Pubs, Ball Pits and The World High Chair Shortage

While many pubs are closing there is one type of pub that is doing extremely well. Its not good beer or food that is attracting the punters (though that helps) it is the essential feature that every family pub needs. THE BALL PIT.

Telling our 3 year old that we are going to the Wacky Warehouse is like putting a big key in his back and winding him up.

In the Wacky Warehouse (our local family pub) mum is happy because the kids are entertained so she gets a break. Dad is happy because he can watch the Rugby six nations on the TV without being disturbed and 3 year old Jake is over the moon because he can run around and make all the noise he wants without being told off. Even 9 month old Millie is happy because there are lots of sights and sounds to stimulate her.

What could possibly go wrong then. Well here comes the problem. The pub is so popular with families, there are a lot of babies but very few highchairs.

9 month old Millie is sat on mums lap. The meal is on its way but Mum knows unless a high chair is found for Millie, eating dinner will be a challenge to say the least. Millie likes to wriggle and grab anything in reach and throw it on the floor. Great fun. So unless a high chair is found mums scampi and chips will all be heading south.

Cue Dad.


Dad is sent on something akin to a military operation. The objective – To find one of the three high chairs in a pub full of babies and toddlers.

Dad asks a member of staff, who helpfully promises to let him know as soon as one is available.

Reassured, dad sits back down and informs mum that a high chair will be found soon. But then¬† a setback. Enemy are spotted. Another family with a baby arrive. They ask a waitress for a high chair and unbelievably the waitress goes and gets one that’s has just become available. What to do. Should dad rugby tackle the waitress, fight the father and come back with the high chair and demand a victory celebration from his family.

No. That would be uncivilised, so instead dad recconoitres the 2 remaining high chairs. Peering around the corner he sees that the owners of one of the high chairs are having their post meal coffee, so they will be leaving soon. He loiters with high chair in his sights, hoping not to look too weird. It must be only moments, before the meal arrives and mum will not be happy if he fails his mission. Then just as he thought all hope was lost, the waitress arrives with a high chair that she found in the ball pit area. Relieved, dad takes the high chair back to the family with a smug look on his face.

But, dad wonders, should eating out be this stressful. Fortunately Pipsy Koala has found a solution. The On the Go Booster Seat can be attached to the chair with a 3 point safety harness with adjustable straps. Its wipe clean design, means that it is hygienic, but here is the best bit.It folds up really small to about the size of a handbag. (W31 x D8 x H26cm). This means it can be easily carried or kept in the car. So whether you are visiting the pub or visiting the relatives finding a high chair is no longer a military operation.

Pipsy Koala Booster Seat

The Pipsy Koaka On the Go Booster Seat conforms to EN14988-1/2:2006. Childrens High Chairs- Safety Requirements and Test Methods. It can be purchased from

Needless to say, Dad has already bought one.