Kids Club at WestGate Mall, Singapore

By now, most locals with kids would have heard of this Kids Wonderland at the rooftop of the brand new mall, Westgate, located at the Jurong Gateway area.

There’s a lot of hype here as it’s dubbed as the biggest (and Free!) outdoor rooftop playground in Singapore.

A little less talked-about kids haven also located at Westgate, is the newly opened Kids Club located at level 5 of the mall.

Entry to the club is more exclusive than the open-air Kids Wonderland.

Non Kids Club Member
First, you need to spend $60 anywhere in the mall before you are allowed entry. If you need to drop off your kid first before you can go shopping, you can also pay a refundable deposit of $15 first and produce the receipt later on. They didn’t specify what happens if you couldn’t produce the receipts later on though.

Kids Club Member
You can sign up for a 6-months Kids Club member by spending $250 in the mall. Then you need to spend $30 instead of $60 to get in the club for free. You can also pay a $10 deposit first if you haven’t got receipts yet.

Age Limit
The age limit is from 4 to 12. 1 parent must be around if the kid is between 4-6years old. Above 6, parents are not allowed. The idea is to allow parents to go run errands, shop or even gym there while the kids are entertained and supervised. Sounds really cool.
The rules stated only entry for 1 kid and minimum 4 years old but for some reason both my kids went in but I’m not complaining about it. ๐Ÿ™‚

Before going there I was all excited anticipating some exclusivity and the magical feel featured in the advert like this(picture from Capitamall)
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But what we saw was this

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Maybe we should have come at night instead.
There are 2 parts of the club. Indoors and outdoors. After you enter the club, there’s another door leading to the outdoor park. The constant opening of this door made the indoor club quite warm despite being air conditioned.

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The most impressive part of the indoor club for me was the massive collection of books! Oops, a bit of a bookworm here because actually hardly any kid touched those books at all throughout our stay there.

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The books were mostly from the National library and had a mix of new and old books and I could easily find some of my kids favourite books.

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There’s also a big tv screening Dora, some board games, toys, Lego and 2 Samsung Kids Galaxy Tab!

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There was nothing much outdoors, especially during a hot afternoon. There was a kiddy rocking chair, a bridge, a meowing cat, a maze-like structure and the best part of it was probably the trampoline.

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A nice feature in the club was the availability of toilets and a pantry equipped with beverages and biscuits in case the parent got tired or the kids require a snack. You can’t bring in your own food though.

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What a savior for the hungry kids after some serious play and jumps!

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There are also lockers for loan that you can keep your stuff in so you can offload your diaper bag to run your errands

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Lastly, remember to checkout with out checkout slips and have the tag bracelet cut to enjoy discounts at some participating shops!

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Staycation at Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore

We had a stay-cation at Festive Hotel, RWS Singapore recently. The kids were thrilled just hearing about a stay-cation and my mother-in-law started packing the bag days before the stay. I got the kids to pick their own clothes and toys and books they want to bring along for the trip and they were really helpful! I even had to stop them from overpacking the toys and keep those bulky toys like balls. No space for that in the small luggage! Never felt packing was this easy before!

Staying on the Singapore main island, making a trip across the sea to Sentosa really brings in the holiday mood. There’s a lot of activities for kids on Sentosa itself during the day.ย During the night, they would have to sleep early, as there’s nothing much for them by then.

Hotel

We love the Festive Hotel Family suite although it’s a little far away from the must-go hard rock hotel beach pool. There’a King-sized bed, a loft bed and a sofa bed! Enough for the whole family.

The beach villa room was cool for the kids but the room was a little small with only 1 King-sized bed and it sure is expensive for a weekend stay-cation!

Sofa bed and loft bed

Sofa bed and loft bed

Having fun at the loft bed

Having fun at the loft bed

Overall view of the room with sunlight coming in from the balcony

Overall view of the room with sunlight coming in from the balcony

Brightly lit balcony for fresh air and sunshine

Brightly lit balcony for fresh air and sunshine

Fun

The place to go while you are at RWS has got to be the Universal Studios. It usually hot and humid in Singapore, so come prepared for the weather.

Our kids are too young for most of the rides, but they do love the Sesame Street segment so we came mainly for them. Other than that, there are also a few kiddy rides that our kids can/dare to venture on

Magadascar Carousel

We came here a few times but only this time round, Nic dared to venture on the carousel. It’s not that scary after all! She didn’t want the individual rides so we took this no-surprises family carriage and went on 3 rounds on it.

A carriage for the whole family!

A carriage for the whole family!

Treasure Hunter (Be prepared for long queuing hours)

We tried to take this ride as the queue was not as long as usual. But still took us about 1 hour of wait. The little one was tired and cranky halfway through and we left the diaper bag in the stroller outside the ride. The queue was starting to build up so I had no choice but to squeeze through the queue, climb over a fence and get that milk to stop her crankiness and squeeze through the same way back. Feels like a wierdo doing that but, there’s not much choice.

And so there she goes enjoying her milk while the Daddy meditates with aching arms hoping she’ll just finish it off fast. But that didn’t really happen. She fell asleep before finishing the milk and the Daddy has to carry her like this for another ย half hour or more! Mega sweat. I took over in the last 15minutes as hubby’s arms are really sore by then

Get ready the milk before queuing or risk squeezing back out to get it (like I did)

Get ready the milk before queuing or risk squeezing back out to get it (like I did)

Poor baby, so tired after the long wait. Not allowed to carry on lap too, hence the awkward sleep posture

 

Finally got on the ride, but was not allowed to carry. Must be seated on the ride with safety belt on. The ride was not that exciting after all, why all the precautions? So poor Nat had to sleep in this position through the ride.

Sesame Street show

The main purpose of us coming here is to watch the sesame street show. It’s a really lively performance by the favourite characters of Sesame Street with lots of songs and dance. The kids had a good time grooving to the music

Be here early to get the best seats in the house

Be here early to get the best seats in the house

After that comes the exciting photo taking time. There’s the kids waiting eagerly for Elmo to do a high-five with them.

Photo taking after the show

Photo taking after the show

You would also need to rush for the queue for photo taking as the characters wont’t stay long outside so you might just miss the chance

Mad rush to beat the q!

Mad rush to beat the q!

Hand Painting

It could be a girl thing but my girls really love a hand painting anytime. Flowers, sparkles, princesses, butterflies… welcome anytime. This station is located just outside the Chinese restaurant and cost about 10 – 30 SGD.

Very pleased customer

Very pleased customer

Get the paint tattoo.. it's more lasting than the normal hand paint

Get the paint tattoo.. it’s more lasting than the normal hand paint

 

Hard Rock Beach Pool

The attraction that you can’t miss while staying at RWS must be this beach pool. We would aim to reach here as soon as they open, to beat the heat. But it’s really hard to get the kids to go once they are here. So we could stay here all the way till lunch and get really tanned.

Remember to bring along all the sand play toys!

Remember to bring along all the sand play toys!

Hours of fun under the hot sun

Hours of fun under the hot sun

Nowadays Nic would sometimes request to go to ‘swimming pool with sand’. We know she’s referring to this beach pool so we are quite certain they had lots of fun and fond memories here. Maybe we should go to the beach instead. It’s almost exactly the same. ๐Ÿ™‚

 

 

Dora Pirate Adventures Live! RWS, Singapore

Just a quick review after watching Dora Live show with the kids at RWS, Singapore. Ticket price range from 38 SGD to 108 SGD and is held at Resorts World Singapore.

I was rather glad that I didn’t buy the tickets to watch it. I won the tickets from a lucky draw and came with a free photo pass with Dora. Best!

I have some thoughts about the show after watching and here’s it:

 

1. Simple stage set up and minimal props. No wow effect

How I wish it should be:

a. Have more set ups, more props, and design the stage to look more like a beach or sea. It’s rather bare now and we see mostly the black stage flooring.

Rather bare stage

Rather bare stage

 

b. Maybe have some cardboard waves or moving cloth waves to cover part of the ship so it looks like it’s sailing in the sea

Most impressive prop in the show

Most impressive prop in the show

c. The cartoon backdrop doesn’t work. My mind cannot integrate it with the cast. I just thought they are trying to show some random episode of the cartoon. Maybe a colourful cardboard backdrop will be more efficient.

The backdrop is a video screen showing the cartoon version trying to interact with the characters on stage. Need some imagination

The backdrop is a video screen showing the cartoon version trying to interact with the characters on stage. Need some imagination

d. Something like the one that Hi-5 did will make the show looks more fun and interesting

 

Hi-5 concert, Singapore 2013

Hi-5 concert, Singapore 2013

 

2. Not all songs were familiar even though my kids were great fans of Dora, or maybe we didn’t really watch this episode of Dora series.

 

3. The character mascots didn’t really look like the cartoon version so no wow effect as well

How I wish it should be: The cast looked too stiff and plastic. Maybe could make the hair into wool hair strands that would swish along with the characters as they dance.

 

4. The ushers were over enthusiastic in stopping every single person taking any sorts of photos, with or without flash. I was asked to stop taking photo even when I was just shooting my kids. Not even shooting at the stage. Her reason was that I would distract the performers. (Oh really?)

How I wish it should be:

The announcement only said no Flash photography and videoing. Why am I disallowed to take photos without flash? (Above photos are taken with extreme caution with the phone camera set to the dimmest lighting, for fear of attracting the ushers and distracting the performers)

Flying bubbles are great, but the usherers have to spoil the moment by stopping everyone from taking photos

Flying bubbles are great, but the usherers have to spoil the moment by stopping everyone from taking photos

5. The flying bubbles were fantastic but no photos allowed as well? Why? And it was kind of a distraction as the whole theatre of kids went crazy chasing after the bubbles and poor Dora and gang were still trying to stage the show in the meantime.

 

6. Why did only Dora turn up for the photo taking session? Nic was asking how come only Dora?

How I wish it should be: The whole cast to be present! Of course! ๐Ÿ™‚

 

Nat almost fell asleep half way through ( she missed her nap coming for this show) but managed to stay awake through the ending. Maybe they were not engaging enough, although they do have some interactions, like asking the kids to wave their flags and asking where’s Swiper the Fox. Comparing to the Hi-5 concert we went previously, they do need some more improvements in terms of theming the stage and props and designing the performance contents as a whole.

Nevertheless, the kids had a great time but were really cranky and tired after the show.

Cool De Sac, Suntec City, Singapore

We checked out the cool new play gym in town that is starting to get everyone raving about – Cool De Sac at Suntec City, Tower 5. The Facebook page looked really impressive so I was quite eager to bring the kids there.

The concept is supposed to please both the parents and the kids with good food and plenty of fun. But the coolest thing about this place was the unlimited play time, even for weekdays! Try to beat that, other play gyms! The price on weekend is 10 SGD for kids below 3 and 26 SGD for kids above 3 and it’s cheaper on weekdays.

The place was splashed in vibrant colours and screaming FUN from the entrance all the way through. It’s considered huge and no wonder it’s unlimited. We couldn’t finish everything in 2 hours. Ended up with 3.5 hours in there! The kids simply refused to leave. Argh.

The whole place is well organised into various sections with different play themes.

Art and Craft

There’s a section for art and crafts where you can help yourself to the materials like crayons, colour pencils, papers, glue, coloured tissue papers and even pattern scissors etc. The glue were all finished up when we were making our crafts, so was quite a pity that they didn’t refill it for the day. There wasn’t any template to follow so the kids needed some guidance to start off what they can do with the materials.

 

Art and craft area

Art and craft area

Only the big one interested. Small one not keen at all

Only the big one interested. Small one not keen at all

Help yourself to the buffet materials, no additional cost

Help yourself to the buffet materials, no additional cost

Free flow of paper too

Free flow of paper too

Blocks

Then there’s this section with plenty of Lego blocks, which, oddly, was rather empty. Either most of the kids were more impressed by Legoland or they couldn’t afford to stay there to build blocks while other kids were zipping around or whooshing down the slides, squealing with excitement.

Double sided figurine. 1 side of lego board, 1 side of chalkboard

Double sided figurine. 1 side of lego board, 1 side of chalkboard

Just like Legoland. Impressive collection of legos organised by colours

Just like Legoland. Impressive collection of legos organised by colours

The side with the lego board

The side with the lego board

 

Dress up

Then there’s this section on dress up for kids to put on various costumes, get a tattoo or face/hand painting before you go on stage and have a photo. If the kid can perform, I guess they can do so too, unless there are many kids waiting to go on stage. The artists doing the paint work were quite good and they make effort to get the details in, so be prepared to queue a little.

Queuing up for hand painting

Queuing up for hand painting

The artist at work

The artist at work

Elsa lookalike princess

Elsa lookalike princess

Olaf

Olaf

The costumes were in a mess when we were there, but there’s someone packing up readily. But there’s weren’t much to choose from. Probably all taken up.

Choosing some costumes from the dress up area

Choosing some costumes from the dress up area

Not many choices left

Not many choices left

On stage!

On stage!

 

Babies and Toddlers

Tucked at the other end of the gym is an area dedicated for the infants and toddlers. It’s a nice cosy area where, if the big rough kids are engrossed somewhere else, they won’t come over here to terrify the little babies. But there is a party room over here so there might still be quite a crowd around this area. I peeped into the party room and gosh, it’s big!

Big kid at toddler area

Big kid at toddler area

Mini slide is equally fun for the big kid

Mini slide is equally fun for the big kid

Open area for party guests near the toddler area

Open area for party guests near the toddler area

Assorted toys that the infants help themselves to chewing away. :P

Assorted toys that the infants help themselves to chewing away. ๐Ÿ˜›

Ball pit

Ball pit never fails to please

Nearby this toddler area is the cafe with table and chairs placed strategically so that the parents can keep an eye on their crawling infants or beginner walker toddlers. They even have wii and xbox 360 games nearby this area, probably to entertain the bored parents? And the older kids who were into gaming. Thoughtful!

Rainbow slides

 

Swooshing down the slippery slide at top speed

Swooshing down the slippery slide at top speed

The obstacle course to get to the top of the slide

The obstacle course to get to the top of the slide

The rainbow slides must have gotten most of the kids going crazy and sweating buckets. To get to the top, you would have to get climb through the structures. Nat was kind of stucked halfway through because she was not tall enough. She watched many kids go by without problem and observed how they did it. Finally she saw another short boy like her get up using the wall for support. She happily followed his way and got right up to the top all by herself. The daddy was so proud of her when he saw.

Tree House and Free Play Area

Finally, this must have been my favourite part of the place. The tree house and an open space for free play.

There is a big open space with fake grass carpet that allows free play for the kids. It’s fun just running around and screaming off your heads here.

Tunnels and hoops. Up to your imagination

Tunnels and hoops. Up to your imagination

The tree house is lots of fun as there are various ways to get up and get down from it. The kids get to explore their motor skills here

Rope ladder to tree house - No problem

Rope ladder to tree house – No problem

The seemingly scary rope bridge to train their balancing skills. Nat sped past it like nothing and was soon jumping about on it and terrorising other kids like her sister. ๐Ÿ˜›

The little sister demonstrating how to cross the rope bridge

The little sister demonstrating how to cross the rope bridge

Then there’s this retro looking tyre swing that the big one is very interested in

Tyre swing is more suitable for me!

Tyre swing is more suitable for me!

She even attempted the flying fox! First few tries with the help of the friendly big brother and sister staff there and finally by her own. Mummy is proud of her too!

Flying Fox!

Flying Fox!

I was really impressed when the staffs started to come in and entertain the kids! Just like a big party. My girls had so much fun here with this big sister they wouldn’t leave the place. The mummy and daddy were getting bored by the side just watching but were quite relieved we could just sit back and relax too! They also made a few friends here, playing catching, telling me they made new friends etc.

At the other side, some other staffs were entertaining the party kiddy guests with catching and self invented games and causing roars of laughter. I was suspicious that these teens could do a good job at a kiddy play gym. Thought they would probably be pissed off by the noise, by the rough play and all but no! They were real pros! Kudos to these teen brothers and sisters for doing a good job and display absolute professionalism!

Staff entertaining the kids like a big party

Staff entertaining the kids like a big party

Food breaks

The entry fee is for unlimited playtime, hence if you need a break for some food, you could either leave the place to eat somewhere else, come back and continue to play or just eat in the cafe inside. I didn’t explore much on the food as the kids can’t wait to get back out to play, so we had to finish the food fast. We ordered the all-time favourite chicken nuggets with fries. The fries were great. The apple juice was expensive at $4.90 a cup and it tasted just like canned apple juice.

Chicken nuggets

Chicken nuggets

Nic now remembers this place as Suntec City and I’m sure she’ll request to go back at anytime. If only she’s as good at remembering her chinese characters as that!

P.S.

Forgot to mention the lockers. They have big spacious lockers for you to put all your stuff in. The only thing is that you would have to provide your own lock. Locks are not provided.

Also, my hubby mentioned that the rate for below 3 years old is 13 SGD, not 10 SGD

There is currently a promotion for AMEX cards. 15% off! How cool is that! Promotion end in December 2014.