So remember that time when I was venting out that there were no play places in Greenhills where I could leave my 2 year old daughter to play while I attended to something? Turns out I was wrong. There IS a play place in Greenhills. And apparently, it's been there for TEN YEARS!
It's located in Shopsville beside Netopia on the 2nd floor, in one of those back halls. No wonder I have never seen them before! So as soon as we got the chance to schedule it, off I went with Rain!
At first peek, one can't help but compare it to the newer and grander play places in huge malls. Sorry but it can't be helped. I've seen 2 or 3 amazing and huge play places with gigantic slides, and that have been constructed to make you feel like you're in Play World instead of just a play place. Kid's Workshop is around 100 square meters, with slides and obstacles and lots of toys. BUT later on, I found out that Kid's Workshop is an excellent example of the saying "don't judge a book by its cover".
Will explain later on why I think Kid's Workshop is pretty special. First, a quick tour...
Upon entering the play area, your kids are greeted with these cool wooden rocking horses!
Rain loved it!
Or if your kid fancies automobiles over horses, they also have two cute little tikes cars, and in the corner, there's even a gas station.
There's also a small hut, with a soft cushioned mad so kids can lay down a bit, play puzzles, and more!
There's a 2nd floor on the left side where a little house is situated. Looks like a tree house, without the tree.
The more conventional slide
The fun hanging bridge in the middle. It's actually quite scary to walk through it! Hahaha! Even I got a bit scared! Rain was also very careful when she felt how wobbly the bridge was. But she managed. After all, that's part of the fun of hanging bridges!
When you cross the bridge, you'll see a big Ship's wheel. This is the part where you can play Pirate! ARRRRR!
When your kids feel like cooking a meal, they can always pretend play at the kitchen area. There are actual cupboards, pretend sinks, even a pretend microwave and ref!
Share a seat, win a friend! Haha!
Rain served me veggies!
And she even ironed some clothes
After that she went to her dresser to "retouch" haha!
What Makes Kid's Workshop Special?
Let me count the ways....
Books. So far, in all the play places I've taken Rain to, to my recollection, this is the only one that has lots of books free for everyone to read! There's a book shelf in the play area...
And another bookshelf in the second level.
Rain was immediately grabbed this Disney Princess 5 Minute Princess Stories featuring of course the famous Disney Princesses!
On the second floor is a little heaven for bigger kids because there are two gaming consoles free for everyone to use.
And this is the little play house. It's a simple small room with building blocks, small tables, and chairs. It's quite dark though. There's one faint light bulb, but no worries because I saw that it has a CCTV camera since it's a hidden area.
Aside from the cool books and gaming consoles, what really makes them even more special are...
Even if the place is quite small, there's always someone to guide and watch over the kids. To make sure they're safe, to help them climb obstacles, and more importantly, to interact with the kids. They're all really good with kids. You can tell they're not just there because it's their job, but because they genuinely care about kids. This was the vibe I got from them when we were there :-)
An hour or so later, one of the guardians called everyone for Music time! She placed a mat in the middle where the kids could sit comfortable, gave them each a pair of drumsticks with tassels (Except Rain. Her drumsticks didn't have any tassels since she might trip on them. Anyway, they played a video that they will need to imitate.
Also, I guess the instruments are different each time.
Here's a quick video of their music activity that afternoon! I like the idea that the activities are quite short, so that it doesn't get boring after a while. The duration is just enough for a toddler's attention span. Well, in the case of "Princess" Rain, after a while she went to the back and sat in one of the chairs. But still continued her drum tapping while sitting down hahaha!
Although it's for an additional fee, they also have art sessions. They provide kids with fun materials shaped in animals or swords, and the kids can have dun dressing them up and personalizing them with laces, foam confetti, colored markers, etc.
Upon checking your kids in, the staff will ask you if you will allow your kids to get some snacks from their snack shelf in case they get hungry while playing. And then the cost will just be added later on upon check out. If you agree, they will check with you to see if your kid has any food allergies. This is a smart idea in case the children's parents arrive a little later than planned, and this also means they won't have to leave the area to grab a quick snack.
Oh, and by the way, there's a toilette and wash bin inside the play area so kids and their guardians don't need to leave the play area if they need to do number 1. Or 2. Haha!
Kid's Workshop has a Fun Club that you can sign your kids up for with great perks:
- Members can use the discount coupons for KidsPlay, KidsArt, KidsParties, KidsPlayDates and for the renewal of membership.
- Discount coupons are transferable except for 2 coupons
- Members are entitled to one (1) FREE Unlimited KidsPlay Birthday coupon which is valid on the member’s birth month
- Members get 15% + 5% off on KidsParties (Yes you can rent them for birthday parties!) + a free 30 minutes extension if the party is held from 10 am – 1230 pm.
- Members get early bird discounts and priority booking for KidsEvents
- Members may attend an annual KidsFUNclub Get2Gether at 75% off. Invited guests get 50% off.
The Fun Club fee is only 550 pesos per child for 1 year membership. This already includes your kid's membership card and discount coupons.
So even if the place doesn't look as fancy as the newer and bigger play places, their activities definitely help children's creativity, imagination, and most importantly it gives them the chance to do activities with the other kids as a group, and not just play by themselves in different corners of the play room. Most importantly, you know your child is in good hands with the kind staff.
2/F Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
Official website: http://www.kidsworkshopghills.com/
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm