Malls Are For More Than Shopping

In the US, malls are on their way out. People would rather shop online, and visiting a mall, even at the holiday season, is kind of a depressing experience.

Here, however, malls are glittering, exciting, bustling centers of commerce. We came to the mall to look for some new English books at the book store, stock up on groceries at Carrefour, and, most importantly, check out the indoor playground.

Everyone remembers their first time in a ball pit, right?

Everyone remembers their first time in a ball pit, right?

I’ve mentioned a few times that there really aren’t public parks with playgrounds here. In fact, the only place I’ve actually seen a playground was at the zoo, although I’ve read that some of the fancier hotels have playground areas for guests’ children.

The playground in the Amplaz mall is 35,000 rupiah ($2.69), and boasts slides, climbing structures, trampolines, and a ball pit.

There was a lot crammed into a small space

There was a lot crammed into a small space

There was a train shaped like a lion that kids can ride for an extra fee. Hugo hates rides of any sort so we skipped it.

Seriously, I forced him to ride on a carousel once thinking he’d like it once it started: worst idea ever. I guess this ride-o-phobia will save us having to endure a Disney vacation in the future.

Well that was a bit of a tangent. Back to the topic at hand.

There was this waterbed trampoline thingy that would slosh around when the kids jump on it

There was this waterbed trampoline thingy that would slosh around when the kids jump on it

There were also different kinds of blocks for stacking and building, and an art area (the art area was closed when we were there).

This was the best part by far:


I’m pretty sure those are the squeals of a child who had forgotten how much fun it is to go down a slide.

There were just two other kids there, so I encourage you to go on a weekday to avoid any crowds. The place seemed a bit run down, but was safe and clean. I think we’ll be stopping by again before we leave town!

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