Chloe, Olivia and myself were recently invited to the recently refurbished Lollipops cafe which is part of a converted church situated in central Westbourne.I went to Lollipops several years ago for a birthday party and it has certainly changed a lot from how I remember it before. It is now a light and airy space which feels welcoming as soon as you go through the front door. It’s such a chilled atmosphere in comparison to some of the bigger soft play areas where you can’t hear yourself think!
On arrival, I caught up with Jody, the owner of Lollipops, who explained a bit more about the work that has been done so far in the past 6 months since she took over and also discussed her future plans for the cafe. It is clear to see that Jody really has put her heart into Lollipops and all of her hard work is really paying off.We often take the girls to soft play but find that there aren’t many places that cater for Olivia as well as Chloe. Normally the play areas for pre walkers are either crowded with older children or there aren’t many toys suitable for Olivia’s age.
The self contained soft play area is layed out over 3 levels and one of the main things I loved about Lollipops is that I could keep an eye on the girls at all times as it is a smaller play area but has more enough toys to keep little ones entertained for hours.
Olivia thoroughly enjoyed crawling around exploring all the different toys and especially loved the colour changing bubble tube and mirrored walls whilst Chloe made some new friends in the soft play area and kept themselves entertained playing games.
Jody has really thought of everything for parents and children alike. As well as the soft play area, there are a wide selection of children’s books as well as newspapers and magazines so you can sit back and relax whilst the children tire themselves out. There are also three HD TVs with music on but Lollipops also show several of the sporting events showing on Sky Sports and BBC Sports (so there’s no excuse for the daddy’s to stay at home!)There is also an outside secure area which has a beautiful Wendy house as well as various toys and plenty of seating for those lovely sunny days.
Whilst the girls were engrossed in playing, I enjoyed a cream tea which was delicious and Chloe opted for an ice cream and a milkshake, after all, playing is hungry work! The cafe has plenty of options for both parents and children. There are a wide variety of both healthy options and treats. They also cater for weaning babies which I have previously found tricky when at other play areas as they don’t particularly cater for younger children food wise. Lollipops offer a stand of healthy snacks as well as the option of a weaning tray, they really have thought of everything.
As well as the soft play area, there is also a hall which is situated at the rear of the building where there are many groups held as well as being available to hire out for birthday parties.Chloe and Olivia thoroughly enjoyed themselves and we will definitely be paying Lollipops another visit soon!
We were invited to Lollipops through Bournemouth Bloggers and provided with a complimentary soft play session as well as food and drinks for the purpose of this blog post however all opinions and photos are my own.