Kids City promises 11 levels of fun in an air-con, child-friendly environment, and it’s quite entertaining for grown up kids too. More exhilarating than a tuk tuk ride, and cooler than the freshie fashion on riverside, Kids City will earn you parent points while wearing out your offspring.
The playground is designed to burn off kid energy, with a ball pool, trampolines, slides, baby bumper cars and big inflatables. Entry is for four to 12 years old with a brave accompanying adult. The frightening sounding Toddler World is in reality a soft and squidgy playfest in primary colours. Rugrats will enjoy rocking animals, crazy mirrors, padded roundabouts and spinners.
If you like to see your little darlings dangle, the two-storey high Clip and Climb has a choice of garishly coloured climbing walls with fun ways to wipe out. There’s even a glass wall with footholds on each side, for a Spiderman-style race. Try the Leap of Faith, the Big Cheese and Spaghetti Junction, or don velcro gloves and make like a gecko.
The science gallery is full of interactive fun that those physics text books never quite managed to convey back in high school. Entry is for an hour and a half, so there’s time to play with the gravity well, hot air balloon, air maze and the high wire bike.
Always a treat in tropical temperatures, the real ice rink will have you shivering with delight. If you’re not one for balancing on a blade, check out the views to the city from Level 10. Laser Tag is recommended for children aged 7 and up, who can join a team before being kitted out with their laser gun and a flashing harness which records hits in the smoke filled field of combat.
If you’re feeling worn out, Gloria Jeans, Pop Tea and Blue Pumpkin outlets are spread throughout the building for necessary caffeine and sugar injections. Monument Toys also have a store and there’s designer label children’s clothes to browse through.
The playground is available at all times, but you’ll need to check the schedule for other activities. Booking is recommended, particularly during school holidays, as activities have limited numbers. Prices for children are US$5 per activity during the week and US$8 at weekends. Grown ups can join in on most of the fun (except Toddler Town and the playground, sadly) for $10.
Kids City is easy to find — there’s no missing the brightly coloured exterior in funky glass, almost next door to Lucky Supermarket and a five-minute drive from the Independence Monument.