We first discovered Kidzville last year when we attended Cecile‘s son’s birthday party. I didn’t even know there was a play area at The Podium. Basti was so small then, and we were very late for the party so we didn’t really have time to explore.
Three months later, we were invited by the owners of Kidzville through Michelle of My Mom Friday. This time we were given an unlimited pass and Basti, plus his cousin Caille, were able to play until they themselves gave up.
We’ve been back a couple of times more since then, and Basti and his cousins always look forward to the “big playground” as they like to call it.
Kidzville has an active play area that can also be found in similar play areas found around the city.
Basti’s favorites in Kidzville are the airball machine and the giant slides. They’re a lot of fun. I swear if I let him be, Basti can stay at the air machine for hours and not get tired of it. As for the slides, I’m the one who gets tired because I have to accompany him on it. He’s too small to slide down on his own. Going down is easy enough. If you look at the height of the slides though, getting up there is no easy task for me and my old age.
Every corner of the area is filled with surfaces and textures your kids can explore till they pass out from exhaustion.
When it’s me who’s in danger of passing out from exhaustion, I coax Basti into the other side of Kidzville, The Village. I love this area. I think it’s what sets Kidzville apart from other play centers.
There’s a doctor’s office with an “x-ray”, a fire station, a cafe, a car repair shop, a farm and a grocery. Each area even has costumes your kids can wear so they are “feel na feel.”
There are plenty of things to move around. You can pretend to drive a bus, there’s a grocery cart you can fill with goodies at the supermarket, lots of cars and trucks to ride, and an actual Volkswagen Beetle you can pretend to repair with tools and everything! Warning: the Beetle has a working horn. If it gets too annoying, you can ask the attendant to turn it off.
But everyone’s favorite is the cafe.
It’s so much fun, but it can get tiring. If you have someone else to watch your child while they play or if they’re big enough to be inside on their own, you can hang at the lobby like these ladies.
Foot spa while you wait! Awesome!
They also have a girly parlor for the little ladies who like being primped and glittered.
What I like about Kidzville is that they obviously do not scrimp when it comes to toys, cleanliness and staff. All the Village props were great quality, the staff were courteous, attentive and helpful, and the play areas were always clean on every single time we went there. Kris noticed that the Kidzville jingle they would place periodically was an original, and a well-produced one at that! (Only events people would notice these things, I swear)
- Eat before you go and bring a bottle of water.
- Bring extra clothes for the kids. They will get really sweaty from playing.
- Bring socks for yourself and for your child. If you forget, you can buy socks from the reception.
- Weekdays are best. We went on a weekday evening and practically had the whole place to ourselves!
- Eat at Shi Lin after for some yummy xiao long bao. #walalang
With Kidzville at The Podium, it gives me a good reason to visit that mall. Aside from The Echo Store and Shi Lin, there really wasn’t much reason for me to visit there, even if I find it to be one of the most child-friendly malls in the area.
Thanks Kidzville! I’m sure Basti and his cousins will ask to come back to the “big playground” very soon!
4F, The Podium