I'm a travelling mother of one, from the UK but now living in Indonesia. Looking forward to sharing day out ideas with you.
Published July 4th 2019
Art can be fun
So, this place may have been a bit of a mistake to perhaps take a toddler to but even so, what a lovely mistake it turned out to be. You see, when I'm in Bandung I'm always looking for parks and safe open spaces where my toddler can just run free and be safe. With this in mind, I decided a sculpture park – emphasis on park – may be an interesting alternative. It's located less than 10 minutes drive north from the Pasteur toll gate, towards the north of Bandung. If you drive it has good parking areas, although we prefer to go with a drop off service. When we arrived, we realised quickly that this venue was much more of an art gallery than a sculpture park. But as I mentioned it's still worth a visit and we had a lovely morning.
Near the entrance, there are a few interesting statues which we wandered around. There was also a food cart that had drinks and snacks; all very cheap. After our small stroll outside we went inside and paid for the tickets. It was then I realised it was much more art gallery than park as there are a number of rules, like no big bags, no loud noises, no selfie sticks, children under 12 years old must be with an adult and no flash photography. They do have a free of charge locker system for your bags. The gallery's split over three floors, with a small outdoor area that leads to a restaurant.
There's also a café on the second floor which has wi-fi. I'm delighted to say that there was a lift and ramps. In fact, while we visited there was a lady using a wheelchair. We chatted with her as she was leaving and she said apart from a few small areas outside she was able to enjoy the whole venue.
When we paid for our tickets we were given a voucher for a discount at the restaurant. This only applied to the bigger meals so we didn't use it but they did a variety of food (nothing really for anyone with dietary requirements). It was slightly more expensive than we wanted to pay so we enjoyed our picnic outside and got drinks from the food cart.
All in all, I would say it wasn't a great choice for my toddler as I spent most of the time saying 'don't touch'. And art isn't really my thing but honestly I enjoyed what I saw. It was a well-presented venue, with good facilities and a small open space. For what we paid we got a morning out, around 2 hours, and I enjoyed talking to my toddler about what we had seen.