We were invited to a fun trial at “Fun at Giggles”, located at Marine Parade Central (2nd floor), just next to Parkway Parade shopping centre.
Featuring SONA, the first interactive playground in Asia, Snug Play and the Activity tower, Fun at Giggles promises both play and exercise to develop children’s motor and social skills, suitable from birth to 12 years old.
If I were to sum up our whole experience in one sentence, that will be:
Oliver doesn’t want to get out of the Ball pit.
Simply put, he likes it. To be honest, I wasn’t expecting him to have so much fun he didn’t want to leave even after two full hours of playing, since the playground seems to be suited for older kids.
Anywayz, first things first.
Being new visitors, we were asked to register via an IPad. Oliver’s temperature, hands and feet were checked whilst I was given hand sanitizer gel. The SONA system was under renovation when we were there, but Bryan, one of the directors of Fun at giggles, explained to me that the system is such that there’s a camera in the arch that captures motions and voices and in response, produces music and sounds. The children can play games like stepping on the correct number when prompted!
I love the open concept because no matter where I’m standing, I can still see Oliver without craning too much. The other feature I like is the sturdy, wooden playground structure and Daddy K was tugging on the blue hoops and realized with delight that it can even hold his weight, so parent and child can play together!
You can jump on the green patch and there’ll be sound effects! I think it’s pretty evident here where the motor skills development part comes in.
At first Oliver was just smitten with the balls, but after seeing the bigger kids around him challenging all the obstacles, Oliver gamely tried the balancing beam and even the longer winding slide as well!
Balancing with Daddy
Jumping on trampoline
Though I love the “solid” feel of the entire Activity Tower, the wood structure also means that when children fall, there’ll be less of a buffer, unlike the padded grounds at SingKids play system. During the time we were there, two children fell and bumped their heads while running around too excitedly. Bryan explained that’s why there’s always two staff on standby to help the children navigate the play system, though accidents like that are still hard to prevent.
Honestly, I felt that while it’s necessary to let our children play safely, they should also be taught to play responsibly. I’m not about to pillow every single thing around him especially now that he’s an agile, moving toddler. I believe Moms will agree with me how lightning fast a toddler can move.
They are called accidents for a reason. You can’t control accidents.
You just can’t.
You can only teach them and let them learn by themselves. I can’t count the number of times O fell and bumped his head. But whenever he did, we don’t make a big boo-boo over it. Most of the time it’s his own fault and we’ll explain it to him when he calmed down enough.
It’s part of growing up, I think.
That’s why it’s called “growing pains”, LOL~~
What, you’re not old enough to drive yet
Staff playing with the children
After “monkeying” around for more than an hour, he finally tamed down enough for some “domestic” playing and also made some friends along the way!
And it’s back to the ball pits again… Told you he was stuck to it…
Before we left, he got himself a memento to bring home…
Artist O at work
You can get the paper sets for free at the counter, together with the colored pencils.
There’s also a locker (you can obtain the key for free from the staff) and changing area.
Daddy K and I were also delighted to find that the prices for the snacks and beverages weren’t too exorbitant!
As mentioned, although Oliver wasn’t old enough to try out the entire playground, he was enjoying himself so much he didn’t even flinch when we threatened to leave him there and even happily waved “bye bye!” to us.
Believe me, I was TEMPTED to do that. But alas, I was too chicken to do it. Maybe when he’s older. And can call for help. LOL~~~
Daddy K was contemplating enrolling O in one of the special programs since he loves music so much. There’s ongoing events including YogaGym, baby signing, balloon sculpturing etc…
There’s also an Events room next to the playground which seemed to be rather popular. A birthday party just ended when we were there.
Admission fee for Giggles:
Age: <1 years old
Free admission for child, but adult pays $2 per pax
Age: 1 to 2 years old
Weekdays: $12 for unlimited play
Weekends and Public holidays: $12 for 2 hours. Subsequent half hour $4
Age: 3 to 12 years old
Weekdays: $20 for unlimited play
Weekends and Public holidays: $20 for 2 hours. Subsequent half hour $6
As with all indoor playgrounds, remember your socks! I’ll recommend those that’s anti-slip because of the wooden beams.
Fun at Giggles:
87 Marine Parade Central, #02-500B/C Singapore 440087
Open Daily 10:00 – 19:00