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Review: Kid's Workshop in Greenhills

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Perhaps Greenhills in San Juan City is one of the most popular shopping destination in the Philippines. It's a favorite shopping haven of Filipino and foreigners alike. When I was still working, whenever we have US-based work colleagues who visit our sites in Manila, they would immediately ask for directions on how to get to Greenhills. Moreover, Greenhills is one of the most jam-packed places in the metro during Christmas as hundreds of bazaars and shoppers convene for Christmas season.

As a mom, I prefer shopping alone. Really. Why? No husband to wait for me when I take so long to decide for a pair of shoes and no toddler who keeps running everywhere. It's the ultimate "me time." Through Mommy Bloggers Philippines, I may have just have found the answer to my shopping dilemma.



Located in Shoppesville Mall in Greenhills is Kid's Workshop, a play gym that has been in the business for more than a decade. This playground is more than meets the eye.

Last Sunday, we visited the play gym after they have reconsidered our schedule. We were initially to join the other kids and mom bloggers last September but on the day my son was to visit, he had a sudden follow-up check-up with his pediatrician. We wanted him to be cleared first before I let him play with the other kids. I didn't want him to spread any virus.

We were greeted by the friendly staff: Len, Genly, Jacky, Teacher Gie, and Gladys. After registering, they placed a paper bracelet identification on Little V's arm while I was given a Parent/Guardian claim ID. Only the person who was identified in the registration papers and possesses the claim ID can pick-up the child.


Children who are 4 years old and below are required to have an adult companion inside the play area. Wearing of socks are also required for children and their companion. While my son rushes to the play area, I took some pictures of the place. Below the display of their crafts for sale was a shoe rack where parents and children can put their shoes. Eating and drinking inside the play area is prohibited, they have provided a kids and parents' lounge. They also have an area for snacks and refreshments where your kids can get their snacks and just pay when you come back for them. 

I also liked the idea of the table where the center has a hole that's shaped like a box. Kids can place their drinks here which would prevent them from knocking those down.

Registration and Lounge

Clockwise from Upper Left: Registration Area, Crafts,
Kids' Lounge Area, Food and Drinks for Sale 


Play Area

The play area is big with 2 slides, a suspension bridge, monkey bars, stair, rope ladder, a kitchen, wooden horses and an art activity area.



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Little V is inspecting the car


The kitchen area is a hit for kids who love to take control of mom's kitchen. They have a an eye-level mini refrigerator that is filled with vegetable and fruit toys, an ice cream pint, and some meat toys. There is an oven, some pans, plates and plastic knives, a table, sink, and a stove.

Next to the kitchen are shelves filled with manipulatives. This is a great activity with kids where they can learn about colors, shapes, and practice those fine motor skills. There are also other shelves that have books and some transportation toys.


Clockwise from upper left: Shelves for manipulatives, Little V checking
the fridge, the kitchen area. a mini vanity table and a dining table 


Under the suspension bridge is another activity area where kids can swim in a pool of balls or play with tubs filled with construction tools and other toys.





The loft is the ideal activity area for older kids. They have 2 computer stations with pre-installed programs, a reading corner, and a mini room filled with tables and building blocks.

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Clockwise from upper left: Reading corner, PC stations,  room for building blocks, books



A bathroom is located inside the play area and slippers are provided for the users. I liked that the sink was lowered helping our 3-year old wash his hands on his own.

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Clockwise from upper left: Wooden rocking horses, monkey bar, bathroom slippers, bathroom door



Other Activities

There were only 2 kids inside the play area when we first got there. We were told that for weekends, most of the kids come in after lunch. Although there were just 2 kids, they provided activities for my son. First, they used a homemade clay dough and "baked" some cookies in the kitchen. Then, they worked on "getting rid" of bad insects (e.g. mosquitoes, flies, cockroaches) by asking Little V to throw a small pillow on top of these insects.

Left to right: Little V making making his cookies; listening to instructions; throwing his mini pillows



Another highlight of our day was when Teacher Gie taught my son and another boy to make their own lady bugs. Teacher Gie first explained what insects are and what are the parts of its body. They were asked first to write their names on a sticker which Teacher Gie pasted at the bottom of their lady bugs. The kids painted and decorated their bugs through the help of their art teacher. Before we left Kid's Workshop, Little V was given his bug (after it has dried) to take home.


Clockwise from upper left: Teacher Gie teaching the kids about insects; the art area with the
aprons displayed; finished product; Teacher helping Little V glue the wings of the bug



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The place also offer membership which gives kids great discounts, members-only events, as well as special prices for events like birthdays.




Admission Rates for weekends and holidays.
Different rates apply for weekdays.


Raves:
  • Conveniently located in Shoppesville
  • Plenty of activities available to do for both young and older kids
  • Art activities and play time with the play gym staff
  • Having been able to watch the members of the staff for at least 2 hours, I can gauge that they know well how to handle kids. They're always on the watch for my son's safety. My son was not attentive to them at the beginning when he was asked to do an activity as he wanted to play on his own, they were very patient with him and were able to encourage him to join the activities. I also learned that they are also moms, so they have experienced first-hand how kids are.
  • There's a bathroom inside the play area.
  • I checked and climbed the play area myself and I can say that they are durable, safe, and well-maintained.
  • Books! There were a lot of books that children can read. My son even saw one that's exactly the same as what he has in our library at home. He was ecstatic when he saw it!
  • A lounge where kids can eat and drink. Food and refreshments are also available in case your kids get hungry while you are out to shop.
  • There are CCTV cameras installed.
  • It's a place not only to play but to learn as well.


My son had a great time at Kid's Workshop and he can't wait to go back. Thank you, Kid's Workshop!



2/F Shoppesville Arcade, Greenhills Shopping Center, San Juan City
Telephone: 723-09-32
Mobile: +63-917-599-5324
Email: kidsworkshopghills@gmail.com
Website: www.kidsworkshopghills.com/
Facebook: Kid's Workshop

Play Schedules:
Mon - Thu: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat: 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Sun: 10:00 am - 8:00 pm


**This is a sponsored post. Kid's Workshop provided the unlimited play and membership of Little V. All opinion expressed are based on our experience. For more information, please read my disclosure policy.**

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4 comments

  1. Oh how I miss the tiangge! :-) Gone are the days when 1000 pesos can help me into a complete wardrobe!

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  2. The last time we left our son in a facility like this, my husband and I got a text message 20 minutes later. Apparently, my son was too wild for them to handle LMAO

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    1. LOL! I haven't left my son yet in a play gym by himself, but he's a handful so I better prepare myself as well. Hopefully they won't call me within 30 minutes. LOL!

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