Have you ever considered a trip to an indoor snow centre, but not sure what it’s like for kids?
Well, this review should be right up your street.
My eldest little one turned six last week. Obviously, there’s no big kids party due to Coronavirus restrictions, but that doesn’t mean no birthdays celebrations in lockdown.
At the moment, we’re still in a tier which means that we can have days out, providing we socially distance. So whilst I did hold off booking, just in case, a trip to the SnowDome was always our plan for the birthday day out.
My daughter is a really active child, and pretty much up for anything. She’s been asking to go ice skating for years, but what with one thing or another we’ve put it off.
Last year, however she went with some friends to Tamworth SnowDome’s Winter Wonderland for a birthday party. She didn’t stop talking about it when she got home.
So, whilst unsure about how the two year old might find it, we thought we’d give it a go.
What SnowDome session did I book?
As soon as I was on the website, I got that tingly feeling that takes me back to ski holidays and Christmas movies. Bonus! I didn’t really know what I was looking for though, so I used the online chat tool to work it out.
There are a two options to choose from:
- Snow Fun Park – a real snow playground designed specifically for families.
- Tobogganing – sledging fun on the big 170 metre main slope (5 years +).
After a quick online chat, I booked the Kids Snow Park session – a 30 mins session designed specifically for families. My eldest would have been fine with the larger slope, but little legs is still too small just now.
I also booked the two hour skating session, so in total it was about £80 for the four of us, including skate hire for all four of us.
We all had so much fun sledging on the little tubes. Although it did feel as though it went quickly, half an hour was just about right for my toddler.
TIP: This is going to seem obvious, but dress for snow! Take a spare change of clothes in case of wet bottoms or cold hands. The website has tips on what to wear before you go.
We had a quick warm up in the Starbucks log cabin, and then headed to the ice rink.
Ice skating time
Now, I’m not going to pretend that this was all plain sailing to this point. I had major reservations about ice skating! I used to skate when I was younger, but the last time I tried, fell flat on my face. So I wasn’t sure how this would go with two children in tow too.
I booked penguin and seal skating aids on the advice of the online help, which was actually the best money I’ve ever spent. My daughter, full of enthusiasm was like that scene from Bambi when his legs skid about uncontrollably. The penguin helped her to figure out what she needed to do to stay upright though, and once she’d got it, wanted to try without.
She actually managed to skate unaided by the end of the two hour session. Had she not have started with the penguin though, it would have been a totally different story.
The seal was perfect for my toddler, as he could sit on it as though it were a buggy. He got a bit bored after a little while, but once he’d warmed and watched through the window, he also tried with the penguin.
We did have to wear face coverings throughout, and it was a bit touch and go with my two year old at times, but all in all, this was one of the best days out we’ve had as a family.
Everything was COVID-secure with screens, hand sanitiser, and one way systems between the different areas. They also had the coolest entrance with handsfree thermometers to check temperature on entry.
We loved it so much that I booked Winter Wonderland tickets that evening.
At a glance
- Family snow, ice skating and climbing facilities
- It’s a bit pricey when you start adding on extras, but this was a brilliant ‘treat day out’
- Relative to other attractions, I think it was good value
- Book online
- SnowDome, Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND