Earlier this year, we introduced you to an awesome new sort-of indoor playground, Busy Tables at Rochester Mall. If you read our initial review, you would know how much we adore Busy Tables. I’m not gonna repeat myself, so if you have never been to Busy Tables, do check out this post to find out what it’s all about.
To make Busy Tables better than it already is, they have now introduced Busy Cards to help parents and children optimize their time at Busy Tables.
What are Busy Cards
When you arrive at Busy Tables, each child will receive a Busy Card based on their age and 6 stickers. Younger children will receive the easier Stage 1 cards while older children will receive the more difficult Stage 3 cards.
Inside each card, there are 6 toys that can be found at Busy Tables listed. And under each toy, there are 3 activities that you can complete using that toy. The activities are listed as Tier 1 (easiest) to Tier 3 (most difficult).
The location of each toy is also clearly indicated to help you find the toy.
Most of the toys were located at the Learning Resource Library. The first letter of the location refers to the row (L = literacy, N = numeracy, FM = fine motor, PS = problem solving), while the number behind refers to the column in which the toy is located at.
If you need help, just ask the staff to assist you. But it’s really straightforward, even MY could located the correct shelf on his own! (Locating the correct shelf turned out to be part of the fun for him.)
Your card will also include a toy from the construction corner.
I have to say that I love how they include toys from all the different sections into one card!
After you have found your toy, you can guide your child to complete the activities mentioned in the card. When your child completes the activity, you reward him / her with a sticker and get him / her to paste it in the space next to that activity.
And after your child completes the 6 activities, bring the card over to the staff who would reward your child with a token!
With the token, your child can proceed to one of the gashapon machines to redeem a toy!
Remember I mentioned that there are 6 toys and 3 activities under each toy. This means that each card has 18 activities. So after you complete 6 activities, KEEP THE CARD! The next time you come back to Busy Tables, you can continue with the same card. And when you complete all 18 activities on the card, you will receive a mystery prize! (Which is still a mystery to me because MY hasn’t completed his card yet.. LOL.)
Initially, I tried to get MY to do the Tier 1 activities for all 6 toys. But he himself discovered that the easier way to get his stickers faster, was to complete all Tier 1 to 3 activities for the same toy!
For example in this ‘Brainstorm’ game, he completed the umbrella (Tier 1, above) to the fish (Tier 3, below).
For some toys, the activities in the 3 tiers were rather repetitive. For e.g. In the ‘Intellectual Puzzle Set’, to get one sticker, the kid had to complete 2 puzzles.
MY basically sat there and completed 6 puzzles at one go and asked me for 3 stickers. LOL…
Whereas for other toys, the tasks were different. For e.g. In the ‘Counting with Carrots’ game, the Tier 1 task was simple to arrange the numbered leaves from 1 to 10.
The Tier 2 task was to match the number on the leaves to the number of holes on the carrot.
And the Tier 3 task was to arrange the completed carrots in descending order (10 to 1).
Okay, you can see MY slightly struggling with the Tier 3 activity which was meant to be the most difficult.
Just to give you another example (because I love being long-winded), in the ‘Knot Tying and Lacing with Slippers’ toy, the Tier 1 task was simply to lace.
The Tier 2 task was to lace the slippers in a criss-cross manner.
And the Tier 3 task was to tie a knot.
I found that with the Busy Cards and stickers, MY enjoyed Busy Tables even more than our first time here. He was SUPER motivated to keep doing the activities. And every time he completed an activity, he would clap for himself and shout, “Yay! Sticker sticker! Give me a sticker!”
Look at how proud he was of himself when he completed his first 6 activities! He went on to ask for 6 more stickers and he completed 12 eventually.
So at the end of the day, MY had two hours of non-stop fun. And he went home with two toys.
I was amazed by the thoughts that went into the creation of the Busy Cards. They not only came in different stages for different age group, within each stage, they had MANY different cards. So after your child completes one card, they can go on to complete some more cards. It reminds me a lot of the Young Scientist Card that I used to complete when I was in Primary School.. Do they still have that these days?
I find the ideal age group for Busy Cards is about 4 to 6 years old. It is extremely engaging, fun and educational at the same time. I highly recommend bringing your children in this age group to Busy Tables to try out their Busy Cards!
Admission Fee / Play Rate:
- Children > 1 year old: $15
- Children 0 – 1 year old: $10
- Accompanying Sibling* (< 6 months old): Free
Limit to 1 accompanying sibling per paying child.
Free entry for 1 adult with each paying child. Additional adult: $2 each
- Weekdays 2 hours
- Weekends 90 minutes
- $5 for every 30 minutes extension
- $120 for 10 visits
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Want to give Busy Cards a try? We are giving away 5 play passes to Busy Tables (one each to 5 lucky readers)! To stand a chance to win, simply lock in your entries with the app below:
Boost your chances of winning!
Want to have a higher chance of winning? You can boost your chances by the following ways:
- Log in once per day during the contest period and click on the first step to earn 1 bonus point each day.
- Share your referral link with your friends & family. The referral link can be shared not just through social media, you can also copy and paste it into email, whatsapp, SMS etc. As long as your friend or family click through your link and completes at least one step of the competition, you will receive 3 bonus points per successful referral. Which means the more people you successfully refer, the higher your chances of winning.
Terms & Conditions:
- Contest ends on 22 December 2016 at 2359 hours
- Winners will have to redeem your play pass personally at Busy Tables.
- Play Pass is valid till 31 Jan 2017.
Information on Busy Tables:
Address: Rochester Mall #03-22, 35 Rochester Drive, Singapore 138639
Getting There: Buona Vista MRT (CC22 / EW21)
Opening Hours: 10am – 7.30pm Daily
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