When researching for kids-friendly places to visit for my Taiwan trip with kids, most of my friends told me to go to Baby Boss. From what I hear, it is something like Kidzania, where kids can experience various occupations.
However, here are some reasons I decided NOT to go to Baby Boss:
- In the same trip, we were at Okinawa and 4 year-old MF had already participated in occupational experience there.
- Kidzania in Singapore is opening soon. I would rather save my money for that.
- How come every Singaporean parent can only name Baby Boss?? Surely Taipei is more than that? I wanted to dig deeply to find somewhere ELSE worth visiting.
So why am I babbling so much about Baby Boss anyway? Because I discovered that the parent company of Baby Boss actually has a newer playground – Bon Bon City! However, Bon Bon City was located at Zhongli in Taoyuan, NOT Taipei City. But hey, if you are going to Taipei, you are probably flying through Taoyuan right? So why not allocate some time to the less-explored Taoyuan? >Click here to read more about why we were in Zhongli<
Bon Bon City Entrance
The entrance foyer of Bon Bon City was super colourful and enticing, resembling a candy land. The kids were raring to go inside once we stepped out of the lift!
Socks were required for both adults and children entering. You need to leave your shoes, water bottles and strollers at the storage area outside. They were very strict about not allowing any food or drinks inside the play area. Even plain water was not allowed to be consumed inside the playground.
Once we entered, we received a golden token. They were for the automated rides at Bon Bon City. I asked why I only received ONE token when I had two kids, but the staff just shrugged. Anyway the rides could take 3 kids in each round, and the parents were all pretty friendly. If they had only 1 child, they were happy to let other kids join in their kid for a ride. So if you hang around, your kid would be able to hitch some free rides here and there.
Toddler’s Play Area
There was a pirate-ship playground, dedicated to children aged 1 to 5 years old.
The slides were pretty short, making it a safe space for the young ones. And they led straight into a shallow ball pit.
Active Play Area
There was a much larger and exciting active play area for older kids (so that they wouldn’t go and bother the babies at the toddler’s play area). The play area had soft padding to prevent knocks and bumps as the kids raced around the obstacles, through tunnel and across bridges.
There were several slides around the active play area.
The kids’ favourite slide was the tall wavy one that came down from the second storey and right into the ball pit.
There was also an air-blaster zone within the active play area.
Overall, the active play area was no different from Singapore’s indoor playgrounds. It was somewhat run of the mill. So what else was there at Bon Bon City? Lots.
Rock Climbing Wall
There was a rock-climbing wall next to the toddler’s play area. I loved these colourful pictures of animals on their rock-climbing wall!
In the same area, there were also some rocking horses for the babies and young toddlers.
Here comes my 2 year olds’ favourite section. The name ‘Snail Highway’ came not from asking you to drive slowly here, but from the colourful snail arch along the highway.
You may be thinking, what’s so great about this? Many of Singapore’s indoor playgrounds have ride-on vehicles too. Well, Let me show you why I love this Snail Highway so much.
Look carefully, there was a kerb at the side to keep the vehicles on the track. Genius right? Why didn’t any of our indoor playgrounds think of this? This was so much better than allowing kids to just ride the vehicles around randomly!
Better yet, there was one segment that actually had a slope up and down!
My two year old spent so much time here going round and round and round. But it is important to mention that the staff here was super awesome in ensuring that the kids all rode in the same direction. Also, because there were only a few vehicles, she made the kids queue up and wait for their turn, and kept watch to make sure each person only rode 3 rounds before having to re-queue.
Here’s a LOL photo of MY looking bored while waiting for his turn.. Haha! Teach the kid some patience yeah.
Little Bee Farm
That Bumble Bee reminded me of my blog. Okay, out of point. This farm was pretty cool. Over here, there were all kinds of vegetables that kids could plant (or pluck). There were carrots, radish, potatoes, pineapples, lettuce etc.
There was even an apple tree and pear tree!
The little one had a lot of fun going around with his little basket to collect his produce.
So what could the kids do with all the produce they collected? They could proceed to cook them!
Kitchen & Cafe
Located right next to the Little Bee Farm, there was an area with many kitchen sets and little tables and chairs to serve and dine the food.
Forgive the crappy photos. I was trying very hard to take photos of the wide range of kitchen sets available, but as you know if you have been to an indoor playground, kitchen sets are highly popular. There was a constant stream of kids using them. Oh well.. Here’s Michelin-star chef in the making when he finally got a spot.
Lego Train Station
At a corner, there was a pile of foam Lego bricks for kids to construct a train station.
There were also some larger foam blocks lying around.
The 4 year old found a U-shaped block and decided to just rock back and forth in it. Pretty sure that wasn’t the intended way to use the block, but whatever made him happy.
A train station ain’t complete with a train. Here comes the train.. Choo choo!
We caught the little one taking a break in one of the train carriages. LOL!
If a break is what your kid needs, head over to the library section. The books were in traditional chinese characters though. But there were some nice touch and feel books that were great for babies, regardless of the language.
Bon Bon City DIY
Another place to let your kids unwind is at the Bon Bon City DIY room. You can sign up your kids for craft activities (additional fees apply). The classes were conducted on weekends and for children aged 3 and above. Check the schedule when you are there and sign up early because space are limited.
Bon Bon Market
And saving the best for the last, we come to Bon Bon Market. This was where my 4 year old spent the most time.
Let me show you what was so awesome about this supermarket that got my kid hooked there. The first thing you do there is to approach an empty register to collect a mission chit.
Start by choosing “I want to shop” (the red button).
You will be asked to select your child’s age range.
There were 4 missions to choose from.
The mission difficulty varied based on the age chosen earlier. For e.g. if you choose the counting mission, for 1-4 years old, the child just needs to collect a specified number of each listed item.
For 5 – 8 years old, they will be asked to collect a certain number of items under the total price of NT100.
And for 9-12 years old, the amount is increased to NT500 and so does the number of items the kid needs to collect.
If your child has difficulty understanding the traditional chinese characters, choose the A B C mission. The items will be listed in English.
After you have selected your mission, a chit will be printed out from the register and off you go in search of the items required!
Locating the required items was more difficult than it looked. There was such a HUGE range of items in the supermarket!
And you got to check the price carefully if you are playing the counting game.
When you have finished collecting all the required items, head back to the cash registers and start scanning the items in!
I was in AWE that the barcode scanner really worked! This was a gazillion times more cool than KidsStop Singapore where the barcode scanner was just for show.
Don’t even think about cheating. The system knows when you try to scan in a wrong item!
And after you complete scanning in all the items, they will tell you – Mission Accomplished!
The 2 year old also had tons of fun at the supermarket. Though I was pretty sure his mission did not call for that many bread. Think he was just hungry (we were here for a mighty long time!) and all those bread looked crazy realistic.
Other Facilities at Bon Bon City
There were toilets and nursing room within the playground.
There was a cafe called Bon Bon Kitchen, but it was located outside the play area. Which means you cannot sit and dine while watching your kids play. If you want a place to dine where your kids can play, I recommend Car Car Hotpot which was right downstairs. >Click here to read more about Car Car Hotpot<.
There was also a gift shop, but let’s not even go there.
Bon Bon City Visitor Information
Bon Bon City Admission Fee
Monday to Thursday: 1000 – 1800
Friday to Sunday: 1000 – 2000
Getting to Bon Bon City
Address: 320桃園市中壢區中美路一段12號 (Level 5)
Bon Bon City is located at Zhongli in Taoyuan, NOT Taipei. It is located on Level 5 of an entertainment complex, CM Village (中美村).
From Zhongli Station: The complex is a 15-minutes walk from Zhongli Station.
From Taipei: Kuokuang Bus operates bus service from Taipei Main Station to Zhongli Station.
From Taoyuan International Airport: Kuokuang Bus operates bus service 5089 from Taoyuan International Airport to Zhongli Station. Below is the bus service timetable:
A taxi / cab ride from Taoyuan International Airport takes approximately 30 min and cost about NT600.