The very existence of this review is really testament to how important reputation and word-of-mouth is in Brunei. As a mother living in the tropics with a super active 14 month old, indoor playgrounds are my go-to afternoon activity and I would say I have been about 10 times in the last few months. The thing is, I have only ever been to Funzania. Funzania has the reputation as one of the cleanest indoor playgrounds in Brunei that is suitable for young toddlers - and that is the top of my priorities list. While I do plan on visiting other gyms and reviewing them, it has been difficult to “break the habit”.
The play area is bright and clean and even the ball pit seems very clean (which is, I’m sure, very hard to maintain).According to a friend, Funzania seem to wash their ball pit balls regularly. The play area itself is rather small and, while it is great because it is easier to keep an eye on your child, it might be a bit more tight on busy weekends. As a stay-at-home mum, I have been lucky enough to be able to take my daughter there during the week, so a crowded playground hasn’t yet been an issue for me personally.
The food is another plus point for Funzania and another positive listed by mothers who recommend going here. For me, the food is average for a restaurant, but given that it is more of an indoor playground I would say the food overall is good. There are also some great kids options, including a build your own “toddler plate” where you have a choice of a protein, vegetable, grain and fruit. Their pasta and pizza are decent. Some of their other Western dishes do taste quite Asian (like their beef stroganoff) and their Asian food is also kind of average. Food is slightly on the pricier side, but you are also paying for the facilities.
Their beverages, teas and coffees are quite good (though I am total coffee noob). Their churros are excellent. But it is really the thoughtful touches that elevates Funzania. A free water station with colourful plastic cups, glass cups, regular water, lemon water, a cool box of ice and pitchers of water to use for a bigger table. Stacks of high chairs as well as toddler chairs and tables if your child would prefer their table at kid level.
The location can be a bit tricky if you don’t know the area but there is ample parking which is always a plus. The bathrooms are great, with a little bench in each in case you have young children that need to accompany you. A separate nursing and diaper changing room is also available and contains a small toddler chair in case you have multiple kids in there with you. It really is the small touches that make Funzania a great place to take the kids.
I like the place so much that I was just there for lunch on Thursday while my little terror got to run around with daddy during his lunch break. Overall, this is an excellent, clean indoor playground with decent food. It sets a pretty high bar for me and we shall see how they stack up when I get around to reviewing other playgrounds - watch this space!
Address: No. 8, 9, 10, Block A, Ground Floor, SPG. 217-5-54, Eng Ho Complex, Jalan Gadong Estate, Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei
Telephone: 837 8775
Monday, Saturday & Sunday 9AM–10PM
Tuesday & Thursday 8AM-10PM
Friday 9AM-12PM and 2PM-10PM
You can find out more on their Facebook page
Mel moved from Singapore to Brunei in 2016 to give birth and raise her now rambunctious toddler. The move from the world of business and law to being a stay-at-home mum ignited her passion for all things baby and child related. She founded Baby Brunei in the hopes of sharing this passion with other parents in Brunei.