Milky Way: A family day out in Devon
I’d been wanting to try out The Milky Way in Devon for a while; we live just over the border in Cornwall and although we have a lot of places for people to visit nearby The Milky Way is the one the other that other parents at school all seemed to take their kids too – always a good recommendation.
One of the things I liked the sound of was that while there is a big outdoor area for kids to run around in, quite a lot of it is actually undercover, and as much as when the sun shines the South West is a glorious place to be, well, it does seem to rain an awful lot too, so some undercover fun is always appreciated. But could it live up to the local hype?
We visited The Milky Way on one of their theme days which meant that we were treated to characters from Star Wars walking round. I have to admit that even as a grown up, walking up to a couple of Stormtroopers at the gate still properly put The Fear up me. But, my kids absolutely loved it and once I’d remembered that I was actually a grown up and went up to them, they were really happy to pose for photos with my kids, as was Luke Skywalker who threw some awesome poses for the pictures. The Milky Way also has a big collection of Star Wars memorabilia which both the kids and us grown-ups enjoyed looking round, with life-size models of loads of the characters.
The Milky Way has a few rides, but really it’s a place that’s more about the kids playing. We tried out The Clone Zone ride where you hunt for aliens in the dark (my three-year-old – fine, six-year-old – a bit scared towards the end, me – screaming my head off when an ‘alien’ touched me) and the dodgems which put the biggest grins I think I’ve seen on my kids faces all holiday. I was a bit concerned if 3 was a bit too young for dodgems, but they ran lots of regular sessions just for the younger kids to go on them (with a parent) and my kids loved driving them around arguably with more skill than I did.
There’s two soft play areas indoors with Little Stars specifically for the under 6’s – perfect if you’re visiting during the school holidays. We had lunch in Little Stars too which meant that the kids could play while we waited to eat and more importantly that they would be happy while we filled ourselves with coffee.
Outside there are a Birds of Prey area which does live shows but what my kids really loved was the two large bouncy pillows which they spent ages on and which seemed to be one of the most popular things with other kids too. There’s also a sandpit full of diggers, buckets and spades, two big zip wires and lots of swings.
With a good mixture of indoor and outdoor fun, The Milky Way is a great day out for kids no matter what the weather is and I’m sure we’ll be back to this local’s favourite soon!