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andy : April 30, 2015 7:31 am : Events

Hello everyone

Apologies for the delayed post, we’ve had a busy few months. So much has happened since the last post. We hosted our 7th Birthday party, which was amazing fun; we pulled out all the stops and had ab balloon modeler, face painter, nail art station and a DJ. It was lots of fun and the perfect way to celebrate our Birthday with you all.

The Easter break saw us welcoming so many of you, as always it’s fantastic to see the place drumming with excitement and to see all the children’s enthusiastic faces. We have been running a free promotion over the Easter holidays to win a child’s scooter for everyone who purchased a slush

– the winning ticket number was 344 – which is yet to be claimed, so please check your purses and wallets!

We are pleased to let you know Astrabound is committed to keeping our customers healthy. Whilst having a treat is always good, we have noted that we do need to add a selection of healthy options as well! So now you will see freshly prepared fruit pots, healthy jelly pots, veg pots and small bottles of water can be added to the children’s lunch boxes. Over the coming weeks we will be offering even more healthy items, so feel free to provide us with your suggestions – after all it is our customers who have driven this introduction.

Whilst we’re on the topic of new offerings, we must take this time to tell you about our new Iced Caramel Frappe, it’s delicious, and a refreshing way to get that caffeine boost.

iced drink

Toddler days have resumed after the Easter celebrations and we have some fantastic activities going on wit h many more planned for the imminent future. We have a live Butterfly habitat, this is such a fantastic and educational introduction for the children. This consists of four lively caterpillars, which are growing daily. Over the next 4 – 6 weeks they will go through every stage of their natural life cycle. We will then set free the fully grown butterflies with the help of the children – we can’t wait!

Our next event in May is one we are really excited about. Once again, after the success last year, we are running an Educational Work Shop week. It was so popular and subsequently we have been asked when we will be running one again. The week will run from Monday 18th May 2015 – Friday 22nd May 2015, between 10:00am – 3:00pm. Children’s meals will be reduced to £2.50, SAVING £1.

Each day will be themed, the children will be planting and growing their own sunflowers to take home, learning how to care for animals and much, much more. They will also receive an Astrabound certificate of learning. Probably the most exciting part of the week and a first for Astrabound is on Thursday 21st May 2015, between 11:00am – 1:00pm we have some fury friends visiting! Guinea pigs and Rabbits for you to hold, pet and learn about. So be sure to come along, all the fun is included in our standard admission prices!

We look forward to seeing you all soon, and as ever if you have any suggestions/feedback we’d love

to hear from you so reach out to us via one of our many avenues.

Ben, Sue and the AB team x

 

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February

andy : February 21, 2015 2:07 pm : Events

Hello to all our customers looking at our blog

Well, what a busy week it has been, half term has lived up to it’s reputation for us and been one of the busiest ever, breaking Astrabound records!  It’s been fantastic to see so many of you enjoying our facility and embracing the Astrabound fun.

Time is flying by, it’s almost March!  This is a month we are extremely excited about as we are now preparing to celebrate 7 years since our opening in March 2008. We have a special event planned like no other, ‘ Astrabound’s Birthday Bonanza’  we have so much going on including; a DJ, balloon modeller, nail art bar, and face painting as well as lots of games and activities taking place with our fun co-ordinator Eileen. We have a raffle with the first prize being a Linx Windows 8 tablet, one of our best prizes to date. Please see the events page of the website or pick up a leaflet during your next visit, and ‘let’s party Doncaster!’

We must sincerely apologise to any visitors who wished to pay by card, mid-week our Merchant bank had technical issues regarding terminals connecting, which affected hundreds of businesses across the country. This was totally out of our control and was eventually rectified after 30hrs; we can confirm they are all working at full capacity now!

Now half term has come to an end don’t forget our toddler activity timetable is once again running with Eileen, who will entertain your little ones between 10 am and 3 pm, they can enjoy the likes of ‘Musical Monsters’ and ‘Messy Play’ and the best part, you don’t have to worry about clearing any mess, so you can let your children demonstrate their creative flair and take home their creations. It is very rewarding for Eileen to see familiar faces regularly returning to participate in some very creative but educational pieces of work.

Lots of customers are signing up to our membership scheme, if you haven’t already, it is so easy to join (and free) either fill out the blue membership form at reception, or pop your details in the blue box on our website.
Pleasingly our newly launched online party booking facility is being used and making booking easier and more convenient for our customers.

Check back to our blog next month, for the next update!

 

Sue, Ben & the AB team x

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January

andy : January 12, 2015 7:22 pm : Events

What a busy few weeks we have had over the festive period. It’s been great to see so many familiar faces together with many new ones!

December saw us host our annual Christmas Party, this was so much fun and the children loved seeing Santa and joining in with all the games. We hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and New Year! The team enjoyed their staff Christmas party in Bawtry, it was a fantastic evening well attended and great for team moral.

January is a big month once again for Astrabound, we have so much to look forward to! Our updated menu has gone live and sees the introduction of a good selection of new meals which are proving extremely popular, along with new drink offerings such a flavoured ice cream milk shakes and puddings including jam sponge and custard, Yum!

On January 2nd, Astrabound’s online party booking facility went live and we are so pleased it is now active. This allows you to book a party through the Astrabound website from a laptop/tablet or smart phone, pay using a secure visa verified payment gateway and from there you can either download everything you need, otherwise the team will post out to you the very next morning. We hope this feature proves useful to you all and makes booking a party with us that little bit more convenient.

Toddler activities have now resumed after the Christmas break so come along to join Eileen, our fun co-ordinator, for  ‘Messy Play’, ‘Bear-obics’, ‘Musical Monsters’ ….. there is so much more!

Ahoy there! Come and join us for our themed pirate week commencing on Monday 12th through to Friday 16th January 10.00 am until 3.00 pm. We have an array of activities taking place … treasure hunts, games, crafts, face painting – all included in our standard admission prices. It’s going to be so much fun for the little ones!

We would encourage all our customers to sign up to our membership scheme, if you haven’t already. Not only will this give you discounts at the facility but also you will receive a monthly email with exclusive offers, updates and discounts, so it is really worthwhile signing up. You can register on our website in the blue box or by completing one of our membership forms at reception.

As always we love hearing your feedback, so why not  ‘rate us’ on Facebook, fill out one of our feedback forms or email us directly on info@astrabound.com

We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Ben, Sue and the A B team x

 

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November

andy : November 28, 2014 3:44 pm : Events

The team are keeping busy planning and working very hard to ensure your visit to Astrabound is a very enjoyable one!

We have welcomed so many of you over the half term period – one of the busiest weeks of our calendar! It was great to see the place drumming with activity and so many smiling faces!

As well as half term we hosted our annual Halloween Scare Fest, ticketed event, which was a complete ‘sell out’, thank you to everyone who joined us! It saw our staff wrapped in toilet roll and ‘mummified’ as well as hundreds of children feeling slimy zombie brains and dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and so much more. Staff and customers alike got into the spirit of the theme and there were some wonderful outfits! We can’t wait for next year!

This month sees even more positive changes ahead, we are very close to presenting our new menu, most of your old favourites remain but we have added new offerings enabling our customers a wider variety of choices as well as not being restricted to set menu meals, you are able to follow a ‘build-a-meal’ plan for a more personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

November’s event is all about having fun and forgetting about the dreary winter days, that’s why we have decided to host ‘Astrabound’s Giant Party’ for this month’s entertainment. Your children can enjoy lots of games including pass the parcel, musical statues and many more of the classics, all INCLUDED in our standard admission price. Look out for details …. do come along and join in the fun.

Finally, we are all really excited for the festive period which is drawing ever closer. The Christmas decorations will very shortly be up and we are looking forward to Santa and his helpers visiting and meeting all our visitors! There will be a post box situated in the facility for the children to post their letters to Santa. Or why not visit him in his Grotto and tell Santa your wish list and receive a small gift! As well as this, we have possibly our most exciting event of the year! Astrabound’s Christmas Party, this ticketed event is going to be two and a half hours of VIP afterhours fun, together with Santa and his elves, the Astrabound team will be entertaining you for the evening. Tickets can be purchased now and are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! Details will be posted on our Facebook page imminently, so why not ‘Like’ us to keep up to date!

We look forward to welcoming you all soon.

As ever we love to hear your feedback so reach out to us either by filling out our feedback forms at the centre, speaking to our team or using our many social media platforms!

Thanks
Sue, Ben and the Team x

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Introducing the Team

andy : September 6, 2014 3:04 pm : Events

This ‘blog’ is to firstly introduce the Management team and to let you know of all the new and exciting changes being implemented at Astrabound.

My name is Ben and I have been Manager since June 2013. I run Astrabound’s social media set up so you will see a variety of tweets and Facebook updates from me. Ultimately I am focused on listening to our customer’s feedback and using this to ensure every aspect of the ‘Astrabound experience’ is the best it can be. It’s great to work in such a fun environment with a great team.

I’m Sue and have been Manager since December 2011. I really enjoy my time spent at Astrabound – it is a pleasure to work with the team, who all get on so well, and to welcome the customer’s for an enjoyable experience. Astrabound is predominantly about safe, stimulating play giving parent’s peace of mind so they can sit back and relax! I love nothing more than to see the place full to the rafters with a fantastic atmosphere, kids having fun!

We have a great working relationship, both heading in the same direction, and are supported by an excellent team. You will more than likely see us around the facility, please feel free to come say ‘Hi’ and let us know of any suggestions/ideas you may have to improve your experience at Astrabound. We will do our very best to implement where ever practicably possible.

Astrabound is Doncaster’s biggest and best indoor play and party venue, catering from ages 0 – 12 years.

If you’ve yet  to visit Astrabound, here’s a little more information … Astrabound is a large purpose built multi level soft play arena totalling 13,500 sq ft filled with fun and activities for all. We have numerous areas recommended for particular age groups;

Baby area, Astra Street, Toddler area, Junior area and Sports pitch incorporating a sports wall, basket ball hoops and football goals/balls.

We have a large 5 star food rated café which serves a variety of continental coffees, cold drinks and a vast selection of delicious food for every pallet.

Anyone is welcome to join our membership scheme which is completely free of charge.  This will allow you to receive exclusive discounts as well as be the first to know about our new events and any offers we are running. Speak to a member of our reception team who will be happy to help.

We are in the process of improving our toddler activity offerings which take place midweek in the hope of encouraging even more pre-school children to come along to learn/play/participate at our ever popular sessions. Don’t worry our very own Astrabear will still be included as we know how much the children adore him! Please refer to our new activity play board in the facility. We have recently introduced ‘Messy Play’ into our events – this is a fun and immersive way to be creative with your child whilst not having to worry about cleaning up enabling you to spend quality time with your child. Forthcoming activities include educational workshops and story time so watch this space ….

Thinking of visiting us through the week, term time after school? Take advantage of our PES (play, eat, save) meal deal – this is £6.50 and includes your child’s entry together with any one of our delicious Mega meals (with a free cup of juice).

2014 has been a big year for Astrabound. So far we have introduced a variety of new offerings and still have many more pending introduction!

Firstly, 2014 sees the introduction of our new party offerings; we have completely re-vamped and re-invented even more party packages to choose from. We realise your child’s special day needs to be just that, so we work hard to provide a stress free, fun and memorable party experience for all.

As a direct result of listening to our customer’s feedback we have introduced an ‘off-peak’ build-a-party. This is completely customizable, and starts from just £5 per child.

As well as our current themed packages we have also introduced console parties, karaoke parties and even photo booth parties, all of which are proving extremely popular.

We are currently working on introducing an online portal which will allow you to book a party at your leisure over the internet. From there you can then download all the necessary information including invites or alternatively we can post these out. We understand just how demanding it is being a busy parent, juggling home and work so we really hope this feature will make the Astrabound booking experience a little easier and more convenient.

Once a month we endeavour to offer a little more than just ‘play’ to our regular/new customers by holding themed events – please keep a look out for forthcoming events which are advertised in the facility and on Face book. We have some great ones in the making! These commenced last September and to-date we have hosted: A Pirate Day, Halloween Event, Crazy Christmas Party, A Winter Fun Day, Easter Hunt, A Reptile Event, Astra-cadabra Event and a Sports day event. We hope you have as much fun as we do joining in with the games and activities not forgetting the face painting.

 

Finally, we have one last new and exciting announcement which could be one of our biggest to-date! We have unveiled our Astrabear who has had a makeover.. but even more exciting we have a BRAND new completely different mascot to accompany Astrabear on his adventures… keep your eyes peeled for the big reveal event in September, it’s going to be so much fun!

We hope this blog entry lets you know how committed the Astrabound team are to sustaining and improving our customer’s experience and just how much we have going on!

Why not ‘like us’ on Face book and ‘follow us’ on Twitter for even more updates.

Thanks

Ben, Sue & The Team x

Update:

The team are keeping busy planning and working very hard to ensure your visit to Astrabound is a very enjoyable one!

We have welcomed so many of you over the half term period – one of the busiest weeks of our calendar! It was great to see the place drumming with activity and so many smiling faces!

As well as half term we hosted our annual Halloween Scare Fest, ticketed event, which was a complete ‘sell out’, thank you to everyone who joined us! It saw our staff wrapped in toilet roll and ‘mummified’ as well as hundreds of children feeling slimy zombie brains and dancing to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and so much more. Staff and customers alike got into the spirit of the theme and there were some wonderful outfits! We can’t wait for next year!

This month sees even more positive changes ahead, we are very close to presenting our new menu, most of your old favourites remain but we have added new offerings enabling our customers a wider variety of choices as well as not being restricted to set menu meals, you are able to follow a ‘build-a-meal’ plan for a more personal taste. We hope you enjoy!

November’s event is all about having fun and forgetting about the dreary winter days, that’s why we have decided to host ‘Astrabound’s Giant Party’ for this month’s entertainment. Your children can enjoy lots of games including pass the parcel, musical statues and many more of the classics, all INCLUDED in our standard admission price. Look out for details …. do come along and join in the fun.

Finally, we are all really excited for the festive period which is drawing ever closer. The Christmas decorations will very shortly be up and we are looking forward to Santa and his helpers visiting and meeting all our visitors! There will be a post box situated in the facility for the children to post their letters to Santa. Or why not visit him in his Grotto and tell Santa your wish list and receive a small gift! As well as this, we have possibly our most exciting event of the year! Astrabound’s Christmas Party, this ticketed event is going to be two and a half hours of VIP afterhours fun, together with Santa and his elves, the Astrabound team will be entertaining you for the evening. Tickets can be purchased now and are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment! Details will be posted on our Facebook page imminently, so why not ‘Like’ us to keep up to date!

We look forward to welcoming you all soon.

As ever we love to hear your feedback so reach out to us either by filling out our feedback forms at the centre, speaking to our team or using our many social media platforms!

Thanks
Sue, Ben and the Team x

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