Remote Control Cars: Masterboy via Wikimedia Commons | Foosball Table: Luke Rathbone via Wikimedia Commons | Toy Fair: Roland Berger via Wikimedia Commons
Buy a Ferrari, pilot your own plane, or deck out your pad in the Toy Forest. No, we haven’t been sniffing old printer cartridges, we’re talking toy and hobby holidays for kids of all ages. Experience the laughs, awe and thrills – without the hefty price tag – at some of the biggest and best toy museums, stores and fairs across Asia.
There’s no stern looks or laser alarms when you play with the exhibits at the Tokyo Toy Museum. This old school has been transformed into floors of toys from days gone by and far away lands. In the Toy Forest, you can play with a large abacus and life-size doll house. Or hit the Games Room and play foosball with up to 8 players. Best of all is the Toy Hospital, where you can take a broken toy and the experts will do their best to fix it. Then grab stitched up Ted and head back to the Park Hyatt where rooms are decked out with toys for big kids such as bathrooms with surround sound, warm toilet seats and a slide show of cherry trees.
Be Santa Claus for the day and check out the latest toys at the Times Kidz World event in Bangalore, India from December 17-20 2009. Play with the latest toys, sample food products and snacks and read through the large range of educational books. Be wowed at demonstrations, enter prize draws and catch up on the latest goss with guest appearances. Take your new rubber ducky to the rooftop pool at the Iris Business Hotel, splash about and relax under the stars.
We’ve all seen the labels on toys, but do you ever wonder about the factory that built them? Find out with a tour of the world famous Bangkok Doll Factory and Museum, which exhibits a collection of over 100 Thai and local dolls made on location. Watch the staff hand-make each doll, including drawing the face and wiring the fingers to adjust posture. With your doll safely wrapped up, treat yourself at the Four Seasons Bangkok with a routine in their dance studio followed by a spin in the whirlpool.
Live out your racing driver/pilot dreams and stock up on the latest in radio controlled toys at Toykar in Singapore. These guys are the sole distributor for Kyosho products in Singapore (the guys who make the coolest remote control everything). Talk to the staff who also specialise in organising activities and demonstrations ideal for parties and company functions — it’s all one big vroom! They know all the lingo to get you first over the finish line or just to tinker in the backyard. Live it up like Lewis, be just like Jensen and relax like Rubens at the Marina Mandarin Singapore, right on the Formula One Grand Prix circuit where they run the only night race of the season.