This was our second visit to IKEA Tampines (the nearest one near our apartment). What brought us first to this place was not the furniture display or the famous Swedish meatballs, but the playground. Yes, we read in some blogs that there is a playground inside IKEA Tampines, so we wanted to give it a try. Plus, there is a big Giant Hypermart just across IKEA, so we thought we could visit this place too. We didn’t impress by The Giant Hypermart after all, and do not want to to comeback unless there is a specific reason.
The playground in IKEA is called Smaland Forest, for children with specific height, and it’s free. The children are allowed to play 1 time per day and limited to one hour. Parents can’t come inside, but there are big windows for parents to see what is going on inside. The playground it’s not too big, but there is enough space for children to run free. Lil boy said there are big TV, slides, ball pool, spider web, drawing place, and maybe other things that he didn’t tell and I don’t know since I have limited view from the windows. What he likes best is that he always meets new friends and can play together with them, and as I said before that the play area is not too big, but lil boy really likes playing here. He says he wants to play here as many times as possible before he reaches the specific height that is not allowed to go inside.
So, the idea of revisiting this place again was very well accepted by him, and the first place that we visited was of course this Smaland. It is located in 3rd floor near the escalator.
After his one hour play, I picked him up and lil boy said he wanted to see the furniture display in 4th floor, so we went upstairs. He liked to see, touch, and play with the furniture. This kiddo thinks that all the furniture is like children toys….very fun to play with, so we spent a lot of time here. My mother likes coming here too, but she prefers 3rd floor better where she can see all the housewares appliances. Well, actually we love this place, but since on the first visit we already spent many times on the furniture display, so on this second visit we just see and go without really paying attention on the details.
And this is the best part in level 3: THE ALL YOU CAN PLAY CHILDREN TOYS
Lil boy got hungry after playing with all these toys, so we went to the food court. The varieties of the food is not much here. There is also a small play area inside this food court. We ordered spring chicken with fries and the famous Swedish Meatballs. To be honest, in my opinion, the quality of the food were terrible…….the food didn’t raise my appetite, and the taste was horrible. But little kiddo was very hungry that he finished 1 plate of rice, all the fries, 4 meatballs, and 1/3 of the chicken. For me, I don’t want to eat here again and I think the meatballs are way over rated. My mom’s meatballs are much better than these. The spring chicken was also tasteless, and the chili sauce didn’t help at all.
Not to forget to buy chocolates in 3rd floor before going home. The price is reasonable and they tasted good too.
Many people also buy the 50 cents milk ice cream cone, but for us it doesn’t taste very good, so we skipped the ice cream this time.
IKEA turned out to be a fun children playground, and lil kiddo likes playing here….and the adults just love the window shopping. We’ll be back more often until lil kiddo is not allowed to play in Smaland anymore……
IKEA Tampines in open daily from 10am to 11pm. There is free shuttle bus from Tampines MRT and Pasir Ris Int, please see their website for more info. There is a direct bus (number 58) from Pasir Ris Int to IKEA and Giant Tampines.