With the Easter holidays and a rainy afternoon threatening, Sofia and I decided to chuck the kids in a taxi (don’t worry, we came too!) and head over to the brand-new Kids Amaze Indoor Playroom at the Toa Payoh SAFRA club. With 3 active under-threes between us, we knew we weren’t exactly in for a restful time of it, and sure enough we were soon crawling, climbing and sliding with the littles — what a workout!
What’s the Scoop on SAFRA?
(If you’re a Singapore newbie like us, SAFRA is a recreational organisation for NServicemen and their families, with branches of their clubs all over Singapore and over 200,000 members. Non-members can thankfully also use some of the facilities though, so playrooms and swimming pools are generally open to non-members who just pay a slightly higher entrance fee, which is still very reasonable when you compare to private playrooms. I haven’t been to the Jurong club yet where there is another Kids Amaze playroom, but having checked out the Toa Payoh branch and been so impressed, it’s definitely on my list.)
So, what’s Kids Amaze really like? Well, it’s huge for starters at over 12,700 square feet, and as well as the main play area, there are two party rooms and a toddler play zone which is totally separate from the main area so you don’t have to worry about big kids bowling over your littles. We settled ourselves happily in the toddler area, ready to sit peacefully and chat, but unfortunately our kids had spotted the main area, so we weren’t allowed to rest for long — on to more fun!
The main play space is separated into three interconnected “zones”: The Cave, The Treetops and The City. The Cave is arranged around a large pool filled with spongey balls, which you can post into various machines that suck them up, store them in a big wire basket and then when it’s full enough, the basket tips and the balls pour into the pool. It’s pretty fantastic — we mamas were seriously impressed. We couldn’t quite get a handle on what the difference between the other two “zones” was, as we were too busy scrambling around after the kiddos. With bridges, tunnels, slides and climbing frames, it’s an active experience. Definitely pop your mummy shorts on or you’ll be flashing everyone. The lady at the entrance told us that the play equipment has been designed to be used by both adults and kids, so the tunnels and things are slightly higher than usual, but if you’re of an average size you’ll still be bent double going through them!
There are some little interactive screens on ground level which have games and jigsaw puzzles on them, but thankfully none of the kids there seemed to be paying them much attention at all with such great running and jumping possibilities on offer. Rules are fairly strictly enforced (we got our wrists slapped for bringing our bags in with us), but staff are friendly and helpful. The toilets are set up for little ones with mini loos and low sinks and there’s a baby changing room too.
Weekday entry fees are $7.50 for Kidz Amaze members, $9 for SAFRA members and $11.20 for non-members for unlimited play. On weekends and public holidays, fees are $10.70, $12.85 and $16.50 respectively. Accompanying adult pays $2.15 and kids below 4 have to be accompanied by at least 1 adult. Packages are available.
Kids Amaze, SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore, 310190
Tel: (+65) 6355 4550
Monday – Friday 1pm – 7pm
Saturdays, Sundays & Public Holidays 10am – 7pm