I’m sure everyone had been to AEON Mall Tebrau City except for the mountain turtles us. Seriously. 🤷🏻♀️ The mall is huge! So many shops (lotsa big names) and many yummy food. Situated about 20 minutes by Grab from Suasana Suites, it can be a tad too far when we have 2 cranky and overstimulated kids (the return journey was so tortuous).
Fanpekka is a Finnish theme indoors playground. Personally, I love the concepts @ work in this theme park and thus rate it above the Angry Bird Park. It has a good size play area and even though it was relatively crowded, the crowd was well spread. We were also lucky to meet a bunch of super nice and accommodating kids who didn’t mind sharing some of the stuff with Ez and Lè meimei.
This must be Ez and Lè meimei’s favourite section. In this area, the kids can assemble their own house. So depending on how ambitious your children are, you can have like a studio apartment or 2-3 room flat.
Ez and Lè meimei ain’t much of a builder so they could only take over the houses vacated by others. There’s plenty of miniature furniture for the kids to shift around from houses to houses and this kept them very busy. Ez didn’t want to ask people for stuff he wanted so he would just stand at one corner and out-wait the other kids. Though this area looks very simple, kids get to be creative in creating their own space, negotiate with others to get what they need, some barter trading did take place and certainly inculcate patience as exemplified by Ez. Lè meimei? She’s just happy that she could do her cooking/licking beside her favourite kor kor. Oh yeah, don’t leave your house unattended kie. The park attendants are very on-the-ball. They will take your house apart and remove all the furniture if it’s vacant for more than 15 minutes.
Another favourite of mine (not the kids though) were the various ‘trucks’ around the entrance of the theme park. I spied a post office, pizzeria, cake shop, florist, fire station, grocer and a restaurant. One could pop in and out to try out the different trades. There’s even outfits for the little ones to put on as they role play. Ez and Lè meimei loved the cash till very much and went around to collect money. Each truck has a mail box so if you are role-playing the postman, you can go around to deliver mail to the other vendors.
It seemed as if we had the entire place to ourselves but it’s just cuz there’s something for every one so no one had to fight for a turn.
Then we went up the castle. This ain’t as much fun for Ez and Lè meimei but we still spent a bit of time here. The moment you get to the second floor of the castle, you will see this wall of gear parts. Ez ain’t too interested in these but his sister liked them.
There’s another area with giant foam blocks. This is similar to the ones in the Angry Bird Park but no one was playing with these. We had the entire space to ourselves. Here’s the kids balancing on their make shift stage. They ain’t scared of bouncing on the stack of blocks but their mother was. This section wasn’t as exciting for us because Ez was scared of the slides. Both slides looked intimidating for them so we went back down by the stairs.
There’s a wardrobe with assorted outfits for the kids to don on to transform themselves into royalties. Ez and Lè meimei preferred to be shopkeepers so zero interest here. There’s also a room with this huge white table for events/parties.
The next area was a huge ass ball pit. Unlike their mother, the kids did not like ball pits. Ez refused to venture through the balls to get to the boat. Lè meimei entertained herself for a short while before evacuating the pit too.
I loved how this area looked. White and blue balls basking in purplish blue light.
Ez loved one of these bikes. There’s a few of them around. You have got to have keen eyes to spot the abandoned ones and be quick enough to get to it before the others do. Here’s Ez moonlighting as a delivery guy to deliver burgers. His burgers only dropped a few times. Not bad lah.
The final area in the theme park comprised of a few ‘little houses’. One of them had a small shelf of books. Another housed 2 train tracks (missing trains though) while another had a table with assorted magnetic shapes meant for constructing different pattern. No photos for this area as I was hungry and the 2 kids cranky. They didn’t want to leave even though they were clearly hungry and tired.
All in all, this place is good for at least 3 hours of play. So do factor in enough time so the kids don’t feel pressurized to rush through each section. Ez and Lè meimei are still too young to appreciate some of the features in the theme park but there’s lots of potentials in there for them to learn through play and social interactions with other children.
Fanpekka is located on level 2 of the mall. Right opposite the Japanese Food Hall. Admission ticket of RM62 is for 1 adult and 1 child and an every additional adult ticket is RM10. Kids under 2 years old gets in free. Do bring along your child’s passport. They wanted to look at Lè meimei’s one even though she obviously doesn’t look like a 2 year old. And oh yeah, they are giving away a Fanpekka umbrella with purchase of a child’s ticket from 23rd – 31st March 2019.