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More Party Fun at The POD!

Starting 10 September we will be running parties on Fridays

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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!

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:

Saturday: 9.00am – 11.00am
Sunday: 9.00am – 11.00am


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

POD Parties
We have two party slots on Saturdays and Sundays and from 10 September one party slot every Friday.


Due to the current situation, we are doing things a little differently. We will no longer be taking bookings at reception or over the telephone. All bookings must now be made and paid for online. You will need to register for an account.

Once you have created your account, login using the link below. You can also add family members to your account for multiple bookings in the same session.
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Find out more information on how to do this here

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


Download the free app now

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or book online

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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.

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

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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Contact us

YMCA Hawker 
Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH |  E info.childrenswork@ymcaspg.org