We all know how important couple-time is for time-starved parents. If you’re not in a position to “beg” your own parents or the in-laws for babysitting help, so that you can snag some much-needed time off, you’d be hard put to find a place that will keep your young ’uns safe, yet entertained. Here are several spots that promise to ensure that junior stays happy and safe while you get some paktor time!
Cookie & Monkey Kids Lounge
WHERE: #02-105 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 6222-2868.
WHAT: Open to kids aged 2 and above, this lounge boasts toys, as well as a TV, to keep your munchkin entertained. Besides supervising your kids, they will bring them to the bathroom when needed. In addition, since it’s home to plenty of restaurants (like Jamie’s and Modesto’s), ViviCity is a great place to enjoy a meal and maybe even a movie.
PRICE: It costs $15 for the first hour and $12 for subsequent hour thereafter.
Westgate Kids Club
WHERE: #05-03 Westgate Shopping Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, 6908-3736.
WHAT: If you live in the western part of the island, you’re probably already well-acquainted with this mall. But did you know it has a Kids Club on level 5? The huge variety of toys, books, Lego, colouring materials and even a Samsung Galaxy Tab kid’s tablet should thrill your little one. Westgate offers a plethora of dining and retail options, so you can have dinner, and even do a spot of shopping.
PRICE: Pay $15/two hours for the drop-off service ― available to kids aged 6 to 12. Or redeem two hours of play when you spend $30 at the mall (for Kids Club members) or $60 for non-Kid Club members
Fun N Laughter
WHERE: #B2-32 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, 6509-9766.
WHAT: This indoor playground doesn’t offer an official drop-off service, but a check with the staff shows that they do welcome drop-offs. To ease your anxiety, at least two minders will watch the kids while they play. The little ones will busy themselves at the slides, ball pits, climbing structures and toddler play area. So, go ahead and plan to chow down at the mall (pick from eateries like Momiji Japanese Buffet Restaurant and Breeks Café), or take in a movie at GV Cineplex.
PRICE: Unlimited play on weekdays for kids above 2 years costs $18, whole those under 2 pay $12. On weekends, a two-hour play slot costs $23 and $16 respectively.
WHERE: #06-19 Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road, 6732-0087.
WHAT: Why not enjoy your special moment together confident in the knowledge that junior is spending his time productively at MindChamps? This learning centre runs a childminding service at its Paragon outlet every Saturday between 11am and 5pm. It has three 30-minute programmes for your child ― either a reading, cooking or gym session. Though the service will not be offered on 6 and 13 February because of Chinese New Year, it’ll resume on 20 February. Do keep this place in mind if you ever want a breather with the hubs. Dropping your kid off right in the heart of Orchard Road means you’ll have your pick of countless lovely dining options for your one-on-one.
PRICE: Each session costs $9 and you can make your booking at www.mindchamps.org/current-promotions.
WHERE: #04-K03 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road, 6334-3955, or Level 5 Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road, 6735-7369.
WHAT: If you’re raising a “craftholic” kid, he’d want to spend time at Fidgets Island while you chill out with the mister. Suitable for kids aged 4 and above, Fidgets Island is an art-and craft shop where kiddos can tackle a craft activity of their choice, under the guidance of the staff.
PRICE: At Jem, a classic craft ― such as creating a racing car or a coin bank ― costs $15 for the first 45 minutes and an additional $6 per subsequent 30-minute block. Prices at the Paragon outlet cost between $15 for a 30-minute express craft activity and $25 for a 90-minute long session.
Småland at Ikea
WHERE: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, or 317 Alexandra Road, 6786-6868.
WHAT: If looking at beautiful home interiors sans junior counts as a date for you, then head to Ikea. You’ll only be able to drop them off at Småland for an hour ― but it’s an hour of kid-free couple time! Your mini-me will have free reign of the play area, get to climb on the colourful structures, or even watch a movie. Kids must be between 0.9m and 1.3m in height, as well as toilet-trained before they can allowed to enter.
PRICE: Free of charge!
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