|Going to The Playhouse@Rochester in our FOX gear|
It had been quite a while since we had been to The Playhouse @ Rochester. In fact, the last time when we came, Little Lou was not even conceived. When we made a return trip a couple of monthsback earlier this year, we were disappointed to learn that it was closed.
It was only last week that we got wind that The Playground & Cafe at Rochester is set to reopen its doors to the little ones. So without further ado, we instinctively head down to the Grand Opening last Saturday.
|Open for business!|
House in a Grand 2 Storey Black and White Bungalow nested away in the lush forestry area along Rochester Road. The journey from the carpark to 7 Rochester house was as charming as what we were to encounter. Pushing our way through the forested path, we reached the destination after a little trek.
It was all worth it when we finally reach The Playhouse...
|Welcome to my castle|
The last time we were here, we remembered it as a cozy little indoor playground with some form of outdoor play. This time we were greeted with a bright and cheery indoor play space as well a huge outdoor play area.
Let's stay exploring our latest find!
The Playhouse @ Rochester is not your ordinary indoor playground filled with large Play Structures or acres of space to roam. On the contrary , it is as per its namesake... a large Playhouse meant to cater to those age 7 and younger. It is filled with toys for both genders and promise a relaxing yet cozy time for the tiny tots.
Other than the castle and slides, there is another area for those future Master chef to whip up a storm. Cooking here is gender unbiased and both little girls and boys would feel at home here.
Most of the equipment are from Little Tikes. Given its reputation for producing quality play equipments, it should stand the test of time and Little tots.
|Food is ready|
For those who like to indulge in a little fantasy play, you can dress up as little princess, prince, policeman and even Tinkerbell at a cozy corner filled with props.
Arts and Craft
|Arts and Craft|
Two good size tables filled one corner of the room to allow for some creative play through arts and craft.
Toys suitable for the younger ones such as cars, building blocks and tea sets are available for play. Alternatively find a cozy corner ( there are plenty) and smuggle up to enjoy a book with your little one.
|Toys for everyone|
Nested in the other side of the room is a nautical theme play area which we think is meant for the smaller kids. Filled with bouncy sharks, crocodile and a submarine amongst pillows and foam beds, it is a nice little spot for the babies.
The nautical zone is enclosed by a Lindam child gate. However this area was not clearly define as a toddler area. As such there were bigger kids in the play area. So if you have little ones, you may like to accompany them in the area if it is unsupervised.
It would be better IMHO if The Playhouse choose to earmark this spot for toddlers. For a start, hey could exercise some crowd control so the smaller kids would have their own personal play space.
The Great Outdoors
|The Great Outdoors|
Bigger kids need not worry about the lack of space in The Playhouse. After the year long renovation, the outdoor space had expanded and is even bigger than the indoor play area.
With rides such as scooters and cars, the little ones are spoilt for choice when it comes to which mode of transport to take.
|Choose your rides|
Other activities they could indulge includes this pair of slides.
If slides are not your cup of tea, how about this little toddler swing instead?
|Swing with me|
The gated outdoor space is big enough for a game of mini football.
The only issue we have is that it gets too hot especially in the late morning/ early afternoon.
Some areas are shaded and selected play stations comes with a shaded umbrella. However the Sun can be unforgiving and it is not advisable to play under the hot sun for a long time for the little ones.
It is such a waste if the Sun determines the play area. Perhaps The Playhouse can consider putting in more shades for the little ones especially if there are enticing stations such as the Water Track under the hot Sun.
It is a shame when the boys could not try out the trampoline due to the heat.
The Playhouse is touted as a place where parents can unwind while their children gets their dosage of play unsupervised. However we would not recommend you leave the children under 3 on their own, but for the older kids and if there are on site supervision, both the outdoor and indoor play areas are sufficiently safe for play.
|Keep an eye on the little ones.|
For the little ones, do check out the extra activities that The Playhouse is organizing over the weekends. For the latest activities, do head down to their new facebook fanpage.
If you intend to host a party, this place would be perfect for a large group party. The Rochester Park Cafe has sufficent seats to host a party of 50 or more pax.
|Great place for party|
We did not get to sample their menu as we had buffet during the Grand Opening. However we heard that they will be serving up a revamped bistro food menu all day and night, together with a great weekend brunch ! Award Winning La Rose Noir macarons & pastries are made available exclusively at The Playhouse & Cafe.
|All day dining|
The Playhouse itself is open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 8pm. The admission of $8/ hour or $15 unlimited is for both the indoor and outdoor area. This is probably one of the cheapest playground rates in town. With an outdoor dining area for parents to unwind and chill, this will make a great family outing spot for families with younger children.
7 Rochester Park
Parking is available at the open air carpark at the end of Rochester Drive or at Rochester Mall.
|The Playhouse @ 7 Rochester Park|
Updated: May 2014
We were invited back to do a food review . Unfortunately the review did not materialised. Firstly the staff were rude to us by talking to us in a condescending tone. This was followed by an equally appalling service (Eg:Waiting for 45 minutes BEFORE taking an order). At the end , we decided with such bad service, the review would not be worth it. With such an unpleasant experience as invited guests, we think customers may fare worse We do not think we should recommend the place for dining, no matter how good the food may be. For the record, we were put off by the service that we left without having the meal. Thus we do not know how food looks like, much less how it taste.