This week for our family field trip we found ourselves at 7xSmarter in Wanchai… possibly the smallest – but most charming – indoor playroom we’ve visited in Hong Kong! If you missed our last field trip, we were having an educational time reviewing Hong Kong’s history at Hong Kong’s Museum of Coastal Defence and you can read about our experience here.
This week the intrepid field-trippers were: One Mum and one busy toddler, Gracie aged 3. Once again, (and even I’m getting bored of this opening paragraph by now…!), it was raining in Hong Kong and so we were looking for an indoor activity. So, what’s a mama to do? It’s either a museum or an indoor play area really!
So given our recent run of museums, we plumped for the indoor playroom option. I didn’t even know that 7xSmarter existed until my editor pointed me in the right direction. It’s small – probably the size of a big living room – but the staff are friendly, it’s clean and it’s packed to the brim with good quality toys for the littlies!
Suitable for ages 0-6, 7xSmarter opened last June and is located on Queens Road East in Wanchai. As well as being a playroom, it also holds playgroups and can be hired for parties, at $3500 for 2 hours with a maximum of 15 kids. 7xSmarter are also running a summer camp from 8 July to 30 August 2013. Sessions for 2-4 year olds take place from Monday-Friday, 10am – 12.30pm, with 4-6 year olds hosted in the afternoon, from 3-6pm.
Hits: 7xSmarter is packed to the rafters with an excellent selection of good quality toys. Given its great location, this could be a good drop-off to leave your tot with Dad or your helper if you have errands to run for an hour or so. It’s also squeaky-clean and toys are in good condition, with friendly staff on hand to answer any questions. It’s easy to get to and has baby change and toilet facilities in case of those little emergencies! Not too busy (If you time it right!) We went at lunchtime – prime naptime – and Gracie had the space to herself for most our stay. As it’s small it’s really easy to keep an eye on your little one, meaning you can just take a seat and watch while they play.
Misses: It’s small so can get busy quickly. They prefer to have only 8-10 kids in the playroom and, and we’d always recommend calling before you visit to avoid disappointment.
Need to know before you go: Socks are required! The best times to go are mornings and lunchtime during naptime, but always phone in advance!
Opening times: Weekdays: 8:15am – 7pm. Weekends and public holidays: 10am – 7pm.
Admission: $50 for 30 minutes, $100 for one hour.
Fun classes include Track Ball; Read, Write and Art and Music. All classes are $600 for 4 classes, $1080 for 8 classes, $1380 for 12 classes and $1600 for 16 classes.