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Like FINALLY, someone opened an indoor playground at Orchard Road! Am I the only one feeling excited about it? Okay, maybe I’m biased because I stay along the North-South MRT line. But I was SO happy when I found out there was an indoor playground at Centrepoint right smack along Orchard Road, connected to Somerset MRT!
Getting to Little Planet Playland
Centrepoint is currently undergoing MAJOR renovations. I thought Centrepoint was directly connected to Somerset MRT via the underpass from Orchard Central. But NOOO… The underpass is currently closed! So for now, if you are coming from Somerset MRT, go out from the Street level and cross the road via the traffic light.
The main entrance of Centrepoint only had a flight of stairs. So if you have a stroller, you need to go around the building via Cuppage Terrace. Look for the taxi stand facing Cuppage Terrace.
Just beside the taxi stand, you will find a lift. Take the lift up to LEVEL 2.
You will find yourself inside GAP. Go out of GAP, turn right, and you will see a corridor that looks like there is nothing but renovation going on.
Go down that corridor until you see Little Planet Playland on your right!
Little Planet Playland Review
Little Planet Playland is focused on role-playing and targeted mainly at pre-schoolers. The only other indoor playground in Singapore that currently focuses on role-playing is The City at Liang Court. So I guess we have room for one more?
Once we entered the playground, the kids headed straight for the farm. They had unlimited playtime on weekdays, so we were there from 10.30am to 5pm (with a lunch break in between). And the kids spent more than half this time at the farm!
On one half of the farm, there were vegetables being grown in neat rows. This reminded me a lot of the farm we saw at Bon Bon City in Taiwan.
Tools such as wheelbarrows, shovels and flowering pots were available.
MF helped himself to a spade and started digging out the vegetables.
After digging out the vegetables with the spade, he transferred them into his wheelbarrow.
He used the wheelbarrow to transfer the vegetables over to the ‘soil’ garden to grow.
I LOVE the ‘soil’ garden SO MUCH! I have visited so many indoor playgrounds in the past 4 years, both in and out of Singapore. And I always get super excited to see something I have not seen before. The soil was not real soil, but cassia seeds! It looked so much like soil from far, but a lot cleaner. And definitely less messy than sand. I was told they were even edible. But no, please don’t eat them. I’m sure cassia seeds are edible, but not after numerous kids have trampled over them with their dirty socks.
MF started to plant his vegetables neatly in the garden.
Alright, we were done. Let’s leave them there to grow!
The kids had a lot of fun just playing with the Cassia seeds. It was akin to letting kids play in sand pits. But the cassia seeds don’t stick to the kids the way sand does, so the kids don’t get dirty. BRILLIANT right??
In the middle of the playground was an area called ‘Forest Maze’, which was not much of a maze. They were basically ‘trees’ that contain fruits that the kids could pick.
The fruits were in little baskets within the tree trunks, so I found it somewhat unrealistic. And the kids did not play here at all. I thought the fruit trees at Bon Bon City, which captured MY’s attention, were more realistic.
But I found this a good way to teach kids (at least the older ones like MF) about which plants grow in soil and which ones grow on trees. Because later on in the day, the kids started burying the bananas and papayas in the ‘soil’. And I was like, “No.. Bananas and papayas grow on trees. Go put them on the trees.”
This was another unique play area that I haven’t seen in other playgrounds. It is basically a river with many fishes (and turtles, crabs, lobsters etc.), a boat in the middle and ‘rocks’ by the river bed.
Magnetic fishing rods were provided. And the rods were pretty cool – you would wind / unwind them to make the line shorter or longer to up the realistic factor!
The kids could either sit in the boat or on the rocks to catch the fishes.
The fishes had a tiny metal piece at their mouths which the kids had to try to ‘hook up’ with the magnetic rock. It was not easy and required some patience.
MF was super thrilled to catch a fish!
He got better and better over the day and started to catch the fishes quite quickly after a while.
The little one was not skilled enough for this, but played along as the side-kick. He basically just sat in the boat and collected the fishes (and turtles!?) that his brother caught. #LikeThatAlsoFun
Kitchen & Cafe
Moving on to something more cliche, the kids brought their catch to the kitchen to cook.
The kitchen was pretty well-stocked with cutlery and food.
The kids were busy busy busy.
And I thought the wallpaper was simple but nice.
They pretty much emptied the shelves of food!
When they finally finished cooking, little MY came to me and said, “MA MA, time to eat!” There were little benches for dining.
Seeing how busy they were, I was expecting to be served a FEAST. But instead, this was what MY served me.
Oh well, at least he knew to prepare 3 portions: For him, his brother and me. He sure seemed pleased with the meal he prepared.
In case you are wondering where he got the grapes from, there was a supermarket right outside the kitchen area. There was quite a nice variety of items at the supermarket here.
The cakes at the supermarket were SO beautiful that I felt like eating them!
Clearly some kid felt the same way… And took a bite off the cupcake.
One of the swiss roll was also missing its topping.
Tongs, supermarket trolleys and baskets were provided at the supermarket for kids to load up their groceries.
Castle Role-Play Area
Last and somewhat least, we came to a rather random castle play area. Inside, there was a little castle slide.
There was a treasure chest of costumes for dressing up.
And a throne for kids to play king and queen.
The kids spent a bit of time here, coming up with their own Rapunzel-style game.
And MF was sporting enough to put on a medieval costume for a while.
Other Amenities at Little Planet Playland
Only a shoe rack was provided. There were no lockers, racks for diaper bags or diaper-changing stations available. The nearest nursing room was all the way on Level 6, so diaper-changing was a bit of a hassle.
There was no cafe nor any area for parents to chill over a cup of coffee. There were some cushioned benches within the playground for parents to rest, but food and drinks were not allowed.
They have one party room which was not very big. So you would be looking at small parties for 10 – 15 kids here. Their standard party package starts at $480 for 10 kids. See their website for details.
Admission Fee / Play Rate
Play rate is $25 per kid for unlimited play time on weekday / 2 hours play time on weekends and public holidays.
Babies below 1 enter for FREE.
I didn’t think it was worth it to pay $25 for a 1 year old to play here. But for kids above 2 year olds, its pricing was comparable to similar playgrounds. Although The City was slightly cheaper, the location of The Planet Playland was way better, at least for me.
They had a package that cost $250 for 12 session. It was shareable. And currently there is a 20% discount! (Not sure when the promotion is ending.) So that makes it only $200 for 12 session – which I thought was an awesome deal! And the validity was for 2 years – which was WAY more generous than many other playgrounds where the package must be used within 6 months. I highly recommend sharing a package with friends while the promotion is still on. Especially if you are someone who hangs out at Orchard Road pretty often!
- Unique and fun play areas
- Package has validity of 2 years
- Free entry for babies below 1
- Lack of amenities such as diaper-changing area and proper rest area for parents.
- Single admission a bit steep
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Information on The Planet Playland
Address: The Centrepoint #02-21, 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6268 6595
- Weekdays 10.30am – 7.30pm
- Weekends and Public holidays 10.30am – 9.30pm
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