Where park and outdoor playground is sadly limited, often times parents resort to these indoor play area located inside many of Jakarta’s big malls. Personally, I hate this kinds of places because I thinks outdoor playground serves much better but sometimes you just have to go with the flow. Except for some of the nice and obviously clean-safe-well-staffed places such as Lollipops at Senayan City, I found most indoor play areas in Jakarta are either dirty or lack of safety features and often times way too loud. From my own limited experiences here’s what I thought parents should do and don’t when it comes to Indoor Play Areas:
- Please do not let your child play in the closed area when he/she is clearly not feeling well either from a cold or something else. Would be best for your child to rest at home instead of spreading the germs to others. Nothing more annoying than seeing a poor little sick child with snotty nose playing in an indoor area with an oblivious parent(s).
- Do wash your child’s hands before and after playing (antiseptic liquid gel/antiseptic wipes works wonder).
- Do not leave your child unattended so you can at least supervise them from afar. Direct them if they are playing too rough, make sure they are using the equipment properly, and are within their physical abilities.
- Do not let your older children go into areas designated for the younger ones. This can be dangerous! Not only the older ones are usually more rowdy but the little ones tends to copy to ‘big kids’.
- Do not let your child share his sippy cups/food/drinks with other children. Often times food/drinks are off limit but some parents obliviously still try to feed their children inside a play area!
- Do pay attentions to the overall condition and safety of the area. If you see something that doesn’t look safe, then take your children out immediately and inform the management of the place. There are times where I had to informed an attendance because I really thinks a cable wire can be hazardous or a rough carpet under a slide is prone to cause some child a carpet burn. They may or may not take your suggestions into account but it’s better to make them aware of these ‘minor’ faults.
- If your child is still wearing diapers, do try to put on a fresh new diaper prior to putting them inside a play area. Accidents happens but it’s better to be prepare with a fresh clean diaper than having a diaper explosion inside the ball pit. Same goes for a potty trained wee ones, have them go to the toilet first.
- Do pay attentions & follow the play area rules & regulations, they are not just words of suggestions!