Kiki's Kabin North Shields Review

This post is an advert for January 2024. Any shares/edits beyond that date have not been asked/paid for. Information correct as of January 2024. This post was published by our writer Gaia who visited with her daugher Ada (5). 


It's important to check with venue direct for the most up-to-date info before heading out, especially regarding prices and opening times as information can change over time.  You can do that here: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/



We had a great time checking out Kiki’s Kabin soft play in North Shields. It ticks all the boxes for kids and adults - including the best coffee I’ve ever had in a soft play! 


A massive playframe with a bouncy castle at the top and fun areas for babies and toddler too make this a great option if you’re looking for somewhere the kids will have a great time. In fact it was so much fun, my 5 year old said “I want to live here!”






Kiki’s Kabin Highlights: 

  • Fantastic soft play with plenty to keep little and big kids happy
  • Big play structure with bouncy castle at the very top!
  • Easy to get to by bus, car or Metro 
  • Lots of seating on different levels
  • Nice and warm despite being in a former church thanks to new heating system
  • Very clean throughout. From the play equipment to the toilets, everything is immaculate 
  • Reasonably priced food including homemade cakes, breakfast (served all day) paninis, jacket potatoes & more (5* Food Hygiene Rating) 
  • Term time after school session is only £6.50 including play & a kids meal
  • Excellent coffee, expertly made using Tynemouth coffee
  • Recommended for ages 0-12 years


Address

34 Albion Road

North Shields

Tyne & Wear

NE30 2RQ



Parking 

There’s a small car park at the front as well as unrestricted on street parking to the left of the soft play on Military road. There is also unrestricted on street parking on other streets close by (we parked on Grey street which is just round the corner, there were plenty spaces on a Saturday morning). 



Public transport

There's a bus stop right outside Kiki’s (Albion Road-Brandling Terrace) and it's a 9 minute walk from North Shields Transport Hub (for buses and Metro). 






Kiki’s Kabin Opening Hours


Monday - CLOSED

Tuesday - Friday: 10am - 5:45pm
Saturday & Sunday - 10am - 3:45pm (for play sessions with exclusive parties from 4pm)



Sometimes they close early for parties. Please check their website/social media for exclusive closures and book ahead online in advance to avoid disappointment.


Prices & Booking

There are various sessions to choose from including:

For little ones: 

  • Weekday pre-school term time soft play sessions with baby & sensory toys : £3-£6 per child depending on age. Find out more and book: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/book-online/

  • Messy tots sessions every Thursday from 12noon-1:45pm (themed messy/sensory trays and soft play for ages 6months - 4 years - wear old clothes as things can get messy.

    There is a loyalty scheme available - 4 messy play stamps and your 5th visit is free and I LOVE that there is no commitment to go each week, just pay as you go) : £5 per child. Find out more and book: 
    https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/book-online/



  • Dancing in the Stars Mini Stars Dance Class every Friday from 11:30am-12noon for ages 18months+. This class is provided by an external provider, find out more and book here: https://dancinginthestars.co.uk/


For everyone: 
  • Weekend & school holiday soft play sessions : £5-£6 per child depending on age. There are three sessions - 10am, 12noon or 2pm and sessions least 1hr 45 minutes. Find out more and book: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/book-online/
     
  • After school meal deal (entry + kids meal from the £3.95 menu) : £6.50 (3pm-5:45pm on weekdays term time only). Find out more and book: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/book-online/

  • Adults are always £1 and infants not using play equipment/toys are free. 

It’s always best to book ahead online in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during peak times. Walk ins can be accommodated if they are not at capacity. 


Kiki’s Kabin Soft Play


Kiki’s Kabin is a former church in North Shields, and it has a wild west theme. It has a massive play frame that rises up through the tall building, with lots of fun challenges including tunnels, rope bridges, slides, tunnels and much more.










There are plenty of fun things to play on including a basketball/football court, which is a new feature, and a bouncy castle right at the top of the playframe!





We (yes I joined in the fun too!) both loved having a go on the bouncy castle and playing hide and seek at Kiki’s Kabin.






The wavey slide that 4 people can go down at the same time is fun to go down together and there are loads of fun things to climb over and under including a traversing climbing wall.




There’s a cute little area near the bouncy castle with tunnels and different ways in and out, which Ada liked popping out of!





Everything was very clean on our visit, including the toilets. Good baby changing facilities including potty seats for little ones. There is also a small playground and picnic benches outside.









Baby and Toddler areas

There’s a baby play area on the ground floor which is ideal for crawling/toddling little ones, with fun little obstacles for them to play on away from the bigger kids.



They can climb the logs, scoot down the slide, play on the hop scotch and check out the starry hide-away area. There are sofas and tables right next to it so you can keep an eye on them.




There’s also a toddler village on the ground floor which has make believe shops, a cafe and police station and zoo, plus a little car driving area.











Additional baby sensory toys available during term time weekday pre-school sessions

These additional baby sensory toys are available during pre-school term time sessions





It’s enclosed and has tables next to it too, so it’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers. During the week in term time, they turn it into a baby sensory area, filled with lots of baby toys. 



Food & Drink


There is a good selection of reasonably priced food - including breakfast which is served all day. Sandwiches, paninis/wraps, jacket potatoes - all under £5. 











I had an excellent flat white coffee which is made with Tynemouth Coffee, and Ada had an apple juice and a slushie. A kids meal is £4.50 (nuggets/hot dog/sausage etc, chips and beans or peas). They also have a great selection of homemade cakes and bakes and their food receives rave reviews. 



Kiki's Kabin currently have a 5* food hygiene rating. 




They cater for allergies really well (just ask) and only food and drink bought on the premises can be consumed, as with all soft plays. 

Plenty of clean high chairs are available - just help yourself. There is loads of seating too - over 130 seats to choose from including sofa areas, benches and tables and chairs. 







Parties

Kiki's Kabin offer a variety of party options including Laser tag parties, which sound great for bigger kids who want to run around the soft play zapping each other! Alternatively there are teddy bear making parties or a traditional fun soft play session with friends.






Here are the details for parties:

  • Standard party - £12 per child, 1 hour 30 minutes, food included (minimum 10 children maximum 25)
  • Exclusive use - £350 for 30 kids (£12 per child after 30) Maximum 50 kids, 1 hour 45 minutes,  food included
  • Laser party - £17.95 per child, minimum age 7, 1 hour 30  (minimum 10 children maximum 25)food included
  • Teddy party - £25 per child, 1.30hr, food and make your own teddy bear included, minimum 6 kids
  • Find out more & book here: https://www.kikiskabin.co.uk/parties 



Conclusion 

We had a fantastic time at Kiki’s Kabin. It’s a soft play that is really fun for kids of all ages and also really nice for adults thanks to the excellent coffee & food, cleanliness, warmth and comfy seating.

Our weekend session lasted just under 2 hours, which was perfect and it was nice that everyone leaves at the same time, making it easier to get kids out!

We would both recommend Kiki’s, in fact I’ve already been telling my friends how good it is.

When we left, Ada said “I want to live here” which I think is the highest praise a 5 year old can give. We’ll definitely be back.




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