Welcome to The Pod; the soft play place for children to climb, jump, swing, stretch, wriggle, balance and bounce whatever the weather.

Based at the YMCA Hawker, The Pod is a two storey soft play centre open seven days a week for play sessions, private hire and children’s parties.

With activities and equipment for all ages up to 11, babies, toddlers and children can be active, use their imaginations and let off steam in a fun, safe environment while parents enjoy a cappucino or a freshly toasted panini from our riverside cafe. The Pod has everything a child needs for an energetic, creative, interactive indoor adventure!

Opening times

The Pod is open seven days a week:

Monday to Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm (Sessions run during the school holidays: 9.30am, 11.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm).

Saturday and Sunday: 8.00am to 11.45am with two sessions starting at 8am and 10am.

The Sensory Room is reserved for pre-walkers only, 10.30-11.15am, Monday – Friday.

We always recommend phoning to check availability before visiting, as The Pod can get very busy or may be closed for private hire.


The Pod is closed from 3.00pm on the following days: 3, 5, 8, 9, 12, 15, 19 and 26 January for private functions.

We are closed on bank holidays.

We always recommend phoning to check availability before visiting, as The Pod can get very busy or may be closed for private hire.


  • 0-6 months: free
  • 7 months – 1 year: £1.50
  • 1 year – 4 years: £4.00/£4.50 (off-peak/peak, weekends and school holidays)
  • Over 5s: £5.00/£5.50 (off-peak/peak, weekends and school holidays)
  • After 4.30pm any age – £3 (valid only Monday-Thursday during term time)

Books of Pod tickets are now available!  Great value for money, Pod passes can be bought at reception for 5/10 visits.

Free self-service tea and coffee is offered at the 8am early bird weekend sessions.


Multi-sensory room

The Multi-Sensory Room and under 3s toddler area are open to all from 09.30am until 5pm every day.

The Pod includes a Multi-Sensory room situated to the rear of the soft play area. Its purpose is to provide sensory stimulation through specialised lighting, visuals, textures and audio which together provide a calming space for children and young people.

With its bubble mirrors, laser star projector, bubble tube and infinity tunnel, the room is an exciting and fascinating experience for children with and without additional needs.

The space is available to hire and can be opened for groups with additional needs outside of these hours.
To book the sensory room or for more info, please contact Cathryn Thompson on
020 8296 9747 or email lesleywilson@ymcalsw.org

What you need to know

  • The Pod is for children aged 11 and under
  • All children must wear socks
  • The Pod has a maximum capacity of 84 children
  • During busy times, play will be limited to two hours
  • Please ensure there are enough adults to supervise your group safely. We recommend a ratio of 1:4 adults to children.

Download full Terms and Conditions for ‘Soft play at the Pod and Pod2’

Group Bookings and further information

To book groups of more than 8 or for more information, please contact Cathryn Thompson on 020 8296 9747 or email LesleyWilson@ymcalsw.org

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Contact us

YMCA Hawker 
Lower  Ham Road Kingston KT2 5BH | T 020 8296 9747 | E info.hawker@ymcalsw.org