Last Sunday, we were invited to Quest at Intu Merry Hill. We haven’t been to Merry Hill for a few years – in fact, the last time we went there I went into labour with Alex! Quest wasn’t there when we last went, otherwise we certainly would have been before Sunday!
Intu Merry Hill is a huge shopping centre near to Dudley. It has plenty of free parking, which means it is perfect for a day of hard shopping and something to eat, and with the addition of Quest, it is a fab day for the whole family.
Quest is a large, fun-packed play and activity centre, situated on the lower floor by Debenhams. With soft play, Nerf arena and indoor rope course, there really is something for everyone!
We had a quick breakfast and coffee in the small cafe area before the kids literally dived into the soft play area. Whilst not huge, it is certainly unlike any soft play centre we have ever been to. Decked out in sparkly candy colours, it was almost like being in a Japanese style sweet shop dream world! The boys all immediately ran up to the balloon pit, which looked so much fun!
They also loved the slide, which was almost inflatable with disco lights underneath it. I really wanted to climb up and have a go!
Benjamin was absolutely fascinated with the water slide, and I practically had to drag him off it to look at the other things!
There was a lovely big area for the under 2’s, with a bouncy pad and ball pit.
Harrison and Graham then went over to try out the high climbing ropes, and boy, was it high! Under a certain eight, children need an adult to accompany them, but there are also plenty of really helpful staff. They got harnessed up and off they went. Graham has no fear of heights so was around the course in minutes. Harrison, once up there, decided he didn’t want to go round it, but just climb the stairs to the very top level!
Later on, I tried to be really brave and take Alex on it. I managed one step on to the beam on the first level and wimped out!
For the little ones, there is a much smaller trail – Harrison and Alex were able to complete it with no problem.
There is also a Nerf arena and a mini golf course, which we didn’t get a chance to go on because we had to dash off, but it looked like lots of fun.
Each activity is priced individually, so you can pick and choose which ones you do. On a weekend, the soft play area is just £4.50 per child with no time limit, which, when you consider the cost of most soft play centres is pretty reasonable. I can imagine leaving Graham and the kids there and going off on a little shopping spree!
*We were invited here free of charge for the purpose of this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.