The Marlowes To Launch New Free Indoor Play Area For Kids

Living Magazines Marlowes Stay and Play

Families visiting The Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, will soon be able to enjoy an exciting new woodland-themed free indoor play area in the shopping centre’s family zone. Marley’s Stay & Play is a fun packed adventure play area for children aged 12 and under to enjoy.

Launching this May half term, Stay and Play will be located in the heart of the mall in Centre Court. The centre will be welcoming the new kids’ area with a week full of creative activities for families to enjoy together. Children will enjoy the woodland themed soft play with characters, including an owl, fox, deer, hedgehog and a rabbit as well as colourful face-painting from 25-27 May, daily craft until Sunday 2 May, an interactive activity trail around the centre with prizes and an online animal quiz.

Marley the Kids Club mascot will lead families on an enjoyable trail around the centre, with children needing to follow his paw prints to discover where he is hiding. The trail eventually ends at Stay & Play for some fun-filled downtime for both kids and their parents.

Cassie Peasnell, Marketing Manager at The Marlowes, commented: ‘We’ve invested lots into our family area this year to make the shopping mall a place that people can enjoy stress-free with their little ones. Stay and Play offers parents and children some quality time together in a safe environment.

‘We know how difficult it can be to shop with the kids in tow, which is why we’ve transformed the family zone into a hub of entertainment where shoppers, young or old, can come to relax and make memories. The indoor play area is also a great way to reward good behaviour for little shoppers and enhance their shopping visit to the centre. We look forward to welcoming families to Stay & Play very soon.’

The new Stay & Play area is part of a major investment by The Marlowes and Capital & Regional to update the centre’s facilities and make it more accessible to families. Recent updates include a new family room featuring three feeding room’s, a free child’s play area, mother and baby facilities, plus additional parking throughout the centre.

Stay & Play has been designed to celebrate the location of Hemel Hempstead, a town surrounded by vast woodland and Natural Trust areas.

Visitor information:

  • The indoor play area facility is free.
  • It is located in Centre Court and open during centre opening hours.
  • It is designed for children aged 12 and under.
  • Parental or guardian supervision is required at all times.
  • There is a customer car park available on site.
  • A special Stay and Play opening event will be held on May 25-27 from 11am-4pm.
  • The shopping centre is home to a range of high street retailers, places to eat and a family zone with parenting facilities.

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