Trying to find a place that involves something for all the family can be a little bit hard to find. This is where The Centre, Livingston comes in as it has something for everyone. From different ranges of shops, eateries and fun events and activities - you’ll find something for all the family.
My eldest daughter Charlee has loved soft play since she was able to crawl and my youngest, Chloe, is at the stage of crawling now so she’s beginning to enjoy it too. It’s an excellent way to let the kids have fun and burn off some energy whilst parents enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake.
As you enter the soft play at Aerial Adventures you notice how big and spacious the area is, which makes it really easy to get around with your pushchair. The space is lovely and bright and has a gate entry system so it’s nice and secure for little ones.
The soft play is really colourful and great fun with swinging obstacles, crawl tubes, building blocks, funhouse mirrors, ball cannon and foam rollers - the highlights for my girls were definitely the ball pit and the slides. It was Chloe’s first time on the slide – she went down with her big sister and laughed the entire time!
The three level structure offers over 200m of play area - unlimited fun for kids up to 12 years of age, including a different area for younger children which allows toddlers and babies to roam around comfortably in a smaller area.
The Adventure Cafe is on hand with an excellent choice of snacks and drinks including delicious hot chocolate and Italian roast coffee from Segafredo for mummy as well as a selection of kid’s drinks.
For older children and adults they also have the HiRide course which is suspended from the roof, spanning 100m - starting with a 15m zip line followed by 15 illuminated fun, challenging and exciting obstacles, including a rolling log and a swinging bridge. Also for older children and adults there’s a 13m HiClimb which features various obstacles including foam totem poles, cargo nets, rope ladders and handing discs and an adjacent free falling activity, HiFall which lifts participants into the air before descending rapidly but safety to the ground.
The soft play was a big hit with our girls - we’ll definitely be back and next time with some older children in the family who can try out the HiClimb, HiFall and HiRide, which looked great!
Every time we have been to Build-A-Bear the staff have been great. The effort they put in with the children is outstanding. Did you know if you have a bonus club membership with Build-A-Bear it allows your children to get a birthday bear on the month of their birthday for the age they are going to be? So if your baby is going to be 1 year old you only pay £1! Build-A-Bear have a range of different teddies for all ages from Paw Patrol and My Little Pony to Pokémon and Star Wars. Build-A-Bear also have a great section of outfits and accessories for the bear of your choice.
My children always love checking out the latest teddies at Build-A-Bear, Charlee is a big fan of My Little Pony so their Rainbow Dash teddy is top of her wish-list at the moment.
We had only been to Harvester for breakfast, several times which tells you that the food is beautiful. When we went for lunch, the staff were so welcoming on arrival.
The waitress explained how to order and how the salad bar works, which is unlimited along with bread. The girls also got an activity pack each which they loved.
You can book in and enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner or order take away. The restaurant is very family-friendly which is why we like to enjoy breakfast there every so often.
We were given a highchair for my youngest and great that it didn’t have a tray which meant she was tucked into the table beside us enjoying her little lunch, feeling part of the group.
There was so much to choose from on the menu - all mouth-watering main meals come with fresh, unlimited salad, which is great as I love my salads.
For just £8.99 you can enjoy 2 courses and if you fancy an extra course you can indulge in 3 courses for just £10.99. Lunch menu is served from 11.30am to 5pm, when the dinner menu is available.
The children’s menu was a big hit with my kids. You can “build your own meal” for ages 7 and under which is a brillant idea.
Children can choose one main from either the smaller bites or bigger appetites menu and then one veg and one side dish. My daughter loved being able to build her own lunch, normally she is very picky, so it was ideal! In the end she went for the mini sausage & yorkie boat along with a corn on the cob and cooked chunky chips along with her unlimited salad.
In her own words, she said “This is delicious mummy”.
The Centre, Livingston is a one-stop destination for the ultimate fun day out for families to experience a fantastic shop, eat and play experience.
From shops like River Island, Argos and New Look there really is a shop for everyone including the kids with Build-A-Bear and the Disney shop.
River Island is my go to shop for my wardrobe updates along with New Look. I also adore the kids section in River Island which makes up most of our children’s wardrobes! It’s bright and spacious too, which makes it easier to get around with a pushchair.
Our trip was a massive hit for my family - thank you to The Centre Livingston for inviting us in - The Centre really is the best place to Shop, Eat and Play for the whole family, all under the one roof.
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