I’ve been hearing a lot about the water park on the roof of NEX Shopping Mall so we took the boys to see what all the fuss is about. As an option for entertaining your kids, we thought it was pretty great, but as a bonus, those with pet dogs can also enjoy some time together. Located in the North East, I would definitely recommend driving only if you have to – especially on weekends and public holidays – it’s crazy parking during peak times. Also if you do take your dog and are not aware of the local customs, make sure you take the elevator that is marked for dogs and follow the store policies on where they are allowed to go. The Serangoon Central SMRT station is in the basement of the complex, and so is the bus interchange – I must say it’s pretty crazy in the basement bringing public transport into the mix.
Once you arrive, head up to the roof top (or Sky Garden), get the kids changed, and they can run free. All of the kids were having a blast when we were there, and the dry playground became a favourite for the adventurous kids – including our boys – because the slide sure is slippery when your bathers are wet! It was funny to watch.
If you are a family with a dog, check out K9 (next to the water park) which is two closed off doggie adventure parks (one for small dogs and the other for big dogs), and while only small, there were a few people taking advantage of the facilities. One of the great things I haven’t seen in Singapore before is Doggy Style Cafe a place where you can have your dog fed, bathed, spa’d and they even pet sit, all the while allowing you to enjoy a peaceful coffee. It was full the whole time we were there, and if you want to go elsewhere in the mall, it’s a good place to leave your pets, as dogs are not allowed anywhere else in the mall.
Continuing with the adventure, we went to another Pet Safari, which is spread over two levels and as it’s about all things animal, the boys were happy. Then it was down into the main shopping centre. I have to say it’s a bit of a curious shopping centre for me, lots of narrow corridors with everything you can imagine in a shopping centre, including lots of great eating options. The kids loved the action taking place around them, because everywhere they looked, there was something to see. It’s definitely one of those chaotic places that fills a kids imagination.
To give you an idea of what is here, shopping and entertainment options include Isetan, Shaw Theatres, Serangoon Public Library, Cold Storage, Courts, Challenger, Kiddy Palace, Party World KTV, Virtualand (it’s a biggie), King & King Wong, and Studio Tangs.
Just a brief mention of King & King Wong – I’ve never been into one of these shops before, but it’s kind of like a funky IKEA for all things home. I’m not sure of the quality of the furniture, but there was some pretty out there designs, and the little bits and pieces for the home – candle holders, bath mats, containers, vases, etc…. – were pretty cool. Worth a look, although hard to manage a peaceful shop with two boys looking at everything breakable with their hands!! One day they will look with their eyes. On top of shops, there are more than 90 places to dine or snack and two big food courts.
So there you go, if you haven’t been, I can recommend it as a great option for the family (and the pet dog) if you’re looking for an activity to use up endless energy levels, but I think it also offers something good for Mum and Dad too. If you are going through the peak sun time (11-3pm), definitely take sun block and hats. There is no shade in the Sky Park. You can also have a family picnic on the roof if you want to save a few dollars, and it’s a great place to go when it’s just too hot to be outdoors all day.
Enjoy and let me know what you think if you go?