Taipei Children’s Recreation Center

One of the upsides to working in a children’s school is that you get to go to places you wouldn’t normally go – unless you have kids of course (which, thank the gods, I don’t).  Don’t get me wrong, I love the little monsters, but I’m also very happy to give them back at the end of the day.

A while back, I had the opportunity to visit the Taipei Children’s Recreation Center.  And I forgot I am a 30 something “grown-up”.  If you are a parent with a little tyke and you haven’t been here yet, you MUST go.  It’s a fun day and super cheap.

Admission to the amusement park area is free, but they get you with the rides – not much though.  You can buy tickets for 20NT (abt $.66) and each ride costs 1 ticket.  Here’s a look at the entrance:

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Walking through the polka dotted play land towers, you immediately come across a plethora of rides and attractions.  There’s your basic, long slide:

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Bumper cars:

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Ferris Wheel:

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a Merry-go-round:

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And a flying Merry-go-round (which I was constantly on, therefore only took pictures from it, not of it):

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When everyone was all dizzied out and needed a little less excitement, we headed over to the maze (where one of our teachers got lost for a while – he finally found the exit though):

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After a quick lunch, we headed over to the “educational” area of the center.  There were a number of more sedate activities.  Some of the more interesting were a room with traditional instruments (the kids went mental banging on the drums and bells, so be warned and take ear plugs):

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And a sort of skills room where there were puzzles and building games for the kids to exercise their brain muscles.  Here’s one after severely beating me at a building game:

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As the day trip came to a close, one final fun thing for the kids was eating sugar animals.  Here, the hot sugar paste was put into a mould, and a man blew into it to give the animal substance.  Basically like a blown up sugar balloon of different animals.  After the sugar hardened, he gave one to each kid who could then walk away licking and eating the candy.  I couldn’t get the best pics because I was being jostled about, but here was the basic scene:

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I’m not sure giving all those kids sugar was such a great idea, but the final activity assauged my fears.  The kids worked off their short term sugar high by doing this:

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Which was a great way to end it off.  The bus ride back home was nice and quiet because everyone was:

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It was a fantastically fun day, and definitely worth going if you have little kids (and live close to Taipei).

Here is the website: http://english.tcrc.taipei.gov.tw/

And the phone number: +886 2 2593 2211

You can find it here:

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2 Responses to “Taipei Children’s Recreation Center”


  1. 1 Language Boat July 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm

    Thank the gods I don’t have kids either, but it sure looks like fun!


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