It's a strike! Ocean in Exmouth
Ocean, Exmouth has undergone some major renovations over the years giving the traditional seaside town a modern face lift, with Ocean being one of them. I can’t remember what it was before, but the wood clad and glass fronted building now commands prime place on the centre of the seafront, offering bowling, soft play, a Sega arcade and cafe all in one spot.
I actually found out about Ocean after heading over the Day Out With The Kids website looking for something to do during the holidays, the weather wasn’t too good so we booked a Mad Monday bowling session for 3 of the older kids using their online booking system for two games at a reasonable cost. Our guys are 9, 11 and 12 so the cool factor hits and bowling seemed to be the one thing they all agreed on!
The Mad Monday bowling sessions are quicker games which are a lot better for kids, in my opinion, and a lot cheaper! They could choose which theme they wanted on the score screen (such as medieval or extreme sport ) with film clips between each player to keep them engaged and amused. The kids also got to add their photos; silly faces were the obvious choice! They had just as much fun doing this and setting everything up.
With the games being quite short it stopped any arguments as we could do a 'best out of...' challenge and we had a few different winners, always a good idea with competitive siblings and cousins and to give the less able of the bunch a chance of winning we popped up the guards!
Ocean is not a huge and intimidating bowling alley either so it’s a great choice for younger kids. There’s a vending machine for drinks in the bowling alley and modern, clean toilets nearby with a separate baby changing area. It was really useful having everything so close and knowing the kids aren't going to wander off on route to the loo!
Afterwards, when they were all bowled out, we dived next door to the Sega Active Zone arcade. As well as the usual shooting arcade type games, there are some great interactive games to have a go at. Bowling and a dance game were the favourites. It was clean and well kept and the bonus of having the sun blaring through the windows and glorious views of the sea just over the road gives it the seaside arcade feel without being tacky.
The preschoolers loved this area more than any other, running around pressing buttons, climbing on the ride on machines seemed to keep them more than happy. There's also a soft play area upstairs which we didn't have time for on this visit but could make a good day out for families with both younger and older children as Ocean seems to cater for all ages.
And naturally, after all that fun it was over into the cafe area for hot chocolates for the kids and lattes for the mums, then back to the car park just a minute stroll away. We managed to kill a good couple of hours entertainment for very little money. Win - win I’d say!