As soon as I read a leaflet about Teeny Town in Portsmouth, Hampshire I promptly booked my two in and hit up my pals on Whatsapp to join in the fun. It promised to be an interactive role play centre, essentially a little people-sized high street. We took six kids aged from 11 months to six years.
The kids loved it. They wandered about for a good ten minutes when we arrived, taking it all in. Then they got stuck in!
There’s a cafe equipped with wooden play pieces, a counter, tables, chef outfits and the like. The Construction Site had high vis jackets, a cement mixer, bricks and more building related items. The Fire Station boasted mini ride-ons and a big wooden static engine, and firefighter outfits. The supermarket was fully stocked and had trollies, a till and counter (and by the end of the session looked like an earthquake had struck!). The clothes shop was full of dress up – everything from Disney characters to Dinosaurs. A hairdresser, which although a little pink for my liking, came with everything you need for pretend play styling and Lola ‘kindly’ offered to touch up my roots. My favourite was the doctor’s surgery – think eye-tests, life size x-rays, medical kits and outfits.
The place is small – much, much smaller than I was expecting – and it did, at times, seem a little chaotic with the ride-ons but the kids weren’t fazed at all. There’s an area for the grown ups, again a little small and crowded, but it does what it supposed to do and it is about the kids, after all.
You book a 1.5 hour session and each session is limited to 20 children (which gives you a sense of the size of it). It’s only £3 per session (child or adult). So cheap. We will be heading back there again soon and if you’re in the area, it’s worth checking out.