I’ve been hearing a few rumours that Changi Airport is now a good kids adventure option land-side, but the only person who told me anything about it was a nine year old boy, and at that age feedback goes from boring to fun and back to boring within 30 seconds. As such, without any parental feedback on Changi, I decided to take advantage of Steve flying to and from Hong Kong last week, and headed off for fun adventures with the boys. There is loads to do and it’s a perfect option for one of those days when it just doesn’t stop raining, or if you want to stay out of the heat. But I have to say, having now explored Changi in a new light, it is a stroke of genius setting this area up land-side.
We drove to the airport, but obviously to make this a full adventure, catching the SMRT out to Changi would be ideal – I’ll definitely do that on the next rainy day for sure. We parked at Terminal One (where Steve was flying in to) and caught the Skytrain (an adventure in its own right) over to Terminal Three heading down to Basement Two, as that is where all of the fun is.
Before heading to Basement Two, however, we went up to the viewing deck in Terminal Three, where the kids love watching the planes coming and going – come to think of it, so do I, although the Perspex floors were a bit of a spin out. You can also see into the departure area from the viewing deck, and there is an indoor kids’ playground, called Canopy. We already had plans, so didn’t go inside the playground, but definitely make sure you pack socks, as both of the indoor playgrounds I found required socks for everyone. I’m sure there’s another one at Terminal Two as well. The viewing deck area in Terminal Three, while VERY large, was also very popular, so it seems this is an entertainment option for quite a few families in Singapore. It definitely didn’t feel crowded however.
Once we had a look at the planes, we wandered to the Skytrain, enjoying the huge space at Changi – which is another bonus, miles and miles of unpopulated indoor space for energized kids to run free. Taking a ride on the trolleys was also a popular distraction, as was checking out the un-used x-ray machines… The world is fascinating for this age group after all.
The main entertainment at Changi that seems to be getting everyone’s attention is The Slide @ Changi – Singapore’s tallest slide at 12 metres high (four stories tall). I must point out some rules and regulations to ensure no one is disappointed. There are two slides, a single story (Basement 2 Slide) and the BIG one – Level 1 Slide.
- For Level 1 slide, participants have to be at least 1.3 metres tall. Maximum height allowed is 2.0 metres tall. Children aged 7 and below are not allowed.
- For Basement 2 slide, participants have to be at least 1.1 metres tall. Maximum height allowed is 2.0 metres tall. Children aged 5 and below are not allowed.
More Things To Note from the Website
- Rides are redeemable at the Terminal 3 Level 1 Information Counter.
- Redeem up to a maximum of 10 rides per receipt on the same day.
- Changi Rewards card members can redeem up to 5 free rides per month during birthday months.
The B2 slide is free, so no need to buy tickets. For the Level 1 slide, you must spend $10 or more and you take your receipts to the information counter where you can redeem free rides – the Information Counter is about 250 metres from Slide 1. Therefore, you are encouraged to spend money at Changi and I have to say, it’s not a challenge. The slide is great, it wasn’t crowded while we were there, and I’m sure we’d stay all day if my boys had a say in it. Although make sure you jump in the lift fast if you have younger kids going on Slide 1 – they can’t reach the elevator buttons to come back up!
In Terminal 3, Basement 2 there are loads of cafes, restaurants, toyshops and more, all set out in a really spacious way, with water fountains, space and a free kids playground right in the middle. It’s actually very smart and designed to suit Singapore’s favorite pastime – shopping and eating out. You can find lots of free activities (such as woodblock rubbing), a 4D Cinema which costs $6 for four minutes (but it did look like fun), Zone X for slightly older kids, and the place we spent our money was SingKids! Actually, the main reason we went to SingKids is we arrived one hour before the slide opened, so definitely check out the opening times before you go, as early arrival means a lot is closed. It’s a lunchtime to late evening place.
Now I have to be honest and say that I have completely avoided the SingKids venues in Singapore so far, and the reason why? The combination of the horrible colour scheme and the fact everything is extensively padded, I just presumed it was going to be a really boring place to take my boys. It’s also not cheap and at $18 for one hour per child, it definitely stands out as one of the most expensive indoor kids’ places in Singapore. BUT once you’re actually inside, the equipment is amazing, stretching the kids physical skills more than any other playroom I’ve been too, they are also safe, and the boys had an absolute blast.
You have the glowing trampoline-like thing, a version of a carousel, a version of a merry-go-round, balloon rooms, twisting cork screws that the kids need to hold onto as they get twisted upside down, and more. The favourite for my lads was the mini Go-Kart vehicles the kids operate by hand. However, the favorite for me was the giant balloon room because I got to smack balloons into the boys heads at full speed, knowing I couldn’t hurt them – it was strangely satisfying. It was actually very good and I’d be pleased to spend $36 in here again, as it’s almost like being in a mini-fairground and the quality of the equipment is what you are paying for. So give it a go if you’re willing to splash the cash.
There you go, lots more we didn’t see but now I know, I’ll definitely take the boys again. More than the kid specific things, I just love the fact there is so much space for them to run because my boys need that. Check out this link for a full list of activities, restaurants and shops at Changi Terminal 3 with kids, and let us know what you think if you go?