VinKE (That’s Eduta!nment), Da Nang is a must for families with kids. Inside there’s a brightly colored jungle play gym, arcade games, bumper cars, imaginative play rooms, and a 5D-cinema that will plunge you into the world of virtual reality. But those who’ll be most amped in this haven of excitement are young kids.
Like many Asian cultures, the Vietnamese are big on education so it’s not hard to see why centres such as VinKE, that promote education through entertainment, are exploding in this neck of the woods. Originally the concept of a Mexican entrepreneur, these types of play centres (also spreading into Europe) are so popular they’ve even spawned a new word: edutainment.
Every child loves the chance to dress up and pretend to be an adult and VinKE’s various rooms offering career role-playing opportunities with authentic dress to match will send them ballistic. There’s a Fire Department, Military Academy, hospital, dental clinic and more, all with eager staff waiting to teach or lend a hand. Children can transform themselves in to fashion stars, doctors, dancers, artists or police; learn how to shoot and handle guns for the Military or even jump into a fire engine and zap out fires with their fireman’s hose.
In addition, arcade games and rides will keep older children entertained. Adults can chill in the cafeteria or get into the arcade groove or simply have the best fun, as I did, watching toddlers dressed in surgical whites examining staff with stethoscopes or brushing false teeth in the dental surgery.
We took our two girls (5 and 11 years old) along. The big one made straight for the arcade (together with my husband) whilst the little one, after being made into a movie star, ran straight to the jungle play gym and was lost to us until we left.
VinKE is smallish but if you’re looking for a fun day out with your children that won’t cost the earth, this may be it.
Children 90,000 vnd ($4.25) week days; 140,000 vnd ($6.60) week-ends
Adults 30,000 vnd ($1.40) every day
Hours | 9.30am – 10pm
Address | Vincom Centre,910A Ngo Quyen, Q Son Tra, Da Nang
Website | Vincom Shopping Mall Da Nang
Telephone | +84 (0)236 399 6688