From Beauty to Mommy. Yes, my life is a non-stop glam shop! Don't be jealous.
Today's agenda was letting little Zoie Jean blow off some steam.
Rochester House had been mentioned to me twice in one week and since I am reacquainting myself with Singapore, well, always up for an adventure, Zoie & I jumped into a taxi. (FYI: all the pink words are links)
Rochester Park in Singapore is a collection of restaurants and spas in old black and white houses. They are STUNNING. and huge.
Since it was our first time at Rochester House I had to find my way to The Playhouse, it was easy enough to do, I only looked lost for a nano second.
I signed Zoie in and the 'if your child loses a limb or burns our place down' disclaimer. (NOTE: exaggeration on my part - that's not the disclaimer) The Playhouse staff are friendly and cheery. They take your child's temperature (a common practice in Singapore out of fear of spreading crazy tropical illnesses.) and away you go - play time!
The entrance and the exits are well situated on either side of the reception desk and each has a lock that keeps the children from, well... escaping. You can play with your child or leave them in the care of the staff and socialize with your spouse or friends in the cafe. A full menu including, wait for it... cocktails! HELLO!! It's noon somewhere, non??!!
Zoie and I played together for a bit inside. It's huge, airy, fun and CLEAN! There is plenty to do. A slide, colouring station, dolls, trains, cars, play kitchen area etc. Zoie made me 'soup' it was delicious, but not like her Crepe Suzette.
As per the website: Weekdays: Preview price: All day free, $6 per hour Open 9:30 am - 7:30 pm. Closed Mondays.
- We were there for 2 hours, I paid $12 and I believe this truly worth it BUT (yes, a big 'but' here) 'Preview Price', am I mistaken or does that not mean first visit is free?? If that's what it means I paid for our preview.
- You cannot sign out for lunch - the clock keeps tickin' in The Playhouse. Now, you may think: 'Hmm. I am paying for my child's meal AND the playhouse at the same time.' Unfair? Well, at first I thought this, but I did see kids treating lunch and play as a revolving door and soon my toddler followed in the same fashion so, yes, my answer is it's fair.
View from my lunch table!
I had a roast beef sandwich and a cappuccino (x2 - that's 2 cappuccinos, not sandwiches). Overall, very good. The mustard was a little over-powering. I got a horseradish kinda brain-freeze that was less than pleasant - but, hey - who needs taste buds? I was a bit taken aback by the white bread it came on - the horror! But, it was generally a pleasant tasting lunch and you cannot beat the atmosphere.
Zoie had pasta with meatballs and a chocolate milkshake. Zoie's was great! She ate it and wore it!
Our little outing was a great success! If you stay in Singapore and you have children - I highly recommend you check out The Rochester House.
Have a child over 7? They have a Wii room! And toilets aplenty - Ha Ha Ha - get it??! *cough* Moving on...
There is also an events room upstairs - plan a Princess party or Prince...? Perhaps a Queens' party and the children can be entertained below? (Although, all the Queens I know don't have children and they hang out in other venues.)
I always find this interesting. Why do they make 'domestic' toys pink??? Trying to cater to the 'weaker' sex??
This 'toy' would be less gender-specific in purple, yellow or green.
Oh, BTW: There's a weekend brunch!