This family utterly adores the Rainbow Factory in Farsley, Leeds – there’s simply nowhere like it in the whole of the UK.
A storytelling haven of a play centre, the Rainbow Factory offers arts & crafts, promotes an appreciation of sculpture, reading, drama and performance, and my kids never fail to feel inspired with every visit, their imaginations set free to explore and create, their minds expanded, their sweet souls touched beyond belief. It really is a magical place!
You have to watch our video to believe it!
The Rainbow Factory undoubtedly nourishes young people of the formative ages of 2-10, boys and girls, and I must say, I love visiting the venue myself, as a nearly 35 year old! Not something you’d ever hear me saying about soft play that’s for sure!
Established in April 2014 and opened on the 6th June this year, the Rainbow Factory is a truly innovative play centre with ever-changing themes such as ‘magic’ and ’emotions’ that resonate with little ones.
The centre focuses on well-known books and fairy tales, effortlessly bringing both traditional and modern stories to life through adventure, play, and of course, fun.
Look how captivating these hand made marionettes are?! Dazzling!
In addition to entertainment, the Rainbow Factory is committed to helping kids build their confidence, and frankly, feel excited about literacy and education through imaginative play. You cannot ask for more than that as parents.
There, your child will sing, dance, act, craft and draw. My children literally jump in glee when we say we’re visiting for the day. They never want to leave either.
The centre features a magical woodland, a pretty outside play area bursting with flowers and views over Leeds, and back inside the venue is bursting with vibrant rooms and breathtaking sculptures the kids all coo and gasp at.
Unlike soft play, the vibe is tranquil and relaxed. All the staff are trained, and highly experienced in working with children, so if parents and guardians fancy a break from the wealth of activities on offer, they’re welcome to sit down with a cuppa in the cafe or throw themselves on a comfy beanbag and watch their kids play.
The storytelling wonderland is also a hugely popular venue for school trips and birthday parties and offers a fun-packed schedule of additional workshops for a range of ages, including ‘Theatre Club’, ‘Once Upon a Craft’, and ‘Story Makers’.
And this December the centre is staging an original festive production – The Shoemaker’s Christmas Wish – a magical re-imagining of The Elves and the Shoemaker, featuring live music, song and dance.
Performances are aimed at children aged between two and seven and will take place between December 8 and 24. Tickets are £5.
To book, click here.
Now for the really exciting part.
Founders and creators Hazel Merlino and Sarah Underwood are kindly offering one lucky Honest Mum reader the chance to have a birthday party for up to 15 children, worth £250, at the Rainbow Factory.
What’s more, the celebrations will be tailored around the birthday boy or girl’s favourite book.
The party must be held before August 20th 2016.
Food, entertainment and venue will be covered.
Transport to and from the premises cannot be paid for.
The competition ends December 30th 2015
No cash reimbursement on offer and the Rainbow Factory need 3 weeks notice to cancel or rearrange the party date.