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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Petite Park Play!

After a quick lunch at Changi City Point, we headed to The Petite Park, an indoor playground located at Level 2 of the mall. It was pretty packed since today was a public holiday, but we felt it was good experience for Aiden to interact with the other kids. One parent can accompany the kid, so Daddy Darren went with him.

This indoor playground is a colorful, well padded environment with 2 main areas: Active Play and Pretend Play. It is a safe place for younger kids (Age 1 - 3) to play independently, but they need to look out for the rougher, older kids who jumps and pushes their way through. Without hesitation, Aiden rushed towards the Active Play area and immersed himself in balloon play. Daddy Darren usually allows Aiden space to explore on his own and only intervene when necessary, like another kid bullying Aiden and he can't handle it on his own. This happened at one spot where the bigger kids refuse to let Aiden ride on a car, and Daddy Darren had to ask them to queue for their turn and take turns to ride.

We noticed that Aiden enjoys playing in the balloon area and ball pit, and is pretty apprehensive about the giant inflatable slide / bouncing castle. Though this boy is quite adventurous, he is also wary of some structures. He can be quite the humpty dumpty too, as he rolled down a flight of steps, on his way down! Onlookers were dumbfounded and their jaws dropped while Daddy Darren was pretty cool about it, checking for any injuries after, while Aiden picked himself up and continued playing. This boy is really hardy but breaks my heart sometimes to see him hurt himself.

Aiden enjoys playing at The Pretend Play area too. He enjoys playing with the train set and can pretend play well with the food pieces. Interesting to see him spending more than half an hour playing independently in this area. Only occasionally getting upset when a kid takes away one of the trains when he was playing with them. He needs to be more open about sharing and looking at other options around him when this happens. This area is good for developing your child's imagination and creativity.

Overall, The Petite Park is great for your active toddler to channel all his energy. After two hours of play time, Aiden was visibly worn out and he fell asleep after dinner on the way home. Perfect. More time to ourselves.
For those of you who would like to visit The Petite Park, here are the opening hours and rates:
  • Mon – Fri: 10.30 am to 8 pm
  • Sat / Sun / PH: 10.30 am to 9 pm
  • Weekdays - $16 for unlimited playtime per visit
  • Weekends & Public Holidays - $18 for 2 hours and $6 for each hour thereafter | Less than 9 months old: Free


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