We’ve been spending a bit of time at the Kitamoto Children’s Centre this summer, as it is a great space for a bit of phsycial activity as well as quiet play time. Here is the review I wrote for City-cost.com
Kitamoto Children’s Centre is part of the relatively new Kitamoto City Hall. The facilities are public and free for anyone to use. You are required to sign into the children’s centre. There are a few rules that you are expected to follow and respect, such as no eating or drinking outside the designated areas. They require kids take their socks off to play. Some of the play areas are specifically for children of a certain age and they are quite strict about limiting its use to that age group only. They are also quite strict about accompanying children under 8 at all times, so even if you have for example a 7 year old and a 3 year old, it is expected that they play in the same area at the same time.
The equipment they have makes up for their stringent rules. One of the more popular attractions is the climbing wall on the 3rd floor. They allow children of any age use it and they even have some climbing challenges marked out, just like they have in bouldering gyms. Beside the wall they have a zorb, which children of any age can use. The 3rd floor has a veranda with a selection of bikes and trikes. There are some push alongs indoors for children under 3.
Another popular attraction is the relatively large ball pool, with a slide into it. It is on the 2nd floor. This particular ball pool is only for the use of children under 7. They have a smaller ball pool on the 3rd floor for children of school going age. Beside the ball pool there is an open play area where they currently have kinetic sand. There is a play house in this area plus a selection of toys, including Lego and Magformers. The 0 to 3 year old zone is also on the 2nd floor. They have a nice selection of wooden toys. A lot of the toys and equipment in Kitamoto Children’s Centre are Bornelund.
Each floor has toilets and kids toilets with a changing mat. The 2nd floor has a rest room where you are allowed eat. There is a drinks vending machine on each floor. Parking is free and plentiful. They hold events. No information in English and no English spoken. Below the children’s centre, there is a children’s library. Review – Kitamoto Children’s Centre in Japan. Kitamoto Children’s Centre is part of the relatively new Kitamoto City Hall. The facilities are public and free for anyone to use. You are required to sign into
The Kitamoto Higashi Chuo Stores and Commerce and industry associations bring you an Halloween costume contest with a top prize worth winning; 2 tickets to a theme park in Uruyasu (Disney I would guess). The runner up prize is equally tantalising; a 10,000 yen voucher for JTB. Contest entry is free, but limited to the 1st one hundred entries.
Apart from the contest there is parade and trick or treating. All takes place just outside the east side of Kitamoto station along the main thoroughfare. It starts at 10am and will finish around 3pm. It sounds like a fun day out for a family.
The phone number for queries about the contest, Japanese only, is 048-593-7576. More information is on a tourist page for Kitamoto, in Japanese: http://www.city.kitamoto.saitama.jp/kanko/oshirase/1433238745160.html
Cherry blossom viewing, or hanami in Japanese, is one of the highlights of Spring in Japan. There are some wonderful places to view cherry blossoms throughout Japan, but when you have children it is nice to visit a family orientated location. Kitamoto Children’s parkin Saitama is just that.
Kitamoto Children’s parkis only 70 minutes from Tokyo by car and it is free in with free parking. There is something for kids of all ages at this park and lots of places to picnic under the blossoms or at least in view of them. Below are just a few images taken with my phone (2013). This is the area by the toddler playground, where we had our picnic on the grass with the flying carp for boys day in view!
For more detailed information on this park in English please see the linked blog post Kitamoto Children’s Park. Another seasonal attraction of this park is the paddling pool that is available during the summer.
My favourite park / playground to bring my toddlers to in the Hiki District of Saitama is Kitamoto Children’s Park. Click here to be brought to the Japanese official park website. I love it, because it has something for children of all ages. I like that, in the summer, the playground suited to small children is in the shade and, in the winter, they have an indoor playroom for babies and toddlers. My two year old loves the giant outdoor mountain trampoline and my one year old loves the swings you can sit in to with safety latch.
Features (please scroll down for photos);
Playground suitable for toddlers
Playground suitable for preschoolers
Playground suitable for older children
Giant outdoor mountain trampoline
35 metre roller slide
A water area (summer only)
A small zoo; two areas with animals including peacocks and monkeys
A stage with seating
A nature trail
A baby room for nappy changing and breast feeding
A family toilet with miniature toilet for children, a baby keep, a nappy changing area, a clothes changing area
Three separate ladies toilets with multiple cubicles
Two separate mens toilets with multiple cubicles
On site staff
A tuck shop on the weekends and holidays
70 minutes from Tokyo by car. Approximately 15 minutes from the Okegawa – Kitamoto Interchange on the Chuo expressway
Address: 3-225 Ishitoshuku, Kitamoto City, Saitama Tel: 048-592-4050