a spot of singapore

Apparently Santa has a gig at Changi Airport

Among the list of favorite indoor entertainment for the kids, the airport ranks pretty high. It’s great for us because it’s free, relatively quiet and it’s 5 minutes from our place. And they love it because they can ride the skytrain back and forth multiple times, practice coloring at the carved woodblock station, eat gummies and run from one end to the other.

Last week, at the invitation of Changi Airport, we discovered a whole load of other activities we’ve been missing out on. In fact, we ended up packing in 7 hours of fun at the airport, which is like a trip to the zoo, except free.

Here were their favorites.

1. Plane watching at the sunflower garden.

It was located next to a runway so they could get up close with sunflowers and watch planes take off at the same time. Baby girl was all “Look got flowers, OH SEE THE AEROPLANE CAN FLY!” She even found herself a nice ledge to stand on for a better view.

2. Koi feeding at the pond.

The kids are in a feeding phase now, they feed their stuffed toys, feed my mom’s dog, and from time to time, even each other. Evidently, feeding fish was right up their alley,

3. Window and Sand Art

Baby girl fiddled with the paints for a while and decided to go eat the sand from the tubs. Seeing that she’s already eaten a lot more than sand, I figured I’d let her express her creativity however she wanted.

4. Rocking the Singkids Indoor Playground

Being the playground connoisseurs that they are, they gave the newly launched Singkids an impressive rating of “VERY FUN”. It was a bit small but the activity stations were very different from the usual playgym ones that they’ve grown tired of. This one had stuff like special go karts and climbing structures and automated teddy see-saws.

5. Watching Santa at his post-Christmas day job.

I used to think that  Santa just sits around on his reindeer-mobile when Christmas is over but apparently, he has an off-season day job, which is to make chocolates by hand. We tried saying hi and humming jingle bells but he pretended not to hear us. I think he was trying to go incognito but I handed him my Christmas list anyway.

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  • Reply Emily June 23, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    Hi Daphne,
    I’ve been to the airport so many times but I din realize that there is a koi fish pond. Where is it located? My boy loves to feed fishes too.

    • Reply Daphne June 23, 2011 at 10:00 pm

      Oooh, I forgot to mention that the koi pond is actually inside the transit area of Terminal 2, which can only be accessed if you’re flying off or in transit.

      So if you’re flying off somewhere, check in earlier and spend some time exploring the place!

  • Reply Darienna June 23, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    Wow! Is it accessible for the common visitors to the airport? Which terminal is the Koi pond and the sunflower garden at? Would love to bring my little 5mth old there just to see the flowers, planes and fish… =)

    • Reply Daphne June 23, 2011 at 10:02 pm

      Darienna, both the koi pond and the sunflower garden is inside the transit area of T2. But the art and craft and Singkids are at at the common visitors area of T3.

      • Reply Darienna June 24, 2011 at 9:10 am

        hehe.. guessed as much from your pics! Thks for the update anywayz! =) hv a great weekend with Superdad n the Kaolets… =)

  • Reply San June 23, 2011 at 5:27 pm

    Ooh! I love the airport too. Loads of space to Jay to run wild. I mean, run. *cough*

    Anyways, I love that sunflower garden! Where is it?

    • Reply Daphne June 23, 2011 at 10:03 pm

      Hahahah… I know what u mean. The sunflower garden is inside the transit area, you can check in earlier to check it out on your next trip!

  • Reply Melvin Leong June 23, 2011 at 6:26 pm

    That’s a lovely article Daphne. Thank you.

    • Reply Daphne June 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm

      Most welcome, Melvin!

  • Reply Kelly June 24, 2011 at 6:55 am

    Sunflowers LOVE! Have to remember to pop by next time!

    Ummm… Is it completely wrong n inappropriate to say your little girl has perfect pin up legs?? She looks so much like u here!

  • Reply Cecilia June 24, 2011 at 10:43 am

    Mad love for the photos!
    I always found it a struggle to take photos of my two babes…. *sad*
    keep it up!

  • Reply Franklin D. Smithson June 28, 2011 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks for sharing lovely photo’s… So cute little kids…

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