The City: Role-Play Fun for Kids

by Ruth on February 1, 2013

in Places to Go, Sponsored review

By now, you might have heard that KidZania, an indoor edutainment theme park where kids can role-play adult occupations is set to open in Sentosa come 2014.

Meanwhile, there’s a new indoor playground in Singapore that offers children a space for wholesome, imaginative pretend play.

Designed for children ages 3 to 8, The City at Liang Court offers an alternative to the usual indoor play gyms. Children get to dress up as chefs, doctors, nurses, policemen and more, and try out their roles in the different spaces within the playground.

We were invited by The City to its opening over a month ago. Kenan, who has started to show an interest in role-play, had so much fun he was even reluctant to leave. Read on and see what we discovered about the place, starting with his favourite:

The supermarket. This has got to be his favourite as he kept returning to it. The place stocks common food items and household brands from daily life that kids are familiar with.

What really made it so fun for Kenan was the kid-size trolley; he happily made rounds after rounds of purchases with it.

What he didn’t try was playing the role of the cashier; perhaps at the next visit. Hey, we spotted a policeman, a fireman and even a princess doing grocery shopping! 

Next is the Clinic. I like the doctor and nurse costumes, especially the latter. See Dr Kenan at work!

Sharing the same space as the Clinic is the Nursery, which is at the opposite end of the room. There’s no wall dividing the two spaces so kids can bring dolls over to the Clinic and pretend they are the ‘patients’, as Kenan did. Over at the Nursery, he tried his hands on feeding the “babies” and changing their diapers and clothes.

Right in the middle of The City was the Cafe. It’s an open space with an open kitchen so customers can watch as the food is being prepared. Budding chefs can try out their culinary skills here!

Here’s my little chef at work!

After tired of being a chef, Kenan decided to play teacher. We were his only students.. haha!

There were other spaces that Kenan wasn’t keen to explore. One is the Mailroom where children can pretend to send out letters to friends.

The other is the Salon. Girls seem to love this area. They get to try out different hairstyles on the mannequin heads.

Of course, a role-play facility won’t be complete without lots of costumes for the kids! Unfortunately, Kenan wasn’t keen  to try them out that day. Mommy was hoping to see him in a superman costume!

The City is a place where kids can fulfill their dreams of being a superhero!

What we hope to see, is some structured educational activities so that the experience can be made more meaningful and enriching. However, I understand from the owner that there are plans to offer activities in the future.

On a cautionary note, on the day we visited, there were only a few staff around to supervise the place (not sure if they have more staff now). Some older children were a bit rough as they play “superheroes catch villains”, especially when they were zipping around in their vehicles giving chase to the bad guys in the open space around the cafe. So parents do keep a watch out for your younger kids.

Overall, we like the place. It offers a relatively well-equipped and realistic space for children to immerse themselves in imaginative role-play. More importantly, we are glad Kenan enjoyed himself. We’ll likely be back, especially on a weekday as it makes  for a nice venue for a play date (adults go in free!). Hopefully it will be less crowded then.

Thank you, The City for the invitation!

The City
#03-04A Liang Court,
177 River Valley road,
Singapore 179030
Tel: 62506507

Website
Facebook page 

Opening hours: 10am – 7pm
Admission fees:
Babies under 1 year – free
Below 3 years – $18
3-8 years – $22
Unlimited hours per entry; adults enter for free
For membership/family packages and birthday parties, see information here.

All guests have to wear socks to enter The City

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Raynu April 13, 2016 at 10:22 AM

Hi,

I am interested in bringing my students from Chatsworth Kindergarten aged 3 to experience the ‘Mommy Cafe’. Their project is on occupation and I am intending to visit on 6/5/16 for 1 to 3 pm. Do you have any promotional price for schools?

Thank you for your prompt reply.

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