9 Alternative Venues to Work or Chill while the Kids get to Play


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Here are 9 venues that will allow you to work while the kids get to play and be entertained!

In today's connected world, work and personal life will inevitably overlap. There will be times that we are required to work from home, or to finish work over the weekend. Mummies and Daddies will understand the difficulty in getting work done while having the little ones at home too. 

To help parents who may require the flexibility to work from "home", we have prepared a list of venues that you may work from while the little one plays (and not bother you too much).

Indoor Playgrounds with Working Space

1. Waka Waka

A Safari-themed indoor playground for children from 9 months to 14 years old. Waka Waka has ample amount of space for the little ones to unleash their energy, and a cafe for parents to get work done (with coffee too)! 

In our opinion, Waka Waka is appropriate for parents with kids aged 4 years and above looking for a working space as the kids will get out of sight, and kids below 4 years may still require your assistance. 

Safety: The playground is in an enclosed area with staff manning the entrance / exit. Waka Waka also has minders around the playground to ensure safety too. 

Powerpoint: Yes
Wifi: Free
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing

Address: Annex@furama, #05-01, 407 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169634
Opening Hours: 10 am - 6 pm (Weekdays) | 9.30 am - 7 pm (Weekends) | Closed Wed

Website

Also Read: Cleaning Schedules of Play Venues | Feb 2020

2. Kaboodle

 

The only creative indoor play space in Singapore, Kaboodle provides development for creative intelligence and growth for children ages 1 to 12, with both creative free play and structured programs. There are tables and chairs that parents can be seated at. 

In our opinion, Kaboodle is appropriate for parents with kids aged 1 years and above looking for a working space. For the younger ones, it is more appropriate when you take up a suitable structured program so that your child will be taken care of.

Safety: The working space oversees the play area and you can watch your child from a distance. The playground is also gated so the kids cannot just run out.

Powerpoint: Yes
Wifi: Free
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing

  • Weekday (Unlimited Play): $15 (below 3 years), $20 (above 3 years)
  • Weekend (3 Hrs Play): $15 (below 3 years), $20 (above 3 years)
  • Promo: 50% Off next 3 Visits with BYKidO

Address: 88 East Coast Road. #02-05, Singapore 423371
Opening Hours: Mon, Wed, Thu and Sun: 10 am - 6 pm | Fri and Sat: 9.30 am - 7 pm | Closed Tue

Website

3. The Petite Park

The Petite Park is a children's indoor play space dedicated to early childhood. Unlike the bigger indoor playgrounds, The Petite Park is designed for children below 7 years old and provides them with an imaginative, challenging and fun environment to explore. You may sit along the long bar tables that oversee the play area. 

In our opinion, The Petite Park is appropriate for parents with kids aged above 3 years and below 6 years looking for a working space. While you can oversee the play area, kids below 3 years may still require your assistance while older ones may get bored 

*Note that the tables are not proper tables but bar tables and is limited in space. 

Safety: You will be able to oversee the entire play area from the bar tables, and the playground is gated and manned to ensure kids do not run out. 

Powerpoint: Yes
Wifi: Free
Coffee / Tea: Bring your own
Pricing

Address: Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, #01-06/07. Singapore 397628
Opening Hours: Mon- Sun: 10 am - 9 pm

Website

4. Kiztopia

Focused on encouraging children to choose and explore freely, Kiztopia provides end-less fun with multiple play areas for different age groups. The playground also boost a huge dining area with tables and chairs for working mummies and daddies. 

*Dining area is currently closed for upgrading till March. 

In our opinion, Kiztopia is appropriate for parents with kids aged 4 years and above looking for a working space as the kids will be out of sight, and kids below 4 may still require your assistance. 

Safety: The playground is gated so kids cannot run out. There will also be minders around the playground. 

Powerpoint: No
Wifi: No
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing

  • 1 Hr Play: $28
  • 3 Hr Play: $38
  • Weekday Unlimited Play | Weekend 5 Hr Play: $48

Address: Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Level 1, #01-09, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: Sun - Thu: 10 am -  8 pm | Fri and Sat: 10 am - 9 pm

Website

5. Tots Society

 

Describing themselves as an Indoor Playroom, Tots Society aims to create quality family time and an enjoyable play experience, without the typical overstimulating elements of indoor playgrounds. Tots Society provides couches for parents to relax as well as a "bar counter" where parents may work from while watching the kids

In our opinion, Tots Society is appropriate for parents with kids aged between 3 - 6 years looking for a working space. Kids below 3 may require your presence while those above 6 may get bored.  

Safety: You will be able to oversee the play area from the "bar counter" and the playground is gated so kids cannot run off. 

Powerpoint: Yes
Wifi: Yes
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing

Address: 464 River Valley Road, Singapore 248349
Opening Hours: Mon - Fri: 9.30 am -  6 pm | Sat and Sun: 9.30 am - 6.30 pm

Website

Alternative Venues With Working Space

6. IKEA

Both IKEAs in Singapore boost a play area, Småland, for kids between 90 cm to 120 cm. While restricted to just 1 hour of play time, it could be a life-saver for mummies or daddies that need to clear that one last email! You can head to the cafe for an hour to get your work sorted out. 

Safety: Kids are not allowed out of the playground unless the guardian is there and there will be minders at the playground too.

Powerpoint: No
Wifi: No
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing: Free

Address: 

  • IKEA Tampines, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
  • IKEA Alexandra, 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965

Opening Hours: 

  • Tampines: Sun - Thu: 10 am -  8.45 pm | Fri and Sat: 10 am - 9.45 pm
  • Alexandra: Sun - Thu: 10 am -  10 pm | Fri and Sat: 10 am - 11 pm

Website: Tampines | Alexandra

Also Read: Kids Eat for Free 2020

7. National Library Branches

Image Credit: National Library Board

The National Library Board organises activities and workshops for children at various branches across the island. Pick a suitable activity for your kids and you may be able to leave them to find a quiet spot at the library to get work done. 

Regular activities include, movie screening and storytelling. Head over to GoLibrary Website, and filter by location and / or target audience to find an activity suitable for your kids! 

Safety: It is a public area and kids can move around freely. While you can place yourself nearby the activity, we recommend this for older kids who are able to care for themselves.

Powerpoint: Yes but usually limited to selected tables
Wifi: Yes
Coffee / Tea: No
Pricing: Free, some activities may require payment.

Address and Opening Hours: National Library Branches 

8. Marine Cove @ East Coast Park

 

Bring the kids to Marine Cove @ East Coast Park for outdoor fun while you find a spot at the nearby MacDonald's to finish up your remaining work. You may even choose the alfresco area to be nearer to the kids.

This will be suitable for older kids as you will not have full view of the playground and kids should be able to care for themselves. 

Safety: This is a public and open space. Kids should be able to care for themselves. 

Powerpoint: No
Wifi: Yes
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing: Free

Address: Marina Cove, 1000 East Coast Park, Singapore 449876

Opening Hours: 24 hrs

See our previous visit here

9. West Coast Park

One of the biggest outdoor playground in Singapore, the entire play venue is actually made up of multiple playgrounds. Let your kid play at one of the playgrounds while you work at the nearby MacDonald's. 

In our opinion, this is only for older kids as you will not have a view of the play area, and the MacDonald's is a distance away. 

Safety: This is a public and open space. Kids should be able to care for themselves. 

Powerpoint: No
Wifi: Yes
Coffee / Tea: Yes
Pricing: Free

Address: 71 West Coast Ave, Singapore 126844

Opening Hours: 24 hrs

See our previous visit here

 

Know of anywhere else that might be helpful? Let us know in the comments below! 


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.



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