Apr 30 2012
Picked the Daddy up from work last Friday in super high spirits, in anticipation of an early happy weekend for the family… only to realise none of us actually thought about where to go until he’s in the car.
Me: So where are we going?
He: Huh? Thought you going to think about it?
Me: No? Thought you were?
He: Err… nope. No idea.
So we started brainstorming while the car was already moving off the driveway. Holland Village? West Coast Plaza? Dempsey? The nice korean place that has a playground inside it? … And then I remembered there’s this place I’ve always read about but never been to.
Me: How about Rochester?
He: Rochester? Well, it’s SUPER near so you can just make a U-turn and we’ve reached.
!!! So that’s decided… And so we headed off to…
Seb’s Bistro. With The Playhouse (indoor playground).
Before we ordered our dinner, we had to settle the girl (who has already eaten her dinner before we left the house). Brought her into The Playhouse which charges:
Weekday: $7 for 1st hour. $7 for subsequent hour. Or you can choose to pay for 2 hour upfront payment of $12, or unlimited playtime $15.
Weekend & PH: $10 for 2 hours, or $18 for unlimited playtime.
We signed her up immediately for 2 hour upfront thinking we could enjoy a nice twosome dinner and then join her an hour later to play together.
After telling her we’ll be outside having dinner while she plays by herself, and reminding her we’ll be back after we finish our dinner, we headed out for a nice dinner, kid-free.
Parked ourselves at a table near The Playhouse door and ordered our food – duck confit and linguine… There was a yummy kids’ menu too but since she has eaten this time round, maybe next time. And then as all gan-jiong (nervous) parents do, we kept peeping in to make sure all was well and good while waiting for the food to come.
Here she was, playing nicely by herself at the Ikea Kitchen set at The Playhouse…
… And riding / bouncing on the Rubber Donkey around the place…
All while the parents sat outside having a nice time to themselves, enjoying the ambience of the place. And then I got reminded that it has been a long long time since the two of us went out for a nice dinner without worrying about the girl… Cos when we usually go out by ourselves, I’d be overridden with guilt having “abandoned” her… but not this time! In fact, we were commenting how proud we were of her that she would let us go off as she stayed by herself in the playground.
The ambience was great… Dinner was yummy (not cheap though but I guess all good things come at a price)… But the biggest satisfaction was to be able to eat in peace without having to scream at the girl to eat / keep quiet / stay in her chair etc.
I even had time to enjoy the place – which was really a colonial bungalow that was converted to be a nice restaurant (Seb’s Bistro) and an indoor playground (The Playhouse) which is a gated playarea for kids of most ages. The first floor is a play area, and older kids can even go to the 2nd floor to play Wii! There’s even an outdoor area with a 10ft trampoline (not for night though)!
After we finished our dinner, we moved in to join our girl for fun. Here the daddy and the girl playing on the see-saw…
“Look Mama, it’s Thomas Train!”
The daddy having as much fun as the girl playing with all the toys.
And then we asked about their party packages – always on the lookout for great party venues in preparation for the girl’s 3rd year birthday party. It’s never too early to start planning. They brought us up to the 2nd floor to have a look… and the staircase blew me away. If I ever lived in a house, I’m going to get an artist to help draw on my walls to give it a super artistic feel.
And then the party room was WOW! A whole wall filled with mirrors (my dream come true), and another wall with a backdrop that you can choose from their various themes. This was their jungle safari theme for a recent birthday party.
Of course my girl was bored. There weren’t toys here! So after we finished the quick walkabout, we all moved down for the last few minutes of our playtime. Does this Fisher Price House look familiar to anyone? (c.f. goodbye toys)
And of course, the ballpit. How could I have missed talking about the ballpit (her favourite pitstop). I’m just super happy she could pull herself away to explore the rest of the place too.
Sitting on a swing, insisting that she wants to “do it all by myself!”… Which of course only resulted in her moving her butt and shaking the whole structure but not exactly getting it to swing. So we had to literally help her behind her back.
And when The Playhouse finally closed at 9.30pm, we adjourned out back to the restaurant area to see if the little girl wanted some snacks. Cakes? Fries? Milkshake? Nope… she was more tired than she was hungry, exhausted from 2 hours of play. So we all headed home, happy to have had a great start to a great weekend!
Will we be back? DEFINITELY! The husband and I can enjoy a romantic dinner for two without any feeling of guilt, and the girl having a great time playing? How could anyone say no…