And what do you do to entertain your toddler while inside a mall? You take her to a play place! It must seem like Disneyland to little kiddos like her. And with all the colorful padding, I believe it's the perfect place to let your toddler run around and practice her coordination skills!
One time I was at Robinsons Galleria and so I took her to Tom's World. I thought at first that the place looked like a mini amusement park with rides for older kids. So I was relieved when I saw that they had a certain play area there called AustinLand. Now this is more for Rain! I was so excited for her. She was excited too! But little did I know it would not end very well :-( Nothing against AustinLand, really. It could have happened to anyone. But more on that later.
First of all, I like how they designed the waiting area. Looks like a bar where you can easily just sit and watch your kid play. But yeah there are only 5 stool chairs. I just wish they had a secure stroller parking area.
Upon checking your child in, it's the same as other play places where they take a photo of you and your kid, and even get your finger print for security and monitoring purposes. I think the rate for Unlimited play is Php 200. They also sell socks for only Php 15 in case you didn't bring any.
Upon entering, a mini carousel awaits your little child. It's very slow, fully padded. So cute!
And there are other padded stuff that turns or that you can jump on.
I thought this slide with running water inside looked interesting. Sorry I couldn't get a closer photo. This was as far as my zoom lens could go. And as much as I would like to be the one to play with Rain inside and take better photos, I couldn't really count on the yaya to do my errands for me hehehe.
Further towards the back, is a cool looking padded tropical tree that have long hanging coconuts that the kids can swing on like Tarzan.
And then there was the other side of AustinLand where the other exciting stuff was. Like ball pools and slides! My little Rainbow loves slides! You can't see this part anymore from the waiting area bar. But you can walk and go around and watch your child through the nets.
And so I went around the other side to take a photo of her sliding down before I went off to do my errands.
While AustinLand was really fun for Rain, I came back after an hour or so to check on her. And then I saw her just patiently sitting my one of the plastic toy cars and steering the wheel in place, her yaya sitting on the floor beside the car. Then as soon as they saw me, they went to me and her yaya told me that Rain went on the trampoline earlier (yes apparently there was a trampoline somewhere inside). She was fine until that one jump where she landed out of rhythm with the bounce of the trampoline, resulting to a bad landing. The yaya said she cried for a while. But when she put her down she noticed that when Rain tried to walk, she was limping a bit. So that's why they stopped playing and just stayed by the toy car for the rest of the duration :-(
Sigh... I was so upset that she didn't try to contact me as soon as it happened. I'm sure she was scared. But of course matters like these should be attended to immediately! Also, The staff has my contact number on record. Isn't that why they get the parent's contact details? She could have told the staff to get in touch with me if she didn't have load.
Yes it was an accident. It could very well have happened even if I was the one inside with Rain. So I told the yaya that Rain shouldn't play with trampolines just yet. But I also just wish they had one or two roaming staff inside to check on everything, if everyone is playing with the stuff properly, or if certain kids are old enough to go on a certain contraption to avoid accidents such as this. Rain was too small and too young to be jumping on that trampoline. Obviously lesson learned the hard way. I can't really put the blame on anyone. But I'm just saying these simple accidents could have been avoided. Thank God it wasn't a bad bloody one
Thankfully there was a clinic at the top floor of Robinsons where I had Rain checked. Unfortunately, their pedia was out of town but they made me talk to her over the phone. She said to just observe and put ice since Rain didn't look or sound like she was in pain. (She was actually playing with her toys at this point). And again thankfully later that day she started walking normally again.
Just thought of sharing this experience to first time moms of toddlers. I know it's hard to see everything inside the play place if it's age-appropriate, but I guess best to ask the staff so you can already give instructions to your child's care taker on what stuff to play and what not to play with.
These play places are heaven-sent for me and I really enjoy seeing Rain have a great time. So we still go to a lot of other play places. We just take more caution this time :-)