If you are a parent of a young child in Singapore, it is likely that you won’t be unfamiliar with indoor playgrounds. With the current hot weather and erratic afternoon showers, a safe haven will be an indoor playground!
We do enjoy going to indoor playgrounds from time to time as fun is contained within a sheltered environment (weather-proof!). These are also ideal places for Mummies’ catch ups!
We visited Giggles once last year and to be really honest, we weren’t too impressed as then, the space was sparse. However, a few weeks ago, we were kindly invited to play at Giggles and check out their newly opened Water Wonderland. This round, I was very impressed with the changes especially the new Water Wonderland!
Weini, the new sole owner, revamped the place and put in many personal touches to make the entire playground more inviting and introduced purposeful fun.
It is a shame that Giggles is not allowed to put up more prominent signage to show their location. They are actually located in the heart of Marine Parade Central; just above ANZ/Maybank (and diagonally across Macdonald’s).
Sharing some key improvements which we liked:
1) Sensory, handmade toys corner
These caught my attention. It looked handmade/D-I-Y. And they are! Weini and her staff put all these together so as to create an area for development of fine motor skills and sensorial play for the younger ones.
2) Many ride-on cars and scooters
You know the drill; all children like to have a ride. And they do end up fighting sometimes just for a vehicle! Here, there are no lack of transportation modes – P.E.A.C.E.
3) A new dress-up corner
The boys had so much fun with the costumes which they normally don’t! And why? Because they provide shoes/legs here!
Check out the wacky looks they created:
4) Small, well contained play environment
Personally, I prefer to be able to see my boys within an eye glance. There is a main activity tower with slides, boardwalks and a ball pit. The rest of the sensorial stuff, cars, pretend play, SNUG (blocks/magnetic pieces) play and SONA (interactive playground system) surround the big structure. That made it really easy for parents to watch their children as everything is within eye/ear shots. 🙂 For paranoid mummies like me, this is perfect!
There is also a cordoned zone for birthday parties. It is located just next to the main indoor playground; making it really easy for kids to run in and out to play and for parents’ watchful eyes.
5) Cozy corner
This is the corner with some stools and tables where parents can relax, read a book, chat and children can do some drawings and have a light snack. You are free to bring in your own food too. It is so convenient that there are many food options just downstairs. MacDonald’s for starters. 😛
There is a small changing table corner right at the end of the play area if you need to change diapers or nurse your baby. But note that it is just a draw-curtain and not doors. Toilets are located in the next unit but there aren’t any diaper changing facilities in there. So this little change area will come in handy.
6) The new Water Wonderland
Most indoor playgrounds do not have a water play area for obvious reasons that it can be messy and W.E.T. I am glad that Giggles decided to roll this room out. It’s an enclosed room with water play set ups, a water pool and a DIY rope structure shaped like a ship. They provide waterproof jackets or feel free to bring wet gears. Note that baby swim diapers are required if your child is not toilet trained yet. My boys enjoyed this room a lot and the only grouse is the cold water due to an air-conditioned room. The staff explained that they are exploring options to counter this; for e.g. by filling up with hot water periodically. Otherwise, water play is always a fun addition.
7) Singapore First Snoezelen Room – Multi Sensory Room
Frankly, I had to google “Snoezelen” as I never encounter this word before. Wiki said: “Snoezelen or controlled multisensory environment (MSE) is a therapy for people with autism and other developmental disabilities, dementia or brain injury. It consists of placing the person in a soothing and stimulating environment, called the “Snoezelen room”.”
Weini shared that she wants to cater to the special needs children so that they can have a safe environment to play and learn in. They won’t need to feel out-of-place in a regular playground. I thought it’s encouraging that operators have an inclusive mindset in their businesses. This special carpeted room has soft lighting, calming aroma, a projector TV with educational videos (sea creatures video was on when we were there), a variety of sensory toys mounted on the wall and more for objective and purposeful play. We understood that this room is also available for special booking sessions for educators and parents of special needs children upon request. The entry price for Giggles do include entry to this room if it is not booked for the day.
8) Gym room
I called this a gym room as it’s fully cushioned with exercise mats, blocks and several overhanging gym bands/swings. A room for the active children indeed!
Conclusion: I really like the revamped Giggles’s ground. With a better utilization of space, they managed to include more rooms/zones and activity corners for fun to be extended to all groups of children including special needs. This is commendable in my opinion. The boys had a whole morning of fun and we were rewarded with a long afternoon nap. In unison, we knew we will be back soon. 🙂
Details of their admission rates as below. Less than 1 year old babies enter for FREE with an accompanying adult paying just $3! For discounted rates, do consider taking up their lifetime membership.
Venue: 87 Marine Parade Central #02-500C Singapore 440087
Open daily from 10am to 7pm (Indoor Playground)/ 6pm (Water Wonderland)
Images below are taken from Giggles website.
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Have Fun@Giggles! 🙂