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Review of First Visit to Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall) – 6 Feb 2015
Last year I was a bit slow in updating my blog whenever a new indoor playground opened because I was too busy setting up my Japan travel blog and writing a book (two to be precise, but I shall spare you the details since they were nothing remotely related to what I blog about). But I have made a resolution to be more on-the-ball this year! So when Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall) announced that they would be opening today, I made the trip down to check it out.
Okay, I am going to rant. If you do not wish to read my ranting, please skip to the next paragraph for the review. – Rant begins – Why do indoor playgrounds keep opening at places that already have an indoor playground??? Kiddy Fun opened at The Grandstand when there was already Fidgets World, The City opened at Liang Court when there was already Royce Kids Gym, Polliwogs opened at Vivocity when there was already Singkids, Polliwogs *you market-spoiler* opened at Suntec City (EEKS! My post for Suntec’s Polliwogs is still sitting in my draft!) when there was already Cool de Sac, East Coast Park now houses two indoor playgrounds, Polliwogs and Kaboodle Kids with Fun at Giggles (Marine Parade) and HO2T (Katong V) a stone’s throw away… And now Fun N Laughter opened at City Square Mall when there was already The Petite Park. Anyone wants to open one in the North?? eXplorer Kid at AMK Hub has been monopolizing the indoor playground industry up here in the North for years (ever since Little O’zone closed down.. *sob*)! You know, there are many new BTO flats in Yishun which means many young couples which means many kids and Northpoint is expanding… Any takers? No? SIGH… – End of rant –
Getting To Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall)
Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall) was located right next to the long travellators on Basement 2, so if you are driving, take the travellators up to B2 and you should spot it immediately. If you are arriving by MRT, alight at Farrer Park MRT station and follow the sign to City Square Mall (exit I). Once you enter the mall, take the escalator one floor down and the playground is at the other end of the mall.
The facade appears to be that of a toy shop (they really need to do something about this), but if you peek through the toys, you will see the playground. I registered MY and he was tagged before going in.
Fun N Laughter (City Square Mal) Play Area
The focus of this playground was active play for children aged 2 to 10 years old. I was there with 2 year old MY to test it out.
Overall, the active play area was very friendly even for young kids like 2yo MY. There were no widely-spaced steps that required me to boost him up. (At some playgrounds such as Cool De Sac, the steps were spaced very far apart so MY couldn’t climb up on his own. But here, he had no problem climbing to the top entirely on his own because the steps were all spaced close together.) MY also loved the slides that were very smooth and fast. And want to know what I love most about the active play area here? It was tall enough for me to walk through without bending down!
If you have followed your kids through active play areas at indoor playgrounds before, you would know how painful it is on your back after a while because we adults need to keep bending down (otherwise we would need to crawl on our knees with the kids). But here, I was able to walk comfortably through the play structure behind my kid. There were some points where the passage became shorter due to the obstacles and I needed to bend down for a while now and then, but most of the time I was just walking with my back straight. We were there for 3 hours and my back barely ached!
Also part of the active play area was the big ball pit, which I felt was a bit shallow and I hope they get more balls to fill it up.
And above the ball pit was the air blasters for shooting foam balls.
I liked that they had a target board for the kids to shoot the foam balls into. Unlike at other playgrounds where kids just shot foam balls around randomly (and at other people), I think it was good that they had a target board to aim at here (so that hopefully the balls fly there and not into my face). However, if you notice in the above photo, I felt that the air blasters were installed a tad too high and 2yo MY could barely reach it despite stretching all the way.
That’s it for the main active play area. We moved on to the toddler’s play area. There was a toddler ball pit, nothing really special.
The smaller party room doubled up as a toddler’s play area when there was no party going on. Inside, you would find the interactive projector games. They had 15 games and the game would change every 20 minutes.
Some of the games (like the Mathematics game) was more suitable for older kids, but some of them could be enjoyed even by young toddlers. Here is a video of MY playing with an 18-month old toddler:
You can see that even the 18-month old toddler was having a lot of fun with it! MY enjoyed these projector games a lot and ran into the room from time to time to check out what game there was to play.
Within the same room, there were some toddler toys. The selection was pretty sad when I was there during its soft opening and I think they could do with adding a lot more toys.
And what I loved most about this room were the bean bags (LOL). The big orange one was soooo comfy, I could bum here all day! They should get more of them… hah.
The playground also had their own version of a ‘Snakes and Ladders’ game. MY was too young to understand the rules, definitely something for older kids.
And there was one ride-on vehicle in the playground which was electronic. (The kind you step on the pedal and it would move.) There were buttons on the steering wheel that played different songs when pressed and MY super loved it!!
There was a route on the floor that the kids were supposed to drive around, but 2yo MY obviously couldn’t keep to it. But I was surprised that he could even step on the pedal and move the vehicle entirely on his own!
But I foresee that when it’s crowded, the vehicle would be running into the kids playing with the snakes and ladders game which seems a bit dangerous. Another thing to consider was that there was only one of this vehicle and the battery probably needed to be charged from time to time so the kids wouldn’t be able to play if it’s brought out for charging. But I loved having this vehicle, especially considering that ZooMoov just outside the playground charged like $5 per ride and to me, those animal rides by ZooMoov and this vehicle were essentially the same things. And MY got to drive the vehicle unlimited number of times here! (Okay, I was there on a weekday and there were only 2 kids in the playground.)
Service at Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall)
I was very happy with the staff service. The staff came around to play with MY and tried to teach him how to play the snakes and ladders game and helped him to load the foam balls into the air blasters (since they were too tall for MY to reach). They also explained to us how to play the projector games. From time to time, they went around with a cloth and polish to wipe the toys and play area (maybe that’s why the slide was so super slippery and fast!) and even the balls in the ball pit.
Other Facilities at Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall)
There was another party room equipped with children tables and chairs and had an underwater theme. It was not open when I was there, so here’s a photo from their facbeook page:
And there was also a nice nursing room equipped with diaper-changing facility and water dispenser!
Review of Second Visit to Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall) – 7 Feb 2015
This was the second time I stepped into Fun N Laughter, it had only been less than 24 hours since I stepped out after my first visit and there had already been changes!
In my previous post, I
complained commented that the air blasters were too high for 2yo MY. The next day, voila! They solved the problem by putting a little stool there! They also added little baskets for the kids to use to bring the foam balls back up to the air blasters. (Gah.. Forgot to take photo of the baskets.)
My main gripe from the first visit was the lack of toddler toys. I noticed that they had added a few more toddler toys. Still room for improvement I felt, but at least they tried!
They also added hand soap, wet wipes and lining for the diaper-changing table inside the nursing room and put up signs to appeal to customers to use them.
It was great to see them taking customers’ feedback seriously and acting on them immediately! So if you do visit and have any feedback for them, do look for their manager, Fisher, and give him your feedback. He’ll be more than happy to hear them.
[disclaim]Disclousure: My second visit was for a sponsored birthday party. However, my first visit (below) was paid for with my own money.[/disclaim]
Admission Fees (Play Rates) for Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall)
I didn’t think it would be worth it to pay $12 / $16 for kids under 2 years old to play here because there were really not many toys they could play with. If you have kids under 2, The Petite Park located on the same floor as Fun N Laughter would cater better to them. However, for kids above 2 who love to climb and run around, Fun N Laughter would be a better choice compared to Petite Park because of the better active play area.
What if I had 1 kid baby / toddler and another older kid? I would be put in a dilemma since Fun N Laughter would be better for the older kid but Petite Park would be better for the younger one. So at the end of the day, it would boil down to pricing.
Both playground charged $18 for unlimited play time on weekdays. As for weekends, Petite Park would be cheaper ($18 for 2 hours compared to $23 for 2 hours at Fun N Laughter). Fun N Laughter’s play package ($100 for 6 entries) didn’t make it much cheaper for a weekday visit. In comparison, Petite Park’s weekday play pass ($72 for 6 visits) was an awesome deal. Even their any-day play pass ($84 for 6 visits) was cheaper than Fun N Laughter’s play pass. So pricing wise, Petite Park won.
So unless Fun N Laughter spruces up their toddler play area and includes more toys (which is something I felt could be easily done), I believe parents with a baby / toddler would be more inclined towards Petite Park. But for me, with 2 super active boys who are perfectly capable of climbing around the play structures on their own, I would go for Fun N Laughter.
Update 5 May 2015: Fun N Laughter has updated their price list.
- Well-constructed play area that kids as young as 2yo could climb around independently but yet tall enough for adults to walk through comfortably.
- Wide variety of fun interactive projector games
- Nice nursing room within the playground
- Insufficient toys for babies and toddlers
Information on Fun N Laughter (City Square Mall)
Address: City Square Mall #B2-32, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours: 10.30am to 9.30pm daily
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