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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!

Special Offer

Entry to POD and hot meal (does not include Juice) £8.00
Available on Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3 – 5.00pm

Customer notices:

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 December 2023!

Opening times

  • Upcoming Bank holidays:
    29th May 9.00am – 1.30pm
  • Monday 22 May: Pod will be closed for a private hire from 1pm – 3pm

General opening times

  • Mon 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Tue 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Wed 9.00am – 5.00pm
  • Thurs 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Fri 9.00am – 3.00pm
  • Sat and Sun 8.15am -10.00am

All sessions are walk-in only, customers pay at reception. No online booking.


  • Children – All ages £6.00 per child, this price includes one accompanying adult.
  • Additional adults £6.00
  • Special Offer – Pod meal deal: Entry to POD and hot meal (does not include Juice) £8.00
    Available Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 3 – 5.00pm


All sessions are walk-in only – please pay at reception.

Call reception on 020 8296 9747 for any queries.

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

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 40 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 is open, serving a full menu. This will include hot meals, hot drinks, soft drinks, and snacks including crisps, and fruit.

All sessions are walk-in only – no online booking is possible. Please pay at reception.

Call reception on 020 8296 9747 for any queries.

The set price per child is £6.00 The price includes1 free adult to attend too.
If you wish to bring along any additional adults they will be charged at £6.00

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Contact us

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