Recently we were invited to Resorts World Birmingham for a sneak preview of the new The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed soft play area and children’s menu. Taylor obviously, not me – but I was pretty excited.
Resorts World is still relatively new on the Birmingham scene, opening its doors just six months ago. This would be my first visit, so I was looking forward to seeing all that the complex has to offer.
And I’ve totally been missing out!
From favourite outlet stores offering up to 70% off RRP, a range of exciting food concepts, stylish cocktail bars and an IMAX cinema screen, there really is something for everyone. Situated just off the M42, it’s also super easy to get to – which suits me perfectly since I appear to have developed an aversion to city centres since I had Taylor (retail park anyone?)
Upon arrival we met fellow bloggers at The World Bar for drinks. All of the kids were provided with crayons and a hungry caterpillar to colour in. Taylor is just developing a fascination for crayons so this was perfect – especially since she hadn’t slept on the 20 minute journey there (always the same when you want them to!) and was starting to get a little (quite a bit) irritable.
The World Bar itself has a laid back vibe – shabby chic tables meet sleek bar stools and brick walls form the backdrop for over 40 different craft beers…to be fair, it’s probably the sort of joint I’d like to visit again without Taylor..!
We were provided with menus so that we could choose our lunch options and the food would be ready for when we returned from soft play. The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed children’s menu has options including spaghetti bolognese, pizza and burger, and for £5 they offer a main course, a pudding and a glass of cordial. The adult menu was right up my alley with street food favourites such as nachos with salsa, deep fried white bait and crispy cantonese chicken wings.
Orders placed, we headed over to The Very Hungry Caterpillar themed soft play area which takes pride of place in the retail atrium next to Costa Coffee. To say I’m not really a fan of soft play is an understatement (is any parent?), but dare I say that I quite enjoyed it here? Taylor was in her absolute element and loved going back and forth through the ‘nibbled fruit’. The area isn’t huge, but is perfect for providing little ones with somewhere to let off steam for 15 minutes or so in between Mum’s shopping. The area is aimed at those under five.
For lunch, we both had pizza and sweet potato fries. The food was really tasty and perfect for charging your batteries before going to see a gig at the Genting Arena or going on a shopping spree. Other family-friendly restaurants in the centre include Las Iguanas, Pizza Express, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nando’s and TGI Fridays.
After all of the excitement of the day, Taylor was getting sleepy so it was time to leave. However, I’ll definitely be returning over the next few weeks to check out some of the outlet shopping which has up to 70% off RRP. Especially since they have some of my favourite stores for kids clothes – GAP Outlet, H&M and Next, as well as specialist children’s wear stores Charanga and LEGO wear which I’m yet to discover.
Who knows, I may even treat myself to some new clothes – after all, it’s been a while!
Disclosure: Resorts World Birmingham provided us with lunch in return for any honest review of The Very Hungry Caterpillar soft play area and children’s menu