JavaScript Programming for Kids?

Teaching kids how to do coding has recently become quite popular here in Singapore. I checked out some of those classes that aim to teach children how to code. Most classes are either robotics or uses the Scratch platform. I checked out the Scratch website and attempted to learn programming via their method but did not understand nor how to code without using the website. If you have done flash animation before, it feels more like that than doing coding. Drag and drop pre-configured motion action, logic for the various conditions that you want to animate the otherwise motionless still-image sprite.

Then I found this book, again from our friendly National Library  , I’m a JavaScript Games Maker: Basic by Max Wainewright. Now we are looking at programming.

So I got inspired to write a post on how to get kids started on some Javascript basics and also do a simple program to get started. My girl tried out the book and only just the “Hello World” basic script got her beaming with pride that she got her first coding program working. She went on to try another sample program with a real working game, encountered some bugs, and got our help to resolve it. And she proudly declares that she made her very first game. And she got her sister interested to learn as well.

To get started, we need 

  1. A computer (Desktop, Laptop, Macbook etc)
  2. Any browser (Chrome, Safari, Microsoft Edge etc)
  3. A text editor App (see recommendation below)

For the text editor, any computer should come with a default text editor, for example NotePad on Windows or TextEditor on Mac. Although the basic editor works as well, but using applications built for coding would make the task much easier. You would have less chance for bugs in the program due typo error because a suitable text editor will provide suggestions to help you autocomplete your code.

‘Bugs’ in programming refers to errors in the code that make the code not to work as you expect. The ‘bug’ could be due to

Typo error – you spelt some keyword wrongly

Logic error – no typo error code works but not the way you wanted it. For example, you wanted your animation to move left upon click but it moved right.

Keyword – there are many different programming languages. Each language have their own keyword for you to use to build your code. They usually have lots of documentation, official and non official, to explain the keywords and even the ready made functions (similar to excel functions) that you can use to build your code logic.

Back to the text editor recommendation.

Here’s some suggestions and screenshots using different editors

1. Notepad

Notepad should be familiar to anyone who uses Windows. It’s good enough to use for taking down and storing some notes but definitely not good enough for coding.

Using the basic Notepad application in Windows looks like this. All black texts, no autocompletion of key words

2. Notepad++ (Download here)

The Notepad++ is a free software, downloadable for Windows. Just navigate to their site and hit the big Download button to install. Using Notepad++ looks better than using Notepad but you would still need to type everything out yourself.

No auto-completion of keywords but keywords such as would automatically be changed to blue colour font, so you know that’s a keyword in Javascript

3. Visual Studio Code (Download here)

For those familiar with Microsoft Visual Studio, no, this is not the same as that. Visual Studio Code is also developed by Microsoft but is a freeware that can be downloaded at no cost. In the book, the author recommended Sublime but on the website it indicated that a licence is required for continued use (which means you need to buy) so I would prefer Visual Studio Code instead. Both applications can be downloaded for both Windows or Mac. Firstly, you just need to type a few words and the Visual Studio Code would list out some suggestions for you so that you only need to select the option that you want. And the fonts are colour coded, so you know which are the keywords.

Auto-complete suggestions with some explanation notes on each option to help to understand how to use the keyword

Now we can start our very first program! The first basic program, basically just pops up a “Hello World” message when you open the file in a browser.

Open your text editor and type in the words, unless you use Visual Studio Code, you might not need to type in everything.


    alert (“Hello World”)

Save the file somewhere. Click the File button at the top of the editor and select Save. Enter the filename as Hello.html. Go to the folder where you save your file. In windows, the default should be in My Documents (full path should look something like this “c:\users\<your username>\Documents”. In Mac, the default document folder should be in Documents. Open the Finder. Select Documents folder. You should see the file Hello.html.

Double click on the file. It should open up in your default browser and look something like this.

Every programmer’s first Hello World program 🙂

Although we are using javascript to code, but we actually saved the file as “.html” so the system would automatically open the file in a browser and execute the codes. But we had actually written some HTML as well as JavaScript codes. The keywords and are actually HTML codes. HTML code can be easily identified as they start with a ‘<‘ and ends with a ‘>’ symbol. The actual Javascript code is only this line “alert(“Hello World”)“. The “alert(…)” with the open bracket and close bracket is a function in Javascript that performs the displays that pop up box when you open the file in the browser. Everything inside the brackets, enclosed with open and close inverted commas “” can be any words that you want to show in that pop up box. In this case, Hello World. You can now try to change the Hello World text to anything else like Hello Me, My first Javascript etc and see the different messages pop up.

So there we have, the very first JavaScript programming for kids! I will try to do up another one for the actual game script that was described in the book. It’s quite fun to build and later play the game that you built on your own. So do check back here another day for the post!

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Tongue Twisters for Road Trips

Just as I finished compiling a list of car ride jokes, I bumped into this book at the National Library. A book on tongue twisters. Sounds good for a road trip too!

I extracted 20 of them from the book to store here for future reference.

Here’s the downloadable version

Tongue Twisters for Road Trips

  • 1. How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
  • 2. Ann anteater ate Andy Alligator’s apples, so angry Andy Alligator ate Ann Anteater’s ants.
  • 3. How high would a housefly fly if a housefly would fly high?
  • 4. Each Easter Eddie eats eighty Easter eggs
  • 5. Which is the witch that wished the wicked wish
  • 6. Santa’s sleigh slides on slick snow
  • 7. Shy Sheila shakes soft shimmering silks
  • 8. Sarah saw a sash shop full of showy shiny sashes
  • 9. Sly Sam slurps Sally’s soup
  • 10. He threw three free throws
  • 11. The boy blinked at the blank bank blackboard
  • 12. There’s no need to light a night-light on a light night like tonight. For a night-light’s just a slight light on a light night like tonight
  • 13. Blake the baker bakes black bread
  • 14. Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers. A peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked. If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, how many pickled peppers did Peter Piper picked?
  • 15. Betty Botter bought a bit of butter. “But,” said she, “this butter’s bitter. If I put it in my batter, it will make my batter bitter. But a bit of better butter that would make my batter better.” So Betty Botter bought a bit of better butter, and she put it in her bitter batter and made her bitter batter a bit better
  • 16. We surely shall see the sun shine soon
  • 17. Betty and Bob brought back blue balloons from the big bazaar.
  • 18. Sam’s shop stocks short, spotted socks
  • 19. Mrs Smith’s fish sauce shop
  • 20. Old oily Ollie oils old oily autos.
  • Extracted from Tongue Twisters by Pam Rosenberg

    Jokes for Road Trips

    It’s the school holidays! Time for vacation! Every time we go on trips, we tend to have lots of time spent on the road, getting from one place to another. I will then always prepare some activities to entertain the kids on long car rides. And when my activities run out, they will whip out the iPads at the very first opportunity.

    Here’s what I prepared previously:

    1. Storybooks

    2. Random toys in a bag

    3. LEGOs

    4. Small balls

    5. DIY busy book (took me lots of time and effort to make)

    DIY busy book because I could not find any suitable ones outside

    6. Cardboard boxes, paper strips and Pom poms (for the baby then who gets fascinated over boxes)

    Made from toilet roll and diy Pom Pom with yarn. Can discard after the trip if the condition degrades 😂

    7. Hand puppets

    Hanged the toy with pacifier clip and a rubber band so it’s stretchy

    8. Cars

    The thing with legos and balls are that they tend to drop again and again all over the car and I would have to pick them up again and again. Duh!

    Busy books were good as I made sure I had different types of activities packed in, like mazes, writing sheets, magnetic paper doll set, various worksheets for academic skills, stickers, and thread with paper punched with holes for threading and learning how to tie shoe laces.

    The downside was that once it gets dark, all these activities aren’t appropriate anymore. Then they will spend the rest of the ride on gadgets. With bright lights and everything.. duh again.

    I’ve tried to think of something that they could do during those night car rides but couldn’t get any good ideas.

    Then this idea came to me. We can’t see well in the dark but we could talk. But talk about what? They could easily get turned off and go back to the gadgets. I finally thought of something that could entertain them for a while. We could do “I spy with my little eye…”. But it could be too dark outside to spy on anything at all.

    Finally, car ride jokes! That sounds like a potential idea. So I googled for some jokes and consolidated them here. Here’s a downloadable editable version if anyone is interested. Hope it can sustain for a while for at least some parts of the rides

    Jokes for road trip

    1. Where do sharks go on vacation?

    Finland!

    2. Where do sheep go on vacation?

    The Baaa-hamas!

    3. What do frogs like to drink on a hot summer’s day?

    Croak-a-Cola!

    4. How do rabbits get to their holiday destination?

    By hare-plane!

    5. What travels around the world but stays in one corner?

    A stamp!

    7. Where can you find an ocean without water?

    On a map!

    8. Where do cows like to go in the evenings?

    To the mooooo-vies!

    9. What did the one ocean say to the other ocean?

    Nothing, it just waved.

    10. What happens when you wear a watch on a plane?

    Time flies!

    11. Who can drive all their customers away and still make money?

    Taxi drivers.

    12. What do you say to a frog who needs a ride?

    Hop in

    13. Where do dogs park their cars?

    In the barking lot.

    14. What’s a car’s favorite meal?

    Brake-fast.

    15. Why did the old lady fall in the well?

    Because she couldn’t see that well

    16. What’s brown and sticky?

    A stick

    17. Which country has the most germs?

    Germany

    18. What did the tornado say to the sports car?

    Want to go for a spin?

    19. What part of the car is the laziest?

    The wheels, because they are always tired!

    20. What only starts to work after it’s fired?

    A rocket!

    21. What’s the worst vegetable to serve on a boat?

    Leeks!

    22, What happens when a frog parks in a no-parking space?

    It gets toad(towed) away!

    23. What do you call a sleeping bull?

    A bull-dozer!

    24. Why do you need a license for a dog but not for a cat?

    Cats can’t drive!

    25. What is the difference between a nicely-dressed man on a tricycle and a poorly dressed man on a bicycle?

    A tire (attire)

    New Tampines regional library at Tampines Hub

    Got a chance to swing by this latest, much talked-about and exciting library today and I can say that the standard of our libraries here have gone up a notch yet again. 

    The library is huge, that even walking from one end to the other feels far and there are five levels of it. Do we really need so many books? (Yes we do!)

    Level 2 layout

     

    Looking at the amenities they even have charging points and nursing room? Thumbs up!

    Pardon the reflection on the picture. I couldn’t find this layout on the NLB website so I took a picture from one of their digital directory guide in the library. 

    Starting from level 2, we can find all the books related to our every day lives. Be it sports, magazines, cooking, hobbies etc. I was busy admiring the displays and amenities on this floor than notice the range of books though.

    The one and only stationary bike cum reading table

     

    Firstly, the library faces the view of a large, inspiring soccer field. Then there is this one and only bicycle reading table that you can cycle and read a sports book at the same time and be inspired by the sportsmen out on the field ‘live’. It looks like there may be more of this bicycle though since there is some empty spaces here. 

    Nice singapore heritage display here

    Magazines section

     

    Then you see nice, uncovered displays over the usual magazine racks that makes the magazines look more interesting.

    Cooking studio under renovation

     

    Then you see this under renovation kitchen studio where cooking classes would be conducted and you’ll be inspired to grab some cooking books home just outside the studio. 

    Room for watching soccer together?

     

    And there is this big empty room with a huge screen showcasing our National day parade. Wow.

    Level 3 layout

     

    Going up to the 3rd level is Early Reader and Baby Books section. It’s kind of unexpected that they stationed this section here because they usually tuck this section down at basement level, far away from everyone because maybe it’s expected that this would be the noisiest section of all with all the excited toddlers and babies. For this case, I would expect the noise level to be higher than elsewhere because of this 

    Kids playground in a library?!

     

    Seriously? Do we really need a playground in a library? It seems unrelated to encouraging reading of any kind. The only good reason I could think of is for parents to have some time for books while the kids have fun just next door. But maybe the library has some other playground idea instead. It’s still empty for now so let wait and see. Could be really exciting if it’s a new concept playground! And hope the glass is sound proof!

    View of the empty playground from 1 level up

     

    I love the layout of books and shelves at this level.

    Tampines library has a huge collection of Chinese books and they are displayed along this stretch of road. Very visible and accessible. Could encourage kids to read more Chinese books

    Bird cage seats.. so nice! The walkway is mostly wide and stroller friendly

    Upon closer look the books didn’t look that new. Likely to be stock from the previous location

    Love the seats! Feel like grabbing some books and park there to read

    S

    Every book is displayed with cover facing out instead of stacked together with only the book spine facing out. Parents and kids and easily choose a book of interest (although mainly judging a book by its cover). But then again kids this age can’t really read yet so the picture on the cover says a thousand words. Brilliant! When I pick a picture book for my kids I also tend to look at the pictures and decide whether this book is suitable or not then pick it up and briefly read the contents to double confirm.

    Level 4 layout

    Fully utilized



    Level 4 is still for kids, but for Emerging Readers, juniors and teens. 

    For the teens section, the emphasis is more on spaces for group revision and discussion. The rows of tables can be seen to be filled with teens and their laptops and notes, studying for the exams. This place is definitely more conducive than camping on the floor at Changi Airport, if you can find a seat. Only thing is you can’t eat here and blast your music on your Bluetooth speaker.

    Finally for the adults, we have level 5 and 6 of books for us 

    Half filled shelves. Warm lighting strips conducive for reading

    Nice glass table!

     

    2 levels of compactly packed bookshelves seem too much for now as can be seen, they shelves are mostly half filled for now. Should be expecting lots of new books to fill in next time.

    The shelves here can be seen to be more closely packed on these 2 levels and some walkways only allow single file walking. There are still abundant proper tables and chairs and sofas for us though they are still all fully packed.


    The media section looks quite cool with monitor screens this huge. This library really has quite of fair bit of electronics.

    Outdoor garden to take a breather?

     

    Then we have this cool looking outdoor space which is closed for now but seems like a good idea for groups since the noise level is not so restricted. 

    Not sure if the crowd today is due to exam period or it’s going to be this crowded throughout the year, but I see that every single seat and sofa and table is taken up even though the place is huge

    Pokemon Research Exhibition at RWS

    And so we caught on the Pokemon Go bug and the kids were introduced to pokemons who had been around for sometime and now revived by the game. 

    We happened to be at Resorts World Sentosa Singapore over the weekend where the exhibition first opened, so we dropped by to take a look. The downside of this exhibition was that it was tied to the entrance tickets of the sea aquarium so you had to buy the tickets to both attractions.

    Quite empty on a Saturday morning

    First in queue on the first day


    What to expect

    We went there without reading up what was the exhibition about and had only some explanation by the staff there on what to do. 

    The exhibition was basically a simple game where visitors were given a pokeball (to be returned afterwards) and some clues for you to guess what Pokemon was inside the ball. No prizes for guessing right though and no penalty for guessing wrongly as well.

    Step 1: Pick a ball

    Different difficulty levels based on the ball type


    Each visitor gets to choose a ball and the level of difficulty is based on the type of ball. 

    We picked 2 normal pokeballs, 1 great ball and 1 ultraball. The pokemons to be discovered is not restricted to only the 144 from the Pokemon Go game. For the regular and difficult course, the range is there in the brochure distributed to you. For extra difficult, you need to guess from the full range of pokemons displayed on both sides of this wall!

    Didn’t know there were so many of them!


    Step 2: Choose only 4 out of 8 stations to get clues

    There are several stations to where you can get clues on what Pokemon you are having. Be careful which station you choose because the clue is very vague and disappears very fast if you didn’t take picture of it. Here’s some examples of how vague the clues were. 

    Silhouette shooter


    For this clue, you are given a few seconds to adjust the sharpness until you see this. You are only given 1 chance.

    Facial analyzer


    The worst clue. The facial features were so enlarged it’s almost impossible to tell, unless the Pokemon has a distinct colour or feature.

    Outline shooter


    The most tiring station. You are supposed to step repeated on the mat to generate enough power to get a good shadow of the Pokemon. The best is if you can hit the top of the energy bar on the right of the screen. *Tip: get 2 people and each stand on 1 mat. 

    First try – not enough energy

    2nd try – with 2 people stepping at the same time

    Appearance analyzer


    The best clue in our opinion. Straight forward and fuss free. The only trick is that you can only choose 2 descriptions out of 4.

    The other stations like footprint collector, height and weight gauge, you probably find it useful only after you are more or less confirmed of your Pokemon, then you do a google search on their statistics to match. Another station is the cry analyzer which is least likely to help unless you know how each Pokemon cry?

    After you finish your 4 stations, it’s time to check your answer.

    Who is the Pokemon?


    And the answer is simply given without letting you a chance to put in your guess..

    The next highlight of the exhibition? Meet pikachu!

    Too bad only got pikachu


    We didn’t find the exhibition to be that fantastic and not sure why they didn’t go to other countries until now but kids had some fun and even requested to go back! Please consider showcasing somewhere outside the S.E.A Aquarium!

    Show info from the RWS website

    http://www.rwsentosa.com/Homepage/Attractions/SEAAquarium/Pokemon

    Kidzania Singapore!

    We braved the crowd and tried out this place.. Finally! The result? Bang head and cry out loud.. Major fail. 

    We made it to the ticketing queue just 15 minutes past the opening hour of 10am on a weekday but school holiday for the primary school kids due to the PSLE oral examination. We started to feel the panic mode the moment we were near the building when we start to see people running towards the building. I managed 1 photo with Nic while hubby rushed to the ticket queue with Nat.

    Peace before the chaos


    The queue was expectedly long and we got to know that even if you bought the tickets online, you would still need to go through this snaking queue until you are almost at the counter and the staff will direct you out of the queue to the entrance. 1 mummy tried to break the queue to enquire but grumpily joined back the queue after being rejected by the staff as she was still far away from the counter. What’s the purpose of buying tickets online then? Strange logic.

    Snaking queue under the aeroplane at 15minutes past 10am


    We queued for around 40 minutes. According to the staff, this queue is actually not too bad. The record was 2.5hours! Ok if your kid is super patient or if you are used to this queuing time for other hypes like getting cheese tarts or getting a hello kitty from McDonald’s. >.<

    And we finally made it in. It looked surprisingly empty at the first floor when we first entered.

    Feeling chilled about the whole thing

    Checking out the place

    Panaromic view of level 1


    To our horror, real horror I mean, if you don’t already know how exorbitant  were the entrance fees, BOTH kids complained of tummyache and said they weren’t keen of playing any of these roles! *Bang head and roll on the floor crying.


    Ok in the end we managed to get Nic to try out 1 job. She was like turning green with tummyache but we asked if she was ok to go and she said ya she could try. So here’s photos for that 1 job that we did. Everyone was trying to queue for that hot cabin crew or firefighter job so there was not really any queue at this station

    Briefing for the medics


    Nat couldn’t join as they were already full. And she refused to go for any other jobs.

    On the way to help a patient

    The doctor

    Taking notes

    The pay – 8 kidzzos dollars


    And that’s all we did for the day.. Major boo-hoo.. 

    While Nic was at the hospital stop, I brought baby and Nat to the nursing room. Nat happily watched the iPad while waiting for baby to nurse.

    Brightly lit nursing room tucked at 1 corner

    Enjoying the peace here

    Only 1 room here


    The nursing room was nice and quiet and equipped with a basin. But it did not have any power socket in case you need to plug in to pump milk

    Nappy changing area


    There’s a nappy changing area outside the room with a sofa. Nat had some rest at the sofa while waiting for us. 

    Then we came across this empty area that is specially catered for toddlers 3 years old and below. My girls were more interested in these places than the jobs.. Lazy girls!

    Toddlers playroom

    Ball pit. (Not very sure is the toilet bow there for use or not)

    Toys area

    Pretend play kitchen

    Bouncy bed!


    So if you have very young kids you could bring them along for their own fun too. 

    They also have an art and craft cum music room for the toddlers, which the staff kindly let our big girls in as we told them about our situation 

    Kiddy craft room, parents allowed

    Happier inside here (read: wasting our $$)

    Selection of toys

    Parents can rest here


    Next comes lunch. While most of the kids had their lunches in their queues, and the parents at the resting area, we had our lunch at the proper resting area together. Since nobody was queuing. The KFC had the longest queue. Might be advisable to bring your own lunch. I saw some kids eating their homemade bentos, definitely better than the unbelievably overpriced food there.

    Conclusion and pointers

    1. Make sure your kids are in good mood or understand the idea of it and are willing to queue to experience the jobs.

    2. Go early to queue and hit the hottest job the first thing because that’s the only time it’s going to be least waiting time

    3. Bring your own easy-to-in-the-queue lunch.

    4. Check for promotions on the website before buying tickets. For this trip, we made use of the August promotion price that is only applicable for walk-ins. It’s even cheaper than buying tickets online. 

    5. Activate your kidzania debit card as early as possible. The bank (where the kids need to personally queue to activate the card) is always super crowded and parents were not allowed to queue in place. There are 30 Kidzos in the card and only effective if you activate on the day itself. 

    6. As a rough guide, the cheapest item you could get is around 100 Kidzos for a small hair clip. We left empty handed because the kids couldn’t wait that long to activate the card.

    7. 1 staff told us that it’s usually quieter on weekdays afternoons, so you might like to try that timing although you only have got half a day left, but hopefully more fruitful.

    Kids first debit card


    And finally, this is the situation of the queue when we left in the afternoon.


    We probably wouldn’t come here again, unless the kids requested. 

    Splash @ Kidz Amaze Punggol Safra Review

    Finally, after seeing so many posts on this much raved indoor water playground, we brought the kids here to check it out.

    The kids were thrilled to learn that they were going to a water playground and that’s indoors! Means not too hot, regardless of weather, the plan will proceed. 

    So we visited it on a Friday afternoon where it happens that both kids had the afternoon off from school. We were not brave enough to try on weekends yet.  And so the crowd seems manageable.

    The main play area for bigger kids where there’s natural sunlight coming in

    Play area for smaller kids with a water depth of 0.3m and antislip play structures


    The Play Area

    The first impression after we went in was “what? That’s it?”. But looking back at the entrance fee again, 28SGD(member price) for family of 4 for unlimited hours, rem, ok, it’s not that bad. But we probably can’t sustain for too long in here.

    The kids didn’t seem particularly excited but of course they wouldn’t mind just splashing in for a couple of hours playing the same thing over and over again.

    Stucked at this green slide for half the time


    There were 2 open slides, 1 green wide and long slide, 1 blue narrow and short slide, 1 short tunnel slide and long tunnel slide.

    Nic took the short tunnel slide and claims that its so fast, she hit her gums. She didn’t go for it again after this.

    Short but fast tunnel slide


    Mini slide with antislip flooring for small kids


    It opens until 9pm on peak periods like Friday – Sunday, public and school holidays. 

    Night view with changing lights


    When I first read about this indoor water playground, I had the idea that it would be enclosed with no sunlight and no fresh air. Would the place end up with germs and viruses since its enclosed? But after seeing it for ourselves, it’s kind of nice to know that they had allowed natural sunlight and fresh air to flow in the design of this playground. 

    Tentage type of rooftop with lots of free spaces to allow fresh air to flow in


    You would be able to hear the sound of the splashing water and the kids as soon as you walk into building from the carpark and that’s enough the get the kids all hyped up. 

    The staff here were not that particular with dress code. I saw some parents in singlets and exercise shorts getting wet and they were not disallows entry by the staff, unlike at POLW where dress code is strict.

    Facilites

    Next, is the facilities here. 
    As similar to the Kidz Amaze at Toa Payoh Safra, there’s no food or drinks being sold here but they did not stop people from buying in and eating and drinking inside. 

    There were 2 types (big and small) of lockers available for rent here at surprisingly expensive rate of 6SGD for the big one and 4SGD for the small one. Maybe it’s because of the low entrance fee rate? I remember that POLW at Palawan Beach, Sentosa beach had free lockers. Why is Kidz Amaze charging so much?

    2 types of lockers available at surprisingly expensive rates

    Only by cash payment and no change given, unlike the lockers at Sentosa Cove where payment mode includes payment by various kinds of cards


    They had adopted the idea that I like quite a lot from POLW. 2 level door for all the shower rooms and toilets! Look at this cute kiddy toilet!

    Kiddy WC for kids to use the toilet themselves but viewable by parents from outside in case they need help


    They didn’t have kiddy basins though the ones they had was not too high and some kids should have no problem reaching.

    Basin area


    This is where you can park your strollers.

    Pram parking Area


    The shower room is equipped with hot water and has around 8 shower cubicles. Not sure would there be a long queue on crowded days but it was quite empty.

    Showe cubicles with 1 long bench just outside for waiting and changing


    Party Rooms

    And of course, all indoor playgrounds would not miss out on party rooms for kids to celebrate birthdays there.

    There were quite a number of rooms here and they looked spacious with spacious front area for guests to hang around and monitor their kids at the play area. The toilet is at the left most side of this photo and there is a party room at the right most side. If you take this room, you will need to walk the furthest distance to the toilet.

    Quite a number of party rooms surrounding the toddler area


    For the Parents

    I strongly encourage parents to just get changed and get wet with the kids in the pool while waiting instead of hanging out around and trying to stay dry. Although it’s not sunny in here but the temperature and the humidity here makes you feel like you are having a steam bath fully clothed. I read that the water temperature here is regulated which means you will not get icy cold water at any time of the day, any day of the year. That probably explains the atmospheric temperature here. You will probably feel cooler waiting in the water. *Sweat… 


    Another strong factor why you should go into the pool, look at the waiting area for parents. Hard, backless, uncomfortable and limited benches around the pool for parents trying to stay dry. But they are totally uncomfortable and there are no tables for you to do some work or eat your food while waiting. I can imagine on crowded days most people would be leaving their belongings on the ground instead. 

    In conclusion, I feel that Splash@Kidz Amaze is more suitable for younger kids, which probably is a large number in Punggol, while bigger kids or kids who can swim, might get bored after a while. It’s a good idea to be indoor so we can come here rain or shine, but probably not so often as the kids get exposed to more fun places like Adventure Cove and Wild Wild Wet. 

    Click here for the ticket prices and directions.