Kelvin Ang is a top Daddy Blogger, author of 'Got Kids, Go Where?' & speaker, and one of Singapore's 10 Most Popular Lifestyle Blogs. This blog features new, fun and kid-friendly places to visit or dine in, the occasional overseas trips when the travel bugs bite as well as reviews of kids and lifestyle products and gadgets that the family will enjoy.
For a huge slice of Singapore's history, look no further than Fort Canning Park. The hill once sited the palaces of 14th century Kings and served as the Headquarters of the Far East Command Centre and British Army Barracks. The decision to surrender Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942 was also made on the hill, in the Battle Box.
But not only that, Fort Canning Park also has wide green spaces for kids to run amok... as well as this brand new playground space.
Earlier this month, Fort Canning Park completed its first phase of historical restoration and now features nine historical gardens - the Pancur Larangan, Artisan’s Garden, Sang Nila Utama Garden, Jubilee Park (Phase 1), Raffles Garden, First Botanic Garden, Farquhar Garden, Spice Garden and Armenian Street Park.
Of all 9 gardens, Jubilee Park will probably appeal the most to kids because of the brand new playground!
Located opposite Liang Court, Jubilee Park sits on the western slope of Fort Canning Park, which used to host a range of recreational options for Singaporeans, such as River Valley Swimming Pool, Van Kleef Aquarium and the National Theatre in the 20th century. If these are familiar to you, then you and I probably grew up in the same era. 😁
Now, the open space has been restored as a family-friendly node with lots of play structures for kids. For one, they will love putting their balancing skills to the test at this log obstacle course!
Got kids who can never seem to stop bouncing? Get them on these bouncy nets while you chill in one corner. Sounds like a plan, no?
But my pick of the lot has got to be these slides!
There are a total of 3 slides which offer different meandering options down to the bottom.
There is even a shorter and gentler slide for younger kids.
Kids can also access a lookout point via a rope bridge.
Of course, what's a playground without the usual swings?
There are different types of swings for kids to choose, including two which are wheelchair-friendly.
There is also space for outdoor art installations, performances and events. But this isn't all - the next phase of enhancement to commence in 3rd quarter 2019 will see the renovation of existing buildings at Foothills to accommodate gallery space and new F&B facilities.
Jubilee Park @ Fort Canning Park Bounded by Clemenceau Avenue and River Valley Road Nearest MRT Station: Fort Canning Station Exit B Nearest Carpark: Carpark D (limited lots)
Children’s Festival 2019 is back this June School Holidays at Gardens by the Bay, and it will be a Toy Story-themed affair!
From 15 to 30 June 2019, Supertree Grove will be transformed into a colourful carnival filled with family-friendly games and activities, inspired by Buzz, Woody and the gang in an all-new Toy Story adventure.
And best of all, it's FREE admission for everyone!
I had watched the first Toy Story in 1996, and it has occupied a special place in my heart ever since. So yes, I think I was the more excited one compared to the monkies when it came to Woody & Buzz! 😁
Hey, but it's not called a Children's Festival without fun activities for kids, no? Besides parent-child workshops, there are plenty of free activities to get the kiddos excited:
STAR ADVENTURER 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
Essentially a life-sized human pinball game, kids are tasked to set Buzz Lightyear free by pressing on the target buttons to help recharge the batteries in his space suit.
Once powered up, Buzz Lightyear will be able to set himself free, ready to go to infinity… and beyond!
BO PEEP'S ADVENTURE 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
Kids who love a good challenge in the form of an obstacle course rejoice! There’s more to Bo Peep’s Adventure than meets the eye.
It is an obstacle course disguised as a beautiful symphony of colours, textures and visual treats, and holds many challenges that require speed, agility and endurance.
There are also three game booths at Supertree Grove which parents and kids can play together. Participation in the games are FREE.
WOODY’S COASTER RESCUE 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
JESSIE’S RING CAPTURE 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
BULLSEYE RESCUE 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
DISNEY AND PIXAR’S TOY STORY 4 THEMED MARBLE RUN 10am - 9pm; Supertree Grove
This is the first ever Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 themed marble run in Singapore! Happening twice every hour, visitors can gaze up to two of the Supertrees and follow the 1.5-metre-wide marble as it weaves around the towering structures and travels along the track that spans approximately 150 metres. This will be accompanied by familiar tunes from Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story films.
Oh, and don't miss the chance to bring home Festival-exclusive Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4 Bobble Head figures from a giant capsule-dispensing machine at the Marble Run. Simply spend a minimum of $5 at Gardens by the Bay and top up $7 at the booth for a play at the capsule-dispensing machine.
There are plenty of other fringe activities, like LEGO building, scattered around the Supertree Grove area too. As an added incentive for kids, they can pick up a trail book and complete special missions at Children’s Festival. Complete all trail stations in the book and they will be able to redeem an exclusive set of stickers!
MEET AND GREET BUZZ LIGHTYEAR AND SHERIFF WOODY 15 - 16 June | 10.30am, 4.00pm, 5.00pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm | Supertree Grove
Always wanted to come up close with your favourite Toy Story characters? Come say hello and take a picture with Buzz and Woody at Children’s Festival by Gardens by the Bay on 15 and 16 June 2019.
TRANSPORTA 15 - 30 June | Mon - Thurs: 10am - 9pm & Fri - Sun: 10am - 9.30pm | Supertree Grove Lawn Mon - Thurs Off Peak Hours (10.00am - 4.59pm): $4 per visitor (Online & Onsite) Peak Hours (5.00pm - 9.00pm): $5 per visitor (Online), $6 per visitor (Onsite) Fri - Sun $5 per visitor (Online), $6 per visitor (Onsite)
With a tagline like 'Gooey Oozy', I had expected something slimey... but it turned out to be tent filled with highly instagrammable spaces. 😂
Curated for curious minds, TRANSPORTA is a multi-sensory experience made up of interactive displays and motion-tracking technologies, in a special-design environment. There are 3 main chambers within, a mist-producing one, one filled with giant colourful balls and one with trampoline pits.
The chamber filled with colourful balls will be a hit with everyone, while kids will love jumping on the trampolines - because it creates sound and light!
Throughout the festival, there will also be lots of stage performances, ranging from space and cowbiy shows to bubble and puppet shows... to even an alien show! Check out the full schedule HERE.
And because no festival is complete without the aroma of festival fare wafting through the air, enjoy juicy burgers, freshly baked pizzas, frozen yoghurt and other delightful snacks at the Festival!
GARDEN RHAPSODY: DISNEY AND PIXAR’S TOY STORY ADVENTURE 15 - 30 June | 7.45pm, 8.45pm, 9.15pm | Supertree Grove
End the day on a magical note with a special Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story 4 inspired-edition of the Garden Rhapsody, a signature light and music show at the Supertree Grove!
Celebrating the release of Disney and Pixar’s Toy Story 4, Gardens by the Bay’s new Garden Rhapsody brings you on an adventure filled with whimsical joy and friendships told through the medley of music from the Toy Story movies. Get ready to fly to infinity and beyond with the beloved Toy Story characters as they appear on fluffy clouds amongst the Supertrees.
So this June school holidays, Gardens by the Bay has got you all covered as kids get to fly to infinity and beyond at the Toy Story-themed Children’s Festival 2019!
Come 30 June 2019, Gleneagles Hospital will mark its 60th Anniversary with “Healthy Ever After”, a fairytale-themed carnival!
Organised in support of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund, visitors will be taken back to Once Upon A Time to relive Gleneagles’ 60 years of history. There will be a heritage walk to learn more about the hospital's rich history, and the first 100 participants completing the walk will receive an exclusive Gleneagles teddy bear.
But what's a birthday party without some family fun?
Healthy Ever After: Theatre Show
Join the characters from The Wizard of Oz, Wonderland, Princess and The Frog and Humpty Dumpty as they meet Doctor G while adventuring through The Gleneagles Forest.. Along the way, find out how the Tin Man gets his new heart beating right again; what the Frog Prince has to do to get his tummy well again; if Humpty Dumpty can be put back together again; and what the White Rabbit can do with his friends all sick and he is running late for tea This theatrical play by ANDSOFORTH features 4 scenes, 9 of your favourite fairytale characters and plenty of audience interaction!
Keep an eye out for the fairytale characters and take a photo with them as they make their way around Gleneagles Hospital!
Gleneagles Hospital Singapore is the first among all Gleneagles Hospitals globally. It is also the oldest healthcare provider in the Orchard Road area.
Originally a six-storey luxury hotel in the 1950s, the Gleneagles Hotel was later converted for use as a hospital by the British European Association on 16 January 1958. It was later opened to the public on 8 June 1959. Located just opposite the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Gleneagles Hospital Singapore could count on the lush greenery for giving patients an ideal healing environment.
Parkway Holdings later acquired Gleneagles Hospital in May 1987 and the hospital has since grown with more than300 multidisciplinary specialists & healthcare professionals working 24/7 in the hospital.
What an interesting bit of history regarding the Gleneagles Hospital site!
Kids (and adults) will be able to find out more about the rich heritage of the hospital by going on a specially curated Heritage Walk. There will also be trivia stations with questions and flip-up covers revealing answers that will enable help participating kids complete their stamp cards. The first 150 kids who complete the trail will get an exclusive Gleneagles teddy bear!
Beyond the show and heritage walk, participants can indulge in a variety of carnival activities. Besides a bouncy castle, craft stations and interactive medical games may just just inspire the next generation of medical professionals.
Look out for the following stations in and around the hospital lobby:
o Bouncy Castle o Terrarium-Making o Magical Face Painting o Fairybeads Art o Balloon Palace and more!
Head up to Level 3 for the Medical Interactive Stations to learn more about the human body, nutrition facts and experience a day in the life of a doctor in the emergency room. o Body Anatomy o Food Plate o Fast Task
So only one question remains...
How do you get in on all the fun???
The carnival is taking place on 30 June 2019, from 2pm to 5.30pm at Gleneagles Hospital.
While entry is free, interested participants will need to registerHERE for tickets, with a minimum order of 1 adult and 1 child ticket. Goodie bags worth $60 will be given to those who are registered.
And the last I heard, slots are filling up FAST!
So what are you waiting for? Sign up today!
*This event is in support of The Straits Times School Pocket Money Fund.
Healthy Ever After: Gleneagles Hospital 60th Anniversary Carnival Date: 30 June 2019 Time: 2pm - 5.30pm Venue: Gleneagles Hospital Admission: FREE, but registration required. Register HERE. *Registration is accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, subject to availability of tickets and seats. Please note that tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. *Registration closes on the 28 June 2019 1159hrs or when tickets are sold out.
By now, Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport has officially opened (You can read how a family of 4 can have ample fun for $45 HERE) and alongside with it, Changi Experience Studio has opened its doors to the public as well.
Located on the 4th floor of Jewel, Changi Experience Studio is like a mini indoor theme park experience which has ingeniously blended the behind-the-scenes workings of Changi Airport with interactive games and immersive shows that will be engaging and delightful to both kids and adults.
To be honest, I was just expecting a normal walkthrough experience which showcases how Changi Airport functions on a daily basis... but guess what, we ended up spending slightly over two hours there and even then, the monkies couldn't get enough of the games!
There are ten content zones within the studio with more than 20 different touchpoints and activities. Through it allm visitors will be able to enjoy an aviation-themed journey of discovery featuring state-of-the-art digital experiences by immersing themselves in projection storytelling, gallery exhibits and interactive games.
Here is what to expect:
To start things off, each visitor will be given a Travel Guide, which is actually a foldable square board with AR markers and embedded RFID. There will be various points throughout the studio where one will be able to interact and play just by placing the guide under the projections.
The Changi Experience Studio journey begins at Cloud, a minimalistic white space with various projection booths. Here is where visitors learn to use the inerative Travel Guide. By placing it under the projections, we unlocked an array of surprises, like a kaleidoscope of butterflies fluttering about!
Not much interactive activities here, as the corridor serves to take visitors through the history of Changi Airport with the series of videos which traces back Changi’s historical milestones and experience how the airport has evolved through the years.
Hanging Garden is an interactive content zone featuring seven discovery stations. Here is where the Travel Guide will be put to good use once again.
By using the Travel Guide, we learnt about many different aspects of Changi Airport – from the story behind each terminal to what goes on behind the scenes, including airside operations, horticulture, and the creation of the Changi Experience for passengers.
What I loved is how the information is presented - it is concise and simple, and easily understood by kids.
NOW the FUN FACTOR turns up a few notches!
This multiplayer game mimics the heart-pumping Changi Airport Race – the exciting runway race between a Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup car and a Boeing 747 aircraft, held 2009.
Up to 10 visitors can form two teams - representing either the car or plane – to pit their speed and power.
Simply put, each team must pedal as hard as they possibly can to see whether the car team or plane team emerge victorious... and earn bragging rights. And trust me, it is extremely exhausting!
If you have kids who are aviation geeks, they will love this zone!
Designed like an airport control room, with several screens projecting various flight paths and the routes that are being flown out of Singapore, the Sky Deck is a visual spectacle that showcases the air hub’s connectivity.
Visitors will be able to use the Travel Guide to fnd out interesting facts about each destination and their flight times away from Singapore. Or just be mesmerised by the interweaving network of flight paths on the global radar and discover how Changi connects Singapore to the world and back.
Or it can jsut make for a cool Instagram photo. 🤣
We all know Changi Airport prides itself highly on service and brightening a passenger’s day with a warm smile is a key part of its customer service ethos. And at Smile Challenge, this is where you get to flash your brightest megawatt smiles to see if you can smile as well as the Changi Airport staff!
What makes it even more fun is visitors can get into a (friendly) battle to determine who has the winning smile.
Attain the highest smile scores and you could find yourself on the Hall of Fame!
Ahem, like yours truly. 🤩
I was placed 8th overall!!! Needless to say, this was my favourite zone of the lot! LOL.
But I think the monkies might have a differing opinion though... because this zone was where they spent the MOST time at.
There is a green wall which serves as a backdrop for plenty of wefie shots against various Changi Airport-related backdrops but this wasn't what the monkies loved.
The four interactive games were what kept them glues at this zone!
At the Effciency Game station, they were able to put their skills to the test through games inspired by critical airport processes like check-in, aircraft turnaround, baggage sorting and immigration.
At the check-in game, visitors are tasked to add up the total baggage weight of passengers and decide if they are cleared to check-in while at the baggage sorting game, we had to guide the various luggages onto the correct belt.
At the aircraft turnaround game, we had to ensure disembark passengers, clean the plane and board the passengers in the shortest turnaround time possible while at the immigration game, visitors have to match the correct fingerprints.
Each game is designed to enable visitors to discover what makes Changi Airport tick and how every airport staff plays a part in keeping it functioning like clockwork.
Above all, it is highly addictive because there is a leaderboard which displays the top scoring players. And humans being competitive in nature, we will all want our names to be displayed on the board, no? Okay, perhaps it's only me then. 😆
If the games at Backstage don't excite you, then the games at Arena will definitely get you moving!
At the Superhero Game stations, you can experience working at the airport through fun games simulating the jobs of a security officer, taxi coordinator and trolley handler.
I particularly love the challenge of steering long rows of trolleys through the terminals because I admit, it is something I always wanted to do in real life. Hahahaha!
The monkies also tried their hand at scanning baggage for prohibited items... and let me just say it is definitely not an easy job! Now they know how tough it actually is for a security officer to be able to scan baggage at the shortest time possible.
For younger kids, they can head to the Bee Collecting game station where they can use the Travel Guide to simulate the flight of a bee and collect highest amount of honey.
GARDEN OF HARMONY
The Garden of Harmony is a metaphor for teamwork, specifically how the 50,000-strong airport community across many different functions work together to deliver a world-class and seamless Changi experience for all passengers daily.
Here, visitors can take a stroll across the alluring Meadow with butterflies as their guide. Using the Travel Guide, each visitor can play a different musical instrument by standing inside each petal on the ground in the enchanted garden. And together, they will be able to perform a symphony, played out in the form of a mesmerising audio and visual spectacle.
Aptly named, the final stop of the Changi Experience Studio lets visitors enter a multimedia room to enjoy an audio-visual experience that will take them through the history of Changi Airport, from the starting point of land reclamation, to present day, with a vision of the future.
As an added bonus, being within the Changi Experience Studio provides visitors a cool vantage point of the Rain Vortex.
If your two hours or more to spare at Jewel, I strongly recommend paying Changi Experience Studio a visit. It is a wonderfully beautiful space, with exhibits that are highly interactive and most importantly, extremely fun and engaging for the kids.
Want to have a go at Changi Experience Studio? I have THREE sets of entry passes to give away! Each set consists of 4 tickets (2A & 2C), with a validity period until 31 August 2019.
To participate, all you have to do is the following:
1. LIKE Jewel Changi Airport's Facebook page HERE 2. Answer the following question: “Where is the Changi Experience Studio located?” Leave your answer either in the corresponding Facebook post HERE or in this blog post.
BONUS: 2 WAY TO INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING! 1. SHARE this blog post of the giveaway on Facebook for a BONUS chance! Remember to set your profile to public so that I can see the shared post. 2. Head to my post on Instagram to score more bonus chances!
Giveaway ends on 12 June 2019, 2359 hours
GOOD LUCK! 😊
Changi Experience Studio
Address: L4, Jewel Changi Airport (closest to Lobby C)
The first community water park set within a housing estate in Singapore has opened in Yishun AND IT'S FREE for everyone!
Located beside Block 307 Yishun Ring Road (about 10 minutes' walk from Yishun MRT station), Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East consists of three main zones of water play.
The first is a circular 3.5m-tall water curtain, which sprays mist and water at the same time.
The main centrepiece is the water playground which has your usual spray poles, water guns and jet spray curtains.
Younger kids can flock to the smaller play zone which has a mini water slide and other water play features.
The third water play zone comprises of various water play features like a water fountain and wading pools.
The wading pools certainly look inviting!
The wading pools' water depth isn't that high, which is perfect for toddlers.
The only community water park that provides comprehensive family-oriented facilities in the heartland, Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East is a fantastic place to bring kids aged 2 to 12 for FREE water play time!
In addition, the area has other amenities like benches, shade pavilions, toilets, shower points, nursing rooms, hot & cold water dispensers and drinks & ice-cream vending machines.
Oh, and if you fancy playing a giant board game with the kids, there is even a life-sized snakes-and-ladders board game beside the waterpark... complete with dice!
Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East Address: 307 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760307 (10-min walk from Yishun MRT Station) Opening hours: 10am - 10pm daily Nearest MRT station: Yishun
If a picture paints a thousand words, how many in an emoji?
I, for one, pepper pretty much every text and social media post I upload with smileys, hearts, stars, poo and various other emoji to convey my feelings the way emoji can.
❤ it or 😩 it, emoji have taken over our daily communication because they represent a universal language that can be understood by everyone and can help with cross-cultural communication. More importantly though, they are just so FUN to use! 😂😁🤣😊😜😆😝😍😉
And because they are so well-loved and popular, Marina Square is the place to be this June school holidays for Singapore's first-ever Pop-up emoji™ Exhibit! 🙌
From now until 16 June 2019, Marina Square’s Central Atrium will be transformed into the Land of emoji™, with large-scale photo stations featuring some of emoji™’s most popular icons. Sprawling 4,500 square-feet, this is where emoji literally take over! And it's totally FREE!!! 😲
There will be loads of photo opportunities for everyone - young and old, with TEN specially created photo stations which will put visitors in enviably fun scenarios.
In my opinion though, the most crazily fun of the lot will have to be this. 😍
A giant ball pit right in the middle of the atrium! 😱
Do note, however that the ball pit is solely for photo opportunities... and not meant for kids to play inside. 😅
But photo opportunities can also mean like this, RIGHT? 😂😂😂
In addition to the colourful ball pit, visitors can also express their favourite emoji personalities in fun, colourful photo stations that will allow people to go all trigger-happy with their 📱.
Whether is it posing beside 👻, imagining yourself to be among the ☁ with 🦄 and 🌈, or getting behind 🧜♂️ in an underwater scene, there will be ample chances to score plenty of perfect photos to populate your IG feed. ✌
Ever harbour that secret wish to transform your face into an emoji? Well, your prayers have been answered. 😳
Head to the two emoji™ giant boards to transform your face into either a facial emoji™.... or if you prefer, a poo emoji™. 🤩
For some reason, the 💩 emoji are ALWAYS the most popular emoji... even for Ale. (Erm, and for me) 🤣
And just in case you are not that well-versed in the world of emoji, there is also a full-size know-your-emoji™ panel that will help you put a name to your favourite icons. 👍
You want EVEN MORE emoji, you say?
How about 15 more??? 👏👏👏
Say hello to1️⃣5️⃣ life-sized 3D emoji™, all in the form of the world’s favourite expressions! 💪
Pick your fave emoji™ expression and snap away! 📷
Just to add to the emoji fun, there will also be emoji™ Meet & Greet sessions too! 🤝
On 8, 9, 15 and 16 June 2019, at 3pm and 7pm, the emoji™ ghost, poo and heart eyes will come to life and fans can get up-close and take photos in the first ever meet-the-emoji™ sessions in Singapore. There is no minimum spend required and the sessions are open to everyone.
However, do note that the photo passes are limited to the first 70 families per session, on a first-come-first-serve basis. 🙃
I think they will be super popular with the crowd because for one, how often can one say they have taken a photo with a little piece of poo? 🤭
You can also bring a piece of Marina Square's emoji™ exhibit home with you... by redeeming these exclusive emoji™ gifts comprising 😍👻💩🦄 cushions, thermal flasks and tote bags!
Throughout 31 May to 31 August 2019, redeem exclusive premiums when you spend at Marina Square:
31 May-30 June 2019
Redeem an emoji™ cushion with a minimum spend of $180*. Marina Square App members need only spend $150* to qualify. A different design will be available weekly:
• emoji™ Heart Eyes (31st May - 6th June) • emoji™ Ghost (7th June - 13th June) • emoji™ Poo (14th June - 20th June) • emoji™ Unicorn (21st June - 30th June)
1-31 July 2019
Redeem an emoji™ thermal flask with a minimum spend of $150+. Marina Square App members need only spend $120+ to qualify. Two designs to choose from!
1-31 August 2019
Redeem an emoji tote bag with a minimum spend of $150*. Marina Square App members need only spend $120* to qualify. Two designs to choose from!
* Up to 3 same-day receipts. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper/member per day, while stocks last. + Up to 3 same-day receipts, with at least 1 F&B receipt. Limited to 1 redemption per shopper/member per day, while stocks last.
And just for kids, they can indulge in emoji™ Arts & Crafts activities too... so that parents can still continue posing at the photo stations. 😝
Kids can pick from 8 adorable emoji™ icons and cut them out to create a photo prop or choose from 3 emoji™ colouring sheet designs and colour away. The activities are available at the Central Atrium through to 16 June 2019, from 11am to 10pm daily. 🎨
My sole advice if you are planning to head down to Marina Square? Make sure your phone is fully charged, or bring a power bank. Because with the huge number of photos you will be going to snap, you will need all the battery juice you can get. 😆
Oh, and there is just one other reason too...
Don't let the photos taken go to waste because you can take part in emoji™ IG Photo Contest and stand a chance to win an emoji cushion & tote bag too!
There will be 6 qualifying rounds and 5 lucky winners will be selected each round. Look out for the different qualifying mechanics for each qualifying period HERE.
1st qualifying period: 31 May – 16 June 2nd qualifying period: 17 – 30 June 3rd qualifying period: 1 – 14 July 4th qualifying period: 15 – 28 July 5th qualifying period: 29 July – 11 August 6th qualifying period: 12 – 25 August
For the first qualifying period, take a photo with any of the emoji ™ installations at the POP-UP EXHIBIT: emoji™ located at the Central Atrium. Post your photo on Instagram with the hashtag #MSQknowyouremoji to qualify. Remember to set your profile to public if you are participating!
GOOD LUCK, and have FUN! 🎊
POP-UP EXHIBIT: emoji™ Now until 16 June 2019 11am - 10pm daily Marina Square, Central Atrium *From 17 June to 31 August 2019, the exhibtion moves to the Marina Foyer. FREE Admission Website
The eagerly anticipated Canopy Park attractions at Jewel Changi Airport will finally open to the public on 10 June 2019. Located on the top level of Jewel (Level 5), the 14,000 sqm recreational wonderland boasts nine iconic play attractions like the Sky Nets, thrilling Discovery Slides and creative gardens full of lush greeney all around.
BUT here's the thing - admission is NOT free. Prices start from $4.50 for Singapore residents and go up to $19.80 for the Bouncing Sky Nets. So it's not entirely easy on the wallet either. In fact, for a family of 2 adults & 2 kids, the total cost add up to $186 (Bundle pricing) if they choose to visit all 9 attractions at Canopy Park. Yes, one can probably go to a waterpark with that.
But are all of the attractions worth shelling out money for? We had a sneak preview of Canopy Park and after experiencing the attractions, I realised not all of them are necessary to visit. And admission fees can actually be kept to a minimum while maximising your time AND fun there.
I promise to get to that later... but first, let me bring you through the attractions on offer:
CANOPY PARK Opening hours: 9am - 3am Admission: Singapore Residents (Adult/Child/Senior) $4.50 | Standard rate $5
The cheapest admssion rate to Canopy Park is $4.50 per person if you are a Singapore Resident ($5 for others) and includes access to FOUR attractions:
Kids will most definitely spend the most time here, thanks to the presence of FOUR slides of varying heights and gradients.
This 4-slides-in-1 sculptural playscape set in a garden environment features a 6.5m high platform, allowing observers to have a magnificent view of the Shiseido Forest Valley’s lush greenery from above.
Two of the taller slides are tubed steel slides which promise a spiraling descent.
The other one is an open slide with a moderate gradient which offers a quick descent to the ground.
But the most thrilling of all has got to be this one - a slide which has a near-vertical initial descent!
In fact, the slide is sooooo quick that one has to don a helmet and elbow guards and slide down in a gunny sack. What can I say? The monkies loved it!
Do note that kids will have to be at least 1.1m tall in order to go on the slides.
Have younger kids? Then the Foggy Bowls will be perfect for them!
Foggy Bowls features 4 gentle concave bowls with depths ranging from 30cm to 65cm with an element of mist to create the experience of playing amongst clouds. Kids can slip in among puffs of cloud and hide away in gentle bowls of mist, and be amazed by the the fog that envelops them.
Whip out those smartphones because Topiary Walk is all about taking photos with the whimsical and beautiful animal topiaries such as orangutans, elephants, peacocks and chameleons.
Featuring seasonal floral displays, the 220 sqm Petal Garden has the charm of a garden in full bloom. The displays will change periodically, with seasonal flowers from around the world.
MANULIFE SKY NETS – WALKING Opening hours: 10 Jun to 9 Jul - 9am to 3am | 10 Jul onwards - 10am to 10pm Admision: Singapore Residents $13.50 (Adult) $9 (Child/Senior) | Standard rate $15 (Adult) $10 (Child/Senior) *Tickets includes Canopy Park admission Recommended attire: Pants or shorts, and comfortable covered shoes
The scale of the Manulife Sky Nets, in an indoor setting, is a world first. The Manulife Sky Nets - Walking, is a 50m-long webbed walkway which straddles across a five-storey (25m-tall) void.
Suspended across this void, this is one walk which took our breaths away!
Technically, there is no time limit at this attraction, meaning visitors are allowed to spend as long as they want to on the Sky Net... although the staff still reserve the right to implement crowd control measures during peak times.
But trust me when I say that the feeling of an indescribable sensation of lightness as one walk across the taut web is absolutely amazing.
MANULIFE SKY NETS – BOUNCING Opening hours: 10 Jun to 9 Jul - 9am to 3am | 10 Jul onwards - 10am to 10pm Admision: Singapore Residents $19.80 (Adult) $14.40 (Child/Senior) | Standard rate $22 (Adult) $16 (Child/Senior) *Tickets includes Canopy Park admission Recommended attire: Pants or shorts, and comfortable covered shoes
If your kids got tons of energy to expend, then head for the Bouncing Sky Nets! This is where kids and adults can jump to their hearts' content through the 250-metre long net.
There are a few bouncing nets located throughout the area, and are connected by rope bridges.
The biggest thrill factor comes in the form of a 8m-high lookout at its highest point, which gives you a cool view of the Rain Vortex. And what is equally cool is one can descend from the bouncing net via a rope slide!
And let me say this - bouncing on the net sounds easy but it is extremely exhausting! I was perspiring like crazy after 5 minutes on it so we found ourselves just resting on it, soaking in the gorgeous blue sky view. LOL.
HEDGE MAZE Opening hours: 10 Jun to 9 Jul - 9am to 3am | 10 Jul onwards - 10am to 10pm Admision: Singapore Residents $10.80 (Adult) $7.20 (Child/Senior) | Standard rate $12 (Adult) $8 (Child/Senior) *Tickets includes Canopy Park admission
The Hedge Maze is Singapore's largest indoor hedge maze. Here, visitors can takea leisurely walk though the landscaped environment, and try to make their way out of the maze at the same time.
Be sure to look out for the flower wall, which 'blooms' with flowers as one walks past.
That's because passing by this flower wall will signal that you are close to finding your way out - and you can end it off by ascending a circular look-out platform for a picturesque view of the maze.
MIRROR MAZE Opening hours: 10 Jun to 9 Jul - 9am to 3am | 10 Jul onwards - 10am to 10pm Admision: Singapore Residents $13.50 (Adult) $9 (Child/Senior) | Standard rate $12 (Adult) $8 (Child/Senior) *Tickets includes Canopy Park admission
The world's first mirror maze to combine the character of a mirror maze within a garden setting, visitors will encounter challenges at every turn as they attempt to orientate and 'escape' from the maze.
I love the added touch of plants hanging overhead, which provide dappled light into the mirror maze from the sunlight above. And just for added precaution, we were also provided with foam sticks for us to feel our way around... so that we won't walk straight into the mirrors!
At the end of the maze, do take some time to soak in the splendid mirror light show too.