[ Updated 28 Dec 2016* ] Hokey Pokey comes into the indoor play scene in Singapore in 2012. This space is targeted at kids 6 mths – 6 years old and aimed to provide a place where kids can learn through play while the adults relax.
The owners kindly invited us to check it out, so off we go even though we had thought it might not be our cup of tea initially.
Unlike the indoor playgrounds that have only have structures for kids to work out physically, this play space offers lots of toys and props to encourage kids to explore and learn.
There are slides and ball pools which the kids love but we can see lot of thoughts and research have been done from the toy selections and how the space is divided to space where kids can play pretend, explore with music and learn. The boys were immediately attracted to the wooden train set in front of the toy shelf.
Toys sets are not too cramp but still at close proximity to each other. The castle theme play house stands just between the train set and slide.
No indoor play space will be complete without a ball pool. This one have 3. The big one with steps and slides for the bigger kids, a medium one and an inflatable one with detachable mini inflatable donuts. The babies love the inflatable one and the couple of 7 year olds in our group were happy making their rounds for each of the ball pool.
The pretend play section is offers lots props for kids to explore. We were especially impress with the stock of kitchenettes and play food available. We counted at least 5 kitchenettes, at least one which comes with stove that will light up. There is a mini cafe too and the kids were busy playing cooks, waiters and customers, taking orders and serving up food.
There are also other pretend play props like shopping cart, baby dolls, tubs, mop and iron. The older kids like the work station that comes with a “drill” that actually spins.
The music corner is another interesting gem. After the kids have enough action at the ball pool, they start to explore the drums and percussion. There is also a music table with bells and cymbals and a number of little pianos/keyboards/musical tables. We spotted LeapFrog Learn & Groove™ Musical Table, a favorite with my boy when he was between 1-3 years old.
There are also plenty of activities for the active kids …like the roller coaster.
There are also many variety of cars, fire engines and scooters for those who like to be on wheels.
Overall, the kids have plenty of fun during our 2 hours there. We thought such a space is great for play dates where you don’t want the kids to just run wild but play with more educational stuff. The space is especially good for the younger ones as there are plenty more things to keep them busy and learning.
The owners provide complementary lockers and even a changing table for the care givers. A good range of drinks were available at a reasonable price. The price point is a little high at $25 for non members (unlimited play for weekdays and 2 hours for weekend), which include entrance for one accompanying adult. Members cost is $15 with a membership fee of 50 bucks. They throw free entries and other perks with other perks though, so it could be quite worth while for frequent visitors.
3 Temasek Boulevard #03-027E/F Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983 (Near the Cinema)
9 Raffles Boulevard #02-42 Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: Sun – Thur: 10am to 7pm, Fri – Sat: 10am to 9pm
*Hokey Pokey closed the Millenia Walk outlet. The Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall remains