Sembawang Shopping Center Playground has been recommended by many people as one of the “must visited” place for children (under the category of Mall With Free Indoor Playground of course). We knew this since a long time, but considered the distance from where we lived, we never really want to go there. But when Rafael knew about this playground, he immediately put this on his “must visit place” (FYI, he has a very long “must visit place in Singapore” that he sometimes confused of which one to go first…..).
So here we were on a nice Saturday morning taking the MRT to the Sembawang Station, and continued the journey on their free shuttle bus service. To reach the shuttle bus, you have to turn right after the MRT Exit, turn right again and walk straight until you find 7Eleven. In front of 7Eleven, there’s is a bus stop. Just wait there for the shuttle bus. To go back, wait in the same place the driver where you hop off the bus (at the entrance of the mall). There is no queue as everybody rushed to the bus once it’s coming.
The mall itself (to our surprise) is not too big and the playground (which is in the rooftop or 3rd Level) was not too crowded (unlike IMM). So, it was comfortable playing there. The wet and dry playground are big enough, and there is even a gym station for adults (which was very quiet too). There are waiting spaces for parents and mostly, there is kids shower facility.
Just next to the play area, there are two restaurants (Aston and Wan Chai), and their outdoor space facing through to the playground, so parents can sit and relax while watching their children playing. There are some restaurants too downstairs, but we didn’t find them quite interesting, so because Rafael spent almost 4 hours in the playground, which made us very hungry since it was almost 4pm and we hadn’t had our lunch yet, we chose the closest place to eat. Daddy didn’t really like Aston’s menu since it is more Western than Chinese, so we chose Wan Chai. The foof was good, the portion was quite big, and the price was reasonable too.
On the was home, lil boy fell asleep in the long journey. He was sooo….tired (I notice that in every play area, my boy comes first but but the last to come home, hahahaha…….I don’t really care how long he wanted to play as long as his stomach is full with snacks, milk, or rice, he can play as long as he wants. And usually he knows when he’s tired, he will ask to stop playing or go eating.
Is the play area worth the long journey? Yes
Will be coming back? Maybe not, too far from our house……
WET TO DRY PLAYGROUND
WAN CHAI HONG KONG TEA ROOM
Total cost was $43 something, not too expensive I guess. The food was worth the price.
I never can take good food photos, and I wonder how everybody does it. When the food arrives, I have two starving boys who can not wait to eat and one mother who is so worried that her lovely grandson is going to faint if she doesn’t feed him as soon as she can, hahaha…….so I have to take photos as quick as I can. My son in his “no expression face” will say “I’m so hungry”. Ok, so quick photo taking and quick eating for all of us. Good thing is, outdoor activities do increase a boy’s appetite so much.