A world of its own

Published On: April 6, 2018 09:22 AM NPT By: Ashma Chhetri

Children are always either hooked on their parent’s mobile phones, playing computer games, or just watching television. In the lack of theme parks or even appropriate public spaces where children can play, they really don’t have many options. But Central Bal Sansar in Civil Mall, Sundhara, Kathmandu, can be a good place where your kids can hang out with other kids and get some much needed physical activity as well. 

A prominent feature of Civil Mall, Central Bal Sansar is a recreational facility for children aged between two to twelve. This indoor play area equipped with multiple kinds of entertaining, educative and physical games that meet the highest safety standards is just perfect for the overall development of children. 

“Be it education, entertaining activities or safety issues, parents always want to give the best of everything to their children. On the other hand, children too have their own preferences and interests. So, Central Bal Sansar was thoughtfully created keeping both parents and children’s wants in mind,” says Anuj Maskey, sales manager at Civil Mall and marketing manager at Central Bal Sansar.

Maskey says that people of all ages come to Civil Mall to shop, watch a movie, eat at the food court, or hang out with friends at the gaming zone. But kids were largely ignored till they came up with a concept of an indoor play area tailor made to suit their needs and wants. Now, with visual gaming, mental development activities, and physical exercises, Central Bal Sansar can keep kids engaged and entertained for hours on end. 

The visual gaming section has creative machine games that are only found in the gaming zones. Under mental development section, children are involved in activities to boost their brain power and develop cognition, judgment and problem-solving abilities. Kids can also play and learn with Lego, Jenga, and puzzles. For those who are hyperactive, there are tunnels slides, train and helicopter rides, hanging rings and wall climbing facilities. 

For parents who are extremely busy and have no time to plan their kid’s birthday parties, Central Bar Sansar now comes to their rescue as well. You can celebrate your child’s birthday at just Rs 499 per guest. The celebration will be organized at the venue itself and the management will take the entire responsibility of the desired themed decorations, cake, and hospitality of the guests upon themselves. “Children love elaborate birthday parties with games but unfortunately with busy schedules of parents that is becoming harder and harder to manage and that’s where we come in,” says Maskey.    

Not only that, they also host carnivals and summer or winter camps time and again. These events are pre-planned and people are informed about it at least two weeks in advance so that those who are interested can make reservations for their kids. During school breaks, they also conduct painting classes to keep the kids engaged in a fun and creative way. 

Open seven days a week from 10 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 6:30 pm during the weekends, this can be the ideal place for parents to leave their kids as they go about their work or even a dinner date. And at Rs 250 per hour, Rs 375 for two hours and Rs 500 for beyond that, it’s quite affordable too. Regular visitors and those in groups are even provided with special discounts packages. Also, two guardians can enter along with one child and there are well-trained staffs there to supervise the kids and help prevent any mishap. 

Bal Sansar lives up to its name of being a children’s world. Though the concept of establishing an indoor play area was very new when they first started and people didn’t take to the idea much, Maskey shares that with time people are getting used to it and they have many satisfied customers. This is what makes them want to keep bettering their services. Whether be it by introducing more play equipment in the venue or by adding new features, Maskey claims that the entire team is in search of new ways to upgrade the center every day. “Kids need a safe place to play. Otherwise, in this digital age, their growth will be hampered. So the need for centers like ours has never been great. I can only hope there will be more places where kids can enjoy open spaces in the future,” concludes Maskey.

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