A few weeks ago Lil Man, Lil Miss & I all got the opportunity to visit the Chill Factore in Manchester. Yes, I know. It’s taken me ages to write the post, I have terrible blogger’s guilt, but unfortunately on some occasions I have to be a grown up & do what I should do instead of what I want to do.
Not the day we went to Chill Factore though!!
I’ve wanted to go for ages, so when we were invited to go along & check out the new Snow Park, well, how could I say no? We got to go and visit at the same time as a great group of Northern Bloggers & Alex from cBeebies also tagged along for the trip, which pleased the kids no end, especially as his little ones came to play too.
Most of the activities at the Chill Factore are for children who are 4+ but the Snow Play area is perfect for littler ones, & even older ones too. Even us adults were racing down the mini sledging track. There’s a new snow carousel which is ideal for smaller tots, but even the older ones were happily kicking back in it & enjoying the ride too!
There are soft building blocks, footballs & of course snow!! We had snow fights, lots of them. We sledged, we built stuff & best of all, we got to go on the proper sledging track, which was the best fun ever. I’d happily have spent all day there and I’m pretty sure the kids would have too.
Next time, I’m doing the Tubing & the Luge, think sledging in big rubber rings and Cool Runnings & you’re about there, definitely leaving my lucky egg at home though! Snow on my face is enough, I don’t need egg too!! 😉
I was expecting it to be a little colder than it was, we had plenty of gear courtesy of the Chill Factore to keep us warm. However, I made the mistake of taking our own gloves, which were all soaking wet after about 20 minutes of playing in the snow. Next time we go, we’re definitely hiring gear, including gloves from the Chill Factore. The Chill Factore gloves were well insulated ensuring that those wearing them had toasty warm hands throughout, unlike us!
We had great fun in the Snow Play area, although I do have to say that the kids decided they wanted out after about half an hour, which is about the same time as they stand the proper snow (on the rare occasions we have a decent amount!) We managed to stay in a good while longer after hitting the bigger sledging track & then going back to do some building in the Snow Play area.
As most of the really fun stuff is for 4+ I’d definitely recommend it for that age range. The Snow Play area was fab but it would’ve been difficult to keep them entertained in there for much longer than that first half hour if we’d not had the opportunity to do something else. However, that may have been different had they been younger.
There’s also plenty of cafes & restaurants to grab something to eat afterwards & plenty of outdoor clothing shops for a bit of retail therapy too.
We were really lucky to be treated to pizza afterwards & after all that Snow Play it was much needed!
We received free entry to the Chill Factore in order to provide this review. Big thanks again to Chill Factore for having us, letting us play & providing us with pizza!