For a while, I felt that indoor playgrounds were dying out in Singapore with old-time favourites like Hokey Pokey at Millenia Walk and Polliwogs at East Coast Park closing down. I was convinced we didn’t have the threshold population to support so many playgrounds. And I pondered over the fate of the ‘pioneer’ indoor playgrounds and wondered if they were going to do anything to keep up with the competition from the newer playgrounds or just close down.
Surprisingly, this year, not just did we see new playgrounds like T-Play, Polliwogs at Eastpoint Mall and Red Bean Park opening, we also saw older playgrounds undergoing major overhauls. eXplorer Kid at Downtown East revamped themselves earlier this year, and so did Go Go Bambini at Demsey Hill.
Go Go Bambini Revamped!
I was invited to visit the revamped Go Go Bambini by their new owners and upon arrival, I felt that everything looked very bright and new! They redid the flooring and furnishing and I loved the overall wooden concept.
However, I also quickly realised that the main active play area was exactly the same as the one from donkey years back.
After chatting with the manager, I learned that they had redone the netting and foaming of the active play area, which was why everything looked brand new. They had also raised the ceiling to give the area a more spacious feel.
I went through the active play area with the kids and couldn’t help feeling a sense of nostalgia at all the play elements that have remained the same.
Like the stepping piano – I could not believe it was still working after all these years!
And the rock-climbing wall, how could it look so brand new when it has been around since forever? Have they been polishing it or something??
I kid you not, the rock wall has some secret anti-aging formula. I have photo evidence. The photo below was taken in 2011. And that’s MF btw. The same MF who climbed to the top of the rock wall in the photo above.
And I remembered there was a rock wall at the ball pit, where the kids could climb up and jump off into the ball pit. Similar to what we saw at Aquarius Cove. Let’s go see if it’s still there.
Yup, still there. With the same anti-aging cream applied. Compared to the photo below taken in 2011. No change at all.
I give up trying to figure out how they kept everything looking so new. Never mind. So ANYWAY, like I mentioned, it was still essentially the same playground, so everything I said in 2011 about it being a fantastic work-out should you decide to crawl around inside with your kids still applies.
So I followed the kids diligently for a while because I’m so professional in my blogging now that I feel the need to go around to take more photos. Or more like because MF told me there was a porcupine at the top and I was curious what he was talking about.
It was a rewarding trip up. Not only did I find a porcupine, I found a sunflower too.
Let me show you some of my boys’ favourite spots in the playground. Starting with the big purple spiral slide.
The ‘flying fox’ which MF couldn’t reach at first. Then I told him to do a run and jump up to catch it and he succeeded.
And he went over and over without me having to hoist him up and push him across. Hooray!
Then there was this spinning thing that the boys took turns to stand on while the other helped to spin it.
And the red slide that made it official that you could climb up a slide. You know how playgrounds always have the rule that slides are only for sliding down and you aren’t supposed to climb up? This slide broke the rule and the boys were delighted.
Frankly I was delighted too, because for once I didn’t have to stop my boys from climbing up a slide. MF was like, “I’m climbing a mountain!” Oh, they were wearing trampoline-park-grade non-slip socks btw.
And they had fun banging each other down. Precisely why most playgrounds had the rule for no climbing up slides.
And of course, they also enjoyed climbing up the rock wall and jumping into the ball pit.
In the past, the section of the active play area closest to the cafe was a toddler’s area. That hasn’t changed.
But what has changed was that they have constructed a whole new section for Toddlers!
I was like, “Hmmm… I didn’t remember there being an empty space here.” And I was told that they actually knocked down part of the kitchen to make space for the new toddler area. Awesome.
There were the must-have kitchen set and a bunch of toys for the little ones.
Outdoor Play Area
The outdoor play area was still around. But it was a bit of a hassle to access it – the kids had to put on their shoes and go out of the main entrance to get to the outdoor play area. My boys didn’t go there at all throughout our visit.
Go Go Bambini Cafe
Considering they knocked down part of the kitchen to make space for the toddler’s area, did it mean that the cafe was compromised?
Well, good news was that it was not. The cafe was totally refurbished and I loved its new look!
They also removed the glass that used to separate the cafe area from the play area.
In the morning, you could get a pretty decent breakfast here.
The Eggs Benedict ($16.90+) was done just the way I liked it – look at the runny yolk. Yumz!
The Banana and Walnut Pancake ($9.90+) serving was huge for its price!
If you want something lighter, you could get a Muffin set ($8.90+) which came with a choice of one muffin and one coffee.
For lunch, they served pasta, pizza, burger, fish & chips etc. I was told that their pizza used freshly made dough, so we went with a Pepperoni Pizza ($18.90+).
They also had freshly squeezed juice (in that jar above) which was quite expensive. Can’t remember the exact price, like $7.90+ or something like that. I swear I took a photo of the drinks menu but I can’t seem the find the photo anymore. Grrr… But here is the food menu. (Click to enlarge it.)
There were tidbits available as well.
And New Zealand Natural ice-cream! How do you say no to that “Please Mummy” face?
And MY’s angelic face turned devilish the moment he got his ice-cream.
High chairs and magazines were provided in the cafe.
And water was free for you to help yourselves to!
Pink Tower Montessori
One of the major changes to Go Go Bambini was that part of the premises now house a preschool.
Pink Tower Montessori has been operating at Katong and this was their new branch.
Right now, this branch at Dempsey was catered for children aged 18 months to 4 years old.
The kids went in to kaypoh for a while and didn’t want to come out!
When I told MF this was a school, he gave me this, “SURE OR NOT?” face. Bet they thought it was part of the playground.. Lol.
Until one of the teachers came along to humour them with a mini montessori lesson.
I can’t believe MY ignored me and stayed inside even when I told him I was going out of the classroom. The same MY who cried for 3 months straight when he started school. Sheesh, I should have enrolled him in a school-in-a-playground and he would think he was going to the playground everyday when he was really going to school!
The party room was also newly constructed.
Toilets were available within the playground (Yay!). Love how they had little stools to help young children reach the sink.
And the nursing room was still around.
It has been renovated but it still doesn’t have a lock. So bring your nursing shawls.
Admission Fee / Play Rate
- Children (Age 2 to 12): $28
- Toddlers (Age 6 to 23 months): $15
- Babies (Below 6 months): Free
- Children (Age 2 to 12): $20
- Toddlers (Age 6 to 23 months): $10
- Babies (Below 6 months): Free
Unlimited Playtime from Mondays to Thursdays (excluding Public Holidays).
2 hours Playtime on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays. ($5 per subsequent half hour or part thereof.)
*Membership is priced at $89+ per year, inclusive of 3 Free Plays and 10% discount at the cafe and on party bookings.
I love the new look and feel of Go Go Bambini and the addition of the new toddler’s play area. And I enjoyed the food at the cafe. The other indoor playground with a good cafe was Amazonia, but Amazonia didn’t have a toilet within the playground. So if you are looking for a place to bum like the entire day (on weekdays) where you didn’t have to keep going out for nursing / toilet breaks and had a decent cafe to feed yourself at, this is it.
I couldn’t help noticing that in the past, babies below 11 months could enter free but now they start charging from 6 months onwards. It was understandable since they have expanded the toddler area. But I felt more could be done to improve the toddler area to warrant paying $15 for a 6-12 month old baby to play here. I thought they could have used their Montessori expertise to include some Montessori elements to differentiate themselves from the rest of the toddler areas at other indoor playgrounds.
On the whole, pricing was above average for non-members. But free parking was available, so in the end it may even out if you are driving. I used to spend an entire day at indoor playgrounds and those at shopping malls like Suntec City could chalk up a huge parking fee. But then again, Fidgets World also has free parking and Fidgets World is cheaper and bigger and has the same convenience of ‘in house’ toilets and nursing room. Go Go Bambini has better food though. Tough choice.
Information on Go Go Bambini:
Address: Blk 8 Dempsey Road #01-15, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247696
Opening Hours: 9am to 7pm daily.
* Closed once a month for cleaning (usually second Monday of the month). Please check their Facebook Page for updates on cleaning days.
Tel: 6474 4176
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