Hi! I’m Kay and this is my first travel post. This is the first of my Bangkok series. If you will be going to Bangkok on a budget with kids, this series might be able to help you. Read on! 🙂
Daddy Rupert, Baby Zuri and I stayed in Bangkok, Thailand in April 2012 for 6 days 5 nights. Daddy Rupert went there for business and Zuri and I tagged along for a short vacation. At that time, she was only 11 months old. Since Daddy Rupert had work to do, it was mostly just me and Zuri who explored the city during weekdays. Our itinerary was basically child-friendly and cheap.
Funarium is the largest indoor playground in Bangkok.
Funarium is divided into four sub-zones: Toddler, Junior, Sports, Sand and Water.
The Toddler sub-zone is for children up to 4 years old. It has soft play equipment ideal for babies who are just beginning to learn how to walk. Children older than 4 years old are not allowed in this area, making sure that smaller children will not be trampled on by older, more active kids. To enter this sub-zone, a guardian is needed to accompany the children. Zuri and I spent most of our time here. It was a weekday and the place was not at all crowded.
The Junior sub-zone is a two-storey-tall play structure designed for children ages 4-13 years old. It is ideal for climbing, jumping, crawling. Children need not be accompanied by a guardian.
The Sports sub-zone has a bicycle rink and a basketball/football court. The outer area of the Sports sub-zone is the bicycle rink while the inner area is the basketball/football court.
Sand and Water Sub-zone
The Sand and Water sub-zone is located outdoors and has a sand pit and a puddle pool. Plastic toys like buckets and shovels are also provided. We also spent some time here.
Having a sand and water area gives children more options for play aside from the more common plastic and foam play structures. The downside of the Sand and Water sub-zone, however, is the blistering Bangkok heat which you can feel even under the shade.
Aside from the aforementioned four sub-zones, Funarium also has an Activity Zone where kids can color, paint and do some crafts. We tried this out and this was where Zuri made her very first work of art.
Before going back to the hotel, I decided to sample the food at Fun Cafe. It is located inside Funarium just a few steps from the play structures. I bought an order of carbonara and a can of Coke. From what I remember, I spent Php 200+ for our meal. The taste was just okay, not bad but not rave-worthy either. The serving was just enough for the two of us.
To summarize, here are 9 things I like about Funarium:
Almost all zones are indoors and air-conditioned (except for the Sand and Water sub-zone), providing relief from the hot Bangkok weather.
The Toddler sub-zone is strictly for toddlers. This keeps them away from rough play by older kids. Play structures are fully-padded.
3. Has various activities
It provides a variety of activities all inclusive in the entrance fee (soft play, arts and crafts, sand and water play).
I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Zuri could go in for free because she was less than a year old. I only paid the 90-Baht guardian’s fee good for unlimited play (around Php 124). See updated rates at the end of this blog.
5. Easy to find
Funarium is just a very short taxi ride away from our hotel in Sukhumvit (Emporium Suites by Chatrium). See the address at the end of this blog.
6. Hands-on staff
There are staff members ready to assist everywhere. The staffs in the Toddler sub-zone are hands-on and really play with the kids. The Arts and Craft Room have staff members ready to assist the children.
7. Okay food
Fun Cafe serves child-friendly food that is okay in taste and not exorbitant in price. It is also very accessible. No need to walk far when you and the children are hungry and tired after play.
8. Mothercare store
There is a Mothercare store at the entrance for those who want to do a bit of shopping.
9. Free Parents’ Room
There is a Parents’ Room where parents can comfortably relax while waiting for their children. It is air-conditioned and free-of-charge.
I would say our visit to Funarium was an enjoyable and productive one. Zuri was able to crawl a lot, walk a little and meet other kids her age and I was able to chat with other mommies.
Funarium is located at 111/1 Sukhumvit 26, Bangkok 10110. Open Mon – Thurs 9:00 am to 6:00 pm; Fri, Sat and public holidays 9:00 am to 7:00 pm. Socks are required, so don’t forget to bring your own. Funarium also sells socks for those who didn’t bring any.
Here are the new rates taken from their website, updated last May 2014:
Weekdays (Unlimited Play):
Small (height up to 105 cm) – 200 Baht (around 275 Pesos)
Medium (height over 105 and up to 13 years old) – 320 Baht (around 440 Pesos)
Large (Adults and children over 13 years old) – 110 Baht (around 150 Pesos)
Weekends and Public Holidays:
Small (height up to 105 cm) – 200 Baht (275 Pesos) for 3 hours; each subsequent 30 minutes or part thereof: 40 Baht (around 55 Pesos)
Medium (height over 105 and up to 13 years old) – 320 Baht (440 Pesos) for 3 hours: each subsequent 30 minutes or part thereof: 60 Baht (around 82 Pesos)
Large (Adults and children over 13 years old) – 110 Baht (150 Pesos)
For more information, visit www.funarium.co.th.
Thanks for reading!
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