Our multi-level main frame soft play 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 7 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 has its own dedicated accessible toilet and baby changing facilities. Riverside is also a Breastfeeding Welcome centre.


  • 9am to 10am
  • 10.15am to 11.15am
  • 11.30pm to 12.30pm
  • 12.45pm to 1.45pm
  • 2pm to 3pm
  • 3.15pm to 4.15pm
  • 4.30pm to 5.30pm 


  • 8.30am to 9.30am
  • 9.45am to 10.45am
  • 11am to 12pm
  • 12.15pm to 1.15pm
  • 1.30pm to 2.30pm
  • 2.45pm to 3.45pm
  • 4pm to 5pm
  • 5.15pm to 6.15pm

Opening times remain the same during the school holidays, unless stated otherwise.

ourChelmsford Lite card prices 

  • 0 to 4 years: £2.50
  • 5 to 7 years: £4.80

ourChelmsford Plus card prices 

  • 0 to 4 years: £1.50
  • 5 to 7 years: £3.80

We recommend that you book our popular soft play in advance. You can book a session on the door, however we cannot guarantee availability.

You can book:

  • Children must be under 8 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 staff 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.

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Last updated: 23 September 2022