Interview with Sharon Webber of Mundo Manía in Estepona
Sharon lives locally in Estepona with her husband and their four boys. With four children, Sharon understands what kids like and what kids need to keep them active and happy. She is Operations Manager at Mundo Manía and with a hands-on approach you are likely to see Sharon at the centre most days.
How did Mundo Manía originate?
The founders of Mundo Manía were simply frustrated by the lack of children’s activities in the local area of Estepona, especially in the winter months. Having previously lived in the UK, where there is an abundance of kids play centres and attractions, they decided to fill this gap in the market, and so Mundo Manía was born! The idea was to create a centre that would not only appeal to little kids but also provide facilities for teenagers and adults, providing a truly family orientated facility for everyone to enjoy, any time of the year.
What makes Mundo Manía stand out from the other play centres in the area?
There are many things that differentiate Mundo Manía from other kid’s attractions:
* It’s size. The centre is over 3,000m2 making it one of the largest of its kind.
* We offer both indoor and outdoor facilities making it the perfect venue whatever the weather.
* Our facilities cater for all ages, from toddlers right up to teenagers and adults!
* We have a café & bar that serves restaurant quality food. Unlike other play centres we wanted to ensure that the gastronomic offering was top quality. Our head chef Brizio has created a superb menu that offers a variety of dishes to suit every palate and all at very affordable prices. Indeed everyone who has dined at Mundo Manía has commented how great the food is!
*Our varied facilities make us the perfect venue for kids parties. Great facilities, great food and great staff as well as our varied party packages and party extras make us a firm favourite for kids parties of all nationalities.
*We provide great value for money – entry fees for kids are 10.95€ for 4 to 12 year olds and 5.95€ for 1 to 3 year olds but this includes unlimited play on the soft playframes, wet play and trampolines. Plus we don’t charge adults to enter. What’s more we run regular events and promotional offers.
*We are always striving to improve our services. Indeed the next phase of the outdoor play area, planned for 2018 is to include crazy golf and a zip wire!
What indoor activities do you have for babies and toddlers?
For babies and toddlers we have an interactive baby and toddler playframe – a magical, safe and interactive ‘eduplay’ where little ones can explore, build, ride and slide! Toddlers can also use the trampolines and wet play areas under parent supervision. On Wednesdays we hold a parent and baby coffee morning from 11am to 1pm where parents can meet other parents and babies/toddlers can interact with other youngsters and enjoy a Baby Bounce & Rhyme Time class! Entry is just 5€ per adult. On Saturday’s we host a Saturday Club from 11am to 1pm. Aimed at 1 to 4 year olds this session includes use of the soft playframes and a Rhymes and Stories class followed by a mini lunch and squash for the kids. All for only 7.50€ per child.
What activities do you have for 4 – 12 year olds?
For 4 to 12 year olds we have a main playframe with triple slide, twister slide, sports field, power tower, giant ball pool, trampoline and climbing wall. Inside there is also foot pool and table games. Outside they can go wild in the magical wet play zone, bounce to their hearts content on the trampoline or have a fun kick about on the multi-sports pitches.
Are there activities for teenagers?
Mundo Manía has a great selection of table games including pool tables, air hockey and table tennis as well as a large Foot Pool table that teenagers can enjoy with friends whilst the little ones run wild. They can also use the multi-sports pitches for a kick about or 5 a side match. We also have several large TV screens showing popular sporting games.
It is clear that there are extensive play facilities, so while the kids enjoy themselves are there any facilities for the parents?
Outside we have an Atrium bar and plenty of seating with spectacular sea and mountain views, making it a great place to sit and enjoy lunch, dinner or drinks whilst the kids wear themselves out on all the facilities. There is also plenty of seating indoors with food and drink table service and TV screens showing all major sporting events.
You also host birthday parties. What type of party packages and themes do you offer?
Yes our centre is very popular for kid’s parties. Our party packages start from just 11.95€ per child and include unlimited play on the wet play, soft play and trampolines as well as 2 hours use of a private party room or dedicated table outside, party food, squash and water and a one month’s free pass for the birthday girl or boy. There are 3 different party packages to choose from and we can build bespoke party packages upon request.
We have different party themes to choose from including paw patrol, super heroes, Disney princesses and Mundo Manía jungle theme, and as well as standard parties, we can also host football parties, foam parties and picnic parties. We also offer a wide range of party extras such as children’s entertainers, photographers, face painters, piñatas, goodie bags, birthday cakes, decorations, candy bars and more. Our staff will arrange everything you need to ensure your child has the most amazing party. We also cater for adults attending the party, with options for set meals, sharing platters or buffet style catering.
Do you offer any discounted rates or membership?
Tuesday to Thursday during the school term we frequently run an After School Club with entry prices reduced to 6€ and 3€. We also offer membership, perfect for regular customers, providing a 35% discount on entry prices. We will soon also be introducing annual passes and play packages to ensure there are options for everyone, whether they be resident or tourist.
Do you run special events?
Yes we run regular events throughout the year. We recently ran a Hawaiian party, which was a great success and in September we are holding foam parties every Friday from 6pm to 7pm. Standard entry prices apply. All of our events are posted on our website and our Facebook and Twitter pages (@MundoManiaSpain) so make sure you like/follow us!
Describe Mundo Manía in 3 words.
Fun For Everyone!
Mundo Manía is situated just outside of Estepona. Can you give us a bit of information about the town?
Estepona is located west of Marbella and is renowned for its beaches, which stretch along some 21km of coastline with beach bars and children’s play parks dotted along the promenade. It is a popular resort and holiday destination and comprises of a modern sports marina, quaint white washed town centre with pretty squares and a plethora of tapas bars, restaurants, cafés, bars and shops. Over recent years the town hall has heavily invested in the region adding a new school and theatre with a new indoor gastro market and new hospital on it’s way. It is an area that is becoming popular with expats looking to move to the Costa del Sol.
How family-friendly is the Costa del Sol in terms of facilities for children?
The Costa del Sol has an abundance of attractions for children but many are located in the Torremolinos/Benalmadena/Fuengirola areas so at a least a 40 to 45 minute drive from Estepona. Such attractions include water parks, zoos, marine life centres, animal parks and theme parks. Entry to these attractions are generally expensive so it’s not something families can afford to do on a regular basis. Along the coast there are also other facilities and attractions, but in the main these are outdoor, so weather dependent. This is why we were so keen to introduce a family entertainment centre that offers both indoor and outdoor facilities and is competitively priced so families can afford to return throughout the year.
What 3 things do you love about the Costa del Sol?
Eating alfresco, the landscape and Mundo Manía!
Mundo Manía, Urb Taraje, 53-75 Camino de Brijan s/n 29680 Estepona, Málaga
Exit Cancelada, between KM165 and KM166 on the A-7.
School Holidays: Open every day from 10.30am to 8.30pm (10pm in July and August)
School Term Time: Open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30am to 8pm (9pm on weekends)