Little Rascals, Bellingham

Soft play for under eights. Three levels of enclosed obstacles, slides, crash mats and ball pits. Must take off shoes and keep on socks. Nice size for younger children, with plenty for toddlers to play on.


The good:

Any time of the year soft play is exactly what kids want (running around like lunatics, sliding and screaming).

Compared to other soft play areas I like this one because:
– there is an attendant whose job it is to tell kids not to climb up the slides, calling out any bigger kids who start throwing balls, etc.
– there is only 1 exit.
– it is cheap
– cleaner than most soft play areas.
– very relaxed attitude, parents on phones, kids running all over.

The best table to base yourself at is probably opposite the entrance/exit at the bottom of the red slide. It is easy for the kids to find you and you have some visibility into all the areas.

The birthday parties are good but you have to have their food (salty, average) and it is expensive to hire.

This is the ultimate treat for my three and five year olds. I’ve even popped in after school if they have been stuck inside with the rain and looked far too full of energy for dinner, bath, bed!

The not so good:

Of course it would be better if they supplied gin, it is noisy (blaring pop tunes plus kids screaming), the floor is sticky, the coffee is average. On a busy day, (e.g. rainy school holidays), it can be too much but head there at the beginning of the day, end of the day or term time and it is usually fine.

Note the football area is tucked away and kids tend to be a bit rougher when not under the gaze of the attendant.

I would not recommend for under twos or for anyone requiring constant eye contact.

Address: Bellingham Leisure & Lifestyle Centre, 5 Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, London, SE6 3BT.


Playground: Soft play for under eights. Three levels of enclosed obstacles, slides, crash mats and ball pits. Best for two to eight years. Must wear socks.

Cafe: Rhubarb and Custard cafe (no external food allowed). Hot and cold drinks, snacks and meals. Paper plates and cups, basic coffee machine, friendly but not slick service. The cafe is a respite from the noise of soft play but sticky floors and tables mean you do not want to linger. Water is free from a jug at the end of the counter.

Toilets: Yes – male and female in the soft play. Female definitely has a changing table, not checked the gents. The door is too heavy for most kids to open. There are kids steps up to the sinks (good) the water is very hot and soap hard to reach (bad).

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: Yes.

Parking: Yes, onsite. All the parking meters have been out of order for months, so it has been free.

Nearest Station: Bellingham (opposite).

Train: Bellingham.

DLR: No.

Tube: No.

Bus: 54, 136, 208, 320 all stop at Bellingham Green. You can also get a bus up Rushy Green and walk.

Phone: 020 8697 0043.

Email: [email protected] (but better to call).


Pay at the reception desk and take your receipt though the cafe to the soft play. Give the receipt to the person at the soft play desk and if it is busy they will give the kids a wrist band for a two hour session. Base yourself at a table while kids explore:
– the ball pit and smaller slide for under fours.
– the two larger obstacle areas, which lead to the central three storey red slide (best for four plus).
– the mini football area behind the red slide.
– the babies ball pit.

Soft Play Opening Hours:

Monday – Friday 9.30 a.m. – 19.00 p.m.

Saturday 9:30 a.m. -17.30 p.m.
Sunday 9:30 a.m. -17.30 p.m.
Bank Holidays 09.30 a.m. -17.00 p.m.

Non member – £4.90.
Members – £3.40.
Membership £2.60 per year.

Can be hired for birthday parties.

Review by Katherine Raven.

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