Here we were on our fourth day trip. Today’s main destination was actually not on the list, but the boy said (everyday during the trip) that he wanted to visit this place. When we went to Batu Secret Zoo, he took a brochure about this place and since then he said he wanted to go and see this place. What was it? It was Predator Fun Park, and believe me, there was nothing that interest me when I read the brochure, but the boy’s intuition said he had to go to this place, so that was our destination that day.
First thing first, we needed to have breakfast before we continued our exploration. By the way, I already felt so much better that morning so I was in high spirit too. We planned to come back to Warung Agus for our breakfast, but on the way there, in a traffic jam, my mom saw a big signboard which was a branch of my old company, and not far from there……………I saw Depot Djangkrik that we failed to visit because it was closed. This was the branch which was way bigger than the main restaurant. We we saw that it was already opened, so we decided to have our breakfast there
Our breakfast was the same as the day before, which was chicken porridge. To save time (since our driver had diarrhea too that morning so he came quite late than expected), we take away all the food and ate in the car.
The chicken porridge was different then what we had in Warung Agus. In Depot Djangkrik, the chicken was cooked with sweet soy sauce and instead of using emping (melinjo nut cracker), the porridge had fried wanton skin (cut into small pieces) as its topping (and guess who was the happiest to see the fried wanton skin).
From Depot Djangkrik, we went straight to Predator Fun Park. Although it was part of Jatim Park, but the location wasn’t so close from Batu Secret Zoo, and I heard it was a new park, so that was why this place wasn’t as crowded as the zoo or Museum Angkut.
Ticket for the weekday was Rp 30.00,- and weekend was Rp 50.000,-. Since we came on Friday, the ticket price was already considered as weekend.
Although the name of this place is Predator Park, but most of the exhibition was about alligators only. We didn’t see many live alligators here, but that didn’t matter, because we were also being entertained by how they designed the replica of the alligators that could make us smiled and even laughed.
You can learn many things about alligators in this place. Information about their anatomies, the life cycle, and many other things in here.
In this place, the alligators were not just wild and scary animals, but they could be cute too………..
Now we would explore the outer side of the park, which was soooo……….hot that day that we tried to find cold lemon tea for the boy but apparently from all the cold drinks in the mini market, there was no lemon tea…………..
Then we saw a free train ride (a small green train), that went around the park. While waiting for our turn, the boy and looked around and took some pictures again.
Finally, our turn to ride the train had come. This train would go around the park and also to places that you could not enter on foot. We saw alligator warrior replicas and they were ready to fight (seriously…………they were dressed like they were going to battle in a sci fi movie), the alligators’ housing complex, library, fitness center, etc…………quite interesting…………
and there was another interesting spot to take photos before we went to the backside of the park:
Well, that was not all…………this park was still huge, but…………..the rest of the facilities were more suitable for kids. Well, adults could still enjoy too, but it wouldn’t be as fun as if you were a child. There were maze park, fun challenging house, giant snake and ladder, outbound area, trampoline park, and a water park.
For 30 or 50 thousand rupiahs, we considered this was very cheap especially if we compared to the facilities inside the park. Unlimited time in a trampoline park (with very few people inside) was really a good deal…………… imagine how much we would have to pay if we want to play in an unlimited time trampoline park in Singapore (it usually costs us SGD 10 to SGD 15 per hour).
Do you know that playing trampoline is very tiring? After few minutes, we were all sweating and I got sooo tired that I needed to sit down before I could continue, but those children got so much energy and could run and jump for a very long time.
The maze park was also his favorite. He went inside twice. It was quite challenging inside and there was even a small pool and we had to cross it to get to the exit door.
Another exciting thing to do was Family Fun House, which was a house full of challenges from moving stairs, balancing beam, rocking bridge, a barrel that could rotate, a door that open and close suddenly, and many other challenging things, and finally ended with a high slide that some of the adults didn’t dare to slide down (afraid they might get stuck inside, hahaha…………) and chose to take the stairs instead.
The water park was also a highlight for the kids…………..new and clean facility with clean toilets and washroom. There were many life guards on duty too. No food and drinks allowed inside the water park so I guessed that helped the park to look clean too. All the pools were shallow so they should be saved for the kids.
He voluntarily finished playing in the pool as it was started to rain and he still had one thing to do:
Although you won’t see many animals in here, but this place is fun for kids and also………..not too crowded.
Our next destination would be Coban Rondo Nature Park…………..to see the waterfalls. I wanted the boy to see the waterfalls………….a real one and not man made like in Gardens By The Bay.
We paid around Rp 60.000,- for entry ticket for 4 adults and 1 child and a car. This area was huge and there were kids rides, deer feeding, horse riding, and many other things to do which we didn’t try at all because it was raining heavily when we arrived.
Our next stop would be the legendary Toko Oen which was very popular in Malang especially with its ice cream. This restaurant has been in Malang since 1930, and still had the old design with old style furniture.
The boy chose vanilla ice cream (single scoop for Rp 25.000,-) and for the three of us we chose Neapolitan ice cream for Rp 33.000,- We were quite surprise when the ice cream came. We thought with that price we would get at least a big portion for each flavor, but here’s how the ice cream looked like:
This place also known for its bakery and look at all the cakes and the bread displayed here, some of them were from my childhood that are very difficult to find nowadays.
There was also some old photographs taken from around 1930 that pictured the street and the church in front of the restaurant……………..and there it was, the church was still there, only this time it was besides Mc Donald……….
This place had outdoor and indoor area, and I thought smoking was only allowed in the outdoor area………so that was why we chose to sit indoor. The fact was, people were still smoking inside and that was really annoying for us.
We didn’t have our dinner here since we preferred somewhere more traditional and with the taste of authentic Indonesian food, so the driver took us to Warung Subuh (open from 6 pm to 1 am) which was full of food choices from Indonesian food, Chinese food, Thain food, Japanese food, and even Western Food. It was an open space (half outdoor) with no air con but we didn’t feel hot there. Newspapers were provided in every table and free WiFi too………….
We all agreed that our main order that night was a top notch!
Phew………….that was all for the fourth day, and the fifth day would be the last one. It was a long journey, and the boy was already KO as he was very tired and slept in the car on the way to Toko Oen.