As we did so many amazing trips when we were in Devon thanks to Devon’s Top Attractions, I wanted to share them all with you, so over the next few days expect plenty of posts about the places we went, what we loved, what we didn’t and most importantly what toddler L thought of them, so in this article I’ll tell you about our trip to The Milky Way Adventure Park.
Our last full day in Devon was a bit of rainy and miserable one but not to be put off we headed to The Milky Way Adventure Park that has over 110,000 sq ft of indoor play, it was definitely the right choice and couldn’t have been a more perfect place to spend our day.
When we arrived at The Milky Way we were given the nicest greeting at the ticket desk, along with a map, that we needed and an explanation of what was happening and where which was really useful. There was literally so much for us to do at I’m sure I’ll forget things as I’m writing, the place is huge, it’s hard to describe just how big it is and how much there is to but I’ll give it a shot.
We started by checking out the indoor golf range and the boys both had a go, it’s not going to be long before I lose both of them to the golf club every weekend that’s for sure. In the same area as the golf range there was also archery and the entrance to the laser target shooting both of which had a small additional charge, as well as a collection of motorbikes to look at.
We then wandered through the craft room where you paint your own ceramic and a lady doing glass sculpting which you could buy, they were fab but L wasn’t too keen as fire is dangerous and he got a little worked up seeing the flame so close the lad’s hand. I tried to persuade the boy to do some painting with me, but he was far more interested in playing than crafting, poor mummy.
We then wandered past the entrance to the Clone Zone, an interactive Alien Ride, L could have gone on this with us, but we were told that if he was a bit nervous it might not be best for him so we did give this one a miss. We then went past the full-sized, indoor dodgem cars and had a look at the collection of old farming equipment they had, everything from tractors to a mocked up kitchen.
From there it was straight to the under 6’s indoor play area Little Stars, this was by far the busiest area of The Milky Way. It can be accessed on its own or through the park, so we found a lot of parents were there just to use that part of the soft play, not visiting The Milky Way as a whole. It also happened to be the only place open to get food as we were off-season. It didn’t matter though as it was excellent.
The Little Stars area was not just a very good soft play for the littlies but also had an area with Little Tikes cars, a dressing up room, a play room with wooden railways and the like, a sensory area and a play area filled with Wow! Toys that L was particularly fond of. You could even book into to toddler classes if you wanted. We sat down to enjoy a cream tea, the first of the holiday if you’d belie it, and watch L play for a bit. After a little while playing it was time to explore more.
Just outside the Little Stars play area are two roller coasters, one for older children and one for small kids L’s age. As the weather was a bit iffy we decided against either of them. The entrance to the train station was also in this area, you get to wait for the train inside the station and the carriages are covered but we managed to miss every departure time by getting involved having fun elsewhere which was a shame.
Back inside L had great fun playing in the massive sandpit, riding on the tractors and having a little play with some of the other toys. He also developed a love for the dodgems, I lost count of how many times the two of them rode the dodgems! Not a ride for me, I really don’t like them, never have done. We kept popping back to the dodgems throughout the day and there was never a queue which was lovely.
Making the most of a moment when the weather was pretty decent we went outside to the bird of prey centre and had a lovely look at all the birds, we also had a look at the putting green, zip lines and jumping pillows. There was also another sandy area and a tractor that you could sit, so due to the general wetness we avoided this area as we were fully aware that once sat upon a tractor it would take a lot of time to get L off the tractor, coupled with wet sand he get covered in, well we just weren’t brave enough.
It was then time for the older soft play with giant slides, one of which even had the adults gulping! Just a sheer drop, husb did the slightly smaller drop on it, but I was certainly happy to watch! In separate sections at the back of the large soft play and slide area there was a small toddler village, with shops and a petrol station and two levels they could enjoy, a ball pool and also a little soft play area with squidgy blocks and shapes.
After a bit we went back to the Little Stars area for more play and lunch, the benefit of a toddler friendly soft play area is that you get to eat in peace whilst they play, the downside is they don’t want to eat, they want to play. We got it sorted though, it turns out that after force feeding a chip he decided he was ravenous and ate nearly all of my egg sandwich before scampering back off to play again.
Throughout the day The Milky Way had loads of shows, including an indoor bird of prey show that I really wanted to see but it was not to be, L had other ideas, dodgem, shaped ideas! We didn’t end up seeing any of the shows, to be fair I’m really not sure how anyone could fit in all of the playing, rides and shows into one visit. We could go again tomorrow and still not get done everything that is there! We also missed out on the outdoors maze due to the dodgy weather. We did manage to get a look round the sci-fi memorabilia display though and have a good look round the gift shop.
As adults we loved that there was so much to do indoors and that it was so large that most things seemed empty as everyone was spread out doing different things. We also loved that there was plenty of indoor picnic areas and a few displays to look round.
L loved all the playing, all the toys, sand, tractors, slides and soft playing. He was in his element. He also loved the dodgems and that he could ride on them again and again without having to worry about being bumped.
We arrived at the Milky Way when it opened and didn’t leave until nearly 3pm, we had a brilliant day out and I couldn’t think of anything better to do with a lively toddler on a rainy day.
Disclosure – we were gifted our in return for our honest review.