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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!

Customer notice: Please note that socks must be worn in the Pod soft play centre, and children must be supervised by an adult at all times.

Sensory Room Open

We are delighted to announce that our newly refurbished sensory room is now open!

This is ideal for children under 24 months, or children with Special Educational Needs. Why not come in and take a look? Information on Pod opening times, prices and booking can be found below.

Have a look at our article which explores what sensory play actually is, and how it can benefit your child.

Have More Party Fun at The POD!

Book your birthday party with a difference today

Dates now available to book until July 2023!

Opening times

Customer notices:

  • Extra availability! We have extra Pod sessions available this Saturday 13 August: 8.15-10.00am, 10.00-11.45am and 11.45-1.30pm
    Book in advance on Mindbody or walk-in during these times and pay at reception.
  • The Pod will be closed for private hire from 1.00-3.00pm on the following dates: Friday 12 August, Friday 19 August, Friday 26 August 
  • On Monday 29 August, bank holiday, the Pod will close at 2.00pm

Monday to Friday
Session 1: 9.00am – 11.00 am
Session 2: 11.00am – 1.00 pm (this session includes a child’s lunch)
Session 3: 1.00 pm – 3.00 pm
Session 4: 3.00 pm – 5.00 pm (Mon-Wed only) (From September this session will move to 3.45 – 5.45pm)

Saturday and Sunday:
Saturday: 8.15am – 10.00am
Sunday: 8.15am – 10.00am


Monday to Friday

  • Children – All ages £5.00 per child, this price includes one accompanying adult.
  • Children Session 2: 11.00am – 1pm –  All ages £10.00 per child, this price includes a child’s lunch and one accompanying adult.
  • Additional adults £5.00

Saturday and Sunday

  • Children – All ages £4.50 per child, this price includes one accompanying adult.
  • Additional adults £4.50


The easiest way to book is online via Mindbody, which you can do via app or online using the link below. You will need to register for an account. You can also add family members to your account for multiple bookings in the same session.

Book online

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If you’re unable to book on Mindbody, you can pay for your Pod Soft Play slot at reception. Call reception on 020 8296 9747 to enquire.
You can also book and pay in person at reception any time during opening hours.

Terms and conditions:

Please note that children must be supervised by an adult at all times whilst in the Pod.

All parties need to be pre-booked on MindBody, the YMCASPG booking app. Please set up an account first if you don’t have one.

Find out more information on how to do this here

You can book online anytime, including the same day and in advance.

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 25 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.
  • Customers are encouraged to wear a face mask in the soft play.
  • POD sessions have been reduced to a maximum of 25 children per session, and 1 adult per child.
  • The ball pit and sensory room will remain closed until further notice.
  • All high-touch surfaces 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.

See the information above on how to book.

Multiple family bookings can only be done using the web method at this time.

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

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Contact us

YMCA Hawker 
Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH |  E