A friend of mine recently told me about a soft play area that we hadn’t visited before so at the beginning of this week we decided to drive down to Abu Halifa and check it out. The soft play area is in a mall called Al Dome Mall which is located next to Kuwait Magic on the Abu Halifa Gulf Road. Al Dome Mall is quiet small with mainly restaurants and coffee shops; Planet Hollywood, Chilli’s and a few children’s activities; Goal! Junior and Fit4Fun. The mall itself was really quiet when we visited around 11am but I imagine it might get busier in the evenings with people coming to eat and socialise.
The soft play area; Oz Land is quiet small as well but a refreshing change to the places we normally revisit over and over again. Oz Land has a soft play area with a couple of ball pits and a slide, a sand pit with a slide and sand toys, a trampoline, a rotating tower and a pet area where you can feed and pet different animals. What I liked about Oz Land is you can either choose to pay individually for each play area (soft play, sand pit, each animal area, trampoline etc) or you can pay for an ‘everything included’ ticket. To play on everything the ticket costs 5KD or you can pay 1KD/2KD per item/area. We choose to just visit the sand pit and the soft play castle which cost us 4KD.
The sand area had lots and lots of toys inside – probably too many for the space of sand there was as well as a plastic seesaw and slide. Inside the room was also a couple of chairs and a table for parents to sit at. The sand pit was nice for the age of our son and I liked the fact that the sand area was in a separate area with a door so we didn’t have to worry about him running off anywhere! The only thing I was disappointed about was that there were quite a few ants crawling around on the steps up to the sand pit plus a few bits of rubbish (tissues, lollypop sticks) in the sand that my husband had to clear up before our son played. The soft play area is quiet small but big enough for a toddler to run around and enjoy. Our son really enjoyed the ball pit which was nice and full of colourful balls and he liked the fact that he was able to climb in and out of it himself too. There was also a big slide and a swing inside the play area. Again, the cleanliness inside the soft play area was a bit of a let down – it was extremely dusty inside the ball pit that our hands and feet felt quiet dirty after being in there. It could do with a bit of a mop or wipe.
The unusual thing about Oz Land is the Pet Zone that they have – I have never seen anything like it at a play area! They have 3 different rooms with cats, a bird, rabbits and tortoises in and you can pay to feed and pet the animals. The animals were really clean and healthy and we were told by the staff that the animals receive vet checks and are groomed every month and that their pens/rooms were cleaned daily. I would of loved to have fed some of the animals but our son is scared of anything but fish at the minute so we just watched the animals through the glass which was nice enough.
I would visit Oz Land again as it is somewhere we have not visited over and over again so feels quiet new and exciting but I would like it to be slightly cleaner next time. I really like the Pet Zone area and the fact that the people working there seem to really care and look after the animals well. Hopefully once my son is over his fear of animals we will be able to visit again and pet the animals.
Location: Al Dome Mall (Next to Kuwait Magic), Abu Halifa Gulf Road, Abu Halifa. Click here for a map.
Opening Times: 10am-11pm
Price: 4KD to play in all areas (including feeding/petting animals) or 1KD/2KD per area if paying individually