What is Marina Barrage?
Taken from http://www.pub.gov.sg, the definition is as follow:
The Marina Barrage is a dam built across the 350-metre wide Marina Channel to keep out seawater, forming Singapore’s first reservoir in the city and 15th reservoir. As one of the pillars of local water supply, Marina Reservoir can meet about 10% of Singapore’s current water demand. The Marina Barrage is part of a comprehensive flood control scheme to alleviate flooding in the low-lying areas in the city.
As the water in the Marina Basin is unaffected by the tides, its water level will be kept constant all year round. This is ideal for all kinds of recreational activities such as boating, windsurfing, kayaking and dragon boating etc.
And how do we describe this place?
Super big place
Full of fun activities
Very fresh air
Definitely will comeback for more
How to get here (very easy):
Board MRT to Marina Bay Station, take Exit A
Walk straight forward until you find a bus stop, and alight at bus number 400. There is no more free shuttle bus to Marina Barrage (the service had been ceased since June 2012).
Stop at the fifth station (Marina Barrage), or just get down from the bus when everybody gets down and the bus is empty, because it is the last stop and the bus will be looping (going back) to Marina Bay Station and to Shenton Way.
What you can do in Marina Barrage:
The activities are ranging from having a nice picnic, riding your bike, renting a small motor bike, taking your pre wedding photos (I saw at least 2 couples did this), arranging office family gathering, playing in the water play area, flying kites, watching the kites flying (we all love doing this), blowing bubbles, jogging, bringing your cameras to just taking pictures of anything (group of people were doing this when we were there), running crazily like there was no other place to run (talking about my child and other children), taking a relax walk with your family/loved ones, sightseeing, windsurfing, kayaking, etc…..
So, from the list of activities, I think you can imagine how big this place must be. This place consists of 3 levels: level one, two, and rooftop. When we first heard of this place, we never really got the interest of going to this place (also quite far from our house). But my son had already scheduling this place into his “must visit agenda”, so last Saturday we visited this place. I thought it would be a small and boring water play area (since we were here especially for the water play), but this place turned out to be more than we expected.
So, we were really happy here and will try to fly our own kite when we come here again (little boy’s dream followed by optimistic daddy and pessimistic mommy who is not sure that the kite will actually fly………..I never succeed in flying kites). I’m not even moved when daddy said: “I flew kites when I was a boy” ……..oke, that was more than 20 years ago………………are you sure???
To make the long story short, these are the pictures that we’ve taken and things we did in Marina Barrage. The boy kept asking of when we are coming back to Marina Barrage………
Notes: the place was crowded when we came since there was a family day outing in here, but actually we enjoyed their show too…….
What’s fun about the water play in here?
Big and spacious
You can walk under the water fountain without getting wet, so you can take many wonderful pictures without changing your clothes
No need to wear swim suit
Unlike any other water play which stated “only for children under 12 years old”, in here anyone including adults can play…..
The pool is shallow, so no need to worry that your children will get drown
The toilet is clean and there is a water shower too near the toilet
After all of us ate our lunch and lil boy also drank his milk, we went to the second floor to see the pump house. Others attraction is including Singapore Viewing Gallery but we forgot to enter.
Level 3: Rooftop
After the boy ate (again), we went back to Pasir Ris, had dinner (lil boy ate for the 4th time that day), and went straightly home.