How Mr. C’s visit shows the benefits of well-considered playtime.
Play is essential to development because it contributes to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional well-being of children and youth. Play also offers an ideal opportunity for parents to engage fully with their children.
“Happy” was the key word in Mr. C’s (official child of janiqueel.com) visit to the Happy Castle in Century Square. He beamed amid the plastic orbs in the ball pool. I was happy, as well, enjoying the enjoyment of the young man playing his heart out while learning (even if he might not have realized it). I sometimes wonder about a Happy Castle for adults. Are we ever too old to be caught in the pure of-the-moment release that real play provides? Alas, I guess we get our smiles elsewhere in multitudinous forms, but it’s good to contemplate the concept of play for anyone of any age, especially in the company of a handsome young prince.
Is it all fun and games? Yes, BUT, as the Happy Castle representative says it’s a “Different experience in different outlets designed with different well-designed themes. Kids can learn while playing, can develop fine motor skills while having fun.” More and more, experts (like parents!) are realizing the importance of play and the socialization that often accompanies the fun. Spend a few minutes watching the kids at Happy Castle and you will see the wisdom behind the vision. What I noticed most of all, in Mr. C and other children was the intense concentration that they often gave to the surroundings and playthings.
At 20 months old, the young prince is a prime candidate for his kind of adventurous play. He loved the ball pit. I didn’t know he could fling them so far and accurately. He climbed and jumped and crawled and slid. An inspiration was a real drum set that he could bang around with. He seemed to know what he was doing. Does the kid have talent? Oh YES! Last week I saw Bohemian Rhapsody and I have to say, Roger Taylor, Queen’s drummer, has some competition coming from Singapore. Maybe I’m biased because Mr. C is my one and only? No, I think he really has special gifts.
With six outlets around the city, one is never far from educational play. With advance booking, each is available for parties, and offer package deals for return visits. Here’s a run-down compliments of the Happy Castle Representative:
Jurong East Mall (JEM) specializes in arts and crafts.
Jurong Point offers natural cassia seeds (safe and fun interactive tool) in the play area. There plenty of toys there, like slides, castles, and cars.
Jurong Point new outlet has music equipment like piano and rattles to nurture musical inspiration. We also provide educational toys.
Harbourfront outlet provides hawthorn seeds that are good for young digestive systems. The theme here is about the factory – we have uniforms and a conveyor belt to help them experience life on the production line.
City Square – provides a ball pool and also cassia seeds pool, as well as toys for making fun.
Westgate outlet, we offer a cassia seeds pool for kids which is also the first indoor playground to bring in healthy seeds pool to Singapore. This is a total role-play paradise for kids where they can enjoy playing Supermarket cashier, doctor, chef etc. The outlet is full of lifelike seafood, fruits, vegetables and all kinds of fast foods which can fully satisfy their imaginative needs.
From six months to early tweens, the fun is waiting at Happy Castle. So is the learning.
Written with the help of JKJ and photos by Happy Castle.
You can find Happy Castle island wide!
JURONG POINT, 2 outlets (includes art and craft).
1 Jurong West Central 2, #B1-106/108, Jurong Point, Singapore 648886
WESTGATE, 2 outlets
3 Gateway Drive,04-k2/04-k3, WESTGATE Singapore 608532
CITY SQUARE MALL
180 Kitchener Road,#04-22, CITY SQUARE MALL Singapore 208539
THE SELETAR MALL (includes art and craft)
33 Sengkang West Ave,#03-k1/k2/k3, Singapore 797653
JEM (only art and craft)
50 Jurong Gateway Road,#04-k03,Singapore 608549
CENTURY SQUARE (the biggest 4000sqft)
2 Tampines Central 5 #04-07, Singapore 529509
HARBOURFRONT CENTRE (with art and craft part)
1 Maritime Square #03-58 Singapore 099253