Imaginia Playland is now open on the third floor of Emporium Mall at Phrom Phong BTS, presenting the most modern, creative and downright fun kid’s activity in Bangkok since Kidzania opened up at Paragon a few years back.
But Imaginia is not only about having fun (although you would be fooled into thinking so seeing the excited children running around like it’s Christmas morning). The two-floor space aims to educate as well as entertain, with the concept of ‘learning through playing’. The impressive range of activities take on art, music, literature, technology and strategic thinking, suitable for tiny tots all the way up to young teens (below 15-years-old).
Kids Centre At Emporium Mall
Part of the larger ‘EmPlayground’, Imaginia Bangkok is open daily from 10:00-20:00 (weekdays are better to avoid the queues). Three-hour day passes are 480 baht for kids above 91cm, 250 baht for 71-90cm and 100 baht for little ones under 70cm. Parents or guardians over 15-years-old pay 200 baht.
There are 19 different zones in total spread across some 1,400sqm of the newly refurbished Emporium Mall. Among the highlights is the ‘Dream Jungle’ (a set of bouncy and colourful nets for the kids jump jump/crawl across), an inflatable mountain to climb and the ‘Time Tube Slider’ transporting you from floor two to floor one.
However, what really sets Imaginia aside from other children’s play centres in Bangkok is how it embraces technology. For example, ‘Wonder Car’ lets you paint a life-sized model car via a touch screen computer below and then instantly send a screenshot of your creation to your email address. Same goes for the ‘Art Cabin’, which makes famous paintings from around the world fully customisable via a touch screen; kids can then instantly send their reworked masterpiece via the high-speed Internet connection.
‘Builders Studio’, ‘Art Cabin’ and ‘Book Cave’ provide more of a classroom setting with chairs, tables, and learning resources, while the very helpful English-speaking staff are always nearby to assist the children with each activity. There are also a few interesting audio zones on the top level, including ‘Sound Cloud’ for younger kids and the excellent ‘DJ Canopy’ for mixing dance music on real DJ decks.
Overall, Imaginia is more than just a good place for the kids to blow off some steam for a few hours. It’s a vibrant, stimulating centre that provides a hands-on learning experience for all children up to 15-years-old. Plus, it’s located right in the middle of Bangkok with direct access from Phrom Phong BTS – meaning this is a great activity for those rainy days.