It can be a jungle out there when it comes to choosing which play centre to visit.
Excuse the awful pun but a few years ago Sheffield didn’t have any and now they seem to have sprung up everywhere.
It was a friend who suggested we met at Jungle Mania on Coleford Road because it isn’t so big you lose the little ones but isn’t so little the big ones get bored.
We went on a Saturday morning so it was £4.25 entry for each child but we stayed for ages as there appeared to be none of the time limits that exist at other centres.
The children headed off to play straight away and it was great to be able to sit and us mums to have a good old chinwag.
Yes, I know how stereotypical that sounds but it really is true that having four small children with you yet still being able to have a relatively uninterrupted gossip is mum heaven.
We didn’t mention lunch to them until they started a little bit of bickering - it is all about timing this parenting lark.
Despite there being a good range on the kids menu Jamie decided that what he really wanted was a cheese burger, which of course wasn’t on there.
Since it only cost £2.95 on the main menu he opted for the grown-up version.
It comes with a side salad but no chips - lucky I had also ordered a side portion of spicy wedges and dip (£2).
Jaden had the kids pasta (£2.20) which comes with a tomato sauce and garlic bread.
And I had a sandwich with prawns in Marie Rose sauce (£3.40).
Jaden absolutely loved his pasta, ate every bit and spread tomato sauce as far as he could - in a way that only toddlers can.
Jamie was happy with his burger but although he said it was a bit plain, it all disappeared.
I was a bit disappointed that my prawns were tasteless although the sauce was nice, the baguette fresh and the portion generous.
This is straightforward food at reasonable prices in a place where every inch is made with kids in mind.
I am told the luxury hot chocolate which comes with whipped cream, marshmallows and chocolate sprinkles (£1.85) is amazing.
That is worth investigating next time we have a rainy day ... which unfortunately probably won’t be long.
Jungle Mania Play Centre
Unit 6 & 7 Coleford Road Business Centre, 291 Coleford Road, Sheffield, S9 5NF.
Tel: 0114 2422221
Parking: Lots of free parking
Accepts all major cards
Open dDaily from 9.30am to 6.30pm
My star ratings (out of five)