Imagine being a child at a time of a raging pandemic—when playtime is mostly confined within the four walls of the home, when going to school means sitting in front of the computer at a designated spot of the house, when you can’t simply go outside to play like before. Fortunately for some kids, there are accessible child-friendly spaces and play areas without having to venture far from home.
It’s not unusual for property developers to introduce amenities into their offerings. Aside from a gym and swimming pool, one staple is the children’s play area. Some residential developments however have taken the amenity game to another level with features that not only provide convenience, but also promise to indulge its residents in the best way possible.
Here are some incredibly terrific and awesome spaces that tickle us pink, designed especially for the fun and enjoyment of the little ones.
Brooklyn, New York
It may have the highest rooftop infinity pool in the western hemisphere but what made us swoon was the two-story playroom on Brooklyn Point’s ninth floor. The spacious play area houses forts, slides, small tents that serve as reading nooks and an art table. Double-height floor-to-ceiling windows provide lots of natural light, making the space far from feeling cramped.
And it doesn’t end there. There’s the Forest Adventure playground designed by Mathews Nielsen Landscape Architects (MNLA). The dedicated outdoor space has a jungle gym, topiary teepee, splash pad and an expansive lawn where kids—and parents—can run around. Those in their teens need not feel left out, Brooklyn Point also has a game room and rock climbing wall to keep the fun going.
New York, New York
Here’s one camp that parents don’t have to be anxious about. Little residents over at The Kent in New York’s Upper East Side can experience the outdoors any time they want with Camp Kent. The state-of-the-art children’s zone features an indoor tree house, picnic tables, a tent, cozy “rocks” and “tree stumps” for seating and a “campfire.” Of course, in true camp fashion, there’s an outdoor play area with rolling hills, a hanging bridge, a slide and a rock climbing wall.
There’s also a Sound Lounge where older kids could practice their musical skills. Designed by no less than Grammy Award-winning artist Lenny Kravitz, it has a performance stage, a studio space, dance floor and an area for gamers.
New York, New York
When you’ve got a children’s area that’s made by a company known for its immersive installations and interactive spaces, you’re definitely in for an exciting play time every time. Children of Waterline Square’s residents won’t know the meaning of boredom at the 4,600 sq ft Adventure Room designed by Roto. There are interactive games, puzzles and one-of-a-kind pretend play setups. It includes a children’s party room and a playspace especially for toddlers.
For the big kids, the Waterline Club has indoor courts for football, basketball and squash, a 30-ft rock climbing wall and a half-pipe skate park. And if that isn’t enough, there’s also a music room, art studio and indoor garden with plant-care stations for those with a creative streak.
The children’s indoor playroom at Una Residences in Miami, Florida wins best in view. The floor-to-ceiling windows not only afford the space with so much natural light, but it also gives kids a sweeping view of Biscayne Bay’s sparkling waters and Miami’s clear blue skies. It houses a teepee for reading and a foosball table. Outside, Una Residences’ cute residents can take their pick from the kids’ splash pad area, family pool and playground.
Brooklyn, New York
From tent-like hanging pods and elevated walkway to ladders, slides and ropes, there are endless possibilities for fun at 11 Hoyt’s playroom in Downtown Brooklyn. Kids can curl up with their favorite book inside a hanging pod or pretend to be on a wild adventure as they explore the multi-level play structure. Outside the playroom is a whimsical outdoor space with a giant butterfly that the young ones can climb. If the kids want to spot real monarch butterflies, they can simply head to the lush native flower gardens of 11 Hoyt’s private park.
Article was originally published in Inquirer and written by Din M. Villafuerte.