It doesn't often snow in England, and certainly not when there is a heat wave looming, when all you can think about is how to cool the hot sweaty fed up children down. What if I told you there is a place you can have fun and "chill out" in Manchester? Though you will still need to wrap up warm. Well there is a place that can do just that, and its just had a great new make over. Its the NEW Arctic Adventure Playground also known as Mini Moose land at Chill Factore. It is perfect for children aged 4 and under. We actually spent S's 2nd birthday in the playground at Chill Factore and had great fun. Now its even better.
|Chill Factore Jan 2014|
|Photos taken at Chill Factore Jan 2014|
Chill Factore is the UK's longest indoor real snow ski slope measuring at 180 meters. Ski and snowboard lessons for all abilities and thrilling snow activities all take place here, and the playground is perfect for the younger members of the family.
Before we went to the slope, we had to get suited and booted. We were in summery outfits, with warm blue skies outside, so it did feel very strange.
Once were wrapped up warm, we went through the doors. Wow! The cold hits you and you're no longer hot inside the layers. The playground is situated just inside the doors and away from the slope. A mini sledging hill with lots of sledges and Donuts perfect for racing the mini thrill seekers down. S wasn't too keen this time around, and instead watched others racing down giggling, and yes, I did have a go myself! S did enjoy being pushed around in a donut though as long as it wasn't down hill.
S's favourite part of the playground was a big colourful igloo. She hid away and happily played hide and seek inside. It was very surreal inside. The background noise disappeared and it was so peaceful, and a little warmer too.
There is new tunnels to explore too, which was great fun. Again, another game of hide and seek was played. (The tunnels will be covered with snow on the outside, we were one of the first in the new play area, so this had not been done yet!)
Along with a new snow maze.
A big play house, climbing frames and slides.
S didn't seem herself whilst visiting though, and was scared of the slide and sledges. She had a fever later that night so she was probably just feeling under the weather. We still managed to have fun whilst visiting though, and even made snow wishes... (is that actually a thing??) by blowing the soft snow off our gloves.
It was a lovely treat day that we both enjoyed!
If you wanted to treat your little adventurer this summer to help them cool down, Chill Factore Mini Moose land is open from 9.30am-9pm and costs £5 peak and £6 off-peak.
*We were given complimentary entry in return for an honest review. All words pictures and opinions are my own.