Let’s roll, run, jump, hide, slide and scream as Grimsby and Cleethorpes play centres prepare to reopen

North Lincolnshire play center staff are preparing for an influx of visitors who have not had fun in months.

Fun palaces for kids have been closed the longest due to the coronavirus lockdowns.

But on Monday, children and parents are warmly welcomed to enjoy the opportunity to play in safe zones.

The magical castle at Meridian Point in Cleethorpes has seen a number of changes since it closed last year.

Dottie the dinosaur is waiting to welcome visitors to the magical castle in Cleethorpes

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Director Dianne Bowles talked about adding a new seating area upstairs as well as a new climbing wall.

There is also a second party room for special celebrations for families.

She was delighted to welcome 16 employees back and has encouraged families to book online although there is an option to just walk inside.

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Like all game centers across the country, the popular venue closed last March, with only the option to open briefly in September and October before the next lockdown forced another closure.

Children have struggled without the opportunity to meet up with friends and play sports in a play center.

“None of us minded. The staff found it difficult. I felt sorry for the children and parents,” said Dianne.

Many new attractions at The Magical Castle in Cleethorpes will open on Monday

Many new attractions at The Magical Castle in Cleethorpes will open on Monday

“Luckily we had the gym next door (Burn Fitness) that we were able to open earlier. We have also taken a number of new measures to keep everyone safe. There will be track and trace and people will be able to book any of the three sessions per day. They will be two and a half hours long from Monday.

“It’s almost halftime and the parents have been really nice and let us know how much they want to come back. Children need a place to play and they feel like they can’t use their energy and play with friends.

“Cleethorpes felt like a ghost town but it was nice to walk past the high street and see everyone preparing to welcome people back.”

The new rules apply in the Magic Castle in Cleethorpes to ensure everyone's safety

The new rules apply in the Magic Castle in Cleethorpes to ensure everyone’s safety

Dianne added that the venue’s mascot, Dottie the Dinosaur, was looking forward to putting his arms around the kids again to hug them.

In the meantime, the staff at Grimsby’s Play XL at Riverhead have been doing a thorough cleaning every day in preparation for the opening on Monday.

Manager Lily Griffin said she and her 11 employees look forward to welcoming children again.

Employee at Play XL in Grimsby, led by Lily Griffin (left) and Hollie Taylor (front right)

Employee at Play XL in Grimsby, led by Lily Griffin (left) and Hollie Taylor (front right)

The venue has a capacity of 125 seats and tables must be booked in advance. Lily said that two households can be at any one.

The Grimsby Play Center has a new booking system on playxl.co.uk

Louth’s Play Factory on Bolingbroke Road will open from 10am on Tuesday 18th May.

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