When MF was younger, I used to wish we stayed in the East. Because all the fun stuff seemed to be in the East. But these days, it seems all the fun stuff are in the west. Specifically Jurong East.
I couldn’t help feeling a sense of Deja Vu. Like how indoor playgrounds popped up one after another in the East some years back. But now it’s happening in the West.
The boys would never complain about having more playgrounds frankly. I’m all for having choices. And I do think indoor playgrounds that have opened of late are a lot more active and creative in coming up with new ideas to attract customers. I’m guessing it’s due to competition. Which is a good thing for us!
LOL Playland Review
When we first stepped into LOL Playland, my first impression was that it was rather similar to Tickle Tickle, with its mix of pretend play and active play sections.
As I’ve mentioned before, a playground that has both pretend and active play tends to be a jack of all trades, master of none. But nevertheless, there are advantages of playgrounds offering both pretend and active play. For e.g. if you have more than one child of different age groups with different interests.
The main active play at LOL Playland was quite tall for an indoor playground located within a shopping centre, although it was not very big in terms of floor area. There were 3 storeys of play area and I liked that it was tall enough for me to follow my kids around the play area rather comfortably.
There were the usual obstacles you find in active play areas at indoor playgrounds, including trampoline, swing, wrecking ball etc.
There was a small air blaster area with two guns.
And a wavy slide that spanned two storeys of play area.
There was a small active play area for toddlers that was totally separated from the main play area, located on the second storey of the ‘Toddler’s House’.
The steps to go up the ‘Toddler’s House’ was much shorter and extremely difficult for parents to squeeze through. At the top, there was a little slide and a small ball pit.
At the bottom of the Toddler’s House, there was a nice ‘Supermarket’ for pretend play.
And two activity boards.
The boys absolutely LOVED the supermarket. They had so much fun being cashier and customer. I thought the supermarket was pretty well-stocked, with toy groceries, cashier tills and shopping trolleys.
More Pretend Play
There were three themed houses (hospital, police station and fire station) for pretend play. The houses reminded me a lot of Tickle Tickle.
Currently, the houses were not very well-stocked. But I was told that they were in the process of procuring more toys for the themed houses.
What I liked was that they had matching vehicles to complement the pretend play.
And if you find the fire / police / hospital themes too boyish, there were two dressing up tables for the girls by the side.
One thing I found interesting about LOL Playland was that there was a play pen for babies.
It was rather bare when we visited, with some cushions and baby toys. Hopefully they would get more toys for the baby section in future.
There was a book rack with a small collection of children books.
And some board games which you need to approach the counter to borrow. There was no additional fee for loaning the board games, but you need to leave a deposit to borrow them. Just in case your kids lose the pieces.
There were some hand-made exploration activities such as a sensory board and jigsaw puzzles.
There was also a table for colouring and crafting. When we were there, the kids could make a nice Chinese New Year decoration at no additional charge!
And in line with Chinese New Year, they also had a super fun ang pow hunt, where the kids had to search for ang pows hidden within the playground.
FREE lockers were provided. Yes, free. I haven’t seen free lockers at indoor playgrounds for a long time, so this was a huge bonus to me. You need to leave a $2 deposit to get the locker key, but the deposit will be returned when you return the key.
While there was no nursing room within LOL Playland, there was a diaper-changing table. However, the diaper-changing table was inside the party room, so you may not be able to access it if there’s a party going on. There were also no toilets within the playground.
Free WIFI was also available within the playground.
Party Room and Packages
There was one party room inside LOL Playland. Party packages start at $388 for 15 children.
Admission Fee / Play Rate
I found LOL Playland’s membership extremely value-for-money. For $60 a year, at least four entries were included in that price. And I also like that members could enjoy unlimited playtime during peak period.
On the days where LOL Playland offers unlimited playtime, re-entry is allowed. So you can go out for your meals and come back to the playground again after that. Yay!
Like I mentioned at the start, LOL Playland was a bit of a jack of all trades. If you look at it piece-wise, their themed houses may not be as good as Tickle Tickle’s. Their active play area may not be as good as the nearby My Little Giant. Their board games selection was nothing like Mind Games at Westgate.
But you can say they have a bit of everything. So if having variety is what you (or your kids) like, then LOL Playland is for you. There was enough to keep the boys occupied for our 5 hours (including eating time) there.
What I really liked about LOL Playland was their ‘home made’ activities (like the sensory board) and creativity in coming up with activities like festival crafting and ang pow hunting. MF was crazy about the ang pow hunt and couldn’t stop raving about it on our way home. He kept saying, “I want to go and play ang pow hunt again!” So to me, activities like these are what differentiates LOL Playland from other indoor playgrounds and I hope they keep coming up with such exciting ideas!
We are giving away 5 play passes (1 each to 5 winners) to LOL Playland! To stand a chance to win, simply lock in your entry using the Gleam app below:
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Terms & Conditions:
- Contest ends on 12 February 2017 at 2359 hours
- Play passes will be mailed to the winners. Neither Bumble Bee Mum nor LOL Playland will be responsible for lost mail.
- Play pass is valid till 2 May 2017 and entitles the winner to one free admission to LOL Playland.
Information on LOL Playland:
Address: J Cube #03-04/05, 2 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609731
Getting There: From Jurong East MRT (EW24 / NS1), walk past the bus interchange and cross the road over to J Cube.
> Monday to Thursday: 11 am – 9 pm
> Friday to Sunday : 10.30 am – 9:30 pm
Tel: +65 6904 4383
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