The story of KidStop (the newly opened indoor “playground” for children in Science Center) could be seen before we enter Kidstop ticketing counter. A group of children full of smile and energy represent as Kidstop mascots can be seen anywhere whether inside or outside the play are. They are so cute and funny and we couldn’t resist to take pictures with them. Even the boy who sometimes refuses to take pictures when he is busy playing or too tired…………… this time he was hypnotized by the cuteness of Jo, Win, Belle, Max, and Peter and was willing to satisfy his mother’s desire to take pictures again and again with them. He was even offered me to take pictures of him with the mascots when I didn’t notice that they were around us. This mamarazi
paparazzi was soooo……happy to see her almost 600 pictures collections in Kidstop with just 4 hours of play time. Wow, what a record!
With the tagline: “Kidstop, where every child gets to IMAGINE, EXPERIENCE, DISCOVER, and DREAM” this place is very suitable for younger children. I would say this place is a smaller version of Kidzania, but that doesn’t decrease the fun factor. The kids can have so much fun while experiencing how to be a pilot, a scientist, a doctor, a nurse, a chef, or just messing around here and there.
Unlike Science Center where younger kids might not enjoy so much (except for the water play), Kidstop exhibits are truly designed for the enjoyment of children (especially little kids). There are no “difficult theories” or “complicated things to experiment with” inside the Kidstop. Everything was purely fun and easy to handle, and that is exactly how children should learn, right? By playing and having fun, they will learn more and hopefully they are eager to find out more after their experience in Kidstop.
Tickets can be purchased at the Science Center Ticketing Counter or inside the Kidstop Area. If you are Singapore residents, it is better to aplly for membership because it is cheaper (with $30, you’ll get 1 child and 1 adult ticket and special membership discount on your next visit to Kidstop and Science Center). Membership is only applied for children up to 8 years old only.
So actually, how much fun can this place be? Well, just look at the pictures below:
I took these pictures even before we entered the play area. While waiting for the play area to be opened, the children can play or taking pictures with these things which are super fun…………….it was very difficult to ask the boy to leave this area and get inside……..
Lil Boy: Just now, I barely breathe at Kidstop
Me: Hah??? What? What do you mean? You couldn’t breathe? Why? Did your chest hurt or something?
Lil Boy: No, I said I barely breathe……………because there was so much fun, so many things to do……. talking and talking to friends……play, play, play………….I didn’t have time to breathe……………..So, when are we coming back to Kidstop???
Me: You just went there, and now you want to come back again so soon?
That conversation happened in the car on our way home from Kidstop Science Center. I was worried that my boy would not enjoy the visit because I thought he was too big already to play pretend. It turned out that he enjoyed every moment and couldn’t wait to come back again.
For opening hours, please check at the website http://www.kidsstop.edu.sg/. Read carefully because on weekdays morning are for pre-school group bookings only and weekends are consist of 2 time slot (morning and afternoon). So plan your visit carefully to maximize your visit.
Finally, what can we find inside the Kidstop? When you enter the area, you might find that this place is rather small, but actually it is big enough on the inside and there are many things to do. The boy was quite confused of what to play first because he wanted to go here and there, try this and that…………………..which made me exhausted too at the end, hahaha……….. From what I saw, every child was full of energy and had so much fun playing that it was difficult to drag them out when play time is over………..even my child was kept asking of when we will be coming back!
So, these are what you will see inside Kidstop (minus the Stage Performance in Kiddie Theater because it was under maintenance when we came):
Learn about winter, spring, autumn, and summer in this play area. There is a big globe too inside here and the kids were very exciting to find their dream countries they they would like to visit someday………(well, not just the kids, but the parents also……….)
FLIGHT AND SPACE
I have to admit, that I was surprised that the boy was willing to try any costumes that we found in Kidstop. He usually hated wearing costumes such as fire fighter, astronaut, racer, etc. But this time, he happily wear the costume in every play area when there was one. I think there was some spell inside Kidstop that made my son willing to do that, hahaha………………..or he was just happy and enthusiastic during his play time…………I really don’t know.
Isn’t this supposed to be every child’s favorite play? Going to the supermarket and can touch and take anything that they want (without the mother yelling at them and say: “Don’t touch the eggs” “You’re not allowed to buy that” “That’s too expensive, put it back” “You have enough of chocolate already for one day”) is truly a bless for every child, don’t you think so???
After the boy shopped, he brought everything to the next play area, which was a cafe or a kitchen. In here, he could cook and prepare sumptuous lunch using anything that he liked. Of course fruits and vegetables were not on the list, hahaha………….
GIANT J SLIDE
This vertical slide is absolutely not for the faint-hearted. Seriously, this wasn’t a popular ride when we came. Some kids who queued behind my son were finally refused to try because they were too scared. The staff tried to persuade other kids too but with no success, hahaha………..the boy also tried once from 4 meters height (you can choose from 4M, 5M, 6M, or 7M) and when I offered him to try again, he said no…….
THE BIG DREAM CLIMBER & SECRET PASSAGE TO THE MUSIC ROOM
Behind this, we saw climbing structures that would lead us to the secret music room. Please note that you are required to wear socks in this area. To tell you the truth, adults will find it quite difficult to reach the top. Some of the holes are small, too short, or too narrow for adults. I also found it difficult to lift my body up, and at the end……..my thighs were aching for 3 days after the climbing process.
Playing in the sun is always every child’s favorite, and in here you can be a paleontologists who dig big dino bones in the excavation site.
THE INNOVATION LAB
Giant foam blocks with various shapes and holes are perfect for little bob the builder. It is also safe to play with.
The Built Environment is an awesome place that is not only suitable for boys, but also girls (some only, I noticed that not all girls loved to play in here). But for boys………..it’s totally a big hit!
This small playground is suitable for toddlers.
Spot the snake, spot the cricket, squirrel, bat, proboscis monkey, and hornbill (although I didn’t see any, hahaha…..well maybe I wasn’t imaginative enough), but the boy said he saw some of them.
And now, who wants to be a doctor? Nope, no need to enter medical school, just put on the doctor’s white clothes and voila…………you’re a doctor just within seconds.
From the crowd main area, we were now headed to the small rooms behind. First, we entered the critters world.
This kiddie theater was totally awesome. We could try to make a stop motion picture using the computer and legos, add the sound, delete unwanted scenes, and play the movie from the beginning to the end to see the end result. It was like being a producer and an editor and also a story maker at the same time.
Don’t worry, it is really a fun way to learn math. If the classroom was this fun, I’m sure every child would love math……….
Another fun thing to do in this big empty room, but full of blocks in various colors and shapes. The examples of what to do with the blocks are also provides on the tables………but the boy decided he would try his own creation.
One thing that I truly love about Kidstop is that the place wasn’t too crowded when we visited and the children had enough space to play. Later on I read that there is a quota of 300 people per session that will make the waiting time to play is still tolerable even though it is weekends. Even if you find that the main area is too crowded, you can just go to smaller rooms at the back of Kidstop where not many children and parents aware of those little rooms and thus make the rooms emptier than the main area.