DJ’s Play Zone Review

DJ’s Play Zone Berkhamsted is a sister soft play centre to DJ’s Play Park that I did a review of a few weeks ago. There’s actually another soft play centre in the group, in St Albans but I’ve not been there (yet). I last visited the soft play centre in Berkhamsted a few years ago when it was under previous ownership. This is the first time I’d been back since it was completely re-done.

The first thing you’ll notice about DJ’s Play Zone is that it’s much smaller that DJ’s Play Park (read that review here). That’s also the case for the role playing village. Interestingly though the prices are the same for all three soft play sites in Hertfordshire. This review of DJ’s Play Zone was written which social distancing measures are in place so the prices may be different in “normal” times. Should anything be “normal” ever again!! Facilities available include an under 2’s area, under 4’s area, over 4’s area, role playing village, laser tag and cafe. They also have a party room area available.

The under 2’s area

This is very much an under 2’s area and not a play frame. Actually, I think that’s a good thing. Quite often you’ll find in soft play centres that there’s a play frame that the smallest children actually struggle to use. As you can see this area has got loads of soft play shapes, a ball pool, a massive mirror and games. It’s perfect for those kids that aren’t totally confident on their feet or scrambling around yet.

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

The under 4’s area

There are signs up saying that this is the under 4’s area. The only issue is that it’s actually connected to the main (over 4’s) play area. That’s not really a problem, but it does seem a bit odd to have a distinction between the two areas when they’re actually connected?!? There’s also a bit to the right of the main play frame (above the under 2’s area) that seemed most appropriate for under 4’s and is self enclosed. I did wonder if this was just missing its sign maybe?

The under 4’s area has got a balance beam, rollers, buoy zip line, rotating foam door, an area with massive yoga balls and a rodeo cow!

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The unofficial under 4’s area is great. There’s a ball shower (I love those!), some velcro puzzles and a little bumpy slide. It also has a mini balance beam and one of those clear perspex panels that I hate. I’m pretty convinced that I’d crack it if I stood on it!!

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

The main play frame

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

The main play frame at DJ’s Play Zone is on three levels. There are three slides that make up the main feature of the frame. There’s a very cool twisty tube slide with windows in it. There’s a really fast, almost drop slide (which is perfect for adults to go down too!). Finally there’s a two lane bumpy slide. On the top floor there’s also two spiky balls hanging from the ceiling. Part of me thinks they look like viruses tbh! There’a also a massive hanging doughnut that Smallest Child spent quite a lot of time dangling through. Even though DJ’s Play Zone has a dedicated under 4’s section, it’s actually really easy for younger kids to get around the main play frame. Smallest Child is currently 3 and she had no problem at all exploring.

You’ll also find all of the normal soft play equipment in the main frame. There’s a spinny pole, things that dangle, things to climb and things to squidge between. One of the things I really liked about DJ’s Play Zone is that it’s so easy for adults to get around as well as the kids. If you have got smaller kids who still want you to play with them than that makes a huge difference.

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

The role playing village

The role playing village is much smaller than the one at Hemel Hempstead. There’s a grocery, police station, police car, vets and cafe. Because of covid the majority of the props have been removed from inside the shops, but the kids didn’t really seem to care. There are some oversized foam props instead, a VERY popular shopping trolley and even a giant foam policeman and criminal.

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids
DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

Other facilities

There’s also a small football and basketball court that Smallest Child and her mate decided would be perfect to run around in circles in. Obviously! There is also a party room, laser tag and a cafe on site.

Review of Covid-safe measures at DJ’s Play Zone

This review of DJ’s Play Zone was written whilst social distancing measures are in place. Tickets need to be pre-booked and there are timed sessions. Term time weekdays the sessions are for 2 1/2 hours. At weekends and during the holidays they’re 90 minutes each. There’s regular cleaning throughout the day and hand sanitiser everywhere. Some items have been removed as they weren’t easy to clean. Everyone has to wear a mask unless exempt and numbers are limited. When I visited it all seemed to be very clean.

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

Our DJ’s Play Zone review

DJ’s Play Zone isn’t massive but it’s a really nice soft play area. I do think it’s an improvement on the old soft play that Berkhamsted had. I was actually a bit surprised how much smaller the play frame was after DJ’s took over. The big plus is that there’s now a lot more space for everyone – social distancing would have been a nightmare in the old version. We had a good time, it’s easy to get around and the kids loved it. Pretty much what you want from a soft play!


Admission cost

Depends on age and when you’re visiting. We paid £8 for a 3yr old in term time. Adults are £1.50 each. Visit their website for the most recent prices.

Special offer – Hot drink deal Mon-Fri term time before 2pm £8 includes adult, under 5 child entry, hot drink, biscuit and cup of squash, add a sibling for £4. Simply enter promo code HotDrink or HotDrink1 (Extra sibling) at the checkout.


Parking / How to get there

Address – 1 Northbridge Road, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 1EH

Parking – there is a small, free car park on site.


Toilets

There’s toilets and a baby change on site.


Food

You can’t take your own food, but there is a cafe on site. A children’s lunch box is £4.50 for 4 items plus a squash.


What else is nearby?

There’s lots of awesome free and cheap things to do with the kids in and around Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. There’s the Ashridge estate, Berkhamsted castle, Tring Natural History Museum or Tring Park.

DJ's Play Zone Review | Soft play centre in Berkhamstead, Hertfordshire | Review by Free Time with the Kids

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Hi, I’m Vicky. My husband and I live in Aylesbury with out three children; a 10 year old son, an 8 year old son and a 3 year old daughter. I (mostly) love spending time together as a family. We visit all kinds of places and we’re quite happy to drive a fair distance for a decent day out. A few years ago I decided to set up Free Time with the Kids as a way to share our experiences of these family days out. You know, the essential information you need to know before your visit that can be surprisingly hard to find out. Where do I park? How much will it cost me to get in? Are there any discounts available? Are there loos? Can I take a picnic or get food? My aim is to be your go-to guide for all your free and cheap family days out across Bucks, Beds, Oxon, Herts & slightly beyond. I really hope you find the reviews helpful. If there’s anywhere that you’d recommend please get in touch contact@freetimewiththekids.com or get in touch via Facebook

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