Anyway, back to the topic. I can't speak for the other wards of Tokyo, but Chuo City certainly tries its best to make life easier for mothers by providing a range of facilities for children. We are now well and truly into the summer season, and the most popular free public facility for children is the jyabu-jyabu ike (splash/paddle pools). There is a small one set up only 5 minutes' walk from our apartment, where there are always two staff standing by, and every hour the pool water is cleaned and chemical-tested to maintain quality. A great way to keep cool in the heat and wear out the energetic little ones.
I've also made plenty of use of the various outdoor and indoor playgrounds around this area, and I recently discovered a special indoor play area called Kirara Chuo, designated only for babies and toddlers up to 3 years old. This facility is free, but only available for the Chuo City residents. The best thing about Kirara is that unlike the other city-provided indoor facilities, there are always a couple of minders on the floor to give the extra hands when needed, and it's open 7 days a week (shut only on some public holidays). It even provides cheap daycare services for parents who need their kids off their hands for a couple of hours. The indoor play centers are essentially air-conditioned playgrounds, where we can also meet other mums while the kids are having fun.
Zak learning young on how to help out in the kitchen (at Kirara Chuo play centre); and the English-speaking playgroup comprising of mostly Japanese mums and their toddlers in our area (at another indoor play area):
Tokyo is quite a toddlers' playground, and I hope that Zak will find Hong Kong just as fun.