We had seen advertisements promoting a new mall in the heart Changi Business Park and heard a lot about the outdoor Water Park for kids, and decided to see it for ourselves! Situated just beside Expo MRT, it was no wonder that the place was crowded even on a weekday mid-afternoon. My first impression of the place was that it resembled a mini 'Vivo-City'. Cafes, boutiques and branded sports apparel factory outlets lined the floors. They even had their own roving balloon artist dressed in clown costume giving out balloon sculptures to everyone from kids to ''kids at heart''. The girls got themselves a balloon flower each. Fish-feeding was also possible at the outdoor and indoor fish ponds but we missed the feeding time. Would be sure to catch it the next time we go.
After grabbing a drink and purchasing a bargain jacket, we continued a quick tour around. There were many children themed shops; I noticed a baby spa called 'babySPA' (what else?), where babies can go for a float-assisted swim, TV assisted haircuts, and other forms of pampering. There is also an educational store, Smart Alley http://www.smartalley.com.sg/ and it stocks a good range of educational books and toys for young children. I couldn't resist myself and got the kids a few things. There is a new indoor children's playground, Petite Park, featuring a bar counter like boundary where parents can leisurely sip their cappucino's while watching over their little once run, climb, and bounce around the play area. The playstations are very much like SingKids at Changi Airport Terminal 3. Singkids is a whole lot bigger so there is more space for the kids to run. Petite Park is very small and the playstations are very close to one another. It just needs a few kids to make the place feel crowded. Still, it is a good option if you want some 'me-time'.
The children however will have to wait for another time to try out the ball pool, merry-go-rounds, and slides, for today, we decided to check out the Playground & Treehouse, the mall's very own outdoor water-themed playground! The facility features water canons, mist emitting structures, a suspension bridge, merry-go-rounds, and a 'Treehouse Trail'. Parents occupied the wooden benches around the playground. The modern looking toilet facility had an outdoor shower and only one large male and female cubicle each.
We were much less than prepared as we did not come from home. Fortunately, we had a change of clothes with us, so we gave them the green light to jump in with whatever they were wearing. It was a raining slightly, and we wished we had come more prepared with a towel or two. After about an hour of play, the kids seemed to be getting cold and we swiftly changed them into dry clothes and headed for the food court that the playground was fronting for some warm dinner.The kids had noodles with tofu while I tried a fusion chicken chop.
Overall a quick, fun time spent together as a family in a family friendly place. We definitely will be back to enjoy everything else that the mall has to offer.