Oct 14, 2014

The Playhouse @ Rochester: All-new & Up-sized!

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Parents can never get enough of kids-friendly dining places, especially if one has a huge play area plonked right beside it. So after undergoing a round of refurbishment since the beginning of this year, The Playhouse @ Rochester House has re-opened... with its awesome play haven for kids AND MORE.

Housed in a grand colonial bungalow, The Playhouse @ Rochester House is unlike your usual indoor playground. As parents get the chance to relax and dine in the Rochester Cafe, the real action for children takes place in The Playhouse right beside the Cafe.

And the contents of The Playhouse were enough to make the Diva go wild with excitement.

If you are expecting tall spiraling slides or giant foam ball gun machines, then perhaps this indoor playground is probably not your cup of tea. But if you are looking for a day's worth of indoor (and air-conditioned) fun for the kids to play dress up, dabble in crafts and indulge in some role-play, then they will not be disappointed.

One hour of fun at The Playhouse starts from $8 per child (or $15 for unlimited play) but trust me when I say one hour is never enough for the entire play area is peppered with loads of toys in every corner - a make-believe cooking kitchen play area, an area where dress-up play is encouraged, a table with lots of building blocks and trains to keep those tiny hands occupied, as well as a craft area where kids can opt to do some quiet colouring or handiwork.

For toddlers and younger children, there is a separate soft play area which comes complete with a slide and ball pit. 

As you can probably tell, even the older kids could not resist sliding into a pit full of balls! I initially thought that the 2 older boys would get utterly bored inside The Playhouse but as things turned out, the wifey and I had the luxury of enjoying our food while the three monkies were wrecking havoc inside the indoor playground.

On our last visit to Rochester House more than 2 years back, the boys had fond memories of bouncing on a certain trampoline beside the dining area. So they were delighted to see that it was still around after the makeover.

Speaking of makeover, the biggest transformation of The Playhouse has got to be its outdoor play area. While the pre-makeover Rochester House only featured the trampoline as the only outdoor entertainment for children, the new outdoor play area now boasts a fantastic play area filled with toys and more toys!

Quite simply, pure heaven for every single kid. And for parents too, since the outdoor play area is located just beside the dining area.

Besides the usual outdoor playground equipment, kids can put their driving skills to the test by driving around the AstroTurf 'road' too!

And did I mention water play as well?

Too little water, you say? How about a mini water play pool then?

For those who are planning to stay dry, there is even a mini garden where kids can learn more about plants.

Be warned though, all those playing and running around burns up a huge amount of energy so it will probably a good idea to order food for the kids in advance, courtesy of Rochester Cafe's Kids Menu options.

Sure, the usual suspects of Fish & Chips and Chicken Nuggets are there but the people at Rochester Cafe wanted to offer healthy food options for the little ones, such as such as steamed fish and veggies or meat loaf, as well.

Ale had the Poached Dory ($9.90), and this must have been one of the rare times that I have seen her devour her meal in record time. I could be wrong, but I figure The Playhouse might have something to do with it.

Ever the burger person, Ash settled for the Wagyu Beef Burger ($21.90) which turned out to be a rather huge portion.

But any thoughts of me hoping to try the burger evaporated the moment Ash sank his teeth into the burger. Yes, he managed to finish the entire burger on his own!

Ayd, on the other hand, is a pasta person so there was no surprise when he opted for the Carbonara ($16.90).

Yet another one who polished off everything off his plate.

The wifey had the Prawn Aglio Olio ($18.90) which didn't disappoint. The taste of the roasted garlic and fine chillies brought out the flavour of the dish which to our surprise, even had Ayd wanting to try it!

As for me, I had the Rib-Eye Steak ($29.90), which came topped with pepper sauce and served with cajun fries and summer vegetables. Not the best I had, but pretty decent.

For the monkies though, the main attraction of Rochester House was clearly not the food. This must have been one of the rare moments that the wifey and I got to slowly savour our food - and even had time to sip our coffee - while the monkies went for countless rounds of fun at both the Indoor and Outdoor play areas.

But just how much fun? I suppose the icky perspiration-laden head of Ayd said it all.

Luckily for him, there is the cooling down option of picking a book from The Playhouse's bookshelf as well.

One great thing about The Playhouse is that its staff are always present within the indoor playground, helping to engage and keep an eye on the kids. Perfect opportunity for parents to just sit back and chill!

Granted that the Playhouse isn't exactly in the same league as those massive Indoor Playgrounds, but it is still the best bet for friends with young children in tow to get together, have a meal together and make decent conversations without being rudely interjected by a 'Can we go home now?'.

Because with The Playhouse @ Rochester House, it is playground and cafe heaven all rolled into one for both kids and parents.


Thanks to The Playhouse @ Rochester House, I have THREE Chop Chop Cards worth $150 each to give away! Each Chop Chop Card allows for TEN Unlimited Free Plays, has no expiry date and can be shared among different children!

To take part, simply follow the following steps:

1. LIKE The Playhouse's Facebook Page HERE.

2.  Leave a comment either in THIS blog post or on our Cheekiemonkies' Facebook corresponding post HERE to let me know once you have done so.

Simple right? 3 lucky winners will be picked! This giveaway is open to all residents in Singapore. Giveaway ends on 20 October 2014, 2359 hours. Good luck!

CONGRATULATIONS! The THREE winners have been picked:

1. Jane Chua
2. Audra
3. Yvonne Lim

Kindly email me at kelvin(at)cheekiemonkie,net before the end of 26 Oct 2014 for your prize collection details. If I do not hear from you by then, I will have to pick another winner.

Thanks everyone for your participation!

Useful Information

The Playhouse @ Rochester House
7 Rochester Park, Singapore 139218
Rochester Cafe Opening Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 8pm | Sat & Sun 10am - 8pm
The Playhouse Opening Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 7pm | Sat & Sun 10am - 8pm
Play Rates: 1 hour Play-pass $8 | 2 hours Play-pass  @ $10 | Unlimited Play-pass @ $15
Tel: 67731312 (Rochester Cafe) | 67766683 (The Playhouse)
Website: www.rochesterhouse.com.sg

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Jingxian said...

Liked the page!

Anonymous said...

Would love to win those entry passes! Thx!

Min (blurangel.min@gmail.com)

Robert Sim said...

liked the page! thanks for hosting!


Winnie said...


Anonymous said...

I have liked the page. My email (fadlisaat@gmail.com). Thank you!

Caroline Tiu said...

Liked the page. Thanks for the opportunity.

Peter Tao said...

A thoughtful haven for parents & kids. No doubt!

Evi Y said...

Great to know that there's a newly revamped place for the kids to venture on!

Rachel Chen said...

May I have the passes n shared with my friends?

Meili Ke said...

Liked the page!!!!

Anonymous said...

Glad to hear that it's reopened. The husband took leave and we went to check out the place just last Tuesday to find it closed for refurbishment. Can't wait to go back and let the kids have fun there! Liked the page and hope to win the pass! :)


Mia C. Alegrado said...

I would love to win this one for my boy! Thanks for the giveaway :)


Carol Mei Mei said...

Liked, very much!!! =)

Anonymous said...

Like, likee, LIKE LIKE LIKE! So I'm overdoing it. But what's there not to like about it? :p Please pick me and I will be eternally grateful. So will my 3 bambinos. And The Husband. Muahaha.

Audra (limaudra[at]yahoo.com)

Chin Sharon said...

This is new to me... would like to win this chop chop card ! thanks for giving away prize !

lily said...

Liked. My kids will love the play area!

Janice said...

*liked page*
Nice. It gonna be a great place for both the parents and the kids too! Hope to get the win, thanks.

Addy Tan said...

liked the page already. Thanks.

Mommy L said...


Mrs Tang said...

Like the page

Angela Huang said...

Done so! :))
Love your write-ups as usual, lively & entertaining!

Carolyn said...

Love the new playhouse! Would be fantastic for my 3 kiddos! Liked the fb page :)

Email: carolynleokl@gmail.com
Mobile: 98556093

Anonymous said...

What an awesome place for families with children! ! Hope that my family will be the lucky one!!!!!

Mums Calling said...

Thanks for hosting this giveaway!

Name: karen
email: heart_ocean03@hotmail.com

Jessica Tham said...

Liked e page! :)

Yen said...

Hi, I have liked the Facebook page. I think my 2 boys will like the place very much! Thanks for having this give-away.

Yen (lyen24@yahoo.com)

Collin said...

Liked the Playhouse fb page. I would love to win the passes.

anne said...

Love the idea of books

babyaffairs said...

Like the new play house!

Ivy low said...

Finally an ideal place when hubby and I can catch up our long lost couple time while the kids are having a good time.

Anonymous said...

Liked! Great recommendation.
Fiona (fio_spirit@yahoo.com.sg)

Nicole said...

Hi Kelvin, I have three monkies who would love this joint. We're in it to win it!

email: limtln@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Liked! Thanks!

Joey Wong said...

Liked the page and hope to win. thanks.

Anonymous said...

Looks like great fun! Hope to get a pass too!

Elaine said...

Done. :) Would love to explore this place next year for a bday party to raise funds for charity. Thanks for sharing so I now know of a second option.

Lilium Day said...

Wow! Thanks for hosting the giveaway!

Lim Mei Jun said...

Liked .. Will recommend all frenzs to bring their kids there .. Planning to have a family outing, this will be a best place there.. Can have a gd chat wif my sliblings n the kids can play there.. Think this outing can be longer than the perivous one .. Thx for Ur recommendation :)

Anonymous said...

Looks fantastic. Can't wait to go.

Anonymous said...

Like lo... I m gg tis sat!! Have been missing out tis interesting place!! Lil one 'sorry.. your beri slow mummy gonna bring u on sat!'

Anonymous said...

Liked!!! Sounds like a great place to bring my kids to.

PMY said...

Liked the page and FB page. Thanks for your recommendation.
email :unicorn_pmy@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

Like the page.

olivia said...

I hope I win.

Gerxy said...


Ivan and Steph Luv Bao Bei said...

Hi, I have 3 little kiddies on my own. Frankly speakim i had never tried this place and i would love and hope to win the tickets, to have a short get-out with my hubby for a lunch or dinner in romantic peace with no interruption in between with the whinning n carrying n please daddy mummy, can we go off already.

Love this post , and truely thankz for the introduction, recommendations n free give away.

Coss fingers cross fingers... hope to get those ������

Apple Toh said...

Love this and liked their fb page! And my girls and I would love to win this. Thanks for the giveaway :)


Anonymous said...

I have liked the page. Thank you for the sharing. Have been following your blog posts on fantastic places to bring my kids to.
Would really love to win the free passes.
Would also share with friends about your blog.

Rebecca Wang said...

Liked the facebook page! Hope i can be lucky!

Anonymous said...

Liked the page and loved your page! Thanks and keep the sharing coming!


Anonymous said...

Sounds like a nice place to bring my kid there!

amanda soh said...

Wish me luck on this giveaway.
Name :Amanda Soh
Email : amandasoh@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Liked! :)

Mei Ling

Kaye Wong said...

liked and shared :-)

Kelvin Ang said...

Winners have been picked! Please check the main post for the list of winners. Congratulations!

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