Funarium, The Biggest Indoor Playground in Bangkok: A Review

           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

             Funarium is the largest indoor playground in Bangkok. 

This is what you will see coming from the side of the Funarium building.

This is what you will see coming from the side of the Funarium building.

Entrance to Funarium

Entrance to Funarium

This is where tickets are sold. You'll see it right away upon entering Funarium. It's on the right.

This is where tickets are sold. You’ll see it right away upon entering Funarium. It’s on the right.

                Funarium is divided into four sub-zones: Toddler, Junior, Sports, Sand and Water.

Toddler Sub-zone

          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.

This is the Toddler sub-zone.

This is the Toddler sub-zone. The note says “This play area is for under 4’s only.”

The Toddler sub-zone is fully-padded and has a ball pool and slides.

The Toddler sub-zone is fully-padded and has a ball pool and slides.

The ball pool

The ball pool

Lots of safe space for toddlers to practice walking.

Lots of safe space for toddlers to practice walking.

Zuri playing with the baby bouncer

Zuri playing with the baby bouncer

Trying the other bouncer

Trying the other bouncer

The Toddler sub-zone also has soft blocks and bricks and some other baby toys.

The Toddler sub-zone also has soft blocks and bricks and some other baby toys.

Big, soft blocks that babies and toddlers can play with

Big, soft blocks that babies and toddlers can play with

Giant bricks for the toddlers to play with. These are soft and safe.

Giant bricks for the toddlers to play with. These are soft and safe.

Some baby toys

Some baby toys

Even the fully-padded walls have something to keep the children entertained.

Even the fully-padded walls have something to keep the children entertained.

This kept Zuri entertained for a while.

This kept Zuri entertained for a while.

Zuri had so much fun trying to climb on the padded stairs.

Zuri had so much fun trying to climb on the padded stairs.

 

 

Junior Sub-zone

          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.

This is the Junior sub-zone.

This is the Junior sub-zone.

The slides in the Junior sub-zone are way taller and bigger and are geared towards older children.

The slides in the Junior sub-zone are way taller and bigger and are geared towards older children.

This is the tall spiral slide in the Junior sub-zone.

This is the tall spiral slide in the Junior sub-zone.

The Junior sub-zone has enough space for older children to run around, climb and tumble.

The Junior sub-zone has enough space for older children to run around, climb and tumble.

Another attraction inside the Junior sub-zone

Another attraction inside the Junior sub-zone

Sports Sub-zone

          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.

This is the Sports sub-zone.

This is the Sports sub-zone.

The basketball/football court

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.

This is the Sand and Water sub-zone.

This is the Sand and Water sub-zone.

The sand pit

The sand pit

The puddle pool

The puddle pool

A tent at the Sand and Water sub-zone

A tent at the Sand and Water sub-zone

Oops, someone is sleepy... :)

Oops, someone is sleepy… 🙂

          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.

Activity Zone

          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.

This is the door to the Arts and Crafts Room located on the second floor.

This is the door to the Arts and Crafts Room located on the second floor.

This is the Arts and Crafts Room of the Activity Zone.

This is the Arts and Crafts Room of the Activity Zone.

Paints, crayons and other art materials are provided for the children.

Paints, crayons and other art materials are provided for the children.

A long table with small chairs and art materials

A long table with small chairs and art materials

Zuri chose a Mickey Mouse drawing.

Zuri chose a Mickey Mouse drawing.

The kids' works are displayed in the Arts and Crafts Room.

The kids’ works are displayed in the Arts and Crafts Room.

Some crafts in the Arts and Crafts Room

Some crafts in the Arts and Crafts Room

Zuri's artwork

Zuri’s artwork

Fun Cafe

          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.

The Fun Cafe

The Fun Cafe

This is where to order food.

This is where to order food.

The 200+ Peso carbonara and Coke meal from Fun Cafe

The 200+ Peso carbonara and Coke meal from Fun Cafe

Zuri sitting in a high chair in Fun Cafe. Seen at the background is the Toddler sub-zone, just a few steps away from Fun Cafe.

Zuri sitting in a high chair in Fun Cafe. Seen at the background is the Toddler sub-zone, just a few steps away from Fun Cafe.

Fun Cafe has lots of high chairs like this for the little ones to use.

Fun Cafe has lots of high chairs like this for the little ones to use.

Yummy-looking ice cream, THB50 per scoop

Yummy-looking ice cream, THB50 per scoop

Cake slices sold at THB 75 each (Php 103) and cupcakes sold at THB 65 each (Php 90).

Cake slices sold at THB 75 each (Php 103) and cupcakes sold at THB 65 each (Php 90).

Some Jell-O

Some Jell-O

To summarize, here are 9 things I like about Funarium:

1.  Indoors

         Almost all zones are indoors and air-conditioned (except for the Sand and Water sub-zone), providing relief from the hot Bangkok weather.

2.  Safe

         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).

4.  Affordable

         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.

Zuri and me in front of the Mothercare store at the entrance of Funarium. We did not buy anything because prices were just the same as those in Manila, if not more expensive.

Zuri and me in front of the Mothercare store at the entrance of Funarium. We did not buy anything because prices were just the same as those in Manila, if not more expensive.

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.

The Parents’ Room with free wi-fi

The Parents’ Room with free wi-fi

       

          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.

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