Saturday, 17 August 2013

Polliwogs, Snow City, Durian party

I like to take opportunity of 'free' no school days to take them out. Everywhere is less crowded and sometimes entry fees are cheaper.

My dear friend's kids who are in the French school seldom get a chance to play with my kids as their holidays are not in sync. So today was a perfect chance to take them out together. We went to Polliwogs at Robertson Walk. This place is best for 1-8 year olds.
Not crowded as it was 10am on a Friday
Although the play area looks rather small compared to a lot of other indoor playgrounds the kids seemed to enjoy themselves. They took a break and we ordered some munchies to tide them over till lunch.
Nuggets, fish fingers, onion rings, fries
The snack platter is enough to feed 5 kids for a snack ($19.80).

They have a separate play area for 0-3 year olds. This place does get very crowded and noisy on the weekends.
Play area for 0-3 year olds
By 12.30 they had about enough of playing and we adjourned for lunch. We took a stroll down towards the river and had lunch at Shunjuu. The kids love eating the morsels of food from the grilled sticks.
Their faves: cheese with pork, rice cake, ox tongue
Next it was off to pick #2 from school and head over to what they were looking forward to: Snow city. We met another friend and her son there and they were all so excited. The last time I went there must have been a good 7 or 8 years back. Only #2 and #3 had a recollection of the place. We got suited up and entered the snow area. (Cameras are not allowed inside)
Why are my hands so huge..
#4 exclaimed, "Huh just like that? I thought it was a city?" (she imagined they were going to play snow, build snowmen, throw snow at each other). I assumed they knew what the place was like so I forgot to explain to them what exactly it was going to be. The name is also a little misleading. I think it should be called "Giant Ice Slide Playground" because basically, the main thing you do there is to walk to the top, wait your turn, and slide all the way down. And repeat.

At first they were a little apprehensive as the slide did look rather intimidating. They saw little kids as young as 3 having so much fun sliding down again and again that they decided they should give it a go. When he reached the top, #5 was terrified and wanted to back out. They all encouraged him and the staff said he could sit on his elder sister if he preferred. In the end, the 4 of them sat on their own rings, held hands and went down together. They said it was really fun and wasn't as scary as it looked and they started trooping up the stairs for more rounds.

Admission fees was for a 2 hour play and includes the loan of the jacket. Jeans are allowed, however I saw quite a few kids coming out with their jeans wet. So if you are not going straight home, either bring a change of clothes or rent their waterproof pants. They do allow woollen gloves if you have your own, but my kids came out with their gloves soaking wet and their fingers very cold. So it's a good idea to rent their proper gloves. The temperature is a cold -12degrees and their ears and faces were all red.

After 2 hours of the slide, they were happy, exhausted, and ready to leave. We got some snacks like fishballs, popcorn chicken and hot milo from the cafĂ©. They have proper food like spaghetti bolognese and fish and chips etc but the seats are rather limited.

We got home and we all missed our dear little Kate. She still wasn't fully recovered and didn't have much of an appetite. Daddy went to market and bought her a nice, fresh fish for her dinner.
Where did you all go the whole day
I had a warm shower, sat with the kids for their dinner, then it was off for a 'Durian party' with some mummy friends.
Saving the best for last - mao shan wang

Followed by juicy mangosteen
What a yummy and relaxing end to a long day of fun.

Sane tip: Kids do influence each other. My kids are not very daring, but my friend's son is fearless. If he wasn't around, I would probably have to spend alot more effort in persuading them to try the slide the first time. If you have a timid child, it would not be a good idea to go along with another timid friend, especially for the 1st time.

Save tip: The passion card has a good family deal for Snow City - $49 for 2 adults and 2 children.

Polliwogs
11 Unity Street #02-18
Robertson Walk S(237995)
Tel: 67370982

Shunjuu
30 Robertson Quay
#01-15 Riverside View S(238215)
Tel: 68873577

Snow City
21 Jurong Town Hall Road
S (609433)
Tel: 65602306



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