Ho Chi Minh City can be a hard place to find a babysitter.
With both parents working, it's difficult for many families to find a safe and engaging place for their kids.
Last year, while studying business in San Francisco, Bao Chau, 26, noticed an abundance of safe playgrounds and after-school programs.
She called her sister and urged her to open such a place back home.
A year later, Chau finds herself managing Kidsyard, HCMC's first modern child-care business.
"Unlike normal park playgrounds, children are dazzled by our bright décor and imported plastic equipment and surfaces," says Chau. "Kidsyard is the first place in the city that provides such a wide range of activities to meet parent demands."
On a recent visit to the 400- square-meter branch in Tan Binh District's Superbowl Mall, some 50 children could be seen frolicking through the multi-colored play world.
Toddlers under four tromped through a sea of plastic balls. Others crawled through a tree-house structure and sailed down a triple-lane rainbow slide.
Older kids were busy reading comic books, painting ceramic statutes, and scaling a rubber climbing wall. Others were working on creating their own toys and puzzles in the Lego room.
A small photo studio had been set up in one area, where creative children were busy experimenting photo-shooting. Their parents can have the photos printed on a glass or created as a calendar as a lovely keepsake.
Chau said that Kidsyard not only provides a great outlet for physical exercise, it also helps children develop healthy social skills.
Ngoc Tuan, 36, who often brings his three-year-old son to Kidsyard, said that he was so relieved to discover such a wonderful place for his son.
"It's hard to find such a good and safe playground for your kids in the city," Tuan said. "I trust the staff here to keep a close eye on him and for only VND50,000 he gets to play all day."
In addition to the play areas, the house also provides nutritious snacks to visiting children.
After just a few months in business, Kidsyard has already made a name for itself among parents and urban schools.
Chau says that the playhouse has welcomed children from local orphanages supported by non-governmental organizations.
Besides the Superbowl location, Kidsyard has two locations, one in Metrobooks Bookstore and another in Thien Son Plaza in District 7.
1. Saigon Superbowl: A43 Truong Son Street, Ward 2, Tan Binh District
2. Metrobooks Bookstore: 129 Au Co Street, Ward 14, Tan Binh District
3. Thien Son Plaza: 800 Nguyen Van Linh Avenue, District 7
Tel: (08) 3 848 7779