Like seriously, I am glad we traveled across Canada when Buddy was smaller as we literally found ONE soft play on our entire route. Not ideal!
Can I imagine doing the same road trip with an almost 2 year old?….umm I don’t think so!
So, we turn to the the ever knowledgable ‘Moms of Bangkok’ who have been lifesavers since we have arrived here.
They directed us to ‘Central World’. One of the biggest Malls in Thailand (Asia??).
It is HUGE!
Shinjuku station is easier to Navigate that Central World.
At one point we gave up trying to find the exit and decided just to live there instead. This was frowned upon.
But, eventually we found the exit which conveniently takes you a walkway leading directly to the BTS (Skytrain).
We caught the BTS to ChitLom (E1) but it is also accessible via Siam station. Both of these are on the Sukhumvit line and well signposted once off the train so easy to find.
The Play area is on the 6th floor, we followed signs for ‘toysrus’ hoping that the play area would be near it, which of course it was.
The best thing about it? It’s free!
It’s a huge area with an enclosed area for younger kids (1-4 ish) and a climbing area with a huge tunnel leading to a slide for slightly older kids (2-6 ish).
There is also a kids arcade with small games & rides you can pay for, push along cars you can borrow for free (but you do need picture ID for this) and there is usually a big ride on train but it’s closed for refurbishment at the moment.
The area is, unsurprisingly surrounded by companies aimed at kids. The usual English, Korean & Mandarin language schools, maths tutoring, music & singing lessons. As well as a model clay school which has some incredible models in the window and a cookery school starting at age 3!
This has become a regular little haunt for us and Cory & I take it in turns to stay with Buddy while the other browses the area outside of the kids section which conveniently has some lovely book stores.
Another bonus about this mall is there is a massive Big C supermarket across the street & when walking to it you might accidentally take your toddler to his first rock concert….he loved it 👩🏽🎤👨🏻🎤