Imaginia Bangkok

There are not many playgrounds that I am willing to play on with Z. I admit it. I am not one of those parents that fancies playing with my preschooler. I love cooking with her, making crafts together, and chatting with her. But playing on a playgroundNo thanks. I would much rather let Z run around with other kids or her Dad at a playground or park while I get some blogging or very important Facebooking done (yeah right… I should say get my Facebook fix, I won’t deny it).

So here is the point that I have to tell you that I have found one place on this Earth that I actually want to run around and play with Z… Imaginia Playland in Bangkok.

I have been raving on and on to all my friends here in Thailand about this playland/learning center for all ages. Okay, not just my friends, I may have been telling people I meet on the street, or in the grocery store, or anywhere I see a smiling face that may listen. Okay, so that is a massive slight exaggeration, but I really have been singing Imaginia’s accolades, let me tell you why…

Imaginia is located in The Emporium in Bangkok, which is a high-end, designer clothing and goods mall. It is way in the back and somewhat difficult to find, but once you are there you won’t want to leave.

The price of entrance for Imaginia is 200 baht per guardian and between 100-480 baht per child depending on their height. Z is 103 cm and is already in the highest ticket category.

Side Note: Make sure to bring socks to wear, if you forget them they sell them at the front counter for a small sum.

When you enter, you are all given a bracelet with an RFID sensor and a key to a large locker for your belongings and shoes. I was not sure what the RFID bracelet was for, but I assumed it was to be used to keep track of the money you could spend at Nana’s Cafe inside the establishment.

That was only partially true though I will say it is the first thing I did when we started playing. I need a good coffee and the latte that I got at Nana’s Cafe was delicious. While I drank my caffeine, Z played in a huge crocheted net type thing that hangs from the ceiling next to the cafe. I am not sure how else to describe it. Here are pictures of it:

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After I had some liquid energy, Z and I started running around, checking out all the areas of this amazing playland. We started by checking out the library. It was a cozy little room with beanbags and books for all ages, though they were all in Thai. Connected to the library was a room full of DJ booths for the kids. This is where I learned what else the RFID bracelets were for. The Imaginia employee (they were everywhere and ultra-helpful) showed Z how to hold her bracelet  up to an RFID reader in one of the DJ booths after showing her how to use the turntables. Z started making her electronic music and a camera started recording her musical debut. After Z finished her song, the screen asked for my email address. I entered it and promptly received a video of her at the table.

One of the RFID readers
One of the RFID readers in blurry, having too much fun to take pictures form.
Z in the DJ booth.
Z in the DJ booth.

 

Just to jump ahead a little, I was expecting a charge at the end of our afternoon but all the RFID videos and photos were sent to me free of charge… thank goodness because I had about 20 emails.

There was also a huge slide that was my favorite activity, Z and I went down it together numerous times and then she went down it many more times, trying to get the perfect picture. It was awesome and adorable.

My favorite of the slide poses.
My favorite of the slide poses.

Then we went into the art room, where there were coloring pages and a craft project that changes monthly. This month was superhero and Disney Princess headbands. Z chose to make the Elsa one (from the movie Frozen, just in case you have never seen it a hundred times like I have… is anyone that lucky?!). It was a great way to take a little break and relax in between the running and sliding.

 

The monthly craft.
The monthly craft.
Z and her Elsa headband.
Z and her Elsa headband.

Then Z decided to check out a car that was right in the middle of the playground. Around the car were little stones with computer screens in them. I didn’t even have to tell her what to do, she scanned her RFID bracelet and started decorated and designing her dream car. As she drew on the screen, it projected onto the car. It was really cool!

 

Designing her car.
Designing her car.

Then we ran (seriously, I actually ran with her!) and checked out everything else Imaginia had to offer before we had to leave because it was closing time. I have made a slideshow of what else we did. Honestly, this would be an extremely long post if I wrote about all the cool activities we did that day.

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Location:

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Bangkok, Thailand

 

 

 

*Disclaimer: Imaginia did not ask me to write about them and all of the opinions expressed in this post are purely my own. *

 

 

  16 comments for “Imaginia Bangkok

  1. mamabyfire
    January 29, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    Wow!! That place looks like so much fun!! Seems like you would need an entire day to see everything!
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    • andthreetogo
      January 30, 2016 at 10:29 am

      If we lived in Bangkok we would probably get a membership and go every week. It’s just that fantastic!

  2. Patricia
    January 30, 2016 at 1:24 am

    That looks so fun! Like a less expensive and more fun version of the one in SoCal! Love the pic of Z on the slide?

    • andthreetogo
      January 30, 2016 at 10:30 am

      They have one in Southern California? I was sure this was a chain but am stoked to hear there is one in the states!
      There were so many good ones of her on the slide… She’s a total actress already. Haha

  3. aviets
    January 30, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Wow, this sounds like a dream place! I know we would have visited over and over again if we had something so cool near us. Such fun!
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    • andthreetogo
      February 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm

      I wish it were closer to us too…
      Although now I know to put it on the itinerary every time we head to Bangkok for sure!

  4. Lani
    January 31, 2016 at 7:15 pm

    What a great place for kids (and adults). Nice find, Jenny. (By the way, it looks like you posted the same two paragraphs – just b/f Z on the slide pic.) I’ll have to share this on Twitter. And I’m most surprised by the price, not bad at all!
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    • andthreetogo
      February 1, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      I will definitely change that.. WordPress was being weird the other day…poop. Thanks for letting me know. So much for proofreading oops. Haha
      Hope all is well in sr! 🙂

  5. thehomeschoolingdoctor
    February 4, 2016 at 8:28 am

    We love these kinds of things! Z looked like she was having so much fun, and the caffeine fix place sounds appealing to me. 🙂 Gotta have my cup. (BTW, love Frozen too!)
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    • andthreetogo
      February 5, 2016 at 6:25 pm

      It was such a blasts’. It had been a long time since z and I had had such fun together. Life gets in the way a lot. It was great reconnecting with her and playing with her.
      🙂

  6. Victoria@ The British Berliner
    February 4, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Looks like lots of fun. ‘Love the photos. 🙂 Bangkok is such a diverse interesting place. I’m always impressed whenever I go there. It’s quite clean, quite organised and quite cheap! I mean, I’ve been to India & Vietnam. You can’t compare them although I really liked Vietnam lol!
    p.s. I don’t blame you about the playground thing. I didn’t like it either. So boooooring. And the mums! Gossip! Gossip! Gossip! I left it to my husband as he stayed at home for two years lol!
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    • andthreetogo
      February 5, 2016 at 6:30 pm

      Nice! Having the husband do it is also my go to remedy for playground woes 🙂
      I used to hate Bangkok but absolutely love it now. It’s not even impossible that someday we may move there we love it so much

  7. Leslie
    February 19, 2016 at 10:13 am

    We are doing a staycation in BKK and I’ve been searching through your posts for places to take Louis. He’s younger than Z but this place looks like an all out RUNFEST, which is one sure way into the little guy’s heart. I love how you post about experiences you have with your family and am thankful for all the tips to glean from your writings!

    • andthreetogo
      February 19, 2016 at 1:14 pm

      Thanks so much Leslie! I think that Louis would have a total blast (in fact Z and I talk about Imaginia, at least every day still). I think you will have fun too. And the fact that Z fell asleep so easily that night wasn’t bad either. Ha!
      I thought you guys lived in BKK, just a different neighborhood (yep, Instagram and your blog is how I keep up haha). Did you move out or I am way off and you never lived in BKK? Now I am confusing myself, so I will sign off before I ramble on more. 🙂
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      • Leslie
        February 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm

        We live north of BKK in Nonthaburi, so not far by any means. But we are still ruled by the mighty hand of naps still and plus traffic can be such a chore getting in and out of the city — so we decided to book a hotel suite and make a weekend of it 🙂

        • andthreetogo
          February 20, 2016 at 3:02 pm

          That’s a great idea! I do not miss the napping at all. 🙂

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