“Don’t know where to go, just go to the airport”.
We visit the Changi Airport very often, not only when we are going abroad with the airplanes, but mostly to eat and play. For us, Changi Airport is the biggest playground in town and if you look carefully, many people visit this airport just to eat and play and shop too. Food options seem to be limitless from Terminal 1 to 3, from bakery, food court, snack counters, to fancy restaurants. Strolling around the airport is always fun and there are many free things to do, like going around from one terminal to the others with sky trains, pushing the kids in the trolley and some kids might want to do trolley racing too (the most suitable place is T3 departure area), children playground and woodblock rubbing in basement 2 T3, free slide at Basement 2 T3, see the airplanes from the viewing gallery, take pictures with the wonderful and always different decorations, and not to forget free exhibition from time to time.
Besides those free thing, I actually indulge in GST-free shopping and I often buy cosmetics, vitamins, and many other things. Grocery shopping is also available at Fair Price Supermarket and Cold Storage. So when you have nowhere to go and your kids badly need to be entertained, just go straight to the airport. Here are some highlights of the airport from our recent visits:
Try new food / restaurant
Food from many countries (Japan, India, Indonesia, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, etc), fast food, pizza, bakeries, cupcakes, ice cream, light snacks…………..from cheap to expensive, all are available in Changi Airport. If you have extra budget, it’s fun to try new and different food every time you visit the airport. We recommend Ramen Champion where you can try ramen from different restaurants in one place (it’s like a ramen food court). The boy likes the shrimp tempura and gyoza, I like the spicy ramen while daddy likes just the original and not spicy one.
When we don’t want to spend so much money for food, we just go to the staff canteen at T1 or the newly renovated Kopitiam in T3. Kopitiam is a better option for us because this place is new, bright, we have more options on food, and the taste of the food is actually quite good (but probably is more expensive then the staff canteen).
We also tried different kind of food and restaurants, sometimes the food were really good and some other time were disappointing, but it was fun to try new things anyway.
Keep the receipt and go slide down
After you shop and eat, don’t throw away the receipt, because if you wish to experience the full 12-metres slide at T3, you can redeem one ride for every SGD 10 spent on a single receipt. This is a different slide from the one at B2 and absolutely higher and will bring you more fun.
Be A Changi Millionaire
Stand for a chance to win prizes and be A Changi Millionaire (cross our fingers and hope to win, hahaha……….). For every $30 purchase in a single receipt, you’ll get 1 chance and 1 step closer to be a millionaire (yeah rite, you’re one step closer and so do thousands of people, so very small chance here………….). But if you’re very lucky, you can win small prizes too after playing the mini game in the computer in B2 T3.
Free playground is also available in front of the free slide in basement 2 T3. This playground is usually very crowded on weekends, and although small but as long as it’s free, parents will not stop bringing the kids here. There are many sitting places for parents around the playground so it’s good that parents can supervise the children closely.
Visit Special Exhibition in Departure Row T3
Don’t forget to check if there is any special exhibition in the Departure Row T3. The decorations were always superb and there were many good spots for taking pictures. We also went there on Christmas and it was truly amazing. Most of all, it’s free! Oh, I do love anything good that is free…………
Last but not least, and again, take pictures! Take pictures everywhere, as many as you can. The decoration around the airport is always changing and we always notice something different every time we come here. We always love love and love to see the decoration and a phone/camera in hand is a must.
And that was our adventure in the airport. I’m sure there will be more interesting things to see and do inside the airport, and for more update you can check in the website or install IChangi application in your phone. I will be post more stories again in the future. See ya….