ALL ABOUT KIDZ CITY
This indoor playground was opened in 2015, and is operated by the same company that runs several big indoor playgrounds in Metro Manila, including the huge Cosmic Kidz at Mall of Asia. It has two floors of play area. The equipment is well padded and maintained, and seems to share a theme of transport vehicles, and not just climbing structures, making the place a little more unique and interesting. It is suitable for kids at or above 3 years old, and maybe some kids up to 10 years old still find it fun.
Source: The Fort City
- Half Hour: 200php
- One Hour: 280php
- Unlimited: 480php
- Adult Pass: 120php
LOCATION: Indoor Play and Party area at SM Aura, Basement 1, South Entrance
OUR OWN EXPERIENCE
It was 5am when we started our travel from Pangasinan to Manila. Along the way, I was online searching for indoor playground near BGC since it is our fave tambayan. We’ve already been to Kidzoona (an indoor playground too), so I’m looking for another place to play with Veon (#mommode).
Then tada! #millinealmom
Shown above, obviously it’s sold out but try to sign up for waiting list to be notified (just click the image above). Metrodeal has been my go-to online shop for services shopping like restaurants, spa and salon, and even tourist attractions.
I got the unlimited play for only P199 instead of P480; perks of being a techy mom =) So paid on same day and time, I got the voucher then I just printed it out.
MOM TIP: Buy ahead of time if you are not in a hurry and print it at home or where there’s a cheap printing shop because as far as I can remember, I paid 20 pesos just for 1-page-colored-print! Sorry, #tipidmom.
Here’s our Playtime!
KIDZOOONA vs KIDZ CITY
Just like in Kidzooona, you have to take off your shoes as you go inside but you’ll go through picture taking (child and adult). Unlike in Kidzoona, you’ll just sign a waiver, which I think in Kidz City is better because there is really a face recognition and safer.
Also, they have 2 levels in Kidz City; 1st floor is for small and big toys and 2nd floor is for pretend plays. Unlike in Kidzoona, it is just a huge 1-floor playground but I like that because it is more spacious.
The good thing is that they both offer party reservations which is the new trend in cities. Old style birthday parties be like at home or restaurants, but now they focus more on play. At least, it is more fun but pricey!
They also offer these workshops.
My son is at his hyper active stage which is toddler age. This is when he discovers and explores new objects and people, and develops greater independence. It is good to expose him to environment that promotes learning and positive behavior because he learns through imitation.
He can already recognize objects from vegetables to fruits, shapes and colors and many more. He can also recite names of the people around him; form simple sentences; even follow simple instructions and directions.
As parents, we must develop and enhance these skills. So I want him to enjoy his toddlerhood, letting him play until he drops but at the same time equipping him the knowledge that he will need not just in school but in his entire life.
Kidzooona is a Japanese-owned indoor playground by AEON Fantasy Group. They have 800 outlets in Asia in which 28 of it is in the Philippines. It is an educational and entertaining place where you can spend a quality time with your family. Kids from 1 to 10 years old can have fun and enjoy a wide variety of small to huge toys.
Their first branch opened in November 2014 in Robinsons Galleria mall in Ortigas, Quezon City while their branch in Uptown Mall BGC opened June 12, 2016. The entrance fee is Php 300 for 90 minutes which we availed and Php 4000 for 3 hours. For every child, a parent or guardian is free but an extra fee of Php 150 will be charge for an additional adult.
OUR OWN EXPERIENCE:
Since we don’t know the way going to BGC, we used Google Map to find the place. The travel time from Tarlac City to Manila is 4 hours. Include the traffic, we departed 5am and arrived at around 9:30 am. We still had 30 minutes before mall opens so what we did is to go up and eat snack in Chowking. The view on the topmost part of Uptown Mall will show you the beauty of Urban Life. They have mini Chapel there which I like the most.
Heading back to Kidzooona at 10am, we were unlucky to go back at 1:30pm since there will be a birthday party to be held (they accept group packages). I did not saw the announcement on their Facebook page before or on May 7 (our play date). Upon checking, they posted it May 8 but the event is May 7 which is very disappointing. Always post announcements ahead of time, don’t they know that? So that customers would know what to expect and to manage their time.
Anyways, we just proceed to our other agendas. Going back at 2pm, I filled up a form, put our stuffs on the locker provided and started the play time!
- Wearing socks is required (both child and adult). If you don’t have one, each pair of socks costs Php 30.
- A locker is provided for each child. Put your shoes or other things inside (don’t bring too many things). But if your other stuffs don’t fit, then you can put them at the top of the locker. Make sure you bring with you your personal belongings like mobile phones and money.
- Bring water so that your child can drink it after he plays to refresh his body and replenish energy loss. Always let him drink water first and if he insists other beverage like soda or juice, let him drink it after water. Water is still the best thirst quencher. Or for preschoolers, Gatorade is also good.
- Also bring extra clothes from towel, shirt, and short to socks. You will expect sweat and also unexpected dirt encounter (although the place is really clean). Always bring extra for everything.
- SAFETY FIRST. Although the place is child-friendly, you still have to be vigilant and alert. Always keep an eye on your child. Play with your child like his age. It brings children and parents closer.
Huge Foam Building Blocks and Sticks
Role Play Town (Pretend Play Stalls)
Ball Pit with different climb, jump and slide obstacles
Small Building Blocks and Other Small Toys
SKILLS THEY CAN DEVELOP AND ENHANCE:
- Gross and Fine Motor Skills
- Good Manners and Right Conduct
- Closer bond with parents
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Wave to all the moms out there whose kids loves Jollibee!
Before the month of May ends, I just want to share my experience during the Jollibee Mini Managers Convention last May 28, Saturday at SM City Tarlac.
3 days before the event, one of the crews in Jollibee Camiling Branch approached me while we (with Veon~my tod^_^) were having our lunch and offered me to buy a ticket for the aforementioned event. It was effortless for her making sales talk to me because I just bought it right away for my kiddo.
What I expected in the event was that it would be like a workshop with tables surrounded and the center stage or hosts are at the center but when we got there by 10:30am (event started at 9am) it was this…
A research about and before an event is one of the realizations I could remind myself because the night before it, I was really tired, slept and just took it for granted. It was really crowded. It was just me and my tod so the situation definitely challenged me. And c’mon Tala, it’s a convention.
I strongly advise that if you are going to a crowded event, best not to bring kids at least under 2 years old and if you really like to attend, bring someone with you to accompany you. Stay away from the crowd or find a place that you can still breathe and move. This is very important.
Anyway, going back to our arrival and after registering, we were given a meal composed of 2 for mom and child~1 piece chicken with rice and 1 piece burger patty with rice and 2 zesto tetra pack juices (maybe they ran out of soda) as a complimentary food of the ticket I bought for Php250. Not bad.
After getting the meal , we went down into the Activity Center just below the ground floor and we sitted at the middle of the whole people. It was almost lunch time and we were already hungry from our 45-minute travel from Camiling to Tarlac City excluding the waiting time in the terminal. Wooh!
Thanks to my long time friend since elementary; Joyce, for being with us even just during the back and forth travel time.
Veon drank his juice and while eating his meal, he vomited! I was like… MOM IN A FLASH! I was just disappointed that of all the people there, even just the crews who are just standing beside us, did not dared to help. And what they did was offer me to buy the Mini Manager’s uniform for 400 pesos. I don’t know what to feel. Just really disappointed of their attitude.
But I’m proud that I’ve handled that “unexpected event” all by myself and still let my child experience the best of the event could offer.
Aside from that dance performance of the Jollitown characters composed of Jollibee, Popo, Yum, Twirlie and Hetty, there were also performances from Jollibee Kiddie Club members like singing and dancing. Followed by raffle draws with limited edition Jollibee novelty item as prizes.
All I did was just eating… and watching… like in cinema, haha! Yes. That is it. But Veon enjoyed the music while dancing…
and seeing Jollibee…
Twirlie and Yum
And would not forgot his ferocious act on getting the balloons!
After the event, we went to the Food Court to enjoy the other meal and the rest of the day. It was a good feeling that even though I don’t like the event, Veon was happy and that already…made me happy too. I still love Jollibee but not what “happened” on that day.
A picture with Jollibee again for remembrance.
The convention was like a culminating event for the 6-day Jolibee Mini Manager’s Camp. Unfortunately, the camp was just for 4-7 years old (my son was 1 year old) and exclusive for Jolly Kiddie Club. Join Jollibee Mini Manager’s Camp 2017, click here.