Friday, 16 November 2012

Polliwogs @ East Coast Park

Wanna share another indoor playground we brought our girls to recently. DD2's birthday fell on first week of October, after Children's Day to be exact. We brought her to SAFRA Jurong @ The Canopy last year & she loved it! Actually, we ALL loved it. 
This year, after much recce-ing... decided to bring the girls to Polliwogs. Down where East Coast Park is. We were greeted by a huge bouncy castle from where we parked the car.  Yes, we had the car cos gramps came along to celebrate DD2's birthday as well. 
We had to enter by the back way to locate the entrance. It was located behind the Japanese restaurant Maraku Restaurant (if i recall the name correctly). Another prominent building to look out for is also the Burger King outlet there, which also boasts a drive-thru facility. 
Polliwogs was having a Children's Day Weekend Promotion and upon payment, the girls and (us too!) were surprised when a very smiley & cheerful lady came up to us and said, "Happy Children's Day!" & presented the girls with a goodie bag! Here's the loot!

Needless to say, the girls were very surprised & also very pleased.. I mean, it was the first time they received a goodie bag upon entry to an indoor playground. They were thinking that getting to even go to the play-
ground was already surprise enough. 
We paid $19.00 per child at the reception area here.. This pix was taken at closing though... so the smiley staff not in picture. 
As with all other playgrounds, this play pad ( I love how they term it!) :) .... simple rules of play applies. Here's theirs! 
There were various seating spots for caregivers/minders in within the pad. Although, sadly.... some seating spaces were more for bags than people. I thought some courtesy could be exercised here. We carried our bags with us when we were minding our girls or snapping pictures, plus if i remember correctly, they have a locker facility there as well. So... by right, no bags should be hogging seats meant for sitting in my opinion. My family and I had to wait around till we managed to get seats after we brought the girls round the pad to be oriented.
If you like prefer air-conditioned space overlooking the beach, here's a good spot... or else they have the wind in your face seating space outside the glass panels as well. 

Comfy and in one of my favourite colour too! Oh, in case you were wondering... that's not my drink. 
Buds doesn't litter. 
I got the kiddies changed into a more comfortable playing attire, cos they were in dresses when we came. The restroom was clean & they provided slippers as well. Good, since everyone is required to don socks here. 
They have a separate area for the babies / toddlers which i like too so that the small ones won't be run over by the big boys and girls who are in the midst of all the fun. Again, clean... nicely padded... colourful and i suppose spacious enough for the tots. 

Now, for the main pad action... 
Here's my honest feedback. Having been to SAFRA Jurong and even IKEA's Smaland indoor playgrounds plus a few from our short trips to Bintan and Batam, we did find initially that the space was a little claustrophobic
perhaps due to the low ceilings in certain areas of the playground. With a bigger crowd that weekend, what with the Children's Day promo and also a birthday party, the place slowly became stuffy and we were practically sweating albeit in an air-conditioned space. The noise level was on the high side as well. All that said however, the play scape / arena was still interesting for the children! 
Here were some areas we managed to get into... Due to the lower beamed areas, it was slightly uncomfortable for me to keep bending down below the beams to enter certain areas, due to my bulge but no major trouble with that. My parents and hubs who have been to SAFRA with us also commented on the slightly smaller space.

We were practically under attack by the colourful balls coming from almost everywhere! The kids sure love
shooting them from wherever they are! It's one day they get to shoot daddies and mummies! 
Of course, all the other non-related aunties and uncles too! 

I particularly liked this coney structure! So cute!

Went over here to get coffee for hubs and daddie. The guy over the counter asked for receipt of payment / entry (MUST KEEP!) and upon giving it to him, he didn't charge me for the drinks. In the spirit of Children's Day, Polliwogs also engaged a balloon sculptor to make many intricate balloon sculptures for the children.... and i must add .... seems like for the parents as well! It was a long queue boy! 


This guy is very skilled in his craft! Pei-fu! His balloons were fantastic! Very 3D!
(Note : The fella was having a slight cold and we were quite concerned if he was well enough to be doing the stint. He had to wipe off his mucus in between the twisting process. At times when he did not get a chance to wipe, can see mucus dripping from his nose... so i thought this should be highlighted as well. It is after all a family pad.. hence, i would deem that only healthy manpower should be allowed to work, but heck, it is not in my place to judge for there must've been some prior arrangement to this stint... but still, just a point to note la..)
It was soon closing time. The chairs outside were dusted and the space swept up. The announcements were given in due course so the children would know it was time to get ready to leave the play pad.
We got our sweaty girls off the pad, cleaned / dried up! I mean they were showered in sweat! Before they left, they got to bring home Polliwogs' helium balloons as a final parting treat. They said goodbye to all their
new-found friends and we went outside to put on our shoes. Both girls had so much to talk about all at the same time... which only explained that they had a whopping great time. Our girls thanked us profusely
for bringing them there and asked if they could visit Polliwogs again if we were to come to East Coast Park again... 
Thank you, Polliwogs! 
For having a neat space for our DD2 to have a memorable birthday treat!
PS. Hopefully, Polliwogs will not be affected due to the restructuring project over @ ECP. 

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