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Soft play

Full of fun and adventure, our soft play area is the perfect place for them to tumble around and let off some steam!

Soft play at Riverside

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Our brand new, multi-level main frame has obstacles, netting to climb and a soft play area where kids can burn off steam.

There are two sections to the soft play frame, one for children under 3 years and one for children from 3 to 10 years.

There are also tables and chairs where adults can sit, relax and order food or a coffee from our café Paddy and Scott's, while the kids play.

Our soft play also has its own dedicated accessible toilet and baby changing facilities.

Opening time and prices

Opening times

Opening times remain the same during the school holidays, unless stated:

  • Weekdays: 9am to 6pm
  • Weekends: 10am to 6pm 
Note the soft play may sometimes be closed for parties due to exclusive hire.

Prices (all bookings are for one hour)

ourChelmsford Lite card prices 

  • Weekdays: £4.00
  • Weekends and school holidays: £4.50 

ourChelmsford Plus card prices 

  • Weekdays: £3.00
  • Weekends and school holidays: £3.50 


Soft play sessions can only be booked on the day at Riverside reception or one of the kiosks in the foyer. You cannot book online.

All soft play bookings are for one hour.

Essential information

  • Children must be under 10 years old to use soft play.
  • Children must wear socks, long sleeves and trousers in soft play.
  • Your children can't take shoes, badges or jewellery into the play area. 
  • You will need to stay while your child is using soft play, as we do not supervise the area or use of the equipment. 
  • Our Duty Managers are on hand to help you if there is an emergency. 
  • If your child feels unwell or has an injury, you should not take them to soft play.

Suitable for

Ages 0 to 3
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Ages 4 to 7
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Age 8 to 10
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Centre opening times

Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 5.30am to 10pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 6am to 10pm
Saturday, 6am to 9.45pm
Sunday, 6am to 9pm
Bank holidays: see facility opening timetables

Our facilities, including the ice rink may have separate opening times. Please check individual pages.


  • 130 station gym
  • 2 exercise studios
  • Spin studio
  • 25m x 10 lane Main pool
  • 10m x 10m learner pool
  • Sensory splash zone
  • Flume
  • Ice rink
  • Creche
  • Soft play
  • 2 Changing Places
  • Accessible changing
  • Accessible parking
  • 2 meeting room

All prices are correct to 30 March 2020


Contact form

Riverside Leisure Centre
Victoria Road

01245 615050

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