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GlasgowBaby has just been to check out the new soft play in Partick, Jungle in the City. It has a climbing frame with a slide and ball pit for older children, and a separate ball pit and play area for babies and younger toddlers. There’s also some general play space with soft animal climb-ons, a doll’s house and table footie. The layout has been well thought out; all play areas are in full view of the spacious seating area, meaning parents and carers can enjoy a well-earned break while little ones go ape in the jungle. This is particularly helpful if you have two under-3s, and need to keep an eye on both children at the same time. The café has a small but keenly priced menu offering sandwiches, fruit, coffee, tea etc, and unlike many soft plays we’ve been to, it has a few windows to let in some natural light. Children’s parties catered for too. Email for details.

Jungle in the City soft play
8 Gardner Street, Partick, Glasgow G11 5NG
Opening hours: Mon-Sun, 10am-7pm
Under 4s: £2.75/hr; subsequent 1/2hr £1
Over 4s: £3.50/hr; subsequent 1/2hr £1.50


Doesn’t it feel like it’s been raining forever? Well, if your little ones are desperate to get out of the house regardless, why not try one of the following activities:

  1. Visit one of Glasgow’s museums, many of which are free. Our particular favourite at the moment is the Transport Museum, with its free ride-on Little Tikes cars.
  2. Try out a new soft-play venue.
  3. Join a playgroup.
  4. Explore your local library. Most libraries have a children’s area with books, chairs, tables and toys, and librarians seem incredibly tolerant of noisy babies and toddlers. Sit and read some stories, or go along to a bounce-and-rhyme session.
  5. Last but not least: get wet. Invest in some waterproofs (such as these all-in-ones on special offer), and go splash some puddles!