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Busy Tables @ Rochester Mall

Saturday, 9 July 2016

During the school holidays, we went to an ‘indoor playground’ that is very different from the usual indoor playgrounds. It doesn’t have any climb structures, slides, ball pits or ball cannon. What it has are lots of fun educational toys and activities to keep your little ones busy, learning and playing at the same time! 


Specially designed for young children between 0 to 5 years old, Busy Tables is more of an edutainment learning centre offering a wide selection of educational toys and books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in a cozy and safe environment.


Typical indoor playgrounds are catered for children of all ages. Many of these are very noisy and have older children running and playing roughly. When I bring the boys to those big playgrounds, I will be following them around the whole playground hoping that they stay safe. Think climbing through the structures, chasing after them and trying to console them when they get startled by the loud sounds, at the end of the play, I am more tired and drained than they are!

In contrast, Busy Tables is a very calming place (except when the children start crying). Since entry is only for small children, your child can be assured of a safe environment to play and learn. Parents might think this is a boring place, but believe me, when you have a young toddler, you will be looking for play centres that are less rowdy. Furthermore, with so many resources and activities available, your child will hardly feel bored. Parents are also encouraged to guide and assist your child when they are playing, hence creating fun bonding moments.


What can we do at Busy Tables?

Sensory Area



The Sensory Area is a small play area separated from the main play area. It has a sensory table with different kinds of sensory items for the child to feel and touch. The contents are changed every few weeks. It was ‘Cha Soba’ week when we were there. 


Construction Area


The Construction Area is the main playing area of Busy Tables. There are more than 20 types of building toys to stretch your child’s creativity.


On one side is the MOLUK corner. These are a range of open-ended toys which are up to the child’s imagination to play. Small J said these are turtle shells while Big J tried to spin in them. Next to these are the Mega Lego Blocks. The boys had fun stacking up the blocks and then crashing them.


If your child is a fan of construction toys, they will love this shelf. There are loads of construction toys to build and create your own creative piece.


Small J built a house with the help from Daddy!


There are also Lego tables and magnetic wall for more construction fun.


This car racing track caught Big J’s attention.


Reading Corner


The Reading Corner houses many child-friendly books, from cloth-books to board books.


Tots Area



The Tots Area is the favourite of most children who come to Busy Tables. Big J might be 5 years old but he is still enjoying the toys here. There are a number of toddlers toys on the shelf and more in the boxes. I like it that the sharp corners of the shelves are protected to protect the little ones.


There is also a super cute little house for the little prince and princess. 


Learning Resource Library



The highlight of Busy Tables which sets it apart from other playground is the Learning Resource Library. There are more than 100 different kinds of games, puzzles and activities targeting different learning needs of your child. The activities are sorted according to the level of difficulty, from 1 (being easiest) to 8 (hardest). 

The individual resources stored in boxes or zip bag for easy retrieval. They are labelled with the learning areas targeted and simple instructions. These are pretty much like the busy bags that I have for the boys.


Let me show you some of the activities that we have tried. 

Simple transportation puzzle

Montessori cylinder blocks

Fruit cutting and matching

Apple pear tree

Colour matching

Balancing bananas on monkey

Spelling game for more challenge

Shape & colour matching puzzles

Dream castle game

Of course, there are many more activities available which we had not tried and it is definitely not possible to try everything in one sitting.  Due to the way the resources are kept on the shelf, it is unlikely that your child will discover the activities available. So unless your child will ransack the shelf himself/herself, you will have to find the activities and present it to your child to arouse his/her interest. Don’t forget to pack and keep the resources back to the shelf after using.

Dark Room


Lastly, we come to the Dark Room. Again, this is something not found in other playgrounds and I am very impressed by this. 


There are light tables with various kinds of manipulatives of different colours, shapes and materials. As there are many small pieces of manipulatives here, parental supervision is highly encouraged. 



Children can learn about colour mixing, shapes and volume here.



Big J loves exploring the tent.


What other services are there available at Busy Tables?

Shop


If your child really likes the toy after playing, you might consider buying it. Busy Tables sells some of the toys which your child can try in the play area. 



Drop-Off Service, Private Play Dates, Private Parties


Apart from playing, Busy Tables also provides other services such as Drop-Off Service, Private Play Dates and Private Parties. For more information, please enquire with Busy Tables. 

Workshops


Busy Tables conducts workshops regularly. We attended a workshop by Yummy Dough Singapore  and the boys had so much fun making cookies. More about the workshop in another post. 


Coming up, they will be conducting a workshop with Explorer Junior to explore the Magic of Colours. Do register early as slots are limited. 


How much is the Admission Fee?



What is our Verdict of Busy Tables?


I would greatly recommend this for parents with young children! How I wish Busy Tables was established earlier. When the boys were still young, I had a hard time finding playgrounds that are suitable for them. Most cater to older children and are not really safe for young children. Even if they have a toddler corner, there is also nothing much for the toddler to do. At Busy Tables, the environment is safe and specially catered for young children. With so many open-ended toys and learning resources, it is really a conducive place for children to learn and play. For the price of $15 per entry, I feel that it is definitely worth it. Educational resources are not cheap and your child to get to try out many different kinds of toys and activities at Busy Tables.

The best timing to visit Busy Tables is during weekdays. We were there on a weekend and towards the late afternoon, the place starts to get crowded. Furthermore, you will get to enjoy a longer playtime on weekdays too!

Busy Tables is located at Rochester Mall, just 5 minutes walk from Buona Vista MRT. However, there is no sheltered walkway from the MRT. If you are taking public transport, it becomes a problem when it is raining.

Although the age limit is stated to be 0 - 5 years old, I think children up to 6 years old will be able to enjoy the place. Depending on the crowd, they are also willing to allow entry to older siblings, as long as the older child is able to play safely.

Busy Tables

Address: 35 Rochester Drive, Rochester Mall, #03-22, Singapore 138639. (Buona Vista MRT)
Email: Busytables@gmail.com
Opening hours:
Monday - Sunday 10am to 7.30pm 
Do to check their Facebook Page for announcement of closure timing due to private playdate sessions.

GIVEAWAY


Thanks to Busy Tables, we are giving away 5 play passes to 5 lucky winners (1 pass per winner)! 

Simply follow the instructions in the Gleam Widget below to win! Giveaway ends Friday, 22 July 2016, 11:59pm. This giveaway is preferably for children between 0 to 5 years old.

5 Busy Tables Play Passes to 5 Winners (1 pass per winner)

Terms and Conditions:
1. Giveaway ends on Friday, 22 July 2016, 2359 hours (Singapore time).
2. This giveaway is preferably for children between 0 to 5 years old.
3. Open to Singapore residents only.
4. All entries have to be completed. Incomplete or invalid entries will be disqualified without notice.
5. Limited to one winner per household.
6. Giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.
7. We reserve the right to amend the terms and conditions without prior notice.


Disclaimer: We were invited to Busy Tables 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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13 comments:

  1. We were just there last Saturday too! I love the place. I'm drafting my post now :)

    Michelle @ The Chill Mom

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    1. We love the place too. Can't wait to see your post!

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  2. Thanks for the informative post. It certainly look so fun :)

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  3. Interesting!! I think my younger boy would love this place.

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  4. I have heard so much about them but until now didnt get the time and it looks very interesting especially for my little girl.

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  5. That dark room looks like a lot of fun. I like light tables.

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  6. Wow, it looks really interesting! Wish I had participated in the giveaway :p Think my 8 year old won't mind playing with his younger siblings for a while :)

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    1. You can keep a lookout for other bloggers who will be doing their review and giveaway soon! Or you can pay to enter..

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  7. Wow! I know of a certain 2 year-old who would benefit from this! Love the Dark Room too....what an interesting way to stimulate their senses. Thanks for sharing

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    1. I'm sure little B will love the place!

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  8. What a lot of sensory and exploratory play for young kids. The dark room is such a refreshing idea and I guess many would not have thought about it since kids may be afraid of the dark. Great concept.

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  9. Love the pictures. The place looks bright and cheerful, and I like how they plan the various stations well.

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  10. I love the place too! Have been there 3x and each time, I see something new.

    - Mary

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