New soft play centre opens in Stonehaven this weekend

Scallywag managers Ashley and Shelley
Scallywag managers Ashley and Shelley

A new soft play centre, years in the making, will open this Saturday in Stonehaven, with managers telling us the centre will be fun, safe and clean.

Children will be introduced to Captain Scallywag at the new venture on the Beach Promenade, as the theme throughout is pirates. Artwork for Scallywags has been done locally. Children’s parties will also be available.

The Mearns Leader understands that the investment into the old amusements building stands at around £600,000.

Around £300,000 has been invested into the building with plenty on offer for children of all ages.

We received a tour of the new facilities this past week. It includes a play area for toddlers (0-3) and a large play area for older children (3+), height restrictions will apply.

Managers, Ashley McRae and Shelley Mccaskie spoke to the Mearns Leader about opening up this Saturday at 10.30am.

Ashely said: “I’m excited, I’ve watched this come about from around 2011 to 2016.”

Shelley said: “We are extremely excited about opening up and getting started. We know that there might be some teething problems but we hope the community will bear with us and support us.”

As well as the soft play area, Scallywags will have a kitchen area called the Mermaid Maze Cafe, which the managers have said will have no fried food and will be prepared on site.

Parents and those going to the new Scallywags are to ensure that their children have socks. If you forget socks the Mearns Leader has been told that some will be sold at Scallywags.

The new venture will employ over 10 members of staff with around eight of these being full time positions.

Old Amusement Owners Doug and Dennis Stewart sold the arcade back in 2011 to Neil Graham, a local businessman who owns the neighbouring Molly Gunning’s cafe.

Originally the idea was to turn it into a family friendly diner, but local demand for a soft play area in Stonehaven led to the development of Scallywags.

Councillors gave the go-ahead to plans for a children’s soft play area and cafe on Stonehaven beach front back in March 2013.