Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sol Playground Cafe at Turf City

We have heard a lot about this cafe at turf city, so with 2 hours left to spare before going home and two restless 5 year old who still have plenty of energy to spare after 4 hours of fidgets, we decide to check out this cafe/restaurant with play facilities.

We were there on a weekday afternoon and there are very little people around. The cafe has a nice little indoor play area indoors and an out door eating are and play ground that is sheltered by a large tent.

We wanted to stayed indoor at first as we anticipated that the afternoon sun will be very hot. The kids were however, debating whether to stay at the cozy play area indoors or the inviting yellow playground with slides. Tough decision as the indoor play area were filled with enticing toys, books and a TV with cute wall paper on the ceiling. Eventually, they decide to go to the outdoor playground. 

Our table was already set up but the service people were very nice and help us reset the table outside so that we can keep an eye on the two hyper active boys. It turns out to be quite breezy that day and it was really relaxing having our waffle and cake outdoors while sipping tea. The kids love it there too, besides the main play structure, there is also a cute little house, a few rocking toys to add to their fun.

Overall, a great place to spent a few hours letting the kids play while the adults get to chat, get some reading done or just enjoy watching the kids play. The cakes and waffle were yummy too. Looking forward to check it out again to try more things from its enticing menu.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Fidgets at Turf City

This is one of our most frequented indoor playgrounds. First of all, it is Big. There are three huge structures challenging enough for the adventurous kids. Second of all there are nice sitting places with a nice selection of food. Add to that are nice details like ample shelf space for shoes, nursing room and toilets that provide slippers in case you wet your socks.

Play structures
There are three big structures in the main play area with climbing structures, slides and ball pool. Our favorite is the first structure with the ball pool. There is a ball washing machine that sends balls in and sucks them back in to the machine for cleaning which the kids love. The other two play structures have lots of slides and are steeper to climb with "bridges" for the kids to cross and explore.

The three big structures for older kids can be quite challenging for younger kids so close supervision is definitely necessary kids younger than 5. There is a tall slide in the middle structures which lots of kids attempted to climb by holding on to the nets even though the nets they used is anti climb, so be sure to watch your kids or train them not to do that.

While the big structures are a hit, the kids love being at the toddlers area as well. Meant for kids under 4 and within full view from the cafe is a small structure with a little house and interactive play panels, a paddling car and tricycles area. Yet another separate area is provided for babies under 2 years old.

Cafe with CCTV
We like the three CCTVs in front of the cafe which is good for looking at what the kids are up to. The floor could be rather slippery when combined with the socks that we were required to wear though, so be sure to caution the kids against running in the cafe area.

Food is quite decent and pricing is reasonable enough and water is free. If you intend to eat at the cafe, order your food early as the cafe can get rather busy during lunch. We tried ordering at 1:00pm once and they had ran out of kids meal. An adult pizza cost about 12 bucks while the kids ham and cheese pizza goes for $5.50. I love their strawberry milk shake and vanilla latte. You also get a 10% discount on the food if you get their members card which is free. The price can add up though, we were there once from 10:30 - 4:00 with one kid. Ordered a latte, a kids juice, a kids pizza and nacho with cheese dip set us back by about 37 bucks.

Party rooms
The party rooms look very spacious and nice with enough space for a bouncing castle. We once attended a birthday party of a 1 year old complete with bouncing castle and led lights and everybody have lots of fun. The table and chairs came nicely decorated and finger food included were those that kids like.

Fidgets is quite a popular set up that could get very crowded on weekends. We once go on a weekday morning on a non school holiday and were quite surprise to see that the cafe seats were mostly taken up. The crowd seems to ease up a bit in the early afternoon.

$15 bucks for unlimited play. Admission is for kids up to 10 years old. Free for parents and kids under 1 year old. $1 dollar of your entrance fee will be donated to registered children charities in Singapore.

Where: 200 Turf Club Road #04-05 Turf city S 287994 (Near Giant)

*Pricing is for reference only. Do check on Fidgets's website for the latest updates.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Using our practical wisdom - Incentives and rules are not everything

This is a very inspiring talk for me. May we approach life, people around us and especially our kids with practical wisdom rather than just using incentives and rules. I have started to use incentives and rules for my 5 year old but this really need to keep in check.

"Psychologists have known about the negative consequences of incentivizing everything for 30 years. We know that if you reward kids for drawing pictures, they stop caring about the drawing and care only about the reward. If you reward kids for reading books, they stop caring about what's in the books and only care about how long they are. If you reward teachers for kids' test scores, they stop caring about educating and only care about test preparation."