Waka Waka by The Polliwogs - A safari-themed indoor playground that builds confidence in kids {Review & Giveaway}

Posted by ~Summer~ on 2.12.16
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We love indoor playgrounds. Well, which kid and which parent doesn't?

It's one of the best and easiest places to bring your kids, knowing that you will not be affected by wet weather, your child will be in a childproof and safe environment, your kids of different ages will be entertained, you won't have trouble finding a diaper changing station, and if you are lucky (and do not have a baby who sticks to you), you might even be able to chill out at the café and relax over a cup of tea.

Now, what if there is a playground that enables your child to learn through play, overcome obstacles and build up a sense of confidence in the midst? When we heard about the newly opened Waka Waka by the Polliwogs which has an unique concept with a Safari theme, I knew that we had to give it a try. 

Location 

Situated at Level 5 of Annex@Furama, which is next to Furama Riverfront Hotel, I can't say that this playground is easily accessible, especially for mums like me who usually travel by public transport. The nearest MRT station is Outram Park and a walk on foot took us around 20 minutes, which can be quite unbearable especially if you are pushing a pram with a baby and holding onto two other kids on a hot day. If you can, do try to take a bus so that you don't have to walk so far or better still, drive or get the hubby to fetch you here.


Once you get out of the elevator, you will see the entrance to Waka Waka. The shoe rack and stroller parking area are outside of the main entrance, which means that you will need to change into your socks and leave your shoes and stroller outside before you can enter. The area is a little cramped and I did think it would be better this was placed inside of the premises so that we could sit down and get ourselves ready without having to perspire all over.



The moment I entered the place, I was blown away by the sheer size of it. It must be one of the biggest playgrounds we've been too and we were just too excited to start exploring every corner of it. Let us show you around!



Junior Area

The Junior Area is catered for babies and toddlers below the height of 90cm, although there is no strict rule that older kids can't play here too. I usually find that this area tends to be limited and small in most playgrounds, so I was pleasantly surprised to see that the size was decent and there was an array of activities to occupy the kids. In fact, we spent nearly half an hour here because the kids were too engrossed in trying out everything they saw.








Besides a fun, big bouncy castle complete with a slide, there are also sensory wall panels, a brick house for you to build, a slide with real water in it and a water bed that works like a trampoline and you can even find sea creatures below. How awesome, right? I seriously think my baby can stay here for hours and not be bored, and the sisters will be equally happy to stay here with him. That is, before they go on to explore the rest of the playground and discover what more it has to offer.



Main Play Area

The main play area is meant for the older kids but babies and toddlers are welcome too, as long as they are under the supervision of an adult. In this multi-tiered structure, you can find trampolines, tunnels, wave slides, spiral slides, balance beams, boxing bags, swinging balls and more.






Besides the usual play equipment, you can also find some unique structures, such as this changing colour trampoline which caught my eye from far and was just too pretty to resist! (Watch it in my video later!)


Our favourite part of the main play area has to be the "volcano", where kids can try to climb to the summit using the ropes provided. There is a long, steep slide in the middle and two climbing lanes - one on the left of the slide and the other on the right. The left one has a rope and grips to assist you while the right one only has a rope.

Remember I said that this Waka Waka emphasizes on helping kids to instill a sense of confidence? I think our journey began from here. I saw how the girls tried their best to scale the volcano, how they failed the first couple of times, how little sister got stuck halfway and the big one tried to help her, how they had to pick themselves up and try again. I have to say that the volcano surface is very slippery (and it makes a great slide, which you can see in my video later) and it's not easy even for an adult. So you can imagine how much effort it takes for the kids to conquer it.





Performance

We were treated to an interactive and engaging show by one of the Polliwogian characters - Larry the Robot, who kept the children entertained as he played games and even taught them how to dance. My girls don't usually volunteer and raise their hands to answer questions, but that day they both did and I was glad that Larry picked Ariel to answer the question and even rewarded her with a sweet after that. We were told that these shows take place weekly, so do check with the staff on the day and time if you are interested to catch it.



Facilities

For parents who are able to chill out while the kids have fun, there is a spacious Parents Chillax area at the café where you can enjoy free Wi-Fi too. I love that huge, colourful toucan beak that juts out and lets the kids have a glimpse of where Daddy or Mummy is. In the café menu, you can choose from a wide range of food including pizzas, sandwiches, mac & cheese, hotdog, pasta, soup, fries, burgers, salads and more.





Unlike some outlets where you have to exit the playground whenever your child needs to pee, here in Waka Waka, the toilets are located inside the premises. You get to enjoy a beautiful African sunset view when making your way to the toilet and there is also a diaper changing/nursing room for those with little ones. Yes, phew!


Party rooms are also available for those who wish to hold a birthday function here. The rooms even come with safari-themed wallpaper and it definitely creates a wild and fun jungle ambience.

Now, let's move on to the highlight of our day!



Kids who are aged 4 or are taller than 90cm can participate in the Waka Adventure Cove which consists of a series of challenging activities. Do note that additional fees (see below) will be incurred if your child wishes to try out these activities.

Waka Adventure Cove - Rope Adventure 

So my kids have never really been on any forest walks or any activity that requires them to put on a harness, except for the trampoline which the big sister when we were in Clud Med. We were just waiting for the right time and now that they are turning four and seven this year end, I was jumping for joy when the staff at Waka Waka told me that they could join in all the adventurous activities.

Safety comes first and it was a relief to see that the staff were very patient in helping them to adjust their harnesses and pick out fitting helmets for them. Okay, it was purely a coincidence that the colours of their helmets matched their shirts that day.






In the Rope Adventure, which parents can try out too if you would like to, you are tasked to walk through a course, overcome a fear of heights and test your sense of balance and coordination. I have to say that it was a breeze for the big girl who had no problem at all and easily made it to the end and came back. She did tell me afterwards that she was a little scared but then again, she didn't show it at all and managed to outdo herself.

As for the little girl, who by the way looked tiny up there, she did everything to the best of her ability and didn't even need to me guide her for most of the course. BUT, when she got to the part where there were no ropes at the side for her to grab onto and she could only stretch out her arms and balance herself in the air, she got terrified and wanted Mama to hold one hand before she found the strength to carry on. Still, you did a great job there, my dear!



Waka Adventure Cove - Totem Challenge

For the Totem Challenge, which the girls insisted on trying though we didn't anyone else doing it, you are supposed to climb up a series of ascending beams and then take a leap of faith when you get to the top. Was it tall? You bet. In fact, the uncle who was in charge there (and was very friendly and nice to us) said "This one is only for the brave kids". And when he turned around to look at the girls, I suppose he cast his doubts yet he was very willing to let them try. 

At the end of it, when he saw how Angel climbed to the very last beam and how even Ariel tried to make it to the halfway mark, he turned around and said "You have very brave kids." Well, these kids even tried to convince him to let them try for the second time! Yes, may you always stay resilient and don't be afraid to take risks, my dears.


Waka Adventure Cove - Wall Adventure

Lastly, we also tried out 3-themed wall climbing because these kids were so determined to try out everything they saw. In this wall, which has a beautiful wallpaper of a tree house on the right and a waterfall on the left, you are supposed to fight against the current and scale to the top using the steps and climb to the top of the tree by using a ladder or wall holds. The wall is 2-metre high so for kids who are not so tall and don't have long limbs, it's definitely going to be a challenge to get to the top. What makes it very fun is that you can race your friends as there are timers installed. Once you hit the red button at the bottom, the time starts and you have to scale to the top to press the second red button to stop the clock. So fun, right?

I was very impressed by how Angel did everything in style and also wasn't afraid to push herself off the wall when coming down. I seriously didn't know she had it in her and she told me she found it all very fun and interesting too. As for Ariel, well, this little one wanted to do everything that jiejie did. It's nothing unusual and the only thing I wanted to do was to encourage her to try her best too. She did half of everything before she gave up and I have to applaud her for the effort!

Now, it's not easy to put all our experience in just pictures and words so if you will, watch this video just to see what we actually did and all the fun we had in Waka Waka!



So, we have officially concluded that this is our favourite indoor playground for now and the girls are already asking me when we can come back here again. Very soon, my dears, very soon!



For those of you who are thinking of where to visit this school holiday, do consider paying Waka Waka a visit and I hope you will enjoy it as much as we did!

Useful information

Waka Waka by the Polliwogs
Annex@Furama (next to Furama Riverfront Hotel)
407 Havelock Road #05-01
Singapore 169634

Operating Hours
Mon - Fri, 9.30am - 7pm
Sat - Sun, 9.30am - 8pm

Opening Promotion (in the month of December)
- 10% OFF Entrance Fee
- 10% OFF Cafe purchases
- $9.90 NETT Adventure course bundle (usual pricing at $22!)
- $100 Party Bonus
- Waka Play Pass 12 + 1 additional visit!


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*Existing Polliwogs Value Play Pass Holders may also redeem your visit at Waka Waka. Present your Value Play Pass at the front counter to redeem your visit and top-up at a special exclusive price of $7 to enjoy the play session. Terms & conditions apply.

For more information and updates, visit Waka Waka's Facebook page.

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Good news! I am giving away 5 pairs of passes to Waka Waka by the Polliwogs! To participate, leave a comment in this blog post with your name, email address and tell me what you love most about Waka Waka. Indicate that you have done so below and to increase your chances of winning, you can choose to carry out the rest of the options. Winners will be notified via email and collection details will be advised at a later date. Best of luck!
 
a Rafflecopter giveaway Disclosure: We were invited to the media preview of Waka Waka. All pictures, video and opinions are our own.

Happiness is... making dreams come true

Posted by ~Summer~ on 1.12.16
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November has been a busy month for us. With the big girl's birthday, my mum's birthday, the Princess Party for the girls, the start of the school holidays, two weddings, meetings with sponsors, packing of house, designing of furniture, shopping for home decor, getting acquainted with Taobao to save $$ - I think we managed to squeeze in whatever we could in this short 30-day period.

I'm getting really excited for December because we will be shifting into our new nest and that is of course going to be a big change for everyone. Yes, I still can't believe it's happening so soon but it is! In this month's "Happiness is...", it's about making dreams come true.



So, I've been burning the midnight oil on many nights so as to draw up designs for our new furniture, go through laminates, take measurements, and then make a million tweaks along the way. Why? Mainly because we need to scrimp and save and thus we are not getting an ID; partly because it gives us a sense of satisfaction and achievement to be able to design everything from scratch. I don't know of what software or app I can use to draw, so we are doing it the traditional way - using paper and pencil. Haha. Let's hope I'm not in for a shock when the stuff arrives.


I've been meeting up and liaising with a few sponsors and I can't wait to share more when the time comes. You know, I don't know if the hubby is proud of me but this is the only way I feel more useful in contributing to the finances and helping to ease his burden a little. Yup, by blogging. And even though I have to lug the kids with me to meetings (which never fail to amaze the clients) and handle their tantrums or squabbles while working at the same time, I am still very thankful for every opportunity that comes. It does mean I have to continue burning the midnight oil for quite a long time but as long as I feel happy doing it, right?



Moving onto the new house, I've had queries from friends about it and so I thought I might as well share it here. Nope, this is not our floor plan because I'm not going to post it here, but here's an example of a dual key condo which is what we will be moving into.

Before you go, "Wah! So rich, stay condo!", I have to first explain the circumstances we are in. So we have three kids and I take care of my own kids, but my in-laws stay with us. Yes, that's right, many people ask me why but I can't exactly answer too, all I can say is my hubby is the epitome of filial piety and we have learnt to cherish close family ties and value harmony. So, in our 4-bedroom HDB flat, one bedroom is dedicated to the in laws, and we share the living room, kitchen and every common area. Now, my father-in-law goes out when the sun rises to the brother-in-law's house to help look after his kids and returns at night when it's nearing bedtime for my kids (he does help out with the laundry and ironing and I'm very appreciative of that). My mother in law works and when she is home, she rests in her room, doesn't do the chores and rarely comes out to interact with the kids. So basically, I do have my freedom most of the time and that is what I really need.

That said, as our brood expanded and the kids got bigger, I kept thinking about my dream to have my own house, my own fridge, my own kitchen. I mean, I do respect and love the parents but I do love to have some privacy with my kids and a home to call my own. After all, we have different mindsets and contrasting lifestyle habits, so while we have never gotten into conflict, we do have to try to compromise. At one moment in time, it seemed to be a dream that could never come true and I was told to give up on that thought. For some time, I felt quite shattered and that life was unfair. I mean, I would have been happy to stay in a 4-room HDB my whole life, if it meant that I had a space of my own with my kids. After all, I was born and raised in a 3-room HDB and I've never yearned to live a luxurious lifestyle, the hubby can attest to this. No branded goods, not much shoes, not much jewellery, just one kind of makeup, less than 10 bags in total (including diaper bags) - he once said 我很容易养。I guess quality time means much more to me than materials goods and it's been so all my life.

As the years passed, a flicker of hope ignited and we came to know about this dual key condo concept - which is basically two separate apartments in the same unit. You share the same main door, same foyer, yet there are two doors that lead into two apartments. One is a studio apartment which is perfect for the parents to live in - it even has a decent sized kitchenette, a toilet and a balcony. The other is a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartment and is perfect for a growing family with kids - yes, perfect for us.

Sounds super ideal, right? Staying under one roof yet being able to maintain privacy. Yes, it's really a dream come true for me. That said, it does mean we have to be even more prudent and frugal in our everyday life because the mortgage is going to be hefty (so thankful that the hubby has a stable government job) and we will need to make ends meet. Right, which also means we are not going on holidays for the time being as we are trying to save on every cent. At the end of the day, I still think this is going to be a worthwhile decision and I hope that the in-laws will be just as happy about having a cosy, well-deserved haven of their own.



I've been trying to keep up with cooking though the packing makes me very tired on most days. Yes, so far I'm the only one (out of 7) packing in the family and I'm really trying to get rid of stuff that we don't need because guess what, our new house has NO storeroom (no maid's yard too)! Anyway, I tried steaming a whole seabass one evening and this seabass, which cost us only a little over $5, was so fresh that we all enjoyed it very much. One of my resolutions next year will be to cook more, bake more, and do more in the kitchen with the kids! Wish me luck!



It was also our first visit to Kidzania, thanks to a collaboration we did with Maybank. Woohoo! It was a super fun day for the girls, who became window cleaners, pizza chefs, photographers, nurses and candy shop workers all in a day. Their favourite station was the nursery where they learnt to carry a newborn, feed him, change his diapers and even burp him. How cute, right? I sure hope they will be better mums than I am when their turns come.



Art class continues for the girls and I love how they look forward to every class with their teachers. If there's any sign that I should continue with an enrichment class and continue to fetch them to and fro and lug the baby along, it's the big smile on their faces. I love this zentagon drawing that Angel did, do you?



As you know, we do love to go outdoors because I find it too cooped to keep staying home day after day. So we make it a point to explore new places, take in new sights or just visit some of our favourite places. I love admiring the skyline of our beautiful country, especially when it lights up at night, don't you too?






It was a wonderful evening for us when we made our way to the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay to check out the Merry Medley. We went at 8:30pm, just half an hour before closing time (that's the good thing about being members), and guess what? We almost had the whole place to ourselves. Woohoo! We posed, we ran, we danced and we even did a mannequin challenge. I'll see if I can post that soon!





We are continuing to explore newly opened playgrounds in Singapore and this month, we went to Happy Park at Waterway Point and Waka Waka at Annex@Furama. It's not easy trying to handle all three, especially if the hubby is not around. But I know things will get better once the baby is a little bigger and I'm cherishing all these outings I get to be with my kids and seeing all the joyful looks on their faces. Will share more soon about the playgrounds!

So, Primary 1 has come to an end for my big girl and I'm just very relieved and happy to see that she has done well. I'm not going to talk about T-score and exams stress because it is too early for her and I'm hoping she is going to enjoy and love going to school instead of finding it stressful or dreadful. Anyway, she has surpassed all my expectations of her (if I have any) because not only did she settle down well and made a lot of good friends, she also achieved first in class, got selected into a CCA and was awarded the Model Pupil award based on character. My gosh, I felt so emo and proud when I saw my baby go on stage to receive her certificates and I can't be happier for her. Now I finally know how I made my mum feel! What I do know is that I am not going to take it for granted that she will continue to do well or give her any undue stress that she needs to keep it up. Like what I always tell her, compare with no one but yourself and so long as you have tried your best, that is all that matters.


This big girl also turned 7 this month and she is so big that I find it hard to lift and carry her up for more than a minute already. Where does all the time go after you become a mum? I just don't know. The days are so long but the years are so short. Too short. If you ask me.

Anyway, we bought her a Sylvanian family set that she has wanted for a long time. This year, she agreed to do away with presents and instead ask for donations to charity at her birthday party, so we thought she deserved a nice present from us. She still received some gifts from the family members, got to blow a cake, visited a playground on her birthday and I hope she knows just how loved she is.



Talking about the party, we held a princess party for the girls at The Tiara Society and I can't wait to share more about that with you. It was such a blast and every girl who came got to dress up and be treated like royalty. So fun! See, we even had Elsa and Anna there to spend the day with us!

Here's a family shot we took this month and one of my favourites since we became a family of five. I love how the girls look so sweet and feminine with the flowers and how the baby boy looked so cute with that little bow tie. P.S. If not for that bow tie, Daddy wouldn't have worn one to match it and they wouldn't have looked so suave together!

So yes, here's a toast to more happiness ahead of us and I can't wait to write my last "Happiness is.." post to end off the year 2016. Hope you had a great month of November too!

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