We checked out the cool new play gym in town that is starting to get everyone raving about – Cool De Sac at Suntec City, Tower 5. The Facebook page looked really impressive so I was quite eager to bring the kids there.
The concept is supposed to please both the parents and the kids with good food and plenty of fun. But the coolest thing about this place was the unlimited play time, even for weekdays! Try to beat that, other play gyms! The price on weekend is 10 SGD for kids below 3 and 26 SGD for kids above 3 and it’s cheaper on weekdays.
The place was splashed in vibrant colours and screaming FUN from the entrance all the way through. It’s considered huge and no wonder it’s unlimited. We couldn’t finish everything in 2 hours. Ended up with 3.5 hours in there! The kids simply refused to leave. Argh.
The whole place is well organised into various sections with different play themes.
Art and Craft
There’s a section for art and crafts where you can help yourself to the materials like crayons, colour pencils, papers, glue, coloured tissue papers and even pattern scissors etc. The glue were all finished up when we were making our crafts, so was quite a pity that they didn’t refill it for the day. There wasn’t any template to follow so the kids needed some guidance to start off what they can do with the materials.
Then there’s this section with plenty of Lego blocks, which, oddly, was rather empty. Either most of the kids were more impressed by Legoland or they couldn’t afford to stay there to build blocks while other kids were zipping around or whooshing down the slides, squealing with excitement.
Then there’s this section on dress up for kids to put on various costumes, get a tattoo or face/hand painting before you go on stage and have a photo. If the kid can perform, I guess they can do so too, unless there are many kids waiting to go on stage. The artists doing the paint work were quite good and they make effort to get the details in, so be prepared to queue a little.
The costumes were in a mess when we were there, but there’s someone packing up readily. But there’s weren’t much to choose from. Probably all taken up.
Babies and Toddlers
Tucked at the other end of the gym is an area dedicated for the infants and toddlers. It’s a nice cosy area where, if the big rough kids are engrossed somewhere else, they won’t come over here to terrify the little babies. But there is a party room over here so there might still be quite a crowd around this area. I peeped into the party room and gosh, it’s big!
Nearby this toddler area is the cafe with table and chairs placed strategically so that the parents can keep an eye on their crawling infants or beginner walker toddlers. They even have wii and xbox 360 games nearby this area, probably to entertain the bored parents? And the older kids who were into gaming. Thoughtful!
The rainbow slides must have gotten most of the kids going crazy and sweating buckets. To get to the top, you would have to get climb through the structures. Nat was kind of stucked halfway through because she was not tall enough. She watched many kids go by without problem and observed how they did it. Finally she saw another short boy like her get up using the wall for support. She happily followed his way and got right up to the top all by herself. The daddy was so proud of her when he saw.
Tree House and Free Play Area
Finally, this must have been my favourite part of the place. The tree house and an open space for free play.
There is a big open space with fake grass carpet that allows free play for the kids. It’s fun just running around and screaming off your heads here.
The tree house is lots of fun as there are various ways to get up and get down from it. The kids get to explore their motor skills here
The seemingly scary rope bridge to train their balancing skills. Nat sped past it like nothing and was soon jumping about on it and terrorising other kids like her sister. 😛
Then there’s this retro looking tyre swing that the big one is very interested in
She even attempted the flying fox! First few tries with the help of the friendly big brother and sister staff there and finally by her own. Mummy is proud of her too!
I was really impressed when the staffs started to come in and entertain the kids! Just like a big party. My girls had so much fun here with this big sister they wouldn’t leave the place. The mummy and daddy were getting bored by the side just watching but were quite relieved we could just sit back and relax too! They also made a few friends here, playing catching, telling me they made new friends etc.
At the other side, some other staffs were entertaining the party kiddy guests with catching and self invented games and causing roars of laughter. I was suspicious that these teens could do a good job at a kiddy play gym. Thought they would probably be pissed off by the noise, by the rough play and all but no! They were real pros! Kudos to these teen brothers and sisters for doing a good job and display absolute professionalism!
The entry fee is for unlimited playtime, hence if you need a break for some food, you could either leave the place to eat somewhere else, come back and continue to play or just eat in the cafe inside. I didn’t explore much on the food as the kids can’t wait to get back out to play, so we had to finish the food fast. We ordered the all-time favourite chicken nuggets with fries. The fries were great. The apple juice was expensive at $4.90 a cup and it tasted just like canned apple juice.
Nic now remembers this place as Suntec City and I’m sure she’ll request to go back at anytime. If only she’s as good at remembering her chinese characters as that!
Forgot to mention the lockers. They have big spacious lockers for you to put all your stuff in. The only thing is that you would have to provide your own lock. Locks are not provided.
Also, my hubby mentioned that the rate for below 3 years old is 13 SGD, not 10 SGD
There is currently a promotion for AMEX cards. 15% off! How cool is that! Promotion end in December 2014.