Little Pea Kids Commons is a happening new scene for families in Bangkok! This community space, located on the third floor of The Commons in Thonglor Soi 17, provides an enriching, aesthetically pleasing setting defined by natural hues and modern minimalist touches. Here, opportunities for multi-sensory play, hands-on learning, and creative exploration abound, made even more appealing by a nutritious, kid-friendly menu devised by celebrated eatery Roast.
Upon stepping into this space, patrons are immediately drawn to their respective interests – kids will likely discover the Lego table or soundmaker, shapemaker and colouring walls, while parents peruse the menu, including all day breakfast, Roots coffee and craft beer (buoyed by the possibility of having a relaxed brunch while the kids self-entertain?).
“Little Pea is a space for families to connect with each other as well as with a simpler, yet stimulating environment,” explains Connie Estampador-Adaya, Manager and Lead Instructor at Little Pea Kids Commons (and former early years teacher). “We are getting back to the basics, which are purely play-based activities. You’ll find no gadgets, nor high tech equipment, here.”
Children ages 4 to 12 have the option of checking out on-going activities in the drop-in art and play space by themselves; those under 4 can also partake in the fun, accompanied by a guardian. The cost is 200 baht for an hour of unstructured play, and 100 baht for each additional hour.
A larger studio room features toys and a huge number of scheduled activities, including playgroups for babies and toddlers with several activity stations for sensory, messy and water play. Kids and parents can also join classes for post natal exercise, baby ballet, pre-school drama, hip hop dance, cooking, family music (based on Musikgarten early childhood music education), group exercise such as Zumba, art for teens and adults, science exploration, storytelling, woodworking, finger knitting, magic, leather works and more. Moreover, many classes are offered by well-recognised schools such as A Little Something, Big Knit, Curtain Up Drama & Magic, Paron School of Art, and Minicraft.
“The classes change each month,” says Connie. “We’re in the process of learning more about what people want and where their interest lie, and we’ll keep tailoring the activities to meet their needs.”
Currently, membership packages include Little Pea (at the cost of 5,000 baht) and Big Pea (10,000 baht) for 5,500 baht and 12,000 baht worth of classes, respectively. Such packages are good for one year. The venue can also host birthday parties.
To refuel, the kitchen serves a number of savoury dishes as well as sweet treats. The casual dining space easily opens to the outside, which includes additional attractions for children such as interactive gravity stations, a telescope for star gazing, a manual water pump, and a small climbing structure principally comprised of a tree trunk.
It’s easy to while away a few hours at Little Pea. Eat a delicious meal, make something with your child, and chat with fellow parents. In the process, have some good, old fashioned fun – which is at the heart of the Little Pea community.