I wonder which other airport has as much fun as our Singapore’s iconic Changi Airport. For many people here, Changi Airport is a fun place to go to during weekends and school holidays. You can spend the whole day shopping without GST (Goods and Services Tax) even if you are not flying out of Singapore. Your kids can have fun in playgrounds and go for the slides in Terminal 3! There are countless restaurants, cafes and empty seats in the entire airport to rest your feet while watching the aeroplanes take off.
Over the weekend, we went to Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall with the cousins as we had read so much about the annual humongous Bouncy Playground that the airport holds. This year’s theme is Spongebob Square Pants and the entire Terminal 3 is displayed with many of the characters in this cartoon theme.
When we reached there, we were in time for the 1pm Smoke Bubbles where the Pineapple House blows out big bubbles for everyone! The kids sure had a good time catching them! And during all showtimes (1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm daily), you can queue for tokens (which are pingpong balls) and redeem for Spongebob Squarepants apparels!
In the Pineapple House, the kids had fun in the Santa Claus Village and Mailroom. There is a big 7m tall Christmas tree and beautiful sleigh and reindeers to take pictures with.
We went on to eat our lunch at Gurney Drive restaurant serving Penang food. They really serve very delicious Char Kway Teow, Fried Rice, Prawn Mee and the Chendol and Ice kacang desserts are not to be missed! Ooh..! I had better reserve this for another post on food review! After the lunch, we had spent 100+ bucks enough to admit 6 children to the Spongebob Squarepants Bouncy Playground! The admission to the Bouncy Playground is to spend minimum $20 in Changi Airport retail, F&B and service outlets ($15 for Changi Rewards Members) to admit one child below 12.
Kel queued for almost an hour for the kids’ entry while the kids played among themselves in Terminal 3’s Departure hall waiting area. When it was their turn, they were being briefed by the staff on safety rules before entering the Bouncy Playground. I like the way they control and limit the number of kids into the Bouncy Playground in each session, and they have staff at all stations to make sure of the safety of the kids!
The moment the kids could go in and play, XX and YH with their cousins hit straight on to the big and steep SLIDE! That’s their favourite but it could only allow kids above 1.2m to slide on.
Parents were allowed to accompany their children inside and take photos as well. It was my first time going up on a Bouncy Castle, and it was so difficult to stay still with my camera as the entire blown up playground shook and shook while the kids bounced and bounced! It was really fun, you have to kind of bounce along when you walk on it.
As you can see here, it was difficult to take a still image with my Samsung phone.
After the Bouncy good time, our kids were still hyper. Kids are never tired! So, we continued on to the mini playground and wooden stencils colouring play area in Basement 2 of the same Terminal 3. While we adults eat our Dunkin Donuts and have a cuppa (Yes, Dunkin Donuts is in Terminal 3!!), the kids were hardworking in dispensing their energy. Too bad that the Slide in T3 was under maintenance, else the kids would have another hour of fun sliding down the slides.
More details on the Changi Airport Spongebob Squarepants Bouncy Playground:Where: Changi Airport Terminal 3 Departure Hall (Lift to Level 2)Happening on: 15 Nov – 5 Jan 2014Timing to note:Pineapple House Show time (Bubble and tokens) – 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, 6pm, 7pm and 9pm dailySanta appearance – 3 to 9pm (21 Nov to 26 Dec)Spongebob Bouncy Castle admission – 12pm to 10pm daily (15 Nov – 5 Jan 2014)