When we finally found the place, errrrr… I wasn’t sure that I still wanted to check it out. The parking lot, the exterior of the building, and the lobby just looked like a traditional market a.k.a Pasar. Really I went pass by it the first time, then I made a turn to get into a parking gate, and asked the guard whether that was really the Meruya Waterpark.
After the guard confirmed it and with much hesitation, I parked and walked in with Raissa pessimistic with the decency of the place but thought maybe I could get a glimpse of the waterpark first before paying to get in. Thank God, we could! And from a far it looked okay so I bought an entry ticket, ahem.. do you notice that I used a singular form? A ticket. Yep, only one was needed because children under 2yo get in for FREE. Oh yeah! A good feeling started to appear right then, right there
Once we were in, I was happy to see that the pool was clean, soooo big and surrounded by leafy garden. It’s very pleasant. We went on a Saturday and it was not crowded at all. There were people but it’s nothing like a cendol-kind of pool. The fun part was of course the slides and the water fountains. Then there’s this giant bucket that would get filled up to the brim and tipped itself over creating a major splash all over the children pools. Freakin’ FUN!!
Another good thing was that the water level at the pool, where the children slides ended and the mushroom-looking water fountains were, was quite shallow. It reached up to Raissa’s hips only so she was really confident walking in the pool alone. We spent the whole time there and Raissa just couldn’t get enough.
We had so much fun at the Waterpark that we stayed for almost two hours. The longest ever in a swimming pool. I wish I knew this place much earlier because it’s located only 10 minutes away from our (parents) house. The Meruya Waterpark is such a hidden gem. Lesson learned, don’t judge the book by its cover
Villa Meruya Sports Club, Meruya Utara, Jakarta Barat
Weekdays: IDR25k, Weekends: IDR 35k. Children under 2: FREE
Oooh, and free parking too!
Kampung Gajah is seriously freakin’ awesome!!
Even though it’s not fully developed yet but it already looked very nice and full of fun. I can’t wait to see the area fully developed. It could well pass as an offspring of Ancol (the different attractions) and Genting (the cool weather). Not yet a Disneyland or Universal Studio level but it’s still pretty high up there on my rank.
Raissa particularly enjoyed the playground and the horse cart riding (aka delman). To get into the playground, it cost IDR 30k/child (Adult FREE) but the ground was indeed quite some fun. Besides the usual things like swings, slides, climbing tunnels, hanging bridge, trampoline, etc., it also had tracks for bicycles and mini becaks. The kids could rent the bicycles and mini becaks for FREE. Raissa really wanted to ride one of the bicycles but she was too small that she could barely reached the pedals. In a few months maybe you can try again, kiddo.
Then the horsecart riding was a big hit for her. It was her first to get really close to a horse. For 40k, the horsecart driver took us for a 15-minute ride around Kampung Gajah. Of course, Raissa and myself just had to sit right next to driver and sang “Pada Hari Minggu” Cheesy!
We (ok, me!) love the food stalls and just strolling on the vast clean ground. Besides that, there’s also ATV rental, horse riding (without cart), animal PVC boat/float in a pool, and so much more you just need to get there and do lotsa fun acts. Just a small note, unfortunately there’s no living elephant anywhere within the Kampung. It would be cute maybe if one day, they offer an elephant ride as well. That would be just soooo cool.
Fees to get into the compound:
Car: IDR 10k
Above 3 yo: IDR 5k
Different fee applies to each attraction.