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“Good if the kids are driving you mad”

The PlayBarn at Greenfields
Ranked #12 of 39 things to do in Elgin
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Owner description: The PlayBarn is just what parents have been looking for... A premium children's soft indoor play centre, combining fantastic play facilities and a cafe on site, with a wide range of teas, coffees, refreshments and healthy food options. Here at the PlayBarn we offer a safe, clean, and stimulating facility, where we believe in interactive family play, giving adults the opportunity to play alongside with their children in a safe environment. We offer a wide range of services and facilities including.... Soft Play Structure Toddler Section Colouring Area Servery Games Room Birthday Parties Free WiFi So why not join us for some fun and adventures?
Reviewed August 10, 2013

A great place for children to play at but is quite pricey to get in. The most annoying thing is each adult has to pay a £1 to enter. This would not be so bad if you were to get this back when ordering food or drink. Food is very basic. Overall the place is clean and the kids have a great time.

Thank Donna M
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

We come here fairly regularly.... I personally the money and facilities are well worth the price. We really enjoy it as we have young kids and they have no issues with me and my wife joining them in the play area. What parent wants to sit and watch their kids when they could interact with them? The food is good too.
Overall I would recommend the playbarn to anyone who wants to entertain their kids for a few hours.

Thank JaiRobertGardner
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Reviewed May 8, 2013

A few weekends ago we decided to have a day out with some friends and decided to go to the PlayBarn. At first we were shocked that Adults had to pay £1 just to get into the barn. The play area for the children is very good and they really enjoyed it but it was way overpriced. We then decided to have our lunch rather than leaving to go somewhere else. One of our party had a Baked potato that had to be returned as it was too solid to eat. Also the youngest in the group ordered Chicken goujons which were definitely far from being chicken. Overall our experience was awful and unless they up their game we won't be visiting again any time soon.

4  Thank Angus L
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

Excellent soft play area. Food and service good. There is a free entry offer on at the moment. Adults pay too which does increase the overall cost!

1  Thank Mo A
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Reviewed March 6, 2013

I read the previous review with some incredulity as it seems to portray parents who play there with their kids as bordering on the negligent. I therefore feel compelled to provide an alternative view which more accurately reflects Playbarn and the play experience there for adults and kids.

Firstly let me state an interest; I am one of several parents in the local area who are frequent users of Playbarn, all of whom value the facility which compares favourably with other children’s play options in Moray (it is not in Aberdeenshire) and beyond. The author of the review below raises 2 main issues with Playbarn; child protection and child safety. With 25 years of experience in security, safety and risk management in both the RAF and civilian life and holder of a PVG clearance for sports coaching IMHO the security in the facility is more than adequate in terms of child protection. Staff-controlled booking in/out and entry/exit systems seem to work well (although they can lead to access delays at peak-periods) and there are at least 10 CCTV cameras visible (and probably more hidden?) around the interior. This is better than most play areas, swimming pools, laser quests and other facilities where families play in close proximity to each other but, as with all such facilities, it cannot reduce the risk to zero – which is where parental responsibility and supervision steps in. We all wish to keep our kids safe! So what is the problem? Well if you substitute the word “adult” with “men” in the text below then I think the agenda of the review becomes clearer and, as a father of 4 and the primary carer for the 3 kids who remain of (pre-) school age, I find that attitude fairly insulting. (Recent high-profile cases in England have shown that PVG cleared females can also be a protection risk to children). Nuff said!

In dealing with child safety the author is slightly disingenuous as to the engagement with RoSPA by stating only that they “agreed” with and “confirmed” what may well have been somewhat leading statement-questions posed by the author. It should be remembered that RoSPA and H&S organisations look to prevent any accident (clue is in the name) and look at worst case scenarios and near-zero risk. Quite right, that’s their job! However, in this case they are commenting on the severity of a hypothetical accident and not the likelihood of it occurring. An adult falling on a child may indeed have more severe consequence than a similar accident between 2 children. However, the likelihood of this happening is much reduced as the adult has greater coordination, awareness of risk and common sense and is, therefore, able to manage risk to his/her child(ren) and others in the play area. I would contend that the accident risk is therefore reduced by the presence of adults and that it is safer to have a child under close adult supervision than playing alone in a space with some children up to 8 years older than others and where some areas cannot be directly observed from the seating area; I have seen a fair few child-on-child impacts but no incidences of adult v child accidents in the play frame. In addition, the presence of adults can have a calming effect on the behaviour of the more “rowdy” older children. I would agree that it does become crowded in the play frame at peak times but it is up to parents to risk manage sensibly to ensure this remains a safe environment with no risk to the robust structure. I would assume by the good condition of the play space that there are regular and comprehensive maintenance and safety checks.

So what is Playbarn actually like? It is a clean, well-equipped and as safe-as-is-practical play area with challenging and fun areas for all ages and plenty of parking. Peak time / holiday prices are not cheap but off-peak is very good value and pre-1200 off-peak is a bargain. The staff are very friendly but can be swamped at busy times when table service suffers. The food is good with reasonable sized portions but the main meals are fairly expensive; best value is the all-day breakfast rolls or toasties/paninis and jugs of squash for the kids. The olive bowl is a tasty nibble for adults. It can get very noisy and messy at peak times and it is certainly not risk-free at any time but what do kids learn from a totally anodyne play experience? In sum: if you like your child to play in a kids-only area while you drink coffee, chat and watch them enjoy their own company there are other very good facilities in both Moray and Aberdeenshire as listed in the review below. If, however, you like to rediscover the inner child, actually play with your kids, enjoy their learning experience and have some boisterous fun then Playbarn is a good option.

5  Thank doug1414
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