Cool De Sac (Dolphin Mall)
Cool de Sac is a blend between an entertainment activity center and a full-service restaurant. "Play smart" is part of their slogan since all the activity areas are designed to enhance child's creativity and physical activity.
- Infant-tot area: there is a ball pit, a wooden train set, and a Thomas ride machine
- Arts & Crafts area: this station is fully stocked with glue, glitter, paper, crayons, markers and more supplies
- Dress up/ Salon Pretend area: there are costumes, face and nail painting
- Computer Station: 8 HP computers loaded with educational games
- Interactive video games: Xbox Kinect, Nintendo Wii, and Playstation consoles
- Modern playground with slides
Every area has at least one staff member to assist and ensure children's safety. However, just remember they are not babysitters! Always keep an eye on your child.
Recently they added new features such as a cotton candy machine ($3 each), a photo booth ($3 per photo strip), and ceramic painting projects (from $4-$7)
This place also hosts birthday parties. See Cool de Sac website for details
- Cool de Sac is a good pairing with the shopping mall. Last time, I went with my sister and her kids. The kids stayed with me while she was shopping in the mall. They were so happy, we didn't feel the time. We stayed there for about three hours and then we had dinner.
- The restaurant is strategically located in the middle of the activity areas.
- There are safety measures every time you come in/out. Kids and parents are wrist-banded with matching bracelets, so, kids can only leave by matching their parents bracelet.
- Almost always, the staff is very attentive.
- The menu is adult friendly and also, there are healthy options for kids. Check menu here
Room for improvement:
- Regulation age in the playground. Sometimes there are little kids playing in the same area with older kids.
- Sometimes they don't enforce rules in the infant-tot area. Some kids are allowed to wear shoes when is not allowed.
- Maintenance in the activity areas. For example, you can see very worn-out mats, there aren't trains in the wooden train table, some costumes are torn down.
- Overpriced food.
- Go weekdays early in the afternoon
- Bring socks if you are planning to enter to the infant-toddler area
My own experience: my three year old son loves this place, he has a blast playing with the wooden trains, and building with blocks. Personally, I love the fact I can sit next to him while I enjoy eating and chatting with my family and friends.