Explorium is located half-way across Bangalore from where we reside. We took off a little while after breakfast and landed at a restaurant opposite Explorium in Domlur. Devoured lunch and off we drove to the play area with glee & hysteria in our son's face. Trust me - if you're 'just passing by' this area, you'll have a crying kid all the way home. Yes, the entrance is designed in such a way that your little once is enticed even before you know it. :-)
Weekend prices are 750/kid & 250/adult. That, in my opinion, is quite reasonable, considering that it is unlimited for that day & not per hour rate. Oh God, I hadn't seen so much enthu in my son's eyes before. "Wow, Amma! See, Amma!" is all he could express all throughout. We spent half the day there. Four birthday parties were in session that day.
Seems like Explorium's motto is "where children play to learn & adults learn to play." And I totally agree with that. Yes, I had a gala time too - exploring the limits along with my kid. Explorium opened this year in 2015 & was supposedly designed by a Chicago-based team of architects.
The play area is divided into 6 galleries with perhaps 50 different exhibits. I'm not very sure on that. They have named their galleries as Explore, Splash, Live, Create, Build & Invent; each one unique it's own way.
EXPLORE is like a 4-storeyed climbing structure, summoning the kids to its colossality, waiting for them to delve into its upward/downward maze. This may not be a safe zone for very young children.
SPLASH is obviously the water section of the play area. My son spent his maximum time here. He learnt about the energy of water by constructing little models with pipes. They have dedicated supervisors at all points.
LIVE is the role play area, I think. The supermarket, kitchen, library. The supermarket is quite impressive with a fully-fledged weighing machine, billing counter, trolley and almost all the pretend vegetables & fruits. The kitchen had an oven, sink, stove, racks, etc.
BUILD is where they have massive hardened foam blocks to construct structures however they wish to. The usual lego, sticks, etc. There's a life-like Excavator/Loader where the child is allowed to operate it like a real constructor, loading & dropping the sand.
CREATE - A tiny room made up of glass walls where kids are given brushes & allowed to paint on the glass to their heart's content. Two attendants were allotted to wash up after the glass walls were completely scribbled upon. A section for sand art, two tables to colour on papers, etc.
INVENT - Kids get to learn about the various aspects of science like generating electricity, gravity, light, etc.
I did not notice any sort of cushioning/padding here - which are usually found in all indoor play areas. Was it something they missed OR thought that wasn't required? Their washrooms are well maintained. They have a toy store too. There were few issues with their cafe when it had just inaugurated. So, had packed some snacks from home, just in case. But guess what?! The kids won't have the time to eat! Duh! They are in their Utopia, mommies! Words cannot portray the amount of fun the two of us had that afternoon. You have to go there to revel in the entertainment and get delighted with what Explorium has to offer.