We had a break from Aaric’s swimming classes two Saturdays ago and decided make use of the chance to bring him to an indoor playground.
I’ve been reading up on the playgrounds’ reviews, hoping to find one at a reasonable price and suitable for young babies. In the end I thought The Petite Park at City Square Mall would be good, as reviewed in Bumble Bee Mum.
First impression, It was surprisingly small. We reached at slightly before 12 noon. Paid $21 for three of us to enter the playground for two hours. There was a bar counter at the entrance for parents who do not want to enter and some seats at the side inside the area for guests to rest and put their bags. No shoes allowed and all who enter must wear socks, which is a good hygiene practise.
We first let Aaric down and hoped he would get interested in something and head over to play on his own, but he seemed overwhelmed by the amount of items and stimulations and just sat on the spot. So we decided to bring him to the toys and let him try out.
First thing he tried was a little car. He seems to like it, but unable to ride it on his own well yet.
First time in a ball pit! Aaric loves balls, but not able to get a hang out how to move about in this massive amount of little balls.
Balloon room. We guess this was his favourite place. He got to stay in it alone for quite a while, before a little girl came in and kept trying to get into his space. The girl’s older brother came in later on and we had to pull Aaric out before they step over him.
There was slides at the ball pit but we don’t think Aaric was old enough to play it. He wasn’t keen on the little horses merry-go-round or the bouncy castle either.
Slight after 12, a lot more children came in, including quite a number of many older children at 5 to 6 years old. We were quite shocked when all these older children started running around and jumping in and out of the ball pits and places without care of other children. Parents obviously went off for their own shopping and relax time.
Since the place was small, three to four screaming, running children made it very cramp and unsafe, along with the toys and equipment around. Aaric became a little unnerved and we tried to move him to the quiet play area, with all the pretend play toys.
Aaric doesn’t really know how to play these yet really. Most of the time he was trying to tear up the items.
Another of his favourite, the crawl tunnel. But the place was really too small, the crawl tunnel was squashed with the train tables and other play pretend toys. We only let him have a few rounds with it.
After a while, the noise level and amount of movement really got too much for the baby and he refused to play anymore and wanted cuddling. We took him to the side and rested for a while. While daddy went for a toilet break, and I saw that he has calmed down a bit. I took him to the ball pit again, as there was only a mummy with a young child in it. Found a balloon for him and he seemed happy enough to play for a while longer.
Then came the rowdy children who started throwing things into the ball pit.
Balloons become his new love.
We left without utilizing the full two hours, as it was really getting impossible to let Aaric play freely without having other children step over him or knock into him. Decide that it would be better if he is older.
It is quite disappointing as we did not expect the place to have many older children entering. Maybe the management should look into setting age limit since they do not have different sections.
Friend highly recommended Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall… which is pretty far for us, but will go to try one day.
Lots of love,