Children in soft play

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 seven 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 a cappuccino or a freshly toasted panini from our riverside café. The Pod has everything a child needs for an energetic, creative, interactive indoor adventure!

Opening times

Monday to Friday 9.30am to 5.30pm (Sessions run during the school holidays and inset days: 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm).
Saturday and Sunday 8.00am to 11.45am with two sessions starting at 8.00am – 9.45am & 10.00am – 11.45am.

The Sensory Room is reserved for pre-walkers only, 10.30-11.15am, Monday – Friday.

POD closures

We always recommend phoning to check availability before visiting, as The Pod can get very busy or may be closed for private hire.

The POD will only be running an 8am – 9.15am session on Saturday 14 December and will be closed for private parties at 3pm on 13, 19 and 20 December

Christmas and new year opening times
Christmas eve Two sessions will be running at 9.30-11.15 and 11.30-1.15 we then close the centre at 2pm
Boxing day Closed
Friday 27 Open as usual
Saturday 28 Open 8-9.45am and 10-11.45am
Sunday 29 Open 8-9.45am and 10-11.45am
Monday 30 Open 9.30-11.15, 11.30-1.15, 1.30-3.15 and 3.30-5.15
New year’s eve Open 9.30-11.15 and 11.30-1.15. The center will be closed from 2pm
Wednesday 1 Closed
Thursday 2 Open as usual

Please note sessions after Christmas are extremely busy so we recommend pre booking


  • 0-6 months: Free Parents pay £1.50 entrance
  • 7 months – 18 months: £2
  • 18 months – 4 years: £5 & £5.50 (peak – school holidays and weekends.)
  • 5 years+: £6 & £6.50 (peak – school holidays and weekends.)

Books of Pod tickets are now available!  Great value for money, Pod passes can be bought at reception for 5/10 visits. Please call to pre-book your Pod place during the school holidays.

Free self-service tea and coffee is offered at the 8am early bird weekend sessions.

The Bounce (Soft play area for under 2s)

A chance for you and your Under 2’s to have the chance to play, bounce, wriggle and giggle in our new Under 2’s room.

With a mini Bouncy Castle, Ball-pit, soft-play and much more, escape the hustle and bustle of The POD and have a 105-minute session in the mini soft play room.

Opening times

During school holidays only – 9.30-11.15am, 11.30am-1.15pm, 1.30pm-3.15pm and 3.30pm-5.15pm.
During school term-time – Tuesdays and Thursdays 9.30am-4.30pm

We recommend that you pre book your session. Maximum number of 15 children for each session.

Price – £3 per session all ages

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 84 children
  • During busy times, 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.

Download full Terms and Conditions for ‘Soft play at the Pod and Pod2

Group Bookings and further information

To book groups of more than 8 or for more information, us on 020 8296 9747 or email

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Children in soft play ball pit
Young girl in soft play pod
Children on slide in soft play pod

Contact us

YMCA Hawker 
Lower Ham Road, Kingston KT2 5BH | T 020 8296 9747 | E