November 27, 2009
Kids Universe is the "Fun Ranch" innovation of SM Malls. It is the latest kiddie place that opened in time for the Christmas season in SM Mall of Asia. With the World Pyro Olympics being postponed to early next year, there is really no other "new" place to go with your kids. There's no new Carnival or visiting exhibits like the Dinosaurs last year (except for the traveling Big Blue Whale Exhibit in Ayala Malls).
One of the reasons you might want to consider visiting Kids Universe is that it houses Cosmic Kidz, the biggest Kiddie Play Area in Manila -- about 4 stories high. I'll give you a photo tour of the place so that you can use it to share stories with your kids. Also, I'll share with you potential dining options around the area.
A huuuuuuge high-end play area for kids and kids-at-heart.
30-Minute Play - P180
One Hour Play - P250
Unlimited - P480
Extension (every 30 Minutes) - P180
Adult Pass (none play/ 1 adult per kid) = P120
(children under 3 must be supervised by an adult)
Socks (required; if you don't have any, you can buy) - P30
First Floor, Cosmic Kidz
The first floor is really for young children less than 3 years old, like Joshua.
Plasma Pool. It has a tarpaulin cover and lighting underneath it. The kids love jumping on this pool but it is not allowed. It is really for babies or toddlers.
A photo of the huge cushioned stairs going up to the second floor.
Second Floor, Cosmic Kidz
The second floor is devoted to imported Comfy Interactive Educational Toys.
Third Floor, Cosmic Kidz
The third floor is where the fun begins for kids and adults as well.
Wormhole. Similar to the Apollo Climber, but this is located on the other side.
Space Web. (Not really sure how this works...)
Fourth Floor, Cosmic Kidz
There is a tunnel leading to the highest point of Cosmic Kidz.
Kids Universe Shops
Cosmic Kidz is the centerpiece of Kids Universe and it is surrounded by different kiddie shops.
On the second floor, you might want to try the first store of Chicago Popcorn Shop, which is similar to Garrett's, Oprah's favorite popcorn. They use real cheese in their popcorn.
The Creamery from Nestle in Quezon City transferred to the Kids Universe. They now use Selecta Ice Cream instead of Nestle. We did not like the food (maybe because they are just in their soft opening phase?) This is a good place to hold a small kiddie party because of the dancing waiters (...and if you are not that particular with the food).
I've been curious about the Japanese-Korean Buffet Yakimix. Their first store is along Diosdado Macapagal Blvd and the second one is in Mall of Asia, near Kids Universe. It is located on the ground floor, facing San Miguel by the Bay. On a weekday, this is the only place that is full and with a long waiting line.
(Have you tried it? Any review on Yakimix?)
I would actually recommend walking all the way down to the front of Mall of Asia (also in the South Wing) to get a taste of Coney Island Ice Cream (now rebranded as Go Nuts Ice Cream).
For Party Packages - please call +632 804-0166
(The best landmarks to help you find this place -- SM Discovery Center and Fish & Co. Restaurant, which are found beside it.)
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