Yesterday, we went to our local children’s centre to participate in a free event for toddlers. Half way through the hour long event, DD1 decided she’d had enough. It is very relaxed at these events for preschoolers, so there is no problem leaving the room during the event to do other things. DD1 had her eye on the training wall on the ground floor; an opportunity to use it all by herself.
There are lots of toys and activities that the children can use for free at the various children’s centres around Japan. This is just one at our local centre; a マルチトレーナ which translates to multi-trainer. The ceramic tiled wall has a number of buttons surrounded by a light that flashes, one button at a time, to indicate which button to press. The activity runs on a timer and the aim is to hit as many of the targets as possible.
I haven’t seen this type of wall at the other centre’s we go, each seems to have its own unique special activity. This seems to be our centre’s unique activity and it’s popular with all ages. When the trampoline is out it goes against this wall so its not available for use every visit, which adds to its appeal.
Miyoshino Children’s Centre is located in the Miyoshino area of Sakado.
Address 150-5 Kouya, Sakado City
Access A 10 minute walk from Higashi Sakado Danshi busstop on the bus bound for “Kawagoe Station” via Higashi Sakado Danshi which goes from Wakaba station on the Tobu Tojo line. For residents of Sakado there is free city shuttle bus; the “higashi” (East) course’s busstop number 12 “Miyoshino Jido Centre” stops right outside the Children’s Centre.