Isanuma Park’s athletic playground equipment is a great fun place to burn off some energy for the kids (and some calories for me!). What the Japanese call “athletic playgrounds” is what we call “adventure playgrounds” in Ireland. Isanuma’s playground is geared for 6 to 12 year olds, but I think kids from 3 up are well able for the challenge. And its a great challenge for adults too. You often find adults working out on the equipment when there are few kids around.
Other equipment they have that is not pictured include rock and other type of climbing walls, climbing nets, net tunnels, obstacle courses and other type of playground equipment.
Written Oct 21, 2012. Jan 29, 2017 Toysrus on R254 closed its doors for good.
Since we brought our newborn home 3 weeks ago my husband has only had two full days off, this being the second full day. As he is self-employed in a rare skill he has to work whenever there are orders in. Which is a lot lately.
Given that he is off it would be nice to do something as a family, but everyone except me have head colds. Yes, baby has her second cold in less than 2 weeks; two colds in her 3 weeks and 5 days of life. Poor little thing. So much for having some immunity left over from the womb and so much for breastfed babies not getting as sick as often as bottle fed babies. Anyway, I needed to get some practical shopping done, so the only solution was to leave baby with Daddy. The two toddlers are also sick, but they are on the mend. They were delighted to hear that Mammy was bringing them to Toysrus. Our Toysrus is only 8 minutes away according to the timer in the car. (What a great function to have in a car, I use it all the time!) I usually save outings to Toysrus with the kids in tow to rainy days, but today isn’t a usual day. The weather is gorgeous though so we will go out to a park later in the afternoon.
Our local Babies-r-us has designated play areas with toys laid out for the kids to play with freely, but the Toys-r-us doesn’t have a set play area. The staff in Toysrus are much more laid back than staff of toy shops at home. They let children ride the bikes and the cars and play with the toys that don’t come in packaging. I didn’t actually take any photos today, but below are some photos of the kids playing that I’ve taken on previous trips to Toysrus.
The kids had a great time, the only thing is when I went to pay for the shopping my 3 year old wanted me to buy him something. I tell them before we go that we won’t be buying any toys, but it doesn’t stop my son from asking. He’s normally fine, but both he and his one year old sister have had tantrums in the past. They were on separate occasions, but they both did the same thing; lay tummy down on the floor and flailed their arms and legs! It doesn’t put me off going back though, they have loads of fun there and burn off loads of energy!
Oisezuka Park is a small park in Kawagoe, but very close to Tsurugashima. It has a lovely well groomed open lawn that is great for a picnic and / or playing ball, chasing or blowing bubbles. 🙂 Parts of the park are very picturesque and it is popular with local amateur photographers. There is a lake in the park with some gorgeous cherry blossoms around it. There are also some cherry blossom trees in the playground too, you can see one beginning to bloom in the photo below. It is beside a river, with a nice walkway.
The playground is basic, but it has some nice climbing and athletic equipment that will challenge elementary school age. There is a combination unit that smaller children will enjoy.
The parking is limited, but free. The car park is quite narrow, but it takes a Japanese eight seater no problem. Ours is an American 7 seater so I find this car park quite hard to park in. There are toilets beside the car park.
Among all the free stuff I got while staying at the hospital was a pampers box. The pampers box came with four nappies(diapers), a pack of wipes for delicate skin, a sample of baby washing detergent, information and coupons for nappies and baby goods at toys-r-us and akachan honpo.
Pampers is the most popular brand used by hospitals for newborn babies in Japan. They are also very popular among consumers even though there are cheaper alternatives available. You can buy pampers nappies in most baby and hardware stores. However, in my experience Nishimatsuya does not carry the brand. You can also buy Pampers nappies in Costco and other foreign retail stores. For the record, I actually have found Cainz to be the cheapest for Pampers nappies.
Like most of the nappies in Japan, Pampers come with a strip to indicate when the baby has urinated. If the strip turns from yellow to blue you know your baby needs a diaper change! I have tried other brands in Japan, but I have found Pampers to be the most absorbant and most comfortable at all ages.
When joining a baby shop’s point system you often get samples of nappies to try out. At my maternity hospital other than the sample we got during our stay I had also received samples at antenatal classes. These are really handy for the nappy bag for a trip out. Although, if your baby is anything like mine, they pee and poop all the time and you’ll need a nappy an hour!