Family Day Out Review: Get Wild! At The Galleria, Hatfield
Get Wild! At The Galleria, Hatfield
Value For Money8.0/10
Variety Of Activities7.0/10
Things We Like
- Vigilant staff
- Secure entrance and exit
- Huge play frame to explore
- Plenty of seating
Things We Dislike
- Limited to 1 hour play
- Very little for babies / young toddlers
What’s It All About?
Located at The Galleria designer outlet centre in Hatfield, Get Wild! is an indoor adventure playground for kids aged 1 to 12. Made up of a jungle-themed climbing frame with tunnels, slides and rope walks, as well as a small under 3 area, enjoy a break from shopping as the kids explore and play.
What Do We Think?
Get Wild! at The Galleria is a huge, jungle-themed, indoor adventure playground on the bottom floor of the shopping centre. Consisting of a large, multi-story play frame and designated under 3’s toddler area, it’s a fun place for the kids to play and explore if a break from shopping is required.
We’ve visited Get Wild! a number of times before and have always been impressed. What we’ve discovered though is that it becomes more fun the older your kids are. Despite being marketed as suitable for children between the ages of 1 and 12, we personally feel that there are better soft play options if your kid is below 3.
There’s a separate under 3’s toddler area, but the main climbing frame is the whole point of Get Wild!. In terms of the toddler area, there is a Wow Toys section consisting of different toy vehicles to play with on a road map. There’s also a couple of animal-themed shapes you can sit and rock on, a small slide and a role-play activity unit. It’s good that this exists, but if you visited just for this area with a baby or young toddler, then you’d probably be disappointed.
The main climbing frame has an impressive footprint. Made from hard plastics rather than the usual soft foam, it can be accessed via two spiral staircases disguised as trees and then comprises of ramps, tunnels, slides, rollers and rope walks. There’s also other stuff you discover such as tubes you can talk through and a rock climbing wall. What’s more, the play frame had also been extended since our last visit, so it’s now bigger than ever.
Something that has always impressed us about Get Wild! is the security and vigilance. The play area is surrounded by a fence, with the only entry / exit being remotely controlled by a member of staff who ‘lives’ in a little hut.
In addition, you are required to sign in and there’s staff who patrol the area – assisting children who need help, ensuring kids aren’t being too wild and even ensuring that only kids three and under are in the toddler area. If only all soft plays and their staff were as on the ball as this!
From a parent’s perspective, there are plenty of benches and tables to sit on around both sides of the play area. This gives a good view of your kids playing, but as the place is so big, no one seat gives a comprehensive view. There’s a Costa and a pretzel place which are integrated into Get Wild!, meaning that you can order food or drink without leaving.
There are no toilets though, so you’ll need to temporarily exit to use the toilets in the shopping centre. Unsurprisingly, your kid needs to be supervised at all times, so you can’t leave them in there as you pop out. Another thing to note is that your session is limited to 1 hour from when you arrive. I’m not sure how strict they are on this as we’ve always left on time, but this feels a little restrictive and unnecessary – particularly when it’s basically empty during a weekday.
Get Wild! has also introduced The Little Explorers Club. It’s free to join online and you’re sent an email which you show on arrival. You’re then given a passport, folder and loads of activity sheets with things like crosswords, puzzles and games. These are themed around different continents, and when completed, can be exchanged for passport stamps and then free entry. We found this to be a great little addition which introduces an educational aspect to the play.
To summarise, kids over three will enjoy exploring the vast play frame, whereas kids under three or those who aren’t confident climbers may be twiddling their thumbs. The place feels safe, secure and clean, plus there’s plenty of seating and somewhere to get a hot drink. Get Wild! is definitely worth a visit alongside a shopping trip, but the 1 hour play restriction means it’s not a viable alternative for a full morning or afternoon unlike a traditional soft play centre.
What Does It Look Like?
What Do I Need To Know?
Address: Lower Level, The Galleria, Comet Way, Hatfield AL10 9TF.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 11am-5pm.
Price: Under 1’s free, Under 2’s £4, Over 2’s / Under 5’s £5, Over 5’s £6.
Toilets: No. Toilets and Baby Change situated nearby in the shopping centre.
Cafe / Restaurant: Yes and no. There isn’t a specific cafe or restaurant, but there is a Costa Coffee and a pretzel place which you can order from when inside Get Wild!.
Parking: Yes. Approx. 1,700 paid parking spaces at The Galleria.
Public Transport: Hatfield Train Station 1.3 miles away.
Duration: 1 hour.
Age Range: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12).
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