Recently, my friend told me there is a new indoor playground at Tampines 1 shopping centre (conveniently located just next to Tampines MRT station). I just love it when playgrounds open near MRT stations, making it possible to visit rain or shine! Excitedly, I began a looooong journey from Yishun to Tampines to check it out.
The playground is called KidzGo Playhouse and it is located on Level 4. The entrance looks pretty neat, like a castle and the colourful lights on the floor attracts kids to go in.
The playground itself, however, is disappointingly small. Considering the tough competition they face being in an area that is already saturated by indoor playgrounds (there is eXplorer Kids at Downtown East, Petite Park at Expo, Polliwogs at East Coast Park), I was hoping for something that could rise up to the competition. Sadly, it was even smaller than the very petite Petite Park.
Just like Petite Park, it has a section for pretend play and a section for active play. The pretend play area is kinda sad.. I shall let the pictures do the talking.
What’s up with all the empty tables?? I’ve always wondered why playground operators invest a bomb to set up a playground, but don’t spend a little more money to buy more toys for kids to play with when they are tired of running and climbing. And in case you’re wondering why there is a train track with only one sad little train, that’s because the other trains were littered somewhere around the playground. The staff were too busy chatting at the counter to keep the few toys they have in order.. Sheesh.
Moving on to the active play area, I think Jumperzillas just found its match for the smallest play structure of this sort. It has 2 storeys: The first storey just has a ball-shooting machine (which wasn’t working when I was there.. Hey, isn’t this place new?), a step-on piano and a walker out of nowhere. The second storey basically just goes one round with a tunnel, a bridge and some small obstacles.
There are two slides coming down from the second storey: A curvey one (which is MF’s favourite) and a straight one that goes into the ball pit.
In case you are finding the water trampoline thingy in the above photo familar, yes, we have seen this at numerous playgrounds like SingKids, Kiddy Fun and Petite Park. KidzGo Playhouse is *AGAIN* one of those playgrounds with the SingKids-lookalike elements. Just see the carousel and balloon vortex below and you’ll understand:
Can we have some originality already?? *yawnz* But of course, to MF, playground is playground, he doesn’t care for originality. As small and pathetic as I find this playground, MF managed to play for a pretty long time! And the best part about it is, because the playground is so small, 19-month old MF could play on his own and I didn’t need to go climbing around with him. Ahhh… Now THAT is money well spent.
So for hours, MF just went round and round the same route:
And he does it over and over and over…. Ahhh, kids. They are so easy to satisfy.
I missed their opening promotion and paid $16 for unlimited play on a weekday. On weekends, it cost $22 for 2 hours. Alternatively, you can pay $12 for 1 hour of play (applicable on any day). If you ask me, I don’t think it is worth it and I doubt I will travel all the way from Yishun to play here.
There is no diaper-changing or nursing facility here, and the nearest nursing room in Tampines 1 is a bit of a walk away on Level 5.
For more information regarding KidzGo Playhouse’s opening hours, location and contact details, please visit their facebook page.