Kolkata-based Fooba Wooba has barely set up shop in Indiranagar and is already becoming a family fun hotspot. A mini mall dedicated entirely to kids, the space is called The House of Fooba Wooba and includes a cafeteria, a party space, a trendy clothes and toys section. Plus, a whole floor filled with children’s furniture, books and CDs is also in the pipeline.
Located in an old bungalow that has been converted into a four-level complex for your little ones, the designers have carefully retained the charm of the property. A wooden arch invites you to explore the clothing section, and a wooden spiral staircase leads you to the toys. Visually the whole space is very appealing.
The apparel section on the ground floor houses everything from dresses and tees to trousers, denims, jackets and hot pants for kids upto eight years of age.
The decor is minimal yet attractive with rich pink walls for girls and sea blue for boys. The nesting tables are embellished with wooden cutouts of giraffes and reindeer. The fabrics used are mostly pure cotton, woven in-house, and using dyes that are all natural and child-friendly. “Ours is a fresh collection in terms of fashion and trend. So we hope that parents like what we have to offer,” says Bijitesh Mallik, CEO of the designing and concept firm that worked on the property. A separate division for party wear features an extensive range of uber stylish, high-fashion outfits that include rosette bolero jackets, netted lace, satin and organza dresses with frills and ruffles, and plain white and red dresses with braided golden belts. “A lot of our expat customers feel our designs are very global,” Mallik says.
On the first floor, the shelves are stacked with a mixture of regular toys and also some unusual pieces like the Trunki bags — popular travel bag exclusively for kids. You will also find attractive bath toys, push chairs, prams and trolleys, and easy-to-peel-off decals in themes like princess, castle, teddy bear and Mickey Mouse.
The party zone on the top-most floor has been cheerfully done up with a separate area designated as the stage and another level just for the ever popular bouncing castle. “A party at Fooba Wooba means the parents do not have to worry about anything. Our cafeteria takes care of the food, we take care of the decor and activities. All parents need to do is show up,” Mallik explains. The area can accommodate a maximum of 35 kids and a three-hour package starts at Rs. 499 per head and can go upto Rs. 999.
The cafeteria on the ground floor is run by chef Vijay Bakshi who has worked at renowned establishments like aboard Queen Elizabeth II, and at the Marriott and Taj group of hotels. Everything from the tiny wooden chairs painted in pastel pink, yellow and blue and the multicoloured cutlery to the menu with dishes like chicken nuggets and mini pizzas, screams kids only. And we can certainly vouch for the fact that they take their principle so seriously that the only things on the menu meant for adults are tea and coffee!
At 80 Feet Road, Indiranagar. Details: 25253550
— Rashmi Rajagopal