This week’s family field trip took us to the newly opened Play House at the Metropole Building in North Point. If you missed the last adventure, Katie and Gracie were oohing and ahhing over Christmas decorations in Central, and you can read all about their trip here.
After a rainy day activity that’ll burn off energy? Or is the sun just that wee bit too warm to play outside? What do you say to SOFT PLAY! Yep, love them or hate them, it’s a fact that most of us will spend a little time at one of these great *activity centres/kiddie zoos (*delete as applicable!) sooner or later, so you might as well pick a good one!
Play House has just opened for business in North Point, and there are also branches at Hung Hom, Yau Tong, Tsuen Wan and Megabox for non-Island families. It has eight distinct zones to explore, including a library, a ball pit with slides, a ball shooting zone, a car racing zone and a whole giant fibreglass aeroplane that your kiddo can clamber all over – fun!
The aforementioned plane has the well-travelled toddler set entertained for hours as they climb up and down the steps. The ambitiously titled car racing zone is actually full of cars to get into for a scoot around, so there’s unlikely to be much in the way of high-speed F1 action here – a good thing in my book! The sky city maze is large enough for older kids to make the most of, while being soft and squishy enough for little ones to bounce around in without hurting themselves. The ball-shooting zone is just plain old-fashioned fun! A machine fires soft balls this way and that, and your little dynamo runs around trying to catch them all… we’re predicting a guaranteed naptime with this one! Very little people are well catered to in the happy BB land, which is specifically for the under-threes. If you have a whole gang to try and wear out, there are party rooms that can be hired, and group booking of the centre is available too. There are regular role-play sessions for kids aged three and above, where your youngsters get to dress up as air hostesses, firemen and police officers for the day (contact the centre for specific timings).
Tucked away in the basement of North Point’s Metropole Building, this one takes a bit of finding, so be prepared to call if you need directions. And as nice an idea as it is, I imagine that the library is unlikely to get much of a look-in when there’s this much fun to be had elsewhere!
Need to know before you go:
Weekday day passes cost $90 for one child and one accompanying adult; additional adults are charged at $40 each.
Weekday evening passes cost $70 for one child and one accompanying adult; additional adults are charged at $35 each.
Weekend and public holiday passes cost $100 day/$80 evening. Monthly membership passes are available for $460 (weekdays only) and $720 unlimited.
Opening hours: Play House North Pojnt is open daily from 10am to 8.30pm.
Getting there: Take the Island Line to North Point MTR Station and take Exit B1. The Metropole Building is on King’s Road near the exit. Head down the steps to the basement to find Play House.
Play House, Shop 1, B/F, Metropole Building, 416-426 King’s Road, North Point, Hong Kong, 2151 0400