Where’s the Kid Play in Saigon?!
One of the things we noticed about Saigon were the playgrounds. Like, where are they???
We were only there for a week, and were spending a lot of time with family (and totally hung over with some outrageous jet lag) so it’s not like we explored many districts in the city. But we didn’t see any playgrounds, besides the ones in schools.
The kids were pretty pent-up and needed to run. Problem was, you can’t really walk a lot because the motorbikes are parked on the sidewalks, forcing pedestrians to walk in the street. That, coupled with my still-painful sprained ankle made it all a total no-go.
Kid Play in Saigon: Dam Sen Water Park
So! We went to this water park called Dam Sen and that was WILD.
There was a lazy river, FAKE WAVES!!, slides of all kinds, a dedicated enormous kiddie pool with various kiddies slides and things (playground in the water!), a zipline (that looked kind of painful) and more. Oh! And gaggles of Vietnamese teenagers taking selfies. I thought it was hilarious. They also made walking kind of hard for us because they were relentless about their absolutely love for Mack and Moxie (if I had a dollar for every picture they took of them… ).
Mack and Moxie are HOT STUFF here. I think it’s more than just being foreign; I think it’s the combination of their Asian features with blue eyes/lighter hair. We saw other foreign kids who were plenty cute at the water park and they weren’t getting thronged with fans like Mack and Moxie.
Kid Play in Saigon: Bee Bee Activity Center
We also went to this whacky place called the Bee Bee Activity Center. Sort of like a Tot-land on crack, it tried to squeeze in every imaginable play thing in 200 or so square feet. Want a sandbox? No problem! It’s in that corner, smoothed between the swings and the fishing area!
It was crazy and our kids loved it. They were so desperate for play, they didn’t even care that there were no other kids there for most of the time they were there.
Here are the photos:
Happy exhausted kids slept well that night.