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Countdown until the fun begins again

Great news –  we are planning to reopen the Pod on Monday 17 May

Our team are working very hard to get things ready to welcome you back

Bookings will open very soon

Welcome to The Pod; the soft play place for children to climb, jump, swing, balance and bounce whatever the weather.

Based at the YMCA Hawker in Kingston, The Pod is a two storey soft play centre open five days a week for indoor play, private hire and children’s parties.

With activities and equipment for all ages up to 11, babies, toddlers and children can be active, use their imaginations and let off steam in a fun, safe environment while parents enjoy hot and cold drinks from our riverside café. The Pod has everything a child needs for an energetic, creative, interactive indoor adventure!

The Pod opening times

Monday to Friday
Session 1: 9.30am – 11.30 am
Session 2: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm

Saturday and Sunday: Will remain closed for the time being.


  • Children – All ages £5.00 per child, this price includes on accompanying adult.
  • Additional adults £5.00


Due to the current situation, we are doing things a little differently.

We are working hard on ensuring a safe and practical booking system is in place. Updates on this will follow shortly.


What you need to know

  • The Pod is for children aged 11 and under
  • All children must wear socks
  • The Pod has a maximum capacity of 20 children
  • During this time, play will be limited to two hours
  • Please ensure there are enough adults to supervise your group safely. *We recommend a ratio of 1:4 adults to children.

FAQs and information for parents/carers about how we will be running the Pod and softplay.

To help ensure the risk of virus spread is as low as possible we will be putting the following control measures in place to keep people safe and have this at the forefront of everything we do;

  • Social distancing will be encouraged at all possible times and we will have posters displayed on-site to remind staff, parents, and children of this information.
  • POD sessions have been reduced to a maximum of 20 children per session, and 1 adult per child.
  • The ball pit and sensory room will remain closed until further notice.
  • All resources and play equipment will be cleaned at the end of each session.
  • There will be a good supply of hand gel and tissues available for each group. We will encourage the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it, approach, please could you do the same.

Our café will remain open but will only be serving a limited menu. This will include hot drinks, soft drinks, and snacks including crisps, and fruit.

You will not be permitted to bring any food into the POD

All bookings will be taken in advance. We will not be able to allow any walk-ins at this time.

Full details of our new bookings system will be shared shortly

The set price per child is £5.00 The price includes1 free adult to attend too.
If you wish to bring along any additional adults they will be charged at £5.00

We appreciate that there is a significant amount of information to digest. Please take your time to read this, and the other information carefully. If you have any questions, please email us and we will be more than happy to answer these.

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England is now on step 2 of the roadmap out of the lockdown plan.

On Monday 22 of February, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap out of lockdown and a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England

Hopefully, we will enter Step 3 of the plan on 17 of May and we will be able to reopen once more.

Contact us

YMCA Hawker 
Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH | T 020 8296 9747 | E info.hawker@ymcaspg.org