**Please note that Kiddy Fun is no longer in operation.**
Detailed Review of First Visit to Kiddy Fun @ The Grandstand (2 June 2012)
Kiddy Fun is currently having a soft launch (29 May – 8 June) where they have 20% off admission. I brought MF down earlier this week to take advantage of the cheaper admission (which works out to be $9.60 for MF who is below 18 months).
The map on their website shows to take the lift next to Giant’s entrance up to the 4th floor. I am pretty familiar with Turf City, so I knew exactly which lift to take, but when I stepped into the building, the whole place looked like it was under renovation and I started to doubt myself. I walked past all the construction to the lift, and was glad to be greeted by Kiddy Fun’s poster.. So I knew I was in the right place. Inside the lift, there was also a Kiddy Fun poster to reassure you that yes, they are open and you are headed in the correct direction.
If you are unfamiliar with Turf City, to find this lift, you need to go to Giant’s ENTRANCE, which is at their electronics department. The lift is beside Giant’s entrance. After you step out of the lift on the 4th floor, turn LEFT and you should see Kiddy Fun, next to Kumon.
I loved this entrance piece.. Lots of little toys, but I’m not sure if they are for kids to play there, or for sale. They all have price tags attached to them, so I didn’t let MF touch them, just in case I had to pay for them later. :p
The moment I saw the playground, my immediate thought was: SINGKIDS?!! You would think after 3 branches of Singkids and The Petite Park, our little island would be saturated with such playgrounds… But no no, there is always room for more, as Kiddy Fun aims to prove it.
Look at all these apparatus, don’t they TOTALLY remind you of Singkids?
Initially, I thought MF would be bored pretty soon, because he has never been a big fan of Singkids. But surprisingly, as MF and I ventured further into this playground, we soon discovered there are some hidden gems here that makes this place MUCH better than Singkids, at least in MF’s opinion.
Usually MF would have ZERO interest here.. But guess what? There is a maze BELOW the balloon vortex! MF had such a thrill crawling through it!
And then there’s this swaying helicopter.. I thought it was similar to those swaying apparatus at Singkids, which MF was not that big a fan of either..
As expected, when I put MF on it, he was terrified at first! So I went up to accompany him. (Couldn’t resist asking my friend to take a photo of us! But as you can see, MF was still pretty scared.)
It was a good thing I went up.. Because I discovered that there were buttons on the steering wheel that will make the steering wheel light up and play music! THAT totally thrilled MF and made him forget about the swaying.
From then on, MF became a confident pilot and this helicopter became his favourite toy. He kept climbing up on his own to play throughout our visit.
MF’s next favourite toy was this spinning cup thing which reminded me of those spinning cup-and-saucer rides at amusement parks. The whole thing is rotating, and the individual ‘cups’ will spin. MF totally enjoyed spinning around inside.. But please be careful with your young toddlers. MF didn’t sit still and kept standing up, and one time he lost his balance and literally flew out of the spinning cup. Thankfully he flew in the correct direction and landed in the middle of the cups, not out and onto the floor.
There was this awesome looking revolving tower that looked totally fun, but MF was still too young to climb up on his own.
And this carousel allows older kids to stand, holding on the sides and swing forward and backward while the whole thing rotates.. My friend’s four-year-old enjoyed herself a lot on it, but MF was still too young to play with it.
Further inside the playground, there was this huge two-storey structure.
At the top, there was a ‘bouncy-castle’ and a ball pit. It kinda freaked me out to be bouncing around so high up, so I didn’t let MF play there. But of course, my friends’ fearless older kids had a whale of a time up there.
Below the ‘bouncy-castle’, there was a section with foam blocks which MF loved. He loves all sorts of block and puzzles, and he spent quite a bit of time inside the pool of foam blocks here.
And below the ball pit, there was the water-filled trampoline that all Singkids branches have. I’m not sure why, MF was terrified of the trampoline when I brought him to Singkids at United Square, but he absolutely loved this one! I think he was just pretty warmed up to the place and was ready to challenge anything.
There was also a mini merry-go-round here, which I thought was similar to the one at Singkids with the peanut seats.. But the ones here have solid seats compared to the soft peanut seats at Singkids.. MF preferred this one. (He always falls off the wobbly peanut seats at Singkids.)
Initially, I thought there were no slides here.. Which would have been a huge disappointment because MF absolutely LOVES slides of any kind. Then MF discovered this little tunnel thingy with a slope at one side and he used it as a slide! It was good enough for him (and my friend’s two-year-old gal who kept playing with this on and on and on…..)
There was also a section for pretend play, which looked pretty sad. It was not open yet during the soft launch and I saw the staff still preparing some of the toys, so I’m sure this is not all there is to it.
I think there will be some craft activities when they eventually open fully, because the basket were filled with little craft beads. In the meantime, I had to keep a watchful eye on MF to make sure he didn’t roam in and start popping these beads into his mouth.
They have an area called Kiddy Baby for kids below 18 months, but there’s nothing much here besides some cushions and a random jumping apparatus. I’m not sure if there is going to be more stuff when they fully open, and whether there is going to be a clearer separation to deter older kids from going in.. But if this is all there is to it, I say don’t bother bringing your small babies here and head over to Fidgets instead.
For parents, the cafe here is really cosy! I love all the sofas, and there are some magazines for reading. During the soft launch, they only served canned drinks and tea/coffee. Not sure if there will be food here in future.. It kinda makes me miss Fidgets‘ pasta and milkshakes and feel like hopping over there instead.
There were some puzzles on one of the racks next to the sofas, but again I’m not sure if they are for kids to play there, or for sale. They are wrapped up, with price tag attached. Since this is only a soft launch, I am hoping they are just temporary storing them here and will eventually open them up to let the kids play at the playground. (Yes, I can hope.. MF loves puzzles!)
And if the kids are tired, there are also children’s books in the rack for them to browse while taking a break from all the action.
Overall, MF had TONS of fun at Kiddy Fun! For the discounted price of $9.60 for unlimited play that day (not sure if they will limit the playtime after they officially open), I thought it was pretty worth it.
The admission fees after their official opening is:
$12 for children below 18 months
$18 for children above 18 months.
If you ask me, I think $12 is reasonable if your below-18 month toddler is super active and brave (unafraid of being spun and rocked around) like MF. However, MF is turning 18 months soon, and I’m not sure if I would pay $18 for him to come here after that, since there are still quite a number of apparatus he can’t quite play with yet. Maybe for 4 year olds and above, it would be more worth it.
Now, the BIG problem I have with this place is the lack of diaper-changing facility. My friend asked the staff if there was anywhere to change diapers, the staff directed her to go all the way down the corridor to the toilet. So she walked all the way down there, and realized there’s NO diaper-changing table there! So basically, there’s NO diaper-changing table anywhere nearby. I wanted to feedback this to them, but they didn’t ask for my feedback and I forgot about it. Let’s hope they realize this problem soon and solve it.
And speaking of toilets, if you go straight out of the Kiddy Fun, past the child care centre to the end of the corridor, the toilets there are for KIDS. For adult toilets, you need to U-turn after coming out of Kiddy Fun, past GIM (the gymnastics school) to the other end of the corridor.
And if you are nursing, please bring your nursing shawl. There is no nursing facility within Kiddy Fun, nor around Turf City currently. Except inside Fidgets.
Another point to note is that there is currently a lot of construction going on in Turf City, so there will be constant loud noises such as hammering and drilling. Two of my friends’ kids were terrified of the drilling sounds and kept running for mummy the moment they heard the drilling, which kinda ruined the fun for them. If your kid is afraid of loud noises, you may want to wait till much later to visit this place.
Second Visit to Kiddy Fun @ The Grandstand (18 Jan 2015)
Since the above visit, I haven’t been back to Kiddy Fun. I have been to The Grandstand A LOT. Ever since its renovation, The Grandstand has become a great family hangout with free parking, kids-friendly eateries like Treehouse Cafe, Latte E Miele and Slappy Cakes, and of course the very popular indoor playground Fidgets World. It somehow just never crossed my mind to go to Kiddy Fun because I would either just let the kids play at the free play area at Treehouse Cafe, or if I wanted to pay for an indoor playground, I would go to Fidgets World.
Until yesterday, an invitation to a birthday party at Kiddy Fun brought me back here. The first thing I did was to look around the see if anything has changed.
That rounds up the changes I noticed. All the moving apparatus were still the same and they were actually very well-maintained, looking new and shiny even after 2.5 years.
I always felt that playgrounds with these Singkids-like apparatus were more suitable for kids around 4 years old than young toddlers (during my last visit, MF was only 18months), so this trip with MF who just turned 4 confirmed my verdict. But what I didn’t expect was for 2 year old MY to enjoy it just as much! I thought he would be too young to enjoy the facilities, but I was wrong.
The playground was not crowded when I was there on a Saturday, so if you are looking for a playground to escape from the crowd (Fidgets World, in comparison, is insanely crowded on weekends), Kiddy Fun would be good for a few hours especially for kids between aged of 3 to 6. Their admission fee has remained unchanged at $12 for kids below 18 months / $18 for kids above 18 months. If you take their package ($50 / $80 for 6 visits), the price is actually very reasonable.
Information on Kiddy Fun
Address: The Grandstand (Turf City) #04-04/05, 200 Turf Club Road Singapore 287994
Access: Take lift No.4 near Giant Hypermarket to the 4th floor, and turn left.
Opening Hours: 9.30am – 6pm (Sun – Thur) / 9.30am – 7pm (Fri – Sat)
Websites: Official Homepage | Facebook Page
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