One of the challenges the parents of today face is finding a balance between their young kids' use of technology and real-life interaction. Limiting kids' screen time, or even choosing shows that are appropriate for their age, has been a long and constant struggle parents still don't know how to deal with.
The solution? Go out and introduce them to outdoor play!
It is said that play is one, if not the most, effective way for children to learn more about themselves and the world around them. It is through play that kids start building a sense of self-worth and where they begin to learn the ability to concentrate and let their imaginations run free. However, security issues might make you reconsider sending your child out into "the wild." So what to do?
The new indoor multifunctional entertainment and leisure facility PLAY addresses this need as it opens its doors to the public on Saturday,February 10.
“PLAY stands for ‘Purposeful Learning and Activities for the Young.’ It is Okada Manila’s family-friendly indoor fun facility where child’s play is elevated to an engaging and enriching experience,” says Ivaylo Ivanov, vice president for Hotel Operations. PLAY’s management team is led by certified expert coaches and licensed teachers trained to provide guests with the highest standard of care and fun learning.
"At PLAY, we want kids to have a space where they can learn, grow, and understand more of the world around them, all while they are having fun and simply being the kids that they are,” explained Vikki Aquino, director of Spa, Fitness and Recreation.
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PLAY, which is designed with kids aged 1 to 16 years old in mind, has a total of eight purpose-built play areas:
Little Town It allows children hands-on play in a banking, postal, school, grocery and home environment to gain valuable learning and practical experience of every day grown-up life.
Little Park A two-level playground and maze where toddlers can spend their limitless energy and explore their physical strength
The Wizard’s Den An interactive video game space where kids use gestures to defeat mythical creatures
Mini Steps & Mini Me A dedicated play and learning space for children aged 0-3 years old
Sports Zone An active zone with artificial grass court for sports games
The Stage This is where kids can unleash their inner performer and cultivate their singing, dancing, acting, and public speaking skills
Janguru A multi-level playground and maze for kids over 110 centimeters tall
My Party Place A gaming and events space that can host birthday parties, corporate events, team-building activities, or any special occasion.
The facility, which can accommodate up to 300 guests at a given time, also houses a snack bar and a kiddie gift shop.
It has kid-friendly restrooms and a parking space for strollers.
With a well-trained emergency response team composed of first-aid qualified PLAY coaches and marshals, and over 30 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras, PLAY ensures that kids will have all the fun they want within a convenient, safe, and secure environment.
PLAY is located inside Okada Manila, New Seaside Drive, Parañaque. It can be accessed via the Coral Wing lobby. PLAY is open from 10 AM to 10 PM Sundays to Thursdays, and from 10 AM to 12 midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets for 1 child and 1 guardian is P1,050 for the first five hours (each child must be accompanied by a guardian).