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Pretend Play @ The City, Liang Court

Monday, 15 May 2017

When Kidzania first opened, we wanted to bring the boys there. However, after reading reviews of the place, we felt they were not suitable. They are not that patient to wait for their turns and might not be able to fully follow the rules and instructions compared to other older kids. 

If you have a child who is keen in pretend play but is too young for Kidzania, you might want to try out The City. Designed for 2 to 8 year-olds, The City is an indoor playground that allows children to try out the different occupations in a city. 


Let's find out what are the jobs available at The City!

Police Station



The police station comes with the police uniform and police cars. This gotta be my boys' favourite station, not because of the dress-up but because of the police cars! 


Children can ride the cars around the track and pretend to be police chasing after thieves. Do keep a lookout for these cars if your children are playing around the area as the cars can get pretty fast. The staffs do go around telling the drivers to be mindful of the speed, but when cars and boys go together, it's fast and furious! Unfortunately, Big J really got into an accident and bump into one of the staffs. So sorry about that!

Supermarket



The supermarket is the biggest play area at The City and is also the favourite of almost all the children who visit the playground. The mini trolleys, real packaging of the goods and being a cashier make the experience so real.


What I like about the supermarket is the use of the real packaging of the food and products, just like shopping in a real supermarket! It also raises the awareness of recycling to the children.


In the supermarket, the child can be a shopper. There are shopping lists which the child can use to purchase items. Prices of the items are placed near the items so the child can learn about money and budgeting. 


Apart from being a shopper, the child can also choose to be a cashier. Here, the cashier will scan the items, input the price into the cash register, total up the purchase and bag up the purchases with the recycle bag. The shopper will pay for his purchase with 'City Dollars'. How real!



The Heroes



In the Heroes area, the child can use the foam blocks to create whatever they can imagine. This is where the child can be his own hero of his city, building the city of his dream. 

To add an educational element, there are pictures cards which challenge the child to build a structure as seen in the picture. Staffs will be around to guide and help the child.


Of course, you are free to let your imagination run wild and build your own city or even to destroy them.


Together with the help from Daddy, the boys built a car fortress! The boys had great fun hiding inside the car and scaring each other as they jumped out of the hole.


Classroom



In the classroom, there are educational toys such as construction toys, puzzles and letter games. Children can pretend to be students or even teachers. 



There is also a world map in the classroom. There are some activities written on the board that encourage your child to learn about the world.


Post Office



Next up is the post office. Here, the child can write little postcards as send it out. Crayons, stamps and cards are provided.


The child can also pretend to be a postman. Here's Small J collecting the postcards from the mailbox and sorting them into the different slots at the post office.


Clinic



For children who like playing doctor, they will enjoy the clinic. There are some dolls and soft toys which the children can pretend to give them a check-up. There is also a huge poster on the wall showing the parts of the body.


Salon


There is also a salon where children help to dress up the dolls with accessories. My boys have no interest in this though.



Cafe



In the middle of the playground is the pretend cafe. It comes with a kitchen which is well-equipped with pretend food and equipment. There are also tables and chairs for the customers. 


A menu is also provided to make the dining experience more realistic. The child can take order from the customer and prepare the food for serving.


Dress Up


If your child loves playing dress up, there is quite a variety of costumes, from princess to superhero, over here. 


Facilities


Like most indoor playgrounds, The City has a lounge area for parents to sit back and relax. They do not serve hot food but has some simple snacks and drinks for sale. Free WiFi is also available. However, do note that there is no nursing or changing facilities available in the playground.


There is also a party room if you are looking for a place for birthday celebrations. Check out the birthday packages available here.


Verdict


We visited The City on a weekend and spent about 2 hours there. For my energetic boys, they enjoyed driving the Police car, playing at the Supermarket and building and destroying towers at the Heroes area.

I really like the use of real empty packaging for the supermarket which makes the experience more realistic. Apart from just normal pretend play, The City also adds on an educational element to the play. For example, learning about money at the supermarket, body parts and personal hygiene at the clinic, construction and imagination at the classroom and heroes area and many more. There also have staffs who go around 'popping' in and engaging with the child in their play.

If your child really likes pretend play or enjoys dressing up, they would definitely like The City. I think this is will be a good place to try out pretend play if your child is still too young for Kidzania. 

Admission Rates


Children can enjoy unlimited play time on Weekdays and 2 hours playtime on Weekends, Public Holidays and School Holidays.

Babies under 1 year: Free (if accompanied by a paid sibling)
Under 2 years old: $18
2 years and above: $22
Adults: Free

For more information about membership and package promotion, please refer to here.

GIVEAWAY


Thanks to The City, we have 2 entry passes to giveaway to 2 lucky winners (1 pass per winner)! 

Simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter below to win! Giveaway ends Sunday, 21 May 2017, 11:59pm. 

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Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Sunday, 21 May 2017, 2359 hours (Singapore time).
2. Open to Singapore residents only.
3. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
4. Limited to one winner per household.
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The City


The City Flagship (Liang Court)
Address: 177 River Valley Road, #03-04A Liang Court, Singapore 179030
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm, Daily
Contact No: 62506507

Email: info@thecity.com.sg

The City @ Katong
Address: 112 East Coast Road, #03-31 i12 Katong, Singapore 428802
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm, Daily
Contact No: 64441520

Email: katong@thecity.com.sg

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Disclaimer: We were invited to The City for a play session for the purpose of this review. No monetary compensation was involved. All opinions, texts and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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