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Please note that The Playhouse and Rochester Cafe have closed down.


 

I first visited The Playhouse in 2011 (read about my visit then).  It was not too bad a playground back then, but I didn’t frequent mainly because I stayed quite far.  A few months back, I heard that they renovated or changed ownership or something.  So I decided a revisit was finally due.

Do you want to begin with good news or bad news? Let’s begin with good news.

 

The Playhouse Outdoor Play Area

There were both indoor and outdoor play areas at The Playhouse.  The outdoor play area was much better than it used to be.

The highlight of the outdoor play area was the huge bouncy castle.

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There were also many ride-on vehicles.

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And a slide that was in partial shelter, so the kids could play even in the hot afternoon.

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And that was pretty much where all good things ended.

There was a water play area, but it was totally dry.

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There was another slide, but it was kind of abandoned out there in the hot sun.

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And… That’s it!

As you can see, it was super duper hot when I was there.  But you may think, no worries! They still have an air-conditioned indoor play area! But unfortunately, that’s where it REALLY went downhill.

The Playhouse Indoor Play Area

When I first stepped into The Playhouse, I was shocked by how badly maintained it was.  Look at this mess:

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I was there on a weekday morning and there were barely any kids.  What’s up with the mess??

Let me show you a photo of what The Playhouse USED TO look like.

See how much neater it used to be??

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Photo taken in 2011

 

Tidiness wasn’t the only area they degenerated.  As I walked around The Playhouse, I was almost disgusted by all the EMPTY SHELVES.  Look, if you want to charge me for the use of the play room, you better have some toys! What’s up with all the missing racks?

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More evidence of near-empty toy racks:

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And near-empty book shelf:

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And an absolutely PATHETIC magazine rack:

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Am I seriously paying for this??? Sheesh!  Now, let me bring you back in time to The Playhouse in 2011:

The Playhouse in 2011: Full of toys on the racks and train table.

The Playhouse in 2011: Full of toys on the racks and train table.

The Playhouse in 2011.

The Playhouse in 2011 with many more masks / costumes.

 

I couldn’t believe how much they have degenerated!!

Here’s another comparison:

The Playhouse in 2011: Check out the row of beautiful and colourful boucy ponies.

The Playhouse in 2011: Check out the row of beautiful and colourful boucy ponies.

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The Playhouse in 2015: All that is left today.

 

SO SAD RIGHT?

I don’t even feel like blogging about this place anymore. It’s making me depressed.  Let me just post some of the more decent photos I took.

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And some photos of MY who actually looked like he was having fun.

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After cheering you up a little with the happy pictures, I am going to drop the ultimate bomb on this place.   When I was there, there was a staff sleeping in the playhouse.

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Did I just pay for my kid to play in their staff lounge???

That was the final straw.  I refuse to pay for a playground where no staff bothers to clean up, the management refuses to replenish missing toys and racks and it doubles up as a staff lounge.

Just to put things in perspective.  Quentin’s The Eurasian Restaurant had a much better air-conditioned play room and they didn’t even charge for it.  Over here, I had to pay $8 for 1 hour of playtime PER KID for the above.  Why would I come back here?

 

Rochester Cafe @ Rochester Park

Rochester Cafe operated independently of The Playhouse, although they occupied the same premises.  i.e. you could dine at Rochester Cafe without using The Playhouse or you could let your kids play at The Playhouse without dining at Rochester Cafe.  So I shall try to wipe my bias based on the bad experience with The Playhouse and review Rochester Cafe separately.

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Rochester Cafe has no indoor seating area.  It was all outdoors, and hence a bit warm in the afternoon.  If you grab a table near the play area, you can dine while watching over your kids who are playing there.

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I was there on a weekday and they had a weekday lunch set. For $9++, I could choose a main dish and a soft drink.

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I chose the Baked Macaroni with Fish Fillet.  The portion was not very big, but it tasted not bad.  MY enjoyed it a lot.

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They had kids menu, but I figured the weekday lunch set was a better value.

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Below is their normal menu:

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In Summary…

I am not sure if I should classify this place as an Indoor Playground? Or as an Eatery with Play Area? Either ways, I would fail it.

As an indoor playground, the indoor play area here was just too pathetic.  It was even worse than Playful Elves, which prior to this was named the worst indoor playground I have ever visited.

As an eatery with play area, I didn’t fancy having to pay pricey admission fee for their Playhouse.  Most eateries with play area do NOT charge for use of the play area, because they are earning from the food.  I couldn’t justify myself paying good money for the food, and still having to top up $8 for 1 hour of playtime at the play area here.

 

The Playhouse Admission Fee / Play Rate

1 hour Play-pass @ $8
2 hours Play-pass  @ $10
Unlimited Play-pass @ $15

 

Information on Rochester Cafe & The Playhouse

Address: 7 Rochester Park Singapore 139218

Tel: +65 67766683

Opening Hours: 10am to 7pm (Tue – Fri) / 10am to 8pm (Sat – Sun)

Websites: Official Website | Facebook Page

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Looking for more eateries with play areas? Visit my Singapore Eateries with Play Areas Page!

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