For the Kid in all of us

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As a family, we understand the importance of movement and the need for children to have lots of free play and space to explore, so we often bring the boys out to one of the many playgrounds and water play areas islandwide. However, the month of June has been brutally hot, so we haven’t brought them outdoors to play quite as much as we’d intended. The obvious solution would be to bring them to an indoor playground, and this week we were invited to check out Kaboodle Kids, one of the newest indoor playgrounds on the block! What a super way to end the four weeks of the June hols…

At Kaboodle Kids, they encourage their visitors – young and old alike – to play hard, dream big, and laugh loud. Their philosophy is that all this play allows children to be free to create and explore, elements which are a crucial part of their development.

That is the heart behind Imagination Playground, the brainchild of famed architect David Rockwell, which consists of a huge collection of giant blue foam pieces that allow the child the opportunity to express his ideas through constructing objects or scenes, playing games, making up stories, observing shapes, colours and textures, and working as a team. This is an ideal platform for developing children’s motor and problem solving skills. Your child is given the control to transform the space as he or she decides – the sky is really the limit with these versatile blue blocks, rods, cylinders and slides…

Check out some these innovative creations by visitors to Kaboodle!

Photo credit: Kaboodle
Photo credit: Kaboodle
Photo credit: Kaboodle
Photo credit: Kaboodle

At first, the boys weren’t very sure what to do with the blue pieces all around them (to be honest, neither were we) but with the help and suggestions of our very warm and welcoming Play Associate, we were soon constructing a tree! I like how she helped to kickstart our engine while still maintaining an open-setting where the boys directed the play. What started out as a “tree” became a “super tall oil palm” according to David, as he valiantly stuck more rods into its side…

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Feeling a little overwhelmed at first…
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Our initial tree, which was transformed into an oil palm.
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David built his very own baby oil palm 🙂

Us mummies actually had a great time building with our boys! In fact, I would say this is a great activity for family bonding – even with the grandparents. The younger kids would need help to bring their ideas “to life”, so that’s where older siblings and/or adults can come in to help. I like how you can build on another person’s idea in real time, and figure out solutions together (like “How can we make this roof stay on top?”).

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Happy home inspector
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Our friend, S!

After watching some older kids building a house, the boys were keen to build one too. My mummy friend and I built the house sides, but I like how David decided to build the back – where we would probably  have used more of those planks, he chose to use square blocks with holes, and created a nice effect! My brother the architect would be proud 😉

We needed help with the roof, because we couldn’t make something that would reach across the walls. Our lovely Play Associate came to the rescue, suggesting flexi-rods and some pieces of cloth to drape on top. Check out our cosy little house!

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S and Daryl enjoying some cakes and ice cream…
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David made the table and chair, and Daryl decided he needed to have a chair too!
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Three ain’t always a crowd when you’re having fun with friends!

All in all, it was a morning well-spent since ALL of us had a good time playing together. Seriously, this place is for anyone aged 2 to 99! However, if you prefer to watch the kids play, that’s perfectly fine too. There’s a long bench that goes all along one side of the room that allows you to take a seat and still have a pretty good view of the whole room. I thought that was a thoughtful gesture – much appreciated!

While the younger toddlers like Daryl and S might interact differently with the foam pieces, i.e. they couldn’t really fit pieces together to form a new object without some help, they thoroughly enjoyed themselves pretending that the blocks were ice cream, cakes, strawberries, balls and chairs, among other things. Older kids 7-10 yo would probably be able to do the more complex projects like the robot and motorbike pictured above. Children 4-6 yo, like David, are probably somewhere in between – able to work on smaller projects on their own, or larger projects as part of a team.

Apart from the playground itself, Kaboodle also organises birthday parties and events for schools. They were also part of the Aviva Superfundae event which happened last weekend – you may have seen them there!

Here is some good news! If you would like to check out Kaboodle Kids for yourself, simply mention “A Pancake Princess” to get 10% off the admission fee! Visitors to Kaboodle will also get 10% off the main menu options at Sunrise Bistro & Bar, which is on the ground floor of the same building. Our party lunched there, and the food was pretty good and reasonably priced.

David with ABC (left) and Kaboodle founder Mui Jin (right). Both ladies were so game to join in on his pretend play :)
David with our Play Associate (left) and Kaboodle founder Mui Jin (right). Both ladies were so game to join in on his pretend play! Thank you for a wonderful time  🙂

Kaboodle Kids is located along the East Coast Parkway (Big Splash) and is open 7 days a week from 10am to 6pm, including public holidays! Children below 3 yo pay $10 for unlimited play on weekdays and $10 for a 2-hour slot on weekends or public holidays, while children aged 3 and above pay $25. More details can be found here.

Kaboodle Kids

902 East Coast Parkway (Big Splash)
Block B, #02-05B,
Singapore 449874

Tel: 6247 7020

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We were invited to visit Kaboodle Kids with a friend for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was received, and all photos used and opinions expressed are ours, unless otherwise stated.

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