Indoor playgrounds make for happy kids like our cool Singapore indoor playground at Vivo City!
Children are full of energy, curiosity and a readiness for physical activities (except making their bed and keeping the room clean). They constantly crave for physical interaction with their peers in playtime situations.
While parents might try their best to keep up with their kid’s level of energy, some days they are just too tired or preoccupied with other life commitments and can no longer physically meet their child’s play needs.
Another struggle parents face is finding places where kids can socialize. Especially in this day and age where everyone (even toddlers and children) are glued to their phones all the time, it’s become quite a challenge.
Parents everywhere are now faced with the challenge to get their kids to put their phones and look beyond those screens for entertainment and adventure.
Studies support the common notion that kids these days struggle more than ever with social interactions as well as common social courtesy and politeness.
According to studies, play, especially in early childhood is important in the development of children.
“Research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. Play is an important part of a developmentally appropriate child care program. It is also closely tied to the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical behaviors.”
A study made by Fromberg and Gullo (1992) explains how “play enhances language development, social competence, creativity, imagination, and thinking skills.”
Similarly stating benefits of play in childhood Frost (1992) stated that “play is the chief vehicle for the development of imagination and intelligence, language, social skills, and perceptual-motor abilities in infants and young children” (p. 48).
Play, both indoor and outdoor is needed to be practiced as frequently as is possible.
“Indoors and outdoors, children need large blocks of time for play. According to Christie and Wardle (1992), short play periods may require children to abandon their group dramatizations or constructive play just when they begin to get involved. When this happens a number of times, children may give up on more sophisticated forms of play and settle for less advanced forms that can be completed in short periods of time. Shorter play periods reduce both the amount and the maturity of children’s play, and many important benefits of play, such as persistence, negotiation, problem-solving, planning, and cooperation are lost.”
While outdoor play hosts a great number of benefits for children, it is not always possible or ideal. When conditions are good such as weather, temperature and setting as well as health of the child, outdoor play is very much recommended.
However, when the weather is too hot, raining, too cold or if the child has asthma and the seasonal flu or pollen is widespread, it is better to keep play indoors.
“Indoor playgrounds prove to be good alternative for outdoor play grounds because children may not be allowed to play outside when the weather is rainy or snowy. They may be locked up in homes and then they express their displeasure by reacting with their parents in an offensive manner. Indoor playgrounds are therefore more suitable and children won’t be robbed of a day’s play even, in their childhood and parents will experience fewer arguments with children. Also, the indoor playgrounds are much more interactive and creative as compared to the outdoor play areas. Thus, it is quite a good idea to take one’s child to an indoor playground.”
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The Polliwogs Vivo City: Where is it located, rates
There are tons of places to visit in Singapore. In fact it is part of the top 10 family-friendly destinations in Asia by The Culture Trip.
“Despite being expensive, Singapore is one of the best cities in the world to explore with children of all ages. It’s a multicultural city and English is commonly spoken, which makes getting around stress-free and easy. It’s also one of the cleanest cities in the world and the many beautiful parks and gardens are a must-see.”
Apart from the usual places to visit and the sights and sceneries the country offers, the country is abundant in indoor playgrounds for children.
The Polliwogs is one of the biggest Singapore indoor playgrounds with four locations spread across. Each location has a different theme and every single one is easily accessible, safe and a whole lot of fun.
- State of the art play equipment, custom built to promote parent-child bonding.
- Delicious healthy food and snacks.
- Weekly activities and gatherings.
- Experienced staff supervision and professional entertainers – The Polliwogians.
- Themed party planning and organization.
- Each centre also offers a separate play area for toddlers to help them develop fine motor skills, and a comfortable lounge area with free wireless network for adults.
How to get to The Polliwogs Vivo City?
The Polliwogs Vivo City is located at 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-12 VivoCity, Singapore 098585.
“Polliwogs is located on 3rd floor of Vivocity near Marche, just next the link to Harbourfront Centre. If you are coming from within the mall, take the escalator nearest to Toys R Us up,” shares Bumblebee Mum on her visit there with her toddler.
The playground is open Monday to Sunday : 10.00am to 9.00pm and School Holidays / PH & Eve of PH : 10.00am to 9.00pm.
To get there.m the easiest way is to take the Harbourfront MRT (NE1 / CC29).
What are my expenses?
Firstly, ticket costs.
Singapore indoor playground rates can be as low as $5 and others around $35 depending on the place and what that rate corresponds to. Rates are usually not a one-size fits all kind of thing. Promos and bundle packages are also offered for parents going on group trips or school-organized events. Seasonal discounts also vary depending on the playground.
On weekdays, the Polliwogs Vivo City ticket rates usually costs 20 SGD. But if bought online is only 18 SGD for kids two years old and above until 12 years of age.For kids below two, the cost is 13 SGD more or less.
For weekends, the rates are 25 SGD for two and above or 15 SGD for 2 below.
Another area of expenses apart from entrance fee is food. Food, for some indoor playgrounds are complete and satisfying while for others just finger foods where kids would easily digest and get hungry again.
The Polliwogs Vivo City has a cafe with delicious snacks and heavier food items for kids of all appetites.
Since Vivo City location of The Polliwogs is easily accessible by train, it costs only a few dollars.
What to do at the Polliwogs Vivo City?
The Polliwogs Vivo City’s theme is underwater. Entering the premises, kids can feel like they are in a sea world with decorations and shapes of different sea creatures.
There are two areas as with all other sites of the Polliwogs. One for toddlers and one for the bigger kids.
In the toddler section, there are tons of fun activities to play with including inflatables that are seen and is an instant favorite of the kids in all Polliwogs branches.
Other than the inflatable pool of balls, an instant bestseller is the automated merry go round like in the carnivals but baby proofed and underwater themed.
Another area has teacup like play areas that can be spinned around like in outdoor playgrounds and amusement parks.
There are different shaped hard foams like blocks and sea creatures that can be used any way the children’s imagination takes them.
As with all Polliwogs indoor playgrounds there were various activity boards kids can play around with.
The two storey kids play area is filled with obstacle courses such as ladders and slides and tunnels in beautiful colors that will attract even the most timid of children.
There is a ball shooting zone as well as a wall climbing area that proves challenging enough for kids to be interested in.
The mommy blogger recounts “The hot favourite was the big slide that ended in a ball pit. Slides that lead to the ball pit will always be a hit. Better still when there are steps just next to it that leads directly to the top of the slide again! MF went up and down continuously for half the day.. It was just insanely fun.”
Another blogger shared their experience, summing up the trip “It is new, bright and clean! Despite visibly housed in a smaller area, The Polliwogs @VivoCity still consists of the usual play equipment that children love and find challenging. The Toddler area has got to be one of the best that I have come across among all of the Indoor Playgrounds so far. The facilities for the younger ones are functional and offered more variety to keep them stimulated and busy.”