However in April this year, BLOKKE underwent a major renovation to improve its facilities and revamp its premise. After months of progress, it finally reopened on July 2018. Now it has a completely different look, intent and feel. Can you imagine it any better than it was?
I was eager to see the changes and updates, so I took my children to visit the new BLOKKE. While there, I had a revealing chat with its owner, Sheahnee Iman Lee.
A space made for families
Upon entering the new BLOKKE, we were greeted by its huge restaurant. I could immediately feel the LEGO vibes from the colour scheme –the bright distinctive colours of LEGO blocks assailed us. I love that the space feels family-friendly too, with ample floor space to move about. It’s perfect for parents with a stroller or many children.
According to Sheahnee, they want to encourage parents to gather with family or friends at BLOKKE. It was with this intent that much space has been allocated in the setup.
Watch the children play
Everything at BLOKKE revolves around playing LEGO. Sheahnee said they worked closely with their own children to get ideas on what they would love in a play area. These ideas turned out to be brilliant.
There is a small nook near the window for the children to play with LEGO blocks, with a row of seating spaces for parents who wish to supervise their children closely. This is definitely a great option for younger children who can’t be left alone in the playland.
In essence, the play area comprises a few ‘stations’ with specific activities – for example, a giant ball pool, a construction station to mobilise soft giant LEGO blocks, a fire station, a trampoline and many others.
Many think that BLOKKE is a franchise business, but it’s actually an original idea by Sheahnee, her husband and her brother. It’s great to know that these parents put much thought into creating the concept.
Children who enter the playland are given tags for security. The whole area is secured with only one entry and exit point for easy monitoring. There is also a hand sanitiser at the entrance, manning staff and very clear house rules.
In terms of hygiene and cleanliness, Sheahnee said regular cleanings are scheduled daily, weekly and monthly. As a parent, she wants to ensure that BLOKKE is safe even for her own children. As such they do go the extra mile to ensure that their centre is clean and safe for children.
It’s also good to know that all surfaces in BLOKKE are protected with the latest anti-bacterial coating technology. This helps to keep the space clean aside from their regular scheduled cleanings. This was definitely reassuring for me to hear as a parent.
Monitor while dining
There is one thing that I fancy less with the updated BLOKKE – the playland and restaurant area are separated. Before, parents were able to dine while watching their children play. We can no longer do so.
However, it was good to discover that there is a live CCTV feed of the playland. The feed, showing a few different angles, is projected in the restaurant. This is helpful if you have older children who do not need to be supervised.
A new menu: now anyone can eat
The BLOKKE restaurant now has its own kitchen, with an experienced chef to run it. They have a huge menu suitable for children and adults. It also caters for all manner of diets– for the healthy eaters, vegetarians, meat-lovers and even those with allergy concerns.
There’s a special monthly menu to try, and for dessert, an in-house pastry chef prepares something sumptuous every day.
With such a menu, the owners hope to attract family and friends to gather for a pleasant time over food at their restaurant.
What I loved about the restaurant is that their kids menu is so well thought out. Kids meals come in a complete set with drinks, and served with child-friendly plates and cutlery.
Space for private events
The new BLOKKE also has a dedicated space for private events -something they did not have before. This serves walk-in patrons well. They will be able to dine in peace – without intruding on the event, or being disrupted by it.
Nurturing creativity through BLOKKE Labs
Across from the main premise is BLOKKE Labs. Here, interesting LEGO-themed classes for kids aged 2 and above are on offer. BLOKKE Labs aims to nurture the love for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) among children, through specially curated modules depending on the age group.
Parents will love it too
All in all, as a parent, I feel BLOKKE is a great space for my children to play. The kids can play on their own or with a play date. As a mom who works from home, it allows me to do several things at the same time. I can do some work on my laptop. I can enjoy a cup of coffee and some silent ‘me’ time; all while my children are well occupied, safe and enjoying themselves.