Ball Pits and Indoor Playground

The school holidays are here, so is the rainy season. Rain can sometimes disrupt any outdoor plans you have for your kids. Fortunately, in Singapore, you can opt for an indoor playground to keep the kids entertained and let them run around in a safe and hopefully supervised environment. A lot of indoor playgrounds have sprouted in recent years (e.g., Cool De Sac, The Polliwogs, Hokey Pokey, Amazonia) and all, if not most, have slides and ball pits. Some even have climbing walls.

Somehow, the ball pits are always a draw for the kiddos.  You are sure to find a ball pit in any of the indoor playground, some may be shallower than others. Children would just love to jump right into the ball pit and dive into the thousands and millions of balls and pretend to swim in the ball pit. Ahh… fond memories of the Parkway Parade Burger King ball pit. The lure of a padded pit filled with colourful plastic balls. Ball pits are also for rent nowadays for parties and you can buy smaller sized ball pits for your home from toy stores like Toys “R” Us.

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However, one nagging concern I have as a parent, is the cleanliness of the ball pits and the indoor playground. I must confess that I never had these thoughts before when I was playing in them or before I became a parent. Furthermore, with flu season here and you read the news about the spread of Hand Foot Mouth Disease (HFMD), it’s really hard not to think about protecting your own child from the germs while they are having fun in the ball pits. Furthermore, surely you would have come across some socially irresponsible parents who still choose to bring their sick child out even when they should be quarantined and resting at home.

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Musical Pull Toy

We are very excited to share with you one of our new products from the My Natural series: Owl musical pull toy. It plays a soft lullaby when the pull string is pulled, making it the perfect companion for long car rides or as a crib toy in your nursery. The owl is also designed to give a calming and soothing effect on the child. Three colours to choose from: Purple, Green and Pink.

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More Details

The outer shell of the owl is made of cotton velour, giving you the soft and plush feeling. Natural cotton is used and non-toxic low reactive dyes are  used to dye the colours. All materials are BPA, phthalates, PVC, lead & latex free. My Natural series toys are tested by third party laboratories according to acts enforced by the Consumer Products Safety Commission (in the US) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).

The strap has a velcro end so you can easily attach the pull toy onto a ring or loop. All moving mechanisms are concealed so you will never have to worry about those little fingers being trapped. The pull string ends with a nice sized ball which makes it easy for our little ones to reach out and pull down.

It plays a soft lullaby to the tune of Twinkle Twinkle Little Stars. No batteries are required as the mechanism works on clockwork and gears. But everything is hidden, so no worries about parts dropping out. One pull gives you about 90 seconds of music.

Dimension wise, the head to tail of the owl is about 15cm, the pull strong (when retracted) is 11cm, and the strap 7cm (when the ends are velcroed, as shown in the picture).

The owl musical pull toys are at S$24.90 each. Limited stock for each colour. Hurry!