I love lamenting about how there are so many indoor playgrounds in the East of Singapore but so few in the North. But if there’s one area of Singapore that is more deprived that the North, it is the Northwest. I stay in the North and my parents’ place is in the Northwest. So yeah, the indoor playground scene isn’t too exciting where I am. Well… good news for us, there is now an indoor playground in the Northwest!
Getting to T-Play:
T-Play is located at HometeamNS Bukit Batok, Level 2. It is right above the swimming pool, and if you are using the lift, make sure you use Lift Lobby A next to Saizeriya. We used Lift Lobby B near NTUC and found ourselves at some shooting range. The easiest way to find the playground is to use the spiral staircase next to the swimming pool to go up to Level 2 and you will find T-Play immediately.
The Airport Theme
T-Play is an airport-themed indoor playground that focuses on active play. (Not sure what’s active play / pretend play? Read >this post<!) There was a ‘runway’ going across the playground where the kids ran along like airplanes!
Around the playground, you can find many airport-themed features. Like how the obstacles say ‘passport control’?
And the tunnel was shaped like a plane.
The wallpaper all around the playground also matched the airport-theme.
And it was not just visual. At some parts of the playground, there were sensors and when you ran past them, they would make air traffic control kind of announcements.
The playground was separated roughly into a smaller toddlers area and larger active play are for older children.
The toddlers area had two tiny slides that were great for even very young kids.
My kids have obviously outgrown the toddler slides, but that didn’t stop 3 year old MY from trying them out. After which he commented, “So fast reach already!”
There were some foam toys and building blocks in the toddlers area.
My over-sized toddler decided to try them out and he seemed to enjoy them although I thought he would have outgrown such stuff by now.
The problem with the toddler area here was that it was not exactly separated from the main play area. It was connected to the main play area by a tunnel.
So needless to say, you can expect the older children to run through that tunnel into the toddler area. And you can’t exactly tell the older children, “No you are not supposed to cross over to the baby side!” because they will be like, “Then what is the tunnel for?”
Main Play Area
The main play area was pretty typical of an active play indoor playground: Tunnels. slides, obstacles, bridges etc but with the airport theme.
The kids were well-trained in all the usual obstacles.
I couldn’t help singing, “I came in like a wrecking ball!” as the kids swung around the two wrecking balls in what looked like a train carriage.
There were two trampolines – always a hit a with kids.
In contrast, the large bouncy balls were largely neglected.
The slides – MF super LOVED the spiral one. That was his favourite spot at T-Play.
Oh, look at the boys coming down hand-in-hand. SO SWEET. Not that it lasted.
There was this wavy tunnel which I thought was a funky slide but it wasn’t a slide – it had stoppers inside for kids to grab to climb up and down.
There was also a small transparent cube with a horizontal rock climbing feature.
Frankly, the balls pits here were a tad small. But oh well, it was deep enough for the kids to bury themselves inside.
There was an area with a TV screening cartoons with bean bags for kids (and parents) to lounge on. I have never been a big fan of having TVs or video games inside indoor playgrounds. I prefer to let the kids run and get active without such distractions.
Toilets & Nursing Room
I love love LOVE it when indoor playgrounds have toilets and nursing room within the playground! If you have tried bringing more than 1 kid to an indoor playground alone, you will know the PAIN of having to make toilet / nursing trips each time one of the kid decides to pee or poo or nurse. You end up spending half your time walking to and fro between the playground and the toilet / nursing room.
T-Play had both adult and children toilets within its premise. The kids toilet bowl and sink were low enough for the kids to go and use the toilets by themselves. MY was extremely amused by the tiny toilet bowl.
Beside the toilets was a pretty decent nursing room with a diaper-changing table.
Party Rooms & Packages
There are no proper party rooms at T-Play. You see the big open space at the entrance of T-Play? That area is actually their party area and they use partitions to make a party ‘room’ when there is a party.
Below are their party packages for now:
T- Play Admission Fees / Play Rates
HomeTeamNS Family Member
|T-Play Members||HomeTeamNS member||Social/ SAFRA||Non-Member
|10X Saver’s Pass (All Day)||$40
(+2 extra visit)
|Child 18 months and below (Inclusive of 1 adult)||$2 ||$3||$4 |
|Adult per entry||$2 ||$3 |
- Off-Peak refers to Monday to Fridays (excluding school holidays and public holidays)
- Peak refers to weekends, public holidays and school holidays
- Play time is unlimited during Off-Peak and 2 hours during Peak.
|Fee/ Categories||HomeTeamNS Family Membership||Social/ SAFRA||Non-Members|
|T-Play Member – 2 years||$20||$25||$40|
Membership fees include:
- 3 complimentary entries (All day)
- Exclusive play rate
- Max. 2 Adults entry per child (Applicable for child above 18 mths)
- Privileged rates for Birthday Packages
- Special Rates for event & activities
I find T-Play’s play rates extremely reasonable. The $40 membership fee includes 3 visits and subsequently each visit would only cost $8 (off-peak) / $10 (peak). If you are a SAFRA member like me, the membership fee will only be $25 – which is a steal! If I were staying in Bukit Batok, I would definitely sign up for the membership for my kids.
After visiting so many indoor playgrounds, I find that at the end of the day, location is very important. Some days we are just stuck at home due to rain or haze or scorching hot weather and I feel like bringing the kids to an indoor playground to let them play for a bit. But it is such a hassle to bring them all the way to town or another end of Singapore just to play for 2 hours. Around Bukit Batok, there is currently not that much competition. There is Tickle Tickle at Junction 10, but that’s more expensive. There is KidsStop at Singapore Science Centre with cheap admission fees too, but that is more of an edutainment facility and not so much for kids to just run and have fun. So if I stay in the area, I am sure I would find opportunities to visit at least 3 times in a year.
The rate for toddlers below 18 months was also very reasonable at $4. So if your baby has passed his or her free-entry-below-1 privileges at playgrounds such as Fidgets World and Amazonia, and you want to ‘train’ him or her in active play, T-Play is a nice playground to do so as it is only 2-storeys high – not so tiring for parents to follow along. :p
A note on unlimited playtime during off-peak: Re-entry is not allowed. So you can’t go out and eat and come back to play again. Not that it’s a big problem here because they only open at 1pm during off-peak so you can have lunch before visiting. But if you want to go out for tea-break, you can only go downstairs to pack a takeaway and let the kids munch outside the playground and they can go back to play. There was KFC, Ah Huat Coffee and a cafe called Milk & Honey Gelato on Level 1 so I’m sure you can find some snacks to pack.
Totally unrelated to T-Play but I just had to share this. The cafe called Milk & Honey Gelato on Level 1 of HometeamNS Bukit Batok was awesome!
The kids and I loved the ice-cream and waffles. The ice-cream was super rich and creamy. And I may be biased because they chose to name their ice-cream sizes after my blog. *kidding kidding*
If you are there, don’t forget to eat the PBJ i.e. peanut butter jelly ($6.20). It was SO GOOD!
SAFRA members get 10% discount off ala-carte items at Milk & Honey Gelato. So the PBJ was like $5+? Shiok. Okay, this is wrong, I seem more excited over Milk & Honey Gelato than T-Play. But hey, they come as a package. If I go all the way to HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, I would just visit both. Make my time and transport worth.
Oh right, and there was also Saizeriya. OMG, I love HometeamNS Bukit Batok!
Information on T-Play Indoor Playground:
Address: 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Level 2, Singapore 659003
Getting There: Bus 945 from Bukit Gombak MRT (board at the bus stop opposite the MRT)
- Monday to Thursdays (non-school holidays): 1pm to 7pm
- Fridays (non-school holidays): 1pm to 9pm
- Sat, Sun, Public holidays and school holidays: 10am to 9pm
- Closed on every first Monday of the month for maintenance
Tel: 6705 9494/95
Official Website: Homepage
We are giving away 5 play plasses to T-Play at HometeamNS Bukit Batok! To stand a chance to win, follow the steps below:
Step 1: Leave a comment on this Facebook post telling me one thing you love about T-Play!
Step 2: Lock in your entry using Gleam below. You do not need to complete all the steps, but the more steps you complete, the higher your chances of winning!
Terms & Conditions:
- Please ensure that you log in to the Gleam app using the same Facebook account that you used to leave a comment in Step 1.
- Play passes will be mailed to the winners. Neither T-Play nor Bumble Bee Mum will be responsible for lost mail.
- Giveaway ends 10 April 2016 at 2359 hours.
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