We Checked Out the Refreshed eXplorerkid E!hub Downtown East

Sand Play at eXplorerkid E!hub at Downtown East by The Loving Mum

It’s been almost 2 years since our first and only visit to eXplorerkid E!hub at Downtown East. We were unimpressed and disappointed at the condition it was in then. Fast forward to today, NTUC Club finally opened their revamped eXplorerkid E!hub and we just had to go check out what they had done.

Brand New and Refreshed Toddler Play Area

The last time we visited, Zara (13+ month) didn’t have anything much to do at eXplorerkid E!hub, but now they have got a whole new area setup just for toddlers below 4 years old. The play area was spacious and filled with variety of activities. There are pretend-play houses, a ball pool, tree slide and some big foam building blocks too.

There’s a smaller play structure at the corner beside the toddler play area. Do be careful when playing in this structure especially the tube slide. Ayra got a bad abrasion when sliding down and she was too afraid to step into it again. Also overhead a mum saying her son knocked his head while sliding down. Hope eXplorerkid will look into correcting this problem area to make it safer for children to play.

Brand New Addition of Sand Play

This has got to be the most favourite play area for the girls. They didn’t want to leave once they started touching those kinetic sand. Yes you hear me right! It’s lots and lots of kinetic sand play, even I couldn’t resists playing with it.

Addition of Lower Level Adventure Highlands

Previously there was only Adventure Highlands and for kids above 110cm in height only but now even those below 110cm can test their confidence at the lower level of Adventure Highlands. Both Ayra and Zara completed the challenge and I’m super proud of them. Ayra who is still very timid and shy took a little more push and encouragement with lots of support from the helpful staff, while the gurang Zara conquered the entire course with ease (well most part of it).

See them in action in the video above. Do note that additional charges is payable for play of Adventure Highlands.

Smaller Lit Ball Pool

eXplorerkid downsized their Lit Ball Pool to make more space for the toddler area, but still the ball pool is big enough for all the kids to enter for some fun. Though I wished they had thrown in more balls too make it fuller and more fun to dive into.

The Same But Cleaner Mega Play

The Mega Play structure is the same one but now cleaner. The wear and tear is still pretty bad but the structure is still standing strong and well despite the years of continuous play by so many kids (and even adults).

eXplorerkid also added a baby changing room with wash basin inside the playground, though still a little bare, I hope they’ll add a nice sofa and some picture frames to make the place more conducive for parents to use it.

eXplorerkid E!hub is located at Downtown East
1 Pasir Ris Close, 3rd floor
Singapore 519599
Opening hours from 12pm to 9pm daily
Admission and Play Rates available here

Kids & Family Zone at Waterway Point in Punggol

Soooo after my awesome discovery of what’s upcoming at SAFRA Punggol and the awesome Water Playground at Kids Amaze, this next one is probably going to be completed way before and becoming the next big thing in Punggol! Can you sense my excitement already? Can’t wait to check out the new Waterway Point just next to Punggol MRT station.

waterwaypoint-waterplay

Waterway Point especially caters to young children and families looking to spend time together at the Kids & Family Zone on Level 2, an entire floor dedicated to a 19,826 sq ft childcare facility, My First Skool, various learning and enrichment centres, as well as a large outdoor wet and dry playground. Other family-friendly establishments also include the 16,315 sq ft concept food court Cookhouse by Koufu, Swensen’s and the largest Times Bookstore in Singapore that promises an educational adventure.

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Highlights of the mall include round-the-clock entertainment and services on Basement 2 anchored by a 24-hr FairPrice Finest (29,853 sq ft) and 1,500-seat Shaw Theatres. Yet another attraction is the Waterfront Promenade on Basement 1 which will offer patrons the experience of tranquil alfresco dining overlooking the picturesque Punggol Waterway and a wide array of cuisines from well-loved restaurants such as Uncle Leong Seafood, Kuriya Dining, The Soup Spoon Union and Bali Thai to choose from. Basement 1 will also feature other retailers such as Best Denki.

waterwaypoint-outdoor

Waterway Point is a four storey retail and lifestyle hub located in the heart of the new Punggol Town, beside Punggol MRT station. It is the retail component of Watertown, Singapore’s first integrated waterfront residential and retail development. Developed by the consortium of Frasers Centrepoint Limited, Far East Organization and Sekisui House, Ltd, Watertown features a 992-residential unit development in addition to the retail and lifestyle hub. With a net lettable area of 370,824 sq ft, Waterway Point will offer a diverse range of retail, dining, entertainment and education offerings. When completed, Waterway Point will be the flagship waterfront leisure destination for Punggol’s residents and visitors across the island.

I cannot wait for 2016 to come already! Of course Waterway Point is going to be damn packed with human, crying babies and crazy lots of baby strollers, but nothing is going to stop us from checking this first mega mall in Punggol when it opens!

Information source from http://fraserscentrepointmalls.com

Kids Amaze Indoor Water Playground at Punggol SAFRA

Punggol is going to be oh so more fun when Punggol SAFRA opens its door in 2016!

Embracing the water theme, Kidz Amaze at Punggol SAFRA will feature a “Deep Sea” themed playground. It is set to span 23,000 square feet soaring three stories high! 

Looking at the artist impression alone is making me want to jump into the play pool now! This is going to be our favorite hang out when they open!



See the animated fly through video below.

We really can’t wait for Punggol SAFRA to open!

Play at Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Making up lost time with Zara, we went on a one-on-one date together to Hokey Pokey indoor playground at Seletar Mall. When Ayra was little, I brought her to their other outlet a couple of times but never brought Zara to any playground alone. With Zara starting her childcare in February this year, this probably be the only fun dates alone together on a weekday.

Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall houses most of the fun and toys we remembered from Hokey Pokey at Millenia Walk. The outlet at Seletar Mall is smaller and probably lesser in crowd on weekdays. This indoor playground is more appropriate for toddlers below 6 years old as there are mostly toys and no climbing maze for the older kids. Ideal for playdates with the little ones.

Overview of the play area at Hokey Pokey
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

The things Zara did at Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall…
… went shopping at the mini mart with trolley…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… played some balls in the mini ball pit at the toddler area…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… played on the Little Tikes swing…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… pretended to hold her first mini piano performance…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… and she did LOTS and lots of climbing…
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

… and she climbed up and down this high slide stairs at least 8 times that day on her own! She is such an adventurous little girl, each time she reached the top, she would look down the long slide and go “WOW!” turned towards the stairs and climbed down again. Then repeat! The mummy me was tired just looking at her went up and down loh!
Play at Hokey Pokey at Seletar Mall

At $26 per entry on weekday, this probably be the last time we’ll be there. Just because we have too many toys at home to keep the little one busy already, and the collection just keeps growing!

Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall
33 Sengkang West Avenue
#B1-28/29
Singapore 797653
http://hokeypokey.com.sg

Free Fun at Seletar Mall Outdoor Playground

We checked out the latest shopping destination for the North-eastern people at Fernvale LRT some time back with the girls. It was a weekday mid-day and the place was not packed yet. Love it that they have a nice outdoor playground on the 4th floor.

As you can see in comparison, the two sisters have quite an opposite preference for fun. The little one is the adventurous seeker while the elder one prefers safe play.

Seletar Mall is connected to Fernvale LRT station, links to the Sengkang MRT and Sengkang bus interchange, The Seletar Mall has 6 levels of retail with lots of eateries to choose from. At just one straight bus ride from home, I foresee this will soon be my regular hangout when I need to get out for some coffee or maybe catch my first movie alone.

Playtime at Kids Amaze Toa Payoh Safra

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

This a super overdue post among all the drafts in the blog. See how little Zara was back in August 2014! We spent National Day at SAFRA Toa Payoh last year and it was one of the most fun day out for both the girls. They got to play all day at Kids Amaze and even got the NDP goodie bags too.

That face on Zara… I don’t know how to describe.

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

No one is too big to play at the toddler area at Kids Amaze. There were even much older kids in there too running around playing catching with one another. It was rather sad to see no one stopping them, it was quite dangerous with the very little ones crawling around. When there’s a toddler area at the playground, shouldn’t the staff help do checks to ensure safety of the children? Or is this a parent’s role to control their kids?

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Zara is very adventurous and is fearless to any form of risk and danger. She climbs everywhere on anything that is scalable. Doesn’t matter if she falls on her butt or bumps herself, she just wants to climb!

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

We spent most of our time hanging around the toddler area since both of the girls weren’t very much keen in trying the bigger playground with tunnels and slides. Hope SAFRA Punggol will have one Kids Amaze outlet too so we can go more often, especially when its so much cheaper for SAFRA members on weekdays compared to other nearby playgrounds. Can’t wait for SAFRA Punggol to open!

Aug 9, 2014 - Playtime at Safra Toa Payoh

eXplorer kid at Downtown East needs a refresh

On an uneventful Sunday, we decided to bring the kiddos to play. One of the nearest for us was eXplorer kid at Downtown East. Never been near any of the eXplorer kid playground so we decided to give it a try.

Excited as always when visiting a new playground, we checked in ourselves at the ticketing counter and even registered Ayra for a membership since it was equivalent to the entrance fee for an hour of play. The girls quickly wore their socks and were ready to cheong into the playground!

17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

Mummy wasn’t pleased at first sight of the entire place from inside eXplorer kid. The place looks dull and rundown, though place was packed (there was a birthday party happening that day) there were more adults sitting around the padded play area than kids. Guess Zara felt the same too when she didn’t have much things to do.

The giant play structure (Mega Play) inside was covered with dust (from where I was looking, at the corners and from the outside of the nets). There was a small rock wall for climbing (The Cliff), but Ayra wasn’t old enough to try it out.

The only place which we had some fun was inside the Lit Ball Pool, but were quickly chased out of it because adults were not allowed in the pool and Zara was too young to be in there alone.

17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

The Toddler Play Area was too just a smaller ball pool and badly lighted, we spent less than 5 minutes there. The other areas were either too loud for the kids (Ball’O’City) or had to pay extra to play (Adventure Highland).

There were some craft activities too for kids, should be free cause all the sets were gone when Ayra wanted to do the sand art.

So did we do during the 30+ minutes of play inside eXplorer kid?

This…
17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

17 Aug 2014 - Play at DTE Explorer Kids

Hope NTUC refreshes their eXplorer kid soon. Its quite a wasted space and seeing the numerous number of playgrounds opening up, business should be great for them after a good renovation.