New Indoor Play Space Alert: PLAY at Okada Manila Officially Opens on February 10

My little explorers, 9 year old Ate Maia and 1.5 year old Yuan, were lucky enough to get first try today at the exciting new indoor play space, PLAY at Okada Manila. It is designed to become a multi-functional platform that addresses the recreation and learning needs and offers an all-out fun for babies/bubs, toddlers, kids, tweenies and teens up to the age of 16.


You’ll find the new PLAY at the Upper Ground Floor, Coral Wing of Okada Manila, just off the Grand Ballroom. My little explorers were very excited to give their enthusiastic kid’s perspective of  this new family hot spot. As for my daughter’s verdict on the new PLAY? It’s a big thumbs-up!

Play the video to below to watch a sneak peek or check out the video on my YouTube channel here.



These are just a few of the things inspired learning through fun and games can do to children. Interestingly, this is also the very same approach Okada Manila is taking as it promotes the holistic development of kids of all ages with the opening of the latest inclusive and multi-functional entertainment and leisure facility within their expansive location: PLAY at Okada Manila.


Just when you thought you’ve seen and experienced basically everything that established play spaces in the metro can offer, along comes a new “play arena” that promises a lot more for your children than just a fun-filled playday.

“PLAY" stands for:

Purposeful
Learning and
Activities for the
Young

"It is Okada Manila’s family-friendly indoor fun facility where child’s play is elevated to an engaging and enriching experience,” says Ivaylo Ivanov, Vice President for Hotel Operations.


PLAY’s management team is led by certified expert coaches and licensed teachers trained to provide guests the highest standard of care and fun learning.

The facility offers dedicated learning programs designed to address the developmental needs of children, which include:

 (1) Colors and Creations, An arts and crafts program designed to develop creativity and imagination by improving the use of fine motor skills through detailing, color coordination and artistic impression plus work behavior like sitting tolerance, focus and concentration;

 (2) Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow, a program aimed at enhancing the child’s development as they explore the world around them. This also includes sessions for caregivers to stay updated and improve their communication, child-minding and domestic engineering skills, as well as one-on-one sessions for specific academic tutorial (e.g., math, science, and reading) and special needs therapy (i.e., occupational therapy, speech therapy, and physical therapy);

 (3) Music and Movement, which help harness and showcase the natural talent of kids through group sessions focused on dance, music, and the performing arts; and (

4) Life Skills, where kids are trained on classes that focus on practical matters, such as social graces, good housekeeping, creative writing skills, anti-bullying, natural remedies, aromatherapy, and personal nutrition.

We know for a fact that allowing children to play, explore, and interact with other children, either in a free or structured manner, rewards them with a lot more beyond just a few moments of fun,” adds Vikki Aquino, Director of Spa, Fitness and Recreation. “That’s basically the idea we had for PLAY. We want to have a space where they can learn, grow, and understand more of the world around them, all while they are having fun and simply being the kids that they are.”

Here’s why your little one (and you) won’t want to leave this place. PLAY boasts of eight (8) purpose-built play areas that will reward kids with the fun and adventure they crave for, no matter what age they are in.

1. Wizard’s Den – an interactive feature where your gestures create different types of fire balls to defeat mythical creatures.


2. Mini Steps & Mini Me – a fully padded and dedicated space for babies and toddlers to enjoy tummy time and play time with slides, padded see-saws, cubes, and ball pit. There is also an interactive floor where they can enjoy 10 different features that explore sight, sound and movement.


3. Little Town – allows your child hands-on play in a banking, postal, school, grocery and home environment to gain valuable learning and practical experience of every day grown-up life.


4. Little Park – a two-level playground and maze where toddlers can enjoy slides, a climbing wall, zip line, barrel roll, giant tic-tac-toe, and various other obstacles to spend their limitless energy and explore their physical strength.


5. Sports Zone – an artificial grass court for sports games.



6. Janguru – a multi-level playground and maze (for kids over 110cm) that also has wave slides, a drop slide, turbo slide, obstacle courses, rope and wave bridges, an interactive gaming floor, other play features plus enclosed tree huts where pocket activities and some coach-led programs take place.


7. The Stage – unleash the inner performer and allow your child to cultivate their singing, dancing, acting and public speaking skills.


8. My Party Place – a dedicated space where you can celebrate your little ones’ birthday, corporate event, team building activity or a special occasion like children’s themed party or baby shower.

Also, children with disabilities can participate in PLAY. Their coaches are SPED qualified and licensed, the structural features are PWD accessible and they have affordable one-on-one programs to assist and address their needs. Some of the activities available for children with disabilities and special needs are:

o One-on-one sessions like occupational, speech, and physical therapy
o Group activities like socialization and inclusion

The facility, which can be accessed via the Coral Wing lobby of Okada Manila, can accommodate up to 300 guests at a given time. It will also have several other features, like child-friendly comfort rooms, an emergency response team composed of first-aid qualified PLAY coaches and marshals, a snack bar, a kiddie gift shop, and over 30 closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to ensure that kids will have all the fun they want within a convenient, safe, and secure environment.

They have stroller parking at the entrance of PLAY. There are also 75 day lockers
and 335 shoe cubbies. If there is a need for more, there is also a Cloak Room in Coral Wing which is less than 60 meters from the entrance.

Every child grows and develops at a pace that’s uniquely their own. See them fulfill early life milestones while they slide down giant chutes, conquer padded obstacle courses, put basketballs through a hoop, play pretend grocery shopping with other kids their age, and sing and dance to their hearts delight at PLAY, Okada Manila’s latest play space and multi-functional learning arena.

PLAY’s operating hours:

o From 10 AM to 10 PM, Sunday to Thursday
o From 10 AM to 12 midnight, Friday and Saturday

PLAY Access rate is inclusive of 5 hours’ playtime inside the facility.  For now, tickets may be purchased at the PLAY concierge. Eventually, tickets will be available through their website. Here's the ticket price:


Benefits:

MOON
o Pass includes 1 child and 1 adult guardian (18 and up).
o Unlimited entry to PLAY facilities and unlimited access to regular programs and classes for duration of Pass.
o 20% Discount on Seasonal Events, Coach-Assisted Programs and Limited Edition activities.
o 25% Off PLAY Pass for up to 3 Play buddies and 40% Off for 4 Play buddies or more.
o One Signature Birthday Gift for child pass holder SUN
o Same as above PLUS One Signature Birthday Cake for child pass holder.STAR FAMILY
o Same as above PLUS Signature Birthday Cake and Five (5) Birthday Loot Bags for each child pass holder.

STAR FAMILY
o Same as above PLUS Signature Birthday Cake and Five (5) Birthday Loot Bags for each child pass holder.

Find out more about the new PLAY at Okada Manila’s official website at http://www.okadamanila.com and take the first big step towards enjoying purposeful learning and activities for your young warriors at PLAY.

Are you planning to set a PLAYdate soon? Let me know in the comments below.