Galaxcity Is Galaxy Full of Fun For Kids Day Out In Tokyo
Touch wood Tokyo weather is generally pleasant. But there are days when it’s cold and rainy. Now what do you do if it’s cold and rainy, and you have kids who so looked forward to a days outing on weekend. It’s tough. For such hard times GalaxCity comes to your rescue. It’s indoor but Indoor does not mean video games. No, nope. It’s full of activities, like scaling up a rock climbing wall, learning about planets and space, making creative use of paper and stuff. in short, as the name says, its a galaxy of fun for kids day out in Tokyo. And it’s all provided courtesy city municipality. Read on if you are interested.
Rin and Paku, the two kids separated from their family. They were born in tough times. Like just when young Rin flopped out of her egg shell, she was attacked by a hungry Tyrannosaur! Thankfully mom reached just in time!. But mommy had to mind a cackle of kids. So Rin soon again found herself lost. winter setting in there was little that Rin could do. After all the place was Alaska, known to have particularly severe winter. Luckily she found Paku, a member from her brood. Together they braved some really tough winter. And a deadly encounter with another monstrous Tyrannosaur. Rin was picked up hanging by the jaws. Just in time Paku the braveheart came running and lunged at the tyrant. The blow threw the mean beast into cold icy water. Then spring came. Good times followed.
This was the story projected on a huge planetarium wall. Mixed with oodles of knowledge bits on evolution of earth and the solar system, how seasons change with earth’s orbit, and about evolution of life. Which kid do you think would not love it?
As for the kids parents, the low low prices were an added surprise. A full planetarium in the middle of the busy Adachi city. screening various shows on space, rockets, animals, adventure etc etc. for a coin! Yeah one felt Happy to have paid taxes, for once.
Net Athletics Zone
But this planetarium was just an added bonus, Icing on the cake. If your kids love to play, jump, run, then you should first hit the central hall. It’s a three storied high world made of nets. Nets make the first floor, the second, the third. Connected through chutes, made of nets. Kids can jump a la trampoline style. Go up an incline and slide down. Or simply lie down like on a hammock and enjoy the vibrations courtesy others.
The Climbing Wall
If this is not enough, then go for the climbing wall. Three story high, with safety harness, helmets, belaying cable. instructors using laser pointers to guide the young mountaineers to the next best hold.
Or, if your kid is still too young for climbing, how about some learning through digital play? There’s a room with two screens for engaging the younger ones. On the first, letters fall from a tree, like leaves in fall. The kids have to catch the letters that make up particular word. The word is shown in the beginning. Hang on, it’s not just that. The word is not written as it is but a picture is shown. The kid has to get the word and then catch the falling letters in sequence. As is expected the letters fall all over the place, just like fall leaves on a breezy day. So kids need to move/jump/run a bit to catch.
The next screen projects a collection of colored shapes. The more active the kid standing in front, the more colors come up.
For The Creative Ones
Next out there, there are a couple of painting and craft making rooms. The creative ones will love the bright spacious rooms, with several tables in each. Parents and children are free to pick up the art objects or craft items. Instructors are there, too.
There is still one more – a baby’s play pen. Secure, colorful, soft matted, with plenty of space to crawl about.
Now Do you agree all the above makes for a cool day out? If still wondering about stuff such as food, then worry not, that also is taken care of nicely. An attached restaurant right outside serves yummy dishes like curry rice, chicken rice, pasta, sandwiches in a well lit colorful setting. Of course vending machines are there at every floor, as you would surely expected.
One caveat – you need to reach early and buy tickets early otherwise space fills up soon. Secondly, socks is a must everywhere. And thirdly no skirts/frocks only trousers. Oh yes its not so touristy so Nihongo dake de onegai shimas (guides speak only Japanese) …
For booking and latest shows refer to the website
The one thing about this Galaxcity is that it’s slightly off the main Tokyo city amusement / shopping areas. If you wanted to combine shopping then check Sony ExploraScience or Panasonic Risupia in Odaiba. Or full play and only play, then head to Children’s world in Shibuya. On the other hand if a day full of learning is the demand, then check out Science Museum. Did somebody just say what to do it’s raining on a weekend …?
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