Indoor Playground Tips

Indoor Play Areas Tips

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 am not a fan these kinds of places because I think 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.

Indoor Playground Tips

  • 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 rowdier but the little ones tend 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 attention 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 inform an attendance because I really think 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 happen but it’s better to be prepared 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 attention & follow the play area rules & regulations, they are not just words of suggestions!

Now if only there are more outdoor playgrounds in good shape here. Will check out Prefere 77 in Kemang hopefully next week.



    • April 21, 2010 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks for the visit, Kristin. Will check out your McDonald’s experience now 😀

  1. April 20, 2010 / 8:31 pm

    These are great tips! Toot’s just getting to the point where she’ll be able to play in these sort of soon, will remember these!

    • April 21, 2010 / 2:26 pm

      Thanks Maggi! 🙂

  2. April 20, 2010 / 11:34 pm

    Yes, yes, yes! To the whole darn list! 🙂 Especially the handwashing. And the changing of the dirty diaper before entering the play area…nothing is worse than smelling some kids’ dirty diaper (although it’s a relief to know when it’s not your own kid stinking up the place, ha ha!)

    We frequent these types of places in the winter or on crummy weather days and most of the time I end up thinking to myself, “so WHY did I think this was a good idea again?” as I watch a big kid topple my toddler or a baby smear boogers all over the slide.

    • April 21, 2010 / 2:31 pm

      Hahaha ditto on the stinky diaper! Oh I can get all worked up in this places seeing the big kids especially and their couldn’t-care-parents chatting happily while their kids almost knock my son over.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. April 21, 2010 / 4:44 am

    We are so lucky to live where there are plenty open spaces, lakes, state parks, even city parks. Not all city parks are nice but most of them are. We usually do not allow our kids play at the indoor play areas during flu season time (unfortunately, it is in Winter usually). We prefer them playing outdoor, a lot of times we take them to our land, they ride their bikes, and they can do whatever they want, the neighbors are pretty far away. Or, we take them to our land in the mountain. Exploring the wilderness, skipping stones and swimming in the creek. Frankly, they are easier to be managed when they are playing outdoors rather than when they are walking with me in the malls.

    • April 21, 2010 / 2:33 pm

      Sylvia, that’s one of my long list why I miss the US so much the open places for our little ones to explore! Here in the concrete jungle of Jakarta it’s so hard finding an outdoor playground, there are a few but they are so far away and the traffic alone stopped us from going LOL. There are times when I don’t even want to go to the mall because I’d rather have Lil’ A played outdoor instead. Thanks for stopping by, always a pleasure to hear from you! 🙂

  4. Sara Plays House
    April 21, 2010 / 8:01 pm

    YES! Excellent tips. We have several indoor play areas here, and I always end up mad about something by the time we leave. Older kids running around like maniacs, toddlers with GREEN snot pouring out, etc. etc.
    I can tell you the number of times I’ve retrieved someone else’s child when they’re run out the door, their mom completely oblivious the entire time. Sigh.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog!

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:34 pm

      Hahaha me too I always find some ‘faults’ at the place or other kids behaving badly. Phew! Here you would be shocked to see most of the parents are not even around, it’s their nannies that watch the kids while the parents off shopping or dining out. Thanks for the visit.

  5. April 21, 2010 / 11:31 pm

    Sadly no matter how many signs that are posted people still don’t follow the common sense rules.
    I prefer outdoor besides the fresh air, it’s free. I hate paying for my kids to play,

    Stopping by from SITS.

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:35 pm

      Chelle, me too I hate these places sometimes but I have to do what’s available here or take a ride for almost an hour to play at a really nice outdoor playground. The closest one to my mom’s house is ok not the best but my son usually goes there daily.

      Thanks for the visit 🙂

  6. Good points – we generally stick to regular outdoor playgrounds (one is only a block away) but for rainy days we must sometimes head inside. I find these indoor places so noisy and full of germs!

    Thanks for visiting my blog!

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:36 pm

      Oh the noise! Nothing beats the noises here sometimes their musics are too crazy loud I’d rather drag my boy and said no LOL.

      Thanks for the visit back.

  7. April 22, 2010 / 10:54 am

    Great tips! I sometimes wish we had more of these indoor places when it’s cold and snowy outside, but then again, I’m always grossed out when I’m there vs an outdoor one. Now thinking about it, is an outdoor one much cleaner? =)

    Thanks for stopping by my site!

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:37 pm

      Good point! Maybe indoor with no sun/natural wind germs are more easily invested? I’m not sure but I do prefer the outdoor type.

      Thanks for the visit back 🙂

  8. April 22, 2010 / 11:03 am

    Could not agree more about your indoor play area tips. Well said!

    Totally unrelated, but I love Indonesia! I had a quick trip to Jakarta on my way to Bali, but I look forward to returning one day. I’ll have to get some tips from you when I do! =)


    • April 24, 2010 / 8:39 pm

      Hi Aimee, thanks for the visit.
      WOW I always always love Bali. I think I left part of my heart there, if I could pick I’d chose to live there as the atmosphere is totally different there compare to Jakarta. Hope you had a fun time in Bali 🙂 For sure if you need to know anything just let me know, will be happy to help.

  9. April 24, 2010 / 10:57 am

    Thanks for stopping by my blog!
    Great tips! Now if only everyone followed them, that would be awesome!

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:39 pm

      Hahaha yes, especially here I wish more parents would be more aware of these common sense.
      Thanks for the visit back.

  10. April 24, 2010 / 8:04 pm

    These are fantastic tips for me as I’m just starting to take my little one to indoor play areas, mostly when I am out and she needs a little exercise. The sanitizing is what I really need to brush up on!! Thanks!

    • April 24, 2010 / 8:41 pm

      Hi Rita, thanks for stopping by and the kind comments 🙂 I’m hoping more ‘local’ moms here would use their common sense because sometimes the mothers would just let their nannies do all these and I have seen some careless nannies who doesn’t care much but watching the kiddos.

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