Suddenly, indoor playgrounds seem to be mushrooming everywhere. We were invited to The Petite Park just over a month ago, and are also invited to the soon-to-be opened Hokey Pokey at Suntec.
And now, we have stumbled onto a brand new Indoor Playground when we were at Fushionopolis for the Hansel & Gretel play last Saturday.
It's Happy Willow, and it was officially opened for business on the same day we were there. Talk about being spanking new!
Well, as soon as the playground caught both di-di's & my eyes, Daddy & Mummy knew there was no turning back. And of course, we clamoured to be brought inside to be in the thick of the action!
For starters, the sign outside the playground stated that Happy Willow is an enchanting playground for children of all ages, particularly from 9 months to 9 years old. That sounds about perfect for us all 3 monkies then! And once we put on our battle gear (read: socks), we just couldn't wait to get started.
The playground is essentially divided into 2 areas - a Kids' Den for older kids and a Toddlers' Turf for kids below 2 years old.
The Kids' Den consists of the usual suspects; from climbing nets, brightly coloured slides...
... to a ball pit and one winding slide.
Which can't go wrong for kids like di-di & me. :)
As for mei-mei, she was once again content to laze around in the ball pit.
But maybe the balls weren't in her fave colour, hence the subdued look. Heh.
Either that, or maybe she was setting her sights on something else more thrilling. Like this.
As for us boys, we were seeking more thrills in the form of a rodeo ride.
It was even more thrilling to fight over it I say.
After a while, mei-mei wandered to the Toddlers' Turf...
... where she found her own oasis of fun.
Which essentially consisted of a mini ball pit that's segregated from the main kids' ball pit and a flip panel.
Oh, and giant-sized building blocks to keep those little hands busy.
And she was pretty contented with all of that.
As for us, we were still wrecking havoc in the main play area, complete with screams and laughter.
Oh, and add icky perspiration to the equation too.
We weren't done yet though. Because there was still the flying fox for us to zip to and fro!
As well as a giant trampoline area, made up of bouncy balls!
How to sit down and rest???
But if one really must rest - and I guess this applies more to the adults - there is ample seating space for them to rest while still keeping an eye on their offspring.
There's even a mini cafe for those hungry and thirsty moments! Though I must say that the selection is really quite limited. But it's early days yet, and the menu might improve with time.
And for those who really really really must have some quiet time, there's also a reading corner.
Which mei-mei found to be pretty useful I reckon.
What's a playground without a party room right?
Erm, or is it the other way round? Either way, they both usually go hand in hand and Happy Willow too has 2 party rooms to host those crazy kids parties.
Considering that the indoor playground visit was totally unexpected, di-di & I had a blast there! Ditto for mei-mei.
If di-di & I had to choose between Happy Willow and Petite Park, we would most probably go for the former - primarily because it has more climbing structures and adventurous play equipment like the Flying Fox.
The Petite Park is more suited for younger children, like mei-mei because the play structures there are less intimidating and hence appeal more to toddlers.
In any case, play IS play. So we would be happy at any Indoor Playground all the same! Hee.
For the month of March, Happy Willow is having an Opening Special - Visit with 2 or more friends to enjoy a one-time admission fee at $16 per child (for children 2 years and up) or $8 per child (for children 9 months to less than 2 years).
Address: 1 Fusionopolis Way, Fusionopolis, #B1-06, Singapore 138632
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 10 am to 7.30 pm; Fri - Sat & PH: 10 am to 8 pm
Weekday rate (3 hours playtime): $18 per child (2 years old & above) & $10 (9 months to less than 2 years old)
Weekend / Public Holiday rate (2 hours playtime): $18 per child (2 years old & above) & $10 (9 months to less than 2 years old); $3 per subsequent block of 30 minutes.
Willow Play Pass for 6 sessions: $95 ( 2 years old & above ) & $50 (9 months to less than 2 years old)