How do I start a play centre?
House of Play has assisted numerous clients over a 25 year period to establish successful leisure businesses. The fundamental difference between House of Play and other indoor play suppliers is that we don’t just supply product but we can guide you through the whole process using the leisure expertise we have gained from setting up and running Astrabound Play Centre and Go Bounce Extreme Trampoline Park, both showcase leisure parks owned and operated by House of Play.
How much will it cost to start an indoor play centre?
As a general guide, indoor play centres will cost broadly £120,000 to set up a 5000 sq ft unit and £240,000 to set up a 10000 sq ft unit. The budget will cover all set up costs including fitting out the building including kitchen, flooring, tables and chairs and play equipment. House of Play will help you to design the optimum layout for your building and will design your play equipment to suit your building characteristics, your play preference and your play budget.
How do I write a business plan for my indoor play centre?
House of Play can assist you in writing your business plan for your indoor play centre. House of Play has written a template business plan that can be adapted to suit your business circumstances and backs that up with an interactive forecast model specifically written for starting an indoor play centre.
How do I obtain funding for my indoor play centre?
Most clients would consider Bank and Asset Finance funding streams when starting up an indoor play centre.
Where do we supply?
House of Play supply Indoor Playgrounds, Trampoline Parks, Ninja Warrior Courses and Parkour Arenas all over the world.
Can we install?
All Indoor Playground and Trampoline Park Products are offered with an installation service, subject to appropriate transfer and subsistence arrangements being available.
What operational support can House of Play offer?
House of Play owns and operates a showcase indoor play centre in Doncaster trading as Astrabound indoor play and party centre. The operational blueprint developed by Astrabound indoor play centre, is available to House of Play customers and we will share our best practices and documentation with you. Further, you will have access to Astrabound for real life training as and when you require.
What standards do your products comply to?
Indoor Playgrounds comply with British Standard BS 8409 and the internationally recognised standard EN 1176. Trampoline Parks comply with BS PAS 5000:2017 and the internationally recognised ASTM 2970-15. House of Play customers to choose to buy our product because it is high quality, fairly priced and backed by long term reputation and high-quality service ethic.
What is the price of your equipment?
All House of Play products are designed and manufactured in-house from the highest possible materials and using the highest quality techniques and represent very good value for money.
- Are our prices competitive with other quality product suppliers? Yes.
- Is our product quality superior to most suppliers? Yes.
- Is our product easy to maintain? Yes.
How do House of Play design your project?
Each of our specialist designers have years of experience designing both Indoor Playgrounds and Trampoline Parks using the industy’s most cutting edge software. Customers usually provide us with dimensioned drawings and a general brief after which our designers then draft a simple block plan layout and provide a budget.
Once the layout and product mix is agreed we draft visuals in your selected colour scheme and present this with a fixed price. In order for customers to see their 2D layout/3D designs in real time we can screen share our computers with you so you can be involved in the process.
How to design a kitchen for an indoor play centre?
House of Play can help you design a kitchen which is optimum for your indoor play centre. The kitchen layout and equipment inclusion will be determined principally by the menu offering. House of Play can bring expertise to the menu offering through hands on experience of what sells as demonstrated by its trading showcase site, Astrabound indoor play and party centre. For more details please call House of Play on 01302 846876.
Running a play centre
What staff levels and qualifications are needed to run an indoor play centre?
There is no prescribed ratio of staff to children required to run an indoor play centre. Accordingly, staff levels will be determined by building layout, customer service levels and fulfilling the duty of care to your customers. There are legislative requirements that certain staff must hold and to find out more, please call House of Play on 01302 846876 and we can share with you our staff profile for Astrabound Play Centre, the indoor play centre owned and operated by House of Play.
How much will insurance costs be for an indoor play centre?
The broad classes of insurance required are buildings and contents, public liability and employers liability. There are 3 main insurance companies that insure indoor play centres.
What sort of venue do you need?
Both Indoor Playground and Trampoline Parks can come in a variety of sizes and ideally require a suitable open space. If there are existing rooms and mezzanines these may be able to be integrated into the wider facility dependent upon their location and size. A concrete slab floor is required and some natural light is always good.
Height is very important for both Playground and Trampoline equipment. Whilst there are no height restrictions for Indoor Playgrounds, Trampoline Parks require a minimum clear height of 5.20 metres.
Other key factors that influence scale are catchment, competition, required product mix, available capital and required income.