When I heard that Warwick was going to be the home of a new role play centre called The Children’s Village, I was super keen to check it out. With W being 4 years old, she loves to play pretend. If she’s not a teacher, she’s a hairdresser! I must admit, I can remember playing pretend a lot when I was little. So I also knew that this was going to be right up my street too!
The Children’s Village
The Children’s Village opened in April 2018 and I have to say, is pretty special. The concept of the village is to allow children to expand their imagination through role-play. On offer is a role play village with lots of areas to explore. There is a bakery, post office, hairdressers and vets to name a few. It even has a fire station with a fireman’s pole and fire engine! What is also great is that in the centre of the village is a baby area for the smaller ones who just fancy a play. There is also a Bistro cafe to meet your caffeine needs and fill up on breakfast, lunch or dinner.
When visiting The Children’s Play Village, you can book onto an allocated time. This is to ensure that the Village doesn’t get too crowded and gives staff the change to tidy up in-between sessions. Each session runs for 2.5 hours. Within this time, you also get access to the Bistro restaurant. We attended the 12.30 – 3pm session. Upon arrival, you are taken into the Bistro cafe and the children are seated with staff to explain about the process of the afternoon. They have some songs and then they are off to explore and get imaginative.
The Children’s Village Green Bistro
We enjoyed lunch at The Children’s Village Green Bistro and we were super impressed. The prices were fair and they serve great coffee – hallelujah! We ordered two children’s fish finger sandwiches and one child’s ham and cheese toastie. Both Matt and I ordered fish finger ciabattas with a side of fries. We all really enjoyed our meal however all three kids were so engrossed in play, they grazed at their meals.
Honestly, this place is just great! The decor is immaculate, its realistic and a lot of effort has gone into making this attraction worthwhile. The staff are super friendly and interactive and always engaging with the children and parents if needed.
As soon as the welcome group time was over, Baby K and W were off whilst B held back a little. As he is 8 years old, I think he is at the top end of the age group that The Children’s Village is aimed at. Baby K mostly enjoyed playing in the baby area and playing with the postman truck and pushchairs. W was literally into everything. She was free to explore and that’s what she loved.
For a parent, it’s always worrying when a child wanders off to play and they are not in sight. As The Children’s Village is not massive, it’s great as you can still see your children play and not have to worry. It’s a lot calmer than a soft play area as there is no physical activity so rest assured for a more relaxed environment.
We will 100% be returning here as we had such a great experience. I do feel it is better suited to Baby K and W however B did enjoy himself and made some friends and became the runners of the Post Office. Just some advice, do not follow the Satnat. Visit the website for better directions and to book your play session!
*We were invited along to The Children’s Play Village for free in exchange for this review. All words and opinions are my own*