Sunday, July 23, 2017

Marine Cove - Cycling & Playground For The Family

We seldom move around the East because it's not too convenient for us.

But when we get that chance to spend our Sunday with the family, and that comes with cycling activities, we decide to visit the popular raved Marine Cove at the East Coast Park.

I remembered back in the days when I used to frequent the old Mcdonald. It has not been renovated and rejuvenated to the brand new store and the spaces they have are HUGE. We wanted to have a breakfast there upon reaching but found that the spaces were filled with people early in the morning, so we went to the shop beside it selling local delicacy like Laksa and Toast Bread with coffee.

We wanted to cycle but we struggle to find any bicycle renting shop nearby so we wandered around and took a few photos by the beach first since the weather was still cooling in the early morning.

Oscar was raring to go right from the start, and he brought his very own green bicycle, so he was always in the lead and getting excited.

Eventually, we found a bicycle rental just 10 min to the left of the playground and me and my brother decide to have a ride for about an hour. The rental cost $8 for an hour.

They also have different types of bicycles, twins and also the families for a higher price, but it caters for families who wanted to be together and enjoy the fun. I'll do that next time with Oliver around.

The playground there was one of the highlights for the children.

They are free and spans across huge amount of spaces, though most of the activities are for the older kids which needs climbing.

I tried following that high one with Oscar and I was sweat to pieces under the hot sun. It wasn't that easy either but glad finally we manage to make it to the top.

We'll be back again next time!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Fanpekka Indoor Playground - Kids Haven

Welcome to Fanpekka!!! 

This is the town that Tonttu casting his magic spells. 

Fanpekka is one of the newer indoor playground that we’ve heard very good rave reviews on. 

So we decided to try it when we head down to JB for our weekend trip. It is located at the AEON MALL Tebrau City, a very nice mall that we are impressed at. From our hotel at KSL resort, it took us about 20 minutes by cab to reach the place, which costs us about Rm30 (the driver refused to take by meter but oh well). 

The indoor playground area is hugeeee…. And we ended up playing there almost the whole day before eventually the children surrendered unwillingly to return back to the hotel. I also like that the toys are of high quality materials from Japan and it is very evident when you touch and play them. 

Admission was very reasonable at Rm55 for each child and Rm11 for each adults. We like it to be structured this way unlike the other playground like the Angry Bird or Thomas Park which charges exorbitantly for the adults too. 

Fanpekka was divided into 6 play zones: 

1.) Lasten Ocean 
2.) Lasten Castle 
3.) Role-Play Leikkimokki 
4.) Assembly Leikkimokki 
5.) Toy Corner 
6.) Workshop


At the entrance, there's a huge chain of train awaiting where kids are able to ride at a price of Ringgit 5 for a couple of rounds. We didn't ride them but saw a couple of children riding happily.

Oscar was given a passport upon entry which he has to go through immigration for clearance :) This boy is excited everytime he is holding a passport because it means we are going away for a holiday. This certainly sounds like one.

Lasten Ocean & Lasten Castle

A huge boat with floating balls awaiting the kids to jump straight right in.

There space inside the boats are huge and can fit many children at once. Kids can also rock climb right from the side of the boat to get up there. And most importantly, the various slides down are extremely fun that the children and adults did so over and over again, nonstop throughout.

Do look out for secret areas too... shhhhh

Role Play

The Role Play section was the other section which was the highlight and we spent a lot of our time there.

This isn't exactly the same like what we have on Kidzania because that caters to the older kids but this one is designed in a classic manner where kids are able to put on various uniform to role play. They have the firemen, postman, chef, florist, butcher and pizzaman.

What we are also impressed at is the quality of the materials they are using and they are all of a high quality. We vetted that it is made in Japan!


The workshop area is another one which was extremely popular with the kids.

At first, we didn't know what was that until my wife came to find out what it actually is. You can actually build a house from scratch and there are many various "houses" that you can build. 

Ours was a school that we picked and after we build our house, we've done up the house with some pretty accessories like flower pots, slides and some toys and chairs. This was pretty fun.

Fanpekka Cafe

There is a cafe which we can access from the playground inside which is really nice given that we were famished and would like to take a break in between.

The cafe serves very delicious food from Western, Indian and the local cuisine, at a very affordable pricing.

Overall, we love the place and would be back when Oliver is slightly older like his brother so he could join in much of the fun :)

If you have not been there, you should try it. Kids will love them.