In light of our May Is for Mothers theme, we wanted to check out a venue that not only has its benefits for kids but also mommies. Lunaluz definitely had these two segments in mind in every nook and cranny of the venue.
This play cafe located in the buzzing Kirin Place, home to many trending restaurants in the heart of Wangjing. It fills the void of being a place where kids are not only able to play and explore, but parents can also bunker down with their laptops and get some work done. It is filled with all of the necessities that make it an attractive location for people of all ages to enjoy.
Upon entering, we were asked to remove our shoes and our child was given socks while we were given slippers. This probably aided in the overall fresh smell of the place. The facilities are very clean! We presume that this isn’t easy when day after day kids are doing their best to make it not so. Even when playing in the ball pit you could tell that they were recently disinfected, creating a delightful “clean smell.”
Once our socks and shoes were taken off, one of the managers gave us all a quick tour of the place and explained the pricing. It’s RMB 150 for two and a half hours of play for you and your child, then an additional RMB 70 for each additional adult. We agreed to what we thought was an expensive entry fee and jumped right into the ball pit. Here, there was a cool video projection where kids could throw balls at various images on the screen. Our child appreciated this kind of interactivity.
We then went on to check out the other rooms. Each area has its own theme. There is a toy and reading room, a play kitchen, a small trampoline and climbing area, and another room with musical equipment, teepees, and costumes so that kids can roleplay in various characters such police, doctors, or firemen. All the while, there are ayis in position ready to straighten things up for the next batch of kids.
While your child is busy at play, you can easily settle into your seat and work away or order a variety of drinks or food. These, too, were a little on the pricey side. We crunched the numbers a bit and you would probably be able to pay for a hotel brunch for the family if you decided to go all out on food and beverages. However, we don’t recommend this as the food didn’t look that impressive. If a hunger should arise, we recommend venturing downstairs for pizza or Korean fried chicken.
For the playing aspect, this venue shines, quite literally, as it is safe with constant video surveillance and like we mentioned has very clean facilities. This is what we presume the price of play goes towards, as it can’t be easy to run a ship like this. They even have free diapers in the bathrooms if you are in need of a fresh pair and happened to leave your bag of pull-ups at home.
We imagine that this place would be perfect for bloggers looking for a combination of things to keep their kids occupied and a spot of caffeine to get those creative juices flowing. While this place doesn’t really compare to what might be considered its equivalent in the west, like a Chuckie Cheese, for example, it serves a definite purpose and does it very well.
Lunaluz Kids Cafe
Daily 10am-9pm. 2nd Floor Building D, Kirin Place, No.11 Fu’an Xilu (185 0030 3533) 阜通西大街11号合生·麒麟新天地D栋2层
Photos: Kipp Whittaker
This article appeared on p28-29 of beijingkids May 2018 issue