Once in a while I take my kids to those play rooms at malls where you pay a certain fee and just leave them there to play as long as they want (or as long as it takes for you to finish shopping). So last week we tried this new play area that had just opened in Empire, Subang Jaya.
It wasn't planned.
The initial plan (Plan A) was to go for her usual ballet class, have brunch at the nearby mall and head home. We missed my daughter's ballet class that morning due to some embarrassing and dense blunder (which I won't go into right now) so we decided to head to one of the malls near us for lunch. After our meal my cousin and I decided to take a stroll in the mall, window shopping, when we suddenly thought of that place near Toys R Us and decided to check it out.
The funny thing is that the name of the place is called Kidzooonia. No, it's not a typo and yes, it has three O's. From the name I figured one can imagine a cross between Kidzania and the zoo or maybe the zoo for kids?
Anyway, it's actually not that bad at all. You pay RM10 on weekdays or RM15 on weekends (and public holidays, I guess) and you can let them play for an unlimited time, well, at least until the mall closes at 10pm.
There was also a bouncing castle at the end of it and an area for the kids to play with huge, lego-like bricks at one corner. The rule says that at least one adult has to accompany the kids but if you want to leave your kids you may do so at your own risk, although, the kids have their own numbered bracelet tags and only you are allowed to take your kids out and you'd also have to sign in and out.
Needless to say, my kids had a lot of fun on that day. Getting them to leave was a struggle but at least they were tired enough that they slept once we got home and mommy could continue with the house chores without any disturbance.
So, plan B worked.