MF has always been a very sporty and adventurous kid. Since 6 months old, he has been climbing around indoor playgrounds and crawling his way through tunnels and across bridges. Little has changed as he approaches 7 years old, other than his need for greater challenges. So when I showed him pictures of Let ’em Play at Tradehub 21, he immediately went, “I want to go!”
Let ’em Play was not your typical indoor playground. So don’t bring your little kids there expecting slides and ball pits. It was meant for children aged 5 and above, and even adults. Let ’em Play housed a high elements obstacle course, rock climbing walls and an augmented climbing wall under one roof.
The highlight for MF at Let ’em Play was the high elements obstacle course. No doubt indoor playgrounds like eXplorer Kids Downtown East and Waka Waka had similar courses, but the one at Let ’em Play was a lot more challenging. And while other indoor playgrounds charged for each circuit of their obstacle courses, Let ’em Play charged by timing. Charging by timing worked for MF because one circuit was never enough for him whenever he tried such obstacle courses.
The high elements obstacle course spread over two storeys, and as MF made his way up to the higher storey, I have to admit that my heart was in my throat. I am personally a bit terrified of heights, and seeing my son up there made me feel weak. Good thing my son didn’t get my genes, and after completing the lower storey of the obstacle course, he excitedly made his way up to complete the higher obstacles.
At some of the more difficult obstacles, MF was a bit frightened and an instructor carefully guided him across for the first time. Subsequently he overcame his fear and managed to cross on his own. This is why I loved the fact that they charged by timing rather than by circuit – because it allowed the child to try and try again until they could do it, and it really helped to build up the child’s confidence. Imagine if I had to pay for each time MF wanted to do the course. I would be like, “Ermm, one time enough lah, very expensive leh” and he would have lost that opportunity to try and try again.
I lost count of the number of time MF went through the circuit – but he got better and faster with each try. I could see he was feeling very proud of himself and kept wanting to go again and again so that he could get faster and better. This, to me, was the biggest advantage of paying one price for unlimited tries at the course within the given timing.
In the middle of the high elements obstacle course was a woven net course. It didn’t look like much, but MF came up with his own challenge, telling me to time him as he made his way through the course. Which I did, and he kept repeating the course to try to beat his previous timing. There was one point where he crawled too fast and ended up getting caught in the net – which was a good learning point for him on the meaning of the Chinese saying “欲速则不达” (literal translation: To try to reach fast but end up not reaching).
Besides the high elements obstacle course, Let ’em Play also had rock climbing walls. If you saw our post on Clip ‘n Climb, you would know that MF absolutely loved rock climbing. No doubt the number of rock climbing walls at Let ’em Play was limited if you were to compare it to Clip ‘n Climb, but Clip ‘n Climb only offered rock climbing and nothing else. Which can be very strenuous for young children. Whereas at Let ’em Play, MF would climb a few walls, then when he got tired, he would hop over to the high elements obstacle course, then hop back to the rock climbing section again.
Another unique feature of Let ’em Play was the augmented climbing wall, which involved interactive games being projected onto the rock wall. Climbers would have to climb around the bouldering wall and interact with the projection to complete the challenges.
There were different games and difficulty levels to choose from. The staff helped MF select a simple game where he had to hit a bat that would fly to different spots on the wall. At the lowest difficulty level, MF had no problems hitting the bat as it stayed at the lower half of the wall. If an adult is playing, the difficulty level can be adjusted, and you can even have parent-child bonding by getting the child to hit the bat when it’s at levels he or she can reach while the parent hits the bat when it’s higher up the wall.
Another thing I loved about Let ’em Play was that they had drop-off programs. While parent-child bonding is great and all, admit it, we all love the availability of drop-off programs too. The drop-off program at Let ’em Play was a 2.5 hours program for children age 5 and above, that not only included guided sessions at the high elements obstacle course and rock-climbing course, but also an educational robotics workshop.
- Available on Weekends & Public Holidays
- 2.00 pm – 4.30 pm
- 6.00 pm – 8.30 pm
- Available on Weekdays (Wednesday & Friday)
- 5.00 pm – 7.30 pm
Opening Promo Prices:
- Weekdays at $50 / kid
- Weekends & PH at $55 / kid
Let ’em Play has a party room where you can hold your children’s birthday parties at. Party packages were charged by the number of pax participating in the high elements and rock climbing courses. Prices start from $490 for 10 pax and includes 2-hour of unlimited fun for each paying child at the obstacle course, fun climbing walls, augmented climbing and free one-year membership for the birthday child’s family.
The room was very spacious, and adults who were not participating in the activities were free to attend the party at the party room without additional charges. Hosts were also free to bring in their own caterers. There were McDonald’s and Sakae Sushi right across the road where you could order take-out from, so no need to call in expensive caterers. 😉
Let ’em Play also offers Robotics Lab Classes for children age 6 – 15. The classes are catered to different age groups with varying difficulty levels in the programme:
- Junior Bots (age 6 – 9)
- Discovery Bots (age 10 – 12)
- Champion Bots (age 13 – 15)
Trial classes are available on the first Saturday of the month. You can sign your kids up for regular weekly classes each month, or holiday special classes.
|Indoor High Elements Obstacle Course + Fun Climbing Walls (90 mins)|
|One Day Pass (unlimited time)||$10 top-up – Adults
$8 top-up – Children
|Top up – Augmented Reality Bouldering (30 mins)||$12 top-up – Adults
$10 top-up – Children
We are giving away 3 pairs of passes to Let ’em Play, one pass each to 3 lucky readers! To stand a chance to win, simply lock in your entries using the app below:
Terms & Conditions:
- Contest ends 12 November 2017 at 2359 hours.
- A pair of free-passes for each winner includes; 2-hour play inclusive of high elements obstacle course, fun climbing walls, augmented reality climbing, and harness rental. Can be redeemed for both adults and children.
- Free Pass is only valid for a one-time use.
- Valid until 31 March 2018