Expat parents know that Bali offers a ton of kid-friendly places, activities and events. The visitors from abroad catch on soon that kids are very welcome here, even adored and cosseted. The whole island is a playground but where can you find a place where all that family-style fun and adventure can be packed into one location? To be sure, there are a few Kiddie Clubs sprinkled around but up to now it was a bit of a stretch to find a place that caters to kids and parents alike with a very comprehensive offering of activities and events that indulges both children and adults. Enter Parklife, a brand new place that opened in July amidst the rice fields of Canggu and already earned a reputation for the in place to go with the kids for a few hours, a day or longer.
Parklife is at once a Kid’s Club, an indoor-outdoor playground, a playschool, an educational centre, a daycare, a family hub, a greet, meet and eat place for mums and dads, a social club for the entire family, a great restaurant and an inviting sunset happy hour spot.
This kiddie wonderland caters to healthy energy levels, curious minds and fanciful imaginations, budding artists and performers. On any given day you will hear delighted squeals, enthusiastic singalongs, the sounds of hip hop bounce, drama recitations. Play, song and dance reverberate through the space. Guided activities for the children include arts and crafts, drama classes, science experiments, learning games, fun group activities and unencumbered play time. When tired or played out, the little imps can have their own chill out areas to settle down to more quiet pastimes.
Parklife has both indoor and outdoor play places. The indoor activities take place in breezy, open-air rooms while the outdoors beckons with a big garden area bordering the lush rice paddies of Canggu, a natural and green space where children can play on jungle gyms, in water features, a giant sandpit and a mini beach, on jumping pillows and lots of grass to play tag and roll around on. It is also a great location to stage a smashing birthday party or other event celebration complete with games, magic shows or other themed entertainment. On weekends there are special all day fun events like magic shows, water games, treasure & gruffalo hunts, races and children’s disco.
Indoor play takes place in the Madhouse which houses a ‘monster’ climbing gym, a bounce zone with inflatables, ride-on toys and games that will attract children up to 12 years who have energy to burn. Soft play options for the little tykes (from 3 years on) are provided as well. Toddlers can regale in sensory play in the Rainbow Room, immersing themselves in an imaginary world of role-playing. Various daily projects, games and classes for all cubs are organised in The Studio, including after-school activities for both adults and children.
The Kiddy Cave is a perfect option for supervised childcare, for children aged 3 years and up where they can interact with other little munchkins and make friends. The Kiddy Cave offers both indoor and outdoor activities under the care of Parklife’s fully trained staff. Regular daycare hours are from 9 to 5 but the Kiddy Cave offers longer opening hours giving flexibility to parents.
All play areas and classrooms are expertly staffed by Early Learning teachers, Parklife’s fully trained team and enthusiastic and caring minders who speak excellent English and will entertain the children and lead them in guided play. Safety and cleanliness standards are rigorously maintained.
Parklife’s indoor-outdoor restaurant is an engaging space for parents to relax, while their children play. The indoor space is in an air-conditioned room with a great view of the garden and adjacent ricefields. Very conducive to get a bit of work done, catch up on emails and social media. Free Wi-fi of course. A varied and broad menu includes breakfast, lunch and dinner selections with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. The restaurant caters to picky little eaters. They also serve a great cup of java with hand-selected coffee beans by the well-known Expat Roasters.
The outdoor terrace, with its gorgeous views of the surrounding rice paddies is a great spot to enjoy relaxing sunsets with a cold beer, cider or glass of wine while the kids have movie time in the outdoor cinema.
Parklife is a lively family style entertainment concept full of animation and bustle for resident expats and visitors. It creates ideal family time and an awesome play-learn combination for kids. Best of all are the many themed events that regale kids and adults alike. Halloween was celebrated with a great Addams Family style Halloween Party with spooky treasure hunts, Halloween trick or treat games and some ghostly DJ entertainment. Next up is the Frozen Party on 27 November which promises a riotous time with a concert, singalong, magic, craft making, face painting, a fashion show, a prize for the best dressed in the frozen theme and a Happy hour for the adults.
Christmas entertainment is in the works and will start off with a Kids Helping Kids event to benefit the disadvantaged ‘SoleBuddies’, the children in the care of Yayasan Solemen Indonesia who rarely enjoy the tradition of receiving Christmas gifts. For the last few years Solemen has organised this yearly event to bring a little cheer in the lives of their SoleBuddies. It was inspired by Koa, a then 5-year old boy who spent all his pocket money on Christmas presents for the less fortunate children. Koa also roped in his school friends to donate pre-loved toys for the SoleBuddies and every year since then Koa’s group has spearheaded this wonderful happening.
This year’s event will be held on 18 December at the Parklife facility and it promises to be even bigger and better as Solemen and Parklife have joined forces to create a big Christmas gift drive, soliciting various schools to organise collection boxes for their students to drop off their toy donations. There is also a collection box at the Parklife reception area for members and visitors to drop off pre-loved but still clean and usable toys for a variety of ages, boys or girls. No need to wrap, just drop the toys in the bin and the Parklife staff will sort, wrap and designate to an appropriate child. Toys, dolls, cuddly toys, games, colouring books & crayons, Indonesian language story books are most welcome. The goal is to collect 1000 gifts.
Do put this 18 December event on your calendar. It’s bound to be a fun, joyful, moving and inspiring party with lots of games, entertainment and the chance to experience that good old-fashioned satisfying Christmas spirit of giving to the less advantaged children in Bali.
Schools and individuals who would like to get involved with this gift drive can contact email@example.com.
Parklife is located on Jl. Raya Uma Buluh No.15, Canggu. Tel: 0818-0511-3200. www.parklifebali.com. Parklife hours cater to parents’ busy schedules and they are open from 8 am to 9 pm. Day passes, weekly or monthly packages are available. Dropins are welcome.
By Ines Wynn
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