Bangkok – What shopping malls to hit with the kids?

We spend a lot of time in Bangkok since some of Pauls family live here. Going to Bangkok with kids was very challenging two years ago when the kids were 10 months old and 2 years old.

The lack of even footpaths for prams, stairs to the BTS Sky Train and slow-moving traffic made it hard to get around which lead to lots of tantrums and tears. This time around, our kids are now 4 and 3 so feels a little easier. We were able this time to have the kids walk a lot more so we ditched the strollers in favour of a mixture of walking and carrying.

A good tip to avoid the relentless heat is to spend some of the day the mega shopping malls around Bangkok. Generally speaking these are very clean, air-conditioned and have plenty to keep you entertained for a full day and more!

Most of the shopping malls have a dedicated fun area for kids, here are just a couple of great shopping malls to take your children.

tour_img-464070-148KidZania at Siam Paragon Mall

You will literally spend all day here, so get here early to beat the traffic.

KidZania allows children to role-play adult jobs and earn currency for their hard work.

Every KidZania is themed as a child-sized replica of a real city, including buildings, shops, theatres, as well as vehicles and pedestrians moving along its streets. In this city, children aged 4 through 14, ( however there are things for 2 onwards ) 

Work in branded activities such as bottling Thai branded milk, ketchup, worked in a dentist office, make burgers at a McDonald’s and get seated on the next AirAsia flight out of KidZania!

The children earn KidZos (KidZania’s currency) while performing the tasks, and the money is kept in the KidZania bank for children to spend at the gift shop and on KidZania’s activities.

Children wear electronic bracelets that allow parents to keep track of their kids remotely, which is great if you have a little runner like our Leo.

 

We found it absolutely amazing. The kids had the chance to put out fires as firemen, become policemen, drive little cars around a track and full them put with gas, and even perform an endoscopy!

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They also took part in many other activities and that was only the tip of the iceberg of all the total experiences available.

Their favourite part was that they got paid for all of this and then they were able to use the money to buy other experiences such as a makeover, even Leo had a makeover like his big sister.

This is aimed more at kids over 4 years old, Leo (2.5 years old) became a little overwhelmed from some of the tasks. Also, some of the tasks were only able to be completed by children aged 4 and over.

 

03071508_5a9f9dfd89935Imaginia Playland inside Emporium Mall 

Imaginia is a place where children can learn outside of the classroom, explore their thoughts, discover new ways of thinking, fuel their curiosity, and grow their imagination.

Imaginia provides creative experiences to nurture childhood development for children aged 1 to 12 years old. The core concept is learning through playing, where we combine classic and contemporary play experiences together.

The playspace uses digital interactive technology to enable children to discover their innate creativity through art, music, literature and strategic play.

This playland incorporates 19 different zones and is somewhere your kids are going to love! We spent 3 hours here but the kids wanted to stay for much longer.

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Situated at the Emporium Mall by Phrom Phong BTS sky train station, it is also easy to get to. It’s not just about fun but aims to educate kids as they play.

Attractions range from an inflatable mountain to climb to a “jungle” filled with colourful nets and bouncy grounds for kids to navigate.

What makes this Bangkok kids attraction stand out, though, is its use of technology. There are activities like “Wonder Car” that allow the kids to “paint” a life-sized car and then email it home for free.

 

Fantasia_LagoonFantasia Lagoon Water Park – The Mall

There are a number of these dotted across Bangkok at shopping centres aptly named “The Mall”.

Fantasia Lagoon Water Park is great to go to in any weather. Its located on top of The Mall complexes. There are water slides, a lazy river ride (where you float around on a raft – extra cost) and kids’ water playground areas. It’s the perfect way to cool down on a hot Bangkok afternoon.

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But remember you have to purchase a head cap for you and the kids… 

It is a nice clean place and the kids enjoyed the water playground areas. Entrance fee is a cheap, 100Baht as I recall.

 

20161734160613NN8az14c14bc3542555241398984169993947Kidzoona located at Mega, Bang Na.

We spent 6 hours here!!! There are around 15 different small stations from flower arranging to hairdressing, food shopping, burger making as well as trampolines and magic sand play plus more.

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We managed to take our laptops and spend a bit of time working from the adults seating section which gives you a perfect supervision spot as we charged our mobile phones.

They don’t have a cafe inside Kidzoona but you can bring food in from outside and as it’s located in a huge mall in Bangkok, there’s plenty of choices!

 

f900x450Funarium – Rama IV Road

The largest indoor playground in the heart of Bangkok, Funarium is the perfect place for the whole family with children aged 0-13 to spend time together. The 2,000 sq.m air-conditioned facility has world-class safety standard play equipment, fun art & crafts activities and a cafe serving fresh, healthy, local & international cuisine.

Adults can join in the play or relax whilst children crawl, run, climb, jump & slide.

Funarium is not technically in a mall but is big enough itself, it is however located next to a Big C in Klong Toey.

There is a lot to do here for the kids, There’s a large climbing frame, a mini indoor soccer field, basketball court, a rock climbing wall not to mention the slides, Tramps and an art room with paint, brushes, and pencils all set up to go, an indoor bicycle track, complete with bikes and scooters.

For parents, there is a nice room with comfy chairs upstairs and a place to get a massage  (300 baht an hour if the noise of the kids doesn’t you) but you might not like it.

We also spent another full day here, around 6 hours. There is a decent cafe with European and Thai food, coffee, cake, sandwiches. Most dishes were a reasonable (expensive for Thailand) 100 to 200 baht. There are also snacks like lollies, ice cream, cupcakes etc. There is no free wifi however.

Entry costs 200 baht for kids under 105cm, 320 for kids under 13 and 120 baht for everyone else. 

 

Destination-Sea-Life-Ocean-WorldSEA LIFE Bangkok Ocean World – Siam Paragon shopping mall.

More than just an underwater experience, Sea life Bangkok Ocean World is home to a range of special activities. The choice is yours, enjoyment and wonder await at every depth of the sea. And you will be impressed with the variety of ocean adventures they have to offer.

If you’ve been to a Sea life centre before then you know what to expect, this is no different with huge display aquariums, 360 degree tunnel and regular talks with feeding sessions for penguins, sharks and eagle rays.

We spend about 2 hours here, it’s nice to split up the day and let the kids run around and let off some steam before hitting the mall again for lunch. 

It can get pretty expensive however, with prices starting at B990 for adults and B790 for children. Add-on packages are available for those interested in splashing the cash for items such as a Glass Bottom Boat Ride, 4D Cinema Experience, Diving with the Sharks and an Ocean Walker experience.

There’s is plenty to see, such as penguins, jellyfish, striped frogfish and the list goes on. The kids had a great time.

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