We’ve been busy checking out the new Our Tampines Hub, where we found one of our favourite libraries, some cool indoor activities for kids and a huge sports field! If you haven’t hit the Hub yet, here are five reasons why you should be heading over, stat!
1. Food glorious food
Top-notch food at affordable prices is what the huge array of eateries here is all about. We’re especially loving the 800-seater Hawker Centre serving up our fave local dishes 24 hours a day! There are familiar old favourites including Pizza Hut, Starbucks and Toast Box, as well as some pretty neat looking cafes such as Common Ground, serving up pasta, sandwiches and salads. Stop by Out of the Cake Box for a sweet treat – you’ll find unique flavours including mango sticky rice and chendol.
2. Catch a free movie!
We always look forward to the latest blockbuster movies, but getting to the cinema with the kids in tow isn’t always easy. Which is why Festival Plaza at Our Tampines Hub is our new go-to place for a fun family film – it’s free and with plenty of space to run around if (when) the kids get bored, you won’t be feeling hard done by over a wasted ticket price! Also look out for the regular live performances, competitions and sports activities.
3. Bring your bookworms to the library
It’s no secret that the old Tampines Regional Library used to have a big place in our weekly schedule with the kiddos, and we were more than a little bereft when the doors closed on that reading train… But we are SO pleased to report that the newer, bigger, bolder version is a big hit for the whole famalam. This place is ENORMOUS! Free up a few hours to spend exploring the five floors of books, audio and visual materials, magazines and more! There’s also a cooking studio, PIXEL labs, regular storytelling sessions, exhibitions and guided tours. Alas, the full-sized train has retired, but there’s more than enough going on to make up for the locomotive’s absence.
4. Cool off with water play
A brand new water playground and rooftop swimming pool where the whole family can cool off from just 80c per person? If that’s not value for money, we don’t know what is. There’s also a gym in the same location, which will set you back a tiny bit more, from just $1.50 a session! Keeping fit just got ridiculously cheaper and easier.
5. Go climbing – and then try a laser challenge
We already tried out and reviewed this indoor play addition to the Tampines area, and with its 19 themed climbing walls, Clip ‘n’ Climb is an action-packed climbing theme park that is suitable for wannabe Spideys of all ages (minimum weight is 10kg). Once you’ve scaled the lofty heights of the walls, you’ll also find a fun-packed laser tag activity which will give the kids the perfect chance to fight their battles without you having to get too involved…
While most of the Hub is now up and running, there’s still more to come. We hear rumours of a bowling alley, eco-garden, karaoke suite, theatre, and sports stadium! Hit the Hub, people!
Lead image: Tracy Tristram
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