There is a new Indoor Playground in town, but it doesn't consists of the usual ball pits, slides and bouncy castles. Rather, it is an interactive learning playground that allows kids aged 3-8 years old to try out different adult professions in a fun and stimulating environment. At The City, kids can transform themselves into Cooks, Cashiers, Doctors, Nurses or Policemen, dressed in the respective uniforms and outfits!
Di-di, Mei-mei & I missed the sneak preview in mid-December, so all of us were invited down 2 weeks back to test the place out.
There are a total of 8 Learning Stations at The City, and the one which caught our attention first was the Supermarket.
Needless to say, we loved our very own bite-sized trolleys. Not to mention that there was a very cute cashier to help us check out our groceries too!
Once we were done with our grocery shopping, mei-mei decided to pop by the Clinic.
Di-di & I may be biased, but we don't think we have ever seen a sweeter nurse than her.
Here, she had the chance to care for a number of babies at the nursery by feeding and clothing them. She even roped in a co-nurse to share her workload.
I think Daddy must have made too much noise while photographing here as she shot a stern stare at him for disturbing the babies' rest. Oops.
As for us boys, we zoomed in to the Learning Station that appealed to us most.
At the Heroes area, there are plenty of costumes available for us kids to get into character ranging from princess outfits to superheroes costumes.
Was there any doubt which Superhero's outfit I would pick?
Or di-di for that matter.
Even mei-mei decided to join in the fun as a super-villain!
And a super-villain definitely called for a rojak superhero.
Silly antics aside, we were relishing the various role-playing occupations that each Learning Station had to offer. Like this cafe set-up.
The Post Office allows kids to create art work by colouring postcards and applying stamp stickers to envelopes.
Finally, one can then post the letters and distribute them to mailboxes.
Mei-mei, too had a special liking for the Beauty Salon.
This was where she got to role-play as a hairstylist. Thankfully, Mummy didn't have to be her guinea pig as there were ample doll-heads provided for her to traumatize. Heh.
I decided to be a Teacher for the day, and made mei-mei and Mummy enrol for my class in the Classroom Learning Station. But Mummy didn't exactly make a very good student as she dozed off while I was lecturing!
Initially, Daddy was worried that The City might have been a bit too kiddish for either di-di or my liking. But it turned out that we boys enjoyed it, particularly at the Heroes area where not only did we love the heroes costume but also the huge foam construction blocks.
I think we must have spent most of our time in this area - building up giant structures and smashing them down and then re-living the same carnage all over again.
Daddy's thoughts? If your child loves role-playing, The City is worth checking out as the 10 Learning Stations can keep them occupied for hours. The entire area isn't exactly sprawling but that means that parents are able to keep an eye on their kids easily while seated in the rest area.
Obviously The City is no KidZania, but overall it is a good enough place for younger kids to have fun and be creative and imaginative at the same time.
Address: 177 River Valley Road, #03-04A Liang Court, Singapore, 179030
Opening Hours: 10am - 7pm daily
Admission (Unlimited per entry): $22 (3-8 years old) | $18 (Under 3 years old) | Free for babies under 1 year and Adults
Family Value Package - Buy 10 entries for 220$ have additional 2 entries for free.
*All guests require to wear socks while playing at The City