Baby Carriers in BruneiJune 17, 2018
My Birth StoryAugust 6, 2018
I’ll be honest. The main reason it took me so long to visit Funblocks was the cost. Funblocks is one of the most expensive indoor playgrounds in Brunei
. From what I had seen online, it seemed like it was laid out much like Kidzania (really cool concept that is sadly not available in Brunei) and was catered to older children. With such a young toddler I didn’t think it would be worth it. In this instance, I was glad to be proven wrong.
The first thing to note about Funblocks is that it is HUGE. It is divided into 4 main sections. The first section is a large area with tables and chairs right in the centre of everything. There are even coin-operated massage chairs for exhausted parents and caregivers. Right next to the seating area there is a small baby play area with large soft blocks, a climbing structure, slides and a ball pit.
To the right of the seating area is the “town”, which consists of a cute road lined on both sides with little shops like a baking school, a hairdressers, supermarket, car workshop, etc. Some of the shops have items for play and, although the items/props provided could be better and more plentiful, the shops themselves are adorable and really well-crafted. A lot of workmanship as clearly gone into the town and I was thoroughly impressed - as was my daughter who ran around enthusiastically pretending to cook at the baking school and loading a basket full of groceries at the supermarket. There were even some games for older kids - like a ball shooting game at the “police station”, though some items were broken or not operational. Sadly maintenance is a real issue in many places in Brunei because there aren’t as many customers - but in this instance it didn’t compromise the safety of items and a couple of games not working does not hinder the fun. Overall, I was very impressed with the town area and loved the little touches like a stroller “parking lot”. Adorable!
The final section is the large play area to the left of the central seating area. There were so many great surprises in this area and, the more I wandered around, the more I discovered. The area itself has an airport theme, and even has a great big plane sticking out the front. The playground itself is a maze of climbing structures, slides, funny mirrors, spinning poles and so so much more. Some of the walls moved/spun around, creating new entrances and exits. There was so much to entertain and physically challenge the kids and it seemed to never end. Off to the side there was even a section, called the “Funblocks Stadium”, for mini football or basketball play, as well as a race track with bicycle “race cars” for slightly older children (I’m not quite sure about what age but I assume it would be about 3 and up as my 18 month old could not reach the pedals). Most importantly of all, the play areas all looked very clean.
As you can tell, I was super impressed with the kids play areas. However, what I wasn’t so impressed by were the bathrooms - which had wet floors and no toilet paper. In fact, I saw the bathroom and decided to wait until I got home. So that was a big let down given how great the rest of the playground is. There is a separate small room for nursing and diaper changes so that was a plus. The food and beverages offered were also quite limited and basic, though they do have a fairly decent looking coffee machine and a Sugarbun takeaway menu (which suggests you can order Sugarbun to eat on the premises).
Overall, Funblocks is a fantastic playground which so much for kids of all ages (even grandpa had some fun shooting balls at a target at the “police station”). It is really unique in its offerings here in Brunei and is well-worth the money. Bear in mind that the area is really big so younger children will most likely require a lot more parental supervision and the bathroom situation is not ideal. Be that as it may, this is now one of my favourite indoor playgrounds (in the top 3) and we’ll probably be back there again real soon.