Are you finding it hard to balance parenting with work? Can’t find a nanny to trust? Need to go shopping but have no one to leave your child to?
Enter Dave’s Funhouse, where little kids’ (and moms’) dreams come true.
Following my other post on why we had no birthday party for Avis Julia, I was so eager to blog a review on Dave’s Funhouse at The District Dasmariñas and how much my daughter and I enjoyed our time here.
Working parents, you’re gonna love this place!
Dave’s Funhouse is a safe and interactive day care for toddlers to young pre-teens. The establishment has a vast majority of role-playing options to choose as their career. Kids can be doctors, nurses, policemen, builders, firemen, shopkeepers and so much more.
If you’re curious where to find a good day care center in the Philippines, look no further. I highly recommend this.
An alternative to hiring nannies & babysitters
With the scary stories I see and hear on the news, I’m not very open to having a stay-in nanny.
I’d rather care for my own child. Most nannies put children in idle time under their care, which often results to less mental stimulation. Some kids to an extent, are even neglected. Avis is in the year where she will learn what she absorbs, so I see to it that she only engages in entertaining and educational materials.
But some days, I can’t be the doting mother. I have a pile of things to do that it can get overwhelming.
What I needed was daytime help to allow me to be productive in the mornings and still be hands-on with my daughter when I’m free.
So while still on the hunt for that ideal daytime babysitter (difficult to find a trustworthy one by the way!), I wondered if there was a good day care center in Cavite.
Great day care centers in Philippines are hard to find, particularly on my side of town. I only know of Monster Art Philippines but it’s too far from our home and it caters mostly to older kids who can draw.
I saw Dave’s several times but initially thought it was just one of those kiddie playgrounds. It was only until Avis Julia’s birthday did we give it a try.
The funhouse offers very affordable prices.
|1 Hour (Weekdays)||PHP 150 ($3.19)||Entrance fee|
|1 Hour (Weekends)||PHP 160 ($3.40)||Entrance fee|
|Unlimited Play||PHP 350 ($7.45)||Entrance Fee|
|Adult companion||PHP 20 ($0.43)||Entrance fee|
|30 Minute Extension||PHP 90 ($1.91)||Add-on|
|Socks (Adult)||PHP 20 ($0.43)||Add-on|
|Socks (Kids)||PHP 20 ($0.43)||Add-on|
Dave’s Funhouse at The District Dasmariñas is accessible from several prominent points in Cavite. If coming from Dasmariñas town proper, you can take the Salitran road and turn left at the end of Salawag intersection. From Molino or Daang Hari, just go straightforward after SM City Molino to The District, passing by Avida Settings.
It is located at the upper ground floor, near Expressions bookstore.
Customer service here is top-notch. The friendly ladies who supervise are trained with children. I once had to feed Avis inside and one of them was kind enough to offer me the baby bag. They also assist children in removing their shoes, and watch them during playtime.
If you have a toddler, you can ask any of the customer service to watch your child for you. But don’t take my word for it. Be aware that if there are several children at one playtime period or the whole day, they might have to refuse your request for proper monitoring.
Get there early. They’ll be more likely to accommodate your request. Mornings are very lax so if you get one customer service to watch your toddler, the other one watches the other kids.
Avis and I go here around weekdays or Saturdays, morning, lunchtime or past 6pm when it’s off-peak.
For a minimal fee, your child can have all the fun he wants.
Compared to hiring a nanny (which if in Metro Manila rate is around 12-15k per month for a stay-in professional child care worker), if you avail of the unlimited play for 30 days, it’s about 10,500 PHP ($223.40) equivalent to a month’s salary.
A bit pricey compared to the local rate of 4,000 to 5,000 PHP ($85.11 to $106.38) for stay-in non-professional nannies, but if you only avail of the 1 hour pass for 30 days it amounts to 4,500 PHP ($95.74). About the same price. I’m not sure if you can get a discount if you ask for their monthly rate, but it might be worth a try.
If you’re keeping tabs on your budget and don’t want to pay monthly though, here are some ideas when you can utilize the funhouse:
- When you need to do grocery shopping (about 1-2 hours)
- When you need to finish something for work (3-6 hours)
- When you need to run errands or have an appointment (about 1-2 hours)
The unlimited play is from opening till closing (10am to 9pm) so you can maximize your pass if you are going to be out the whole day.
This Dave’s Funhouse branch is worth the money. The children are safe to play because everything – even the stairs and posts – are padded. It was also clean and well-kept compared to other kiddie playgrounds. My biggest plus here was the security: they ensure safety by using fingerprint activated scanner so only authorized parents & caretakers can pick up the child.
The attention to detail is very impressive.
From mini Pizza Hut cups to donuts, pizzas and faux breads, it was unbelievably well-pieced together! Every corner was so intricately decorated to mimic a real city. The pastels remind me of Wes Anderson’s films.
There were also board books and magnetic boards to please the creative thinker.
This place stirred a giggle from my inner kid! Avis loved everything she could get her hands on. She was so fond of the toddler cars, food baskets and the ball pit!
Even though there’s word around that Ball Pit Manila (the first ever 80,000 adult-only ball pit playground) is opening this 2016, I’m pretty sure I’ll still frequent Dave’s. It’s closer and I can take my daughter too.
As an interior designer, I truly appreciated the effort that Dave’s Funhouse put into their decorations. It was like being transported into another dimension, like a bite-sized KidZania. And may I add that because of this, an hour can pass by so quickly.
All in all, it was a fun experience. We keep coming here at least once a week or once a month for Avis’ playtime. Since she doesn’t have baby playmates at home or around our neighborhood, this is where she gets her social interaction.
Would I visit Dave’s Funhouse again?
Being a new parent can be tough, and even tougher if you’re juggling it with work. But with day care centers like Dave’s Funhouse, you can ease the stress of parenthood by encouraging interactive playtime while you’re away.
Oh, and if you’re not a parent it’s totally chill – bring your sibling, your cousin, your niece or nephew and have loads of fun!
Visit them at:
2nd Floor, The District Dasmariñas (Bldg B), Molino Road
Brgy. Salawag Dasmariñas, Cavite
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