We visit Singapore’s newest indoor play spot: Kidzland at the Grandstand. Find out if this mama thinks it’s worth the trip!
KIDZLAND is a large indoor soft play geared towards 2-to-10-year-olds is divided into a few different segments.
Kidzland has so much going on; we went mid-week and though there were only a handful of kids playing, there was a bustling busyness about the place due to the tumult of conflicting arcade game noises and jingles, the whirring of machines and air guns, and the collision of bright lights and saccharine colours. So it may not be a haven of eco-zen play for mamas and papas, but the kids had fun. It’s also important to note that a number of the play areas require additional payment for entry.
Perhaps our favourite area, the unique Rainbow Net, offers a beautiful whimsical weaved net made of up different colours that our kids (aged 2.5 and 5.5yrs) spent a lot of time climbing up, sliding down and making up stories to play in.
The largest area is called The Forest. This multi coloured soft play area comprises slides, areas to climb, a small swing, a low climbing wall and air guns to shoot soft balls out of. Everyone needs to bring a pair of socks for the Forest, mama, so come prepared!
Once you’re paid up for The Forest, re-entry is allowed and playtime is unlimited all day so those are two big pluses in our books. Come the dreaded Haze season we can imagine spending a good few hours here, grabbing lunch at nearby PasarBella and having the option to pop back in for an extra play afterwards.
The rest of the space is dedicated to Arcade Games ($2 a pop) and Slot Machines aimed at kids, which made this mama a little nervous and hence we avoided these, though the alluring noises, bright lights and gaudy colours did their best to lure us in as they are indeed designed to.
Other areas all of which require additional payment include:
The Beach ($5/30 minutes): a room filled with sand and sand toys which also sees a projector displaying moving ‘interactive’ images on the sand from above, including swimming fish, animals and flowers.
Carousel ($5 per ride): a slow moving, brightly lit carousel of horses for the toddlers.
Star Speed Car ($6/per ride): a racing car that can seat 8 people and moves backwards and forwards as well as 360 degrees around full swing — this was a hit with the 5-year-old.
Magic Pen ($5/10 minutes): kids can virtually paint art on a touch screen table and then ‘throw’ their art onto the digital wall to view.
Block and Sand ($5/30 minutes): a small room with two kinetic sand tables and a LEGO table. Great for smaller kids.
Arts: $8-$18 depending on the activity, from making bracelets to painting.
We steered clear of the video games and arcade slot machines but there is plenty to keep your kids of varying ages busy — though we reckon younger kids (toddler to 7) will get more out of this place.
We loved the Rainbow Net most of all — what a magical colourful novel plaything! Plus the kids had fun on the slides, the climbing wall and with the shooting air balls.
Pricing for the Forest
- Children (above 3 years old) – $22.00 Peak ($20.00 Non-Peak, Unlimited Play Time)
- Toddlers (1 – 3 years old) – $18.00 Peak ($16.00 Non-peak, Unlimited Play Time)
- Babies (Below 1 year old) – Free, Unlimited Play Time
- Adults – Free for first adult, $5 per subsequent adult(s) ; For baby: S$5 per adult.
- Everyone needs socks for The Forest
- Re-entry permitted
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri); Peak: Weekends, PH and Local school holidays; Off peak: Weekdays
Kidzland, The Grandstand, Level 2 Unit #02-14, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 6763 3773, www.kidzlandsg.com