Polliwogs at Eastpoint Mall, which opens to public tomorrow (11 April 2016), will technically be Polliwogs’ fifth indoor playground in Singapore. However 2 have since closed down, so this will be the third Polliwogs playground we have currently, together with their branches at Vivocity and Suntec City.
Not that I think the East side of Singapore needs ANOTHER indoor playground. But I am not surprised at all that Polliwogs chose to open their new branch in the East because I believe they have a loyal fan base in that area from their very first branch at East Coast Park. I had very fond memories of the East Coast Park Polliwogs, and wondered if the Eastpoint branch would bring back some of the memories.
Main Play Area
Since this is Polliwogs, we can expect the playground to be all about active play. Keeping up with their tradition, the Eastpoint branch is not much different from their other branches in what it has to offer – the only difference is in the theme which is ‘Space’ this time round.
The first thing that attracted our attention were the slides facing the entrance.
Quite clever to face them towards the entrance because everyone passing by in the mall couldn’t help turning their heads to take a look at the screaming kids (and adults) sliding down.
I love the slides at brand new playgrounds because they are SUPER FAST!! When I tried it myself, I literally flew off the end.
Other than the slides, there were also air blasters – something which brought back some memories from the East Coast Park branch.
The boys always love collecting the foam balls in the little baskets and shooting them through the air blasters. However, I did feel that there weren’t enough foam balls to go around. They should consider adding more foam balls.
The most distinctive feature of the main play area was the rocket-shaped tunnel to go up to the third storey. The boys super love it – but it was a nightmare for adults trying to follow their children around. The steps inside were very low and extremely difficult for adults to climb through – I gave up because I didn’t want to risk spraining my back. Serious.
At the top of the rocket was the entrance to the 3-storey wavy slide. Just like at T-Play, the wavy slide was MF’s favourite. He kept going up the rocket and down the wavy slide over and over. Which was fine.. as long as he didn’t insist I followed him.
Other than that, it was some of the usual bridges and obstacles. The area wasn’t very big, so what you see here is pretty much what you would find at Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall.
While I felt the active play area was a tad small and missed the spaciousness of their East Coast branch, the boys had fun nevertheless.
Toddler Play Area
Keeping up with Polliwogs tradition, there was a toddler play area that was totally separated from the main play area. The toddler play area was for children below 2 years old.
You may have noticed that there was no ball pit in the main play area. So the only ball pit in the whole playground was this tiny one at the toddler area.
I loved the rocket-shaped activity board here which matched the Space theme.
There was the spinning cup thingy that was similar to the ones at their Vivocity branch.
And the hamster cage thingy that MF had loads of fun with at Aquarius Cove.
On the whole, the toddler play area left me a bit puzzled considering it was meant for toddlers below 2 years old. Some of the stuff like the hamster cage and gear board seemed to cater to slightly older children. At least my boys never took an interest to them until they were like 3 or 4 years old. The activity board and mini active play structure was spot on for babies and toddlers though.
Just like at any Polliwogs playground, you will find a cafe area. If you choose a table next to the toddler area, you will be able to watch your toddler closely even while seated at the cafe.
Unfortunately there were no toilets nor nursing room at Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall. You need to go out of the playground to use the toilets / nursing room / diaper-changing facility. The one thing they had was a sink for hand-washing at the cafe.
Party at Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall
There were two party rooms at Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall which were separated by a partition. So for big parties, the partition could be opened up to form one big party room, like what you see in the photo above.
Birthday Party Packages
Below are the birthday party packages for Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall at time of publishing:
Full Moon Celebration Package
Polliwogs started introducing a dessert table add-on for their party packages, teaming up Cake Inspiration.
Below are further details on the optional choices you can add on to the birthday packages:
Admission Fees / Play Rates:
Polliwogs has now standardized their play rate across all outlets.
There were no surprises at Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall. Pretty standard active play stuff – basically what you would expect from Polliwogs. The Space theme wasn’t very strong as compared to, say, the airport theme at T-Play. The only thing that made me stop and think “wah, not bad” was the rocket tunnel and slides. But these were catered to older children.
I felt there was a gap between the two play areas. The toddler area was for children below 2 years old. However, I felt that the main play area was a tad advanced for children who just passed 2. The main play area was clearly designed for children – adults would have a very hard time following younger children. But yet I felt children 2 to 3 years old may be a bit too young to go around the main play area on their own because the slides were pretty steep and fast. Furthermore Polliwogs is known to attract older children who can be quite rowdy, and the main play area was quite small and cramp – these two factors together seemed to pose danger to the younger children aged around 2 to 3. But I think this problem could be easily solved by increasing the age limit for the toddler play area to 3 years old. My 3 year-old liked the toddler area and I thought the equipment there suited his age group.
Polliwogs’ play rates has always been pretty average – Not the most expensive, not the cheapest. They have the advantage of allowing customers to use the play pass across their 3 branches. Another plus point is that they allow drop-off service. It was not hard to notice the shift in Polliwogs’ choice of location from places like East Coast Park and Robertson Walk to populated shopping malls. Parents with older children would definitely appreciate this drop-off service at the malls and it filled up the void we had since Peek-A-Boo closed down. But again, having drop-off services just reinforces my point on older children posing a danger to younger children in the main play area, because drop-off services typically attract more older children.
Overall, I felt that Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall was targeted at residents in the area who would like to let their kids run loose for a bit or drop them off while the adults run their errands and do their shopping at the mall. I wouldn’t travel all the way across Singapore just to let me kids play here. If you lived anywhere else but the East, you are better off visiting their Suntec City branch which is much bigger, more centralised and has the same play rate.
Information on Polliwogs Eastpoint Mall:
Address: #04-07 Eastpoint Mall, 3 Simei Street 6, Singapore 528833
Getting There: Simei MRT (EW3)
- Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 8.30pm
- Friday and Saturday: 10am – 9pm
Tel: 6443 2421
We are giving away 5 play passes to The Polliwogs! To stand a chance to win, simply complete the steps below:
Step 1: Leave a comment on this Facebook post, telling me which Polliwogs branch you think you child will enjoy the most and why. (Read about Polliwogs other branches at >Suntec City< and >Vivocity<.)
Step 2: Lock in your entry with the Gleam app below. (You do not need to complete every step, but the more steps you complete, the higher your chances!):
Terms & Conditions:
- Please ensure that you use the same Facebook account for Steps 1 and 2.
- Play pass can be used at any Polliwogs branch.
- Each play pass entitles one child and up to two accompanying adults to enter for one session of free play.
- Play pass expires 30 Sept 2016.
- Play pass will be mailed to the winners. Neither Bumble Bee Mum nor The Polliwogs will be responsible for lost mail.
- Giveaway ends on 24 April 2016 at 2359 hours.
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