New home ladies.


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first yeah!

we should be able to do the 5th. Lunchtimeish is better for me so can walk dog in the morning  :)  xx
 

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Hello all!

I don't know who asked this - just saw Tracey's reply. But I am a papoose fetishist - I've tried most of them.

If you're going to do it a lot and want to enjoy it, get a Wilkinet - they're fab. Designed by an osteopath and don't hurt at all. I found a ring sling killed me! Also, no danger of them falling out. I got that and a Babyhawk - both have no buckles and are all fabbric and can be folded into your bag. The Babyhawks are gorgeous - you can choose the colours of the straps and the patterns - scrummy. Both are available on eBay but you can get them direct from www.wilkinet.co.uk and www.babyhawk.com

The Wilkinet takes practice to tie, but the Babyhawk is easy peasy.

I remember having Robert in the Wilkinet at a market once, and while I was poring over the fruit and veg I suddenly noticed he was munching into a large, yellow plum. Oops.

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Personally I would have never bought a ring-sling, because as Kara got heavier it got more uncomfortable (even though it had lots of padding), but I could nurse Kara discreetly in it, and I remember the first time I used it like it was yesterday.  I remember looking in our mirror to see what it looked like and I noticed my face with a big beaming smile on it, because for the first time in ages I wasn't physically holding Kara and she was very content.

I still use a Baby Bjorn with Kara (now over 23lb!).  You can't nurse in it, but she loves it!
 

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From the moment Noggin woke this morning, to even now, she and her sister have been yelling/screaming/crying at me all day. My ears are quite shattered.  :(  I am feeling a bit fed up and tearful now.  I have used up all this year's allowance of patience to just cope with the noise level, let alone remain calm and talk sweetly to them when they're howling in my ears. Luckily I am going out tonight with a load of twin mums from Ringwood. And someone else is driving. I'm going to take a leaf out of JHB's book and have a vodka or three. Noggin is on day 21 of her MMR jab and is being plagued by the mumps virus as we talk.  Pickle is 4 days ahead of her and is almost ok but will yell when Noggin does, just because they copy each other.  Ah joy.  My ears are ringing.

Have a great weekend everyone.  ^hugme^
 

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Wendeth - sending you lots of hugs  ^hugme^ ^hugme^ ^hugme^ .  Sorry you have had a bad day.  Enjoy your evening out and a few vodkas and forget!!

Izzy has also had a bad day today.  It feels as though she has screamed all day.  Went to a friends house for lunch but had to leave eventually as she was just screaming, wouldn't take a bottle etc.  Got her home and she had the nerve to give her daddy a smile - grrrrrr!!!!  I'm going for a girly lunch tomorrow at a posh country hotel (minus baby) and can't wait!

Hope everyone has a good weekend.

BG xx
 
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