Play Lane Role Play Centre

Places to Visit


  • All the family
  • Under 5s
  • School age






Play Lane is a children's role play centre and café, based in Solihull. They offer both "stay and play" and "drop off to shop" sessions, supported by fully qualified staff.

Play Lane | Role Play Centre in Solihull

Play Lane provides a stimulating environment where children can role play alongside others whilst developing their social and creative skills. The team at Play Lane understand the importance of children's play, and strive to give every child a fun and memorable play experience.

When visiting Play Lane Role Play Centre, children will be able to explore the police station, fire engine, supermarket, boutique, health centre, pizzeria, camp site, and builder's yard and they can even have a picnic in the "Lane's garden".

Children of all ages love pretend play and everyone is welcome at Play Lane, however the recommended age group is under 8's.

Stay and Play Sessions 

These sessions are for parents/guardians to come along to with their little ones. Adults can join in the play or sit and relax in the café whilst watching their children's imaginations come to life in the purpose built role play lane.

Play Lane's "play coordinators" are on hand to support play and create fun activities which will engage the children. Story times, treasure hunts and musical numbers are just some of the activities you may see at Play Lane. The play coordinators are qualified childcare practitioners with a wealth of experience so you are safe in the knowledge that children will have a fun but safe time.

Stay and play sessions are 1.5 hours long and are available Monday-Saturday. After each session, the center is closed down for a clean so Play Lane is ready (and safe) for the next group of visitors.

Prices based on a 1.5 hour session:

  • Children: £6.95 (£7.95 at weekends)
  • Active Baby: £3.00 (£3.50 at weekends)
  • Babies in arms: FREE
  • Adults: £1.00

Book a Stay and Play Session here.

Drop Off Sessions - not currently running

The team at Play Lane understand how difficult it can be running errands with young children and they are all too familiar with those disastrous shopping trips! This is why they are introducing "drop off and shop" sessions.

Saturday afternoons from 12-4pm

Drop off and shop will be held on a Saturday afternoon from 12-4pm and each session is 2 hours long. Children are welcome to stay for the whole 4 hours and this will just require parents booking for both of the sessions.

The Play Lane childcare team (consisting of level 3 and degree level practitioners) will care for the children whilst providing fun and engaging play sessions. Craft and focused activities will be on offer alongside the purpose built role play area, giving children a range of activities to choose from.

These play sessions will allow parents to leave their children in a safe environment whilst they shop, have a quiet lunch or even fit in a cinema trip!

Prices per 2 hour session:

  • £19
  • 10% discount added for additional siblings with 1 full paying child.

Play Lane do welcome on the day bookings, however they strongly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment.

Book a Drop Off and Shop Session here.

Please Note: In line with the Play Lane Terms and conditions, parents are not permitted to leave Solihull Shopping Centre whilst their children are in the care of Play Lane. Parents must be contactable at all times (contact information is needed when registering). To safeguard children, parental permission is needed to access this service and children must be collected by the person who has dropped them off. All children must be registered with Play Lane before attending any drop off sessions. The full policy and procedure guide is available on request. A registration Form is required per child - find the details here.


The Lane's Café offers delicious food, prepared by Play Lane's own qualified chef. A range of items including, baked potatoes, soup, salads and paninis will be on offer, as well as made to order sandwiches.

They also offer a great selection of hot and cold drinks and fabulous cakes, so why not come along and take a break at "The Lane's Café".

How to find Play Lane

Play Lane is located at Mell Square, in the heart of Solihull town centre. Whether you’re travelling by car, bike, bus, train or on foot, Mell Square is easy to find.

Mell Square is located off the M42 via junction 5, follow the signs to Solihull town centre. Alternatively take the A41 from Birmingham into Mell Square.

Postcode for sat nav: B91 3BG


Mell Square has over 1,500 parking spaces, including disabled spaces, parent and child parking, and free secure bicycle parking.

  • Mell Square Car Park - 950 Spaces - Postcode B91 3DT
  • Marks & Spencer Car Park - 569 Spaces - Postcode B91 3AB

Important Information


The team at Play Lane take the safety and welfare of children seriously and all staff are trained to a high standard and the majority of the play team hold relevant childcare qualifications. Every member of staff has attended first aid training, has a DBS check and has completed a safeguarding course.

COVID-19 Restrictions

Here you can read about the COVID-19 Restrictions in place at Play Lane.

Open hours

Monday09:30 - 17:00
Tuesday09:30 - 17:00
Wednesday09:30 - 17:00
Thursday09:30 - 17:00
Friday09:30 - 17:00
Saturday09:30 - 17:00