With the June holidays just around the corner, we’re already planning a packed schedule to keep the little ones entertained (when they’re not busy with summer camps, that is). Too busy with work or errands to plan quality time with the kiddos? We’ve got your back! Hunting down cool things to do in sunny Singapore may be an effortless task, but finding fun child-friendly activities after hours can be tough – until we discovered that Changi Airport is secretly a late-night kids’ paradise!
Zip down a 4-storey tall slide!
It may be close to bedtime, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bend the rules for some fun! Whizz down Singapore’s tallest slide at T3 – this ride is said to launch thrill-seekers off at speeds of up to six metres per second. The best part? You just have to spend $10 at Changi Airport to get one complimentary ride. And fun doesn’t stop at the end of the slide, with a playground next to it at B2!
Terminal 3 Arrival Hall and Basement Level 2, 12pm to 10.30pm daily.
Be enthralled by a Nordic wonderland
Singapore in June (or any other month, really) may be blazing hot, but the kids can cool off at Changi Airport’s special June holidays event which combines a snowy paradise and beloved Sanrio characters – think My Melody, Pompompurin, Cinnamoroll and more! Immerse yourself and the kids in the Nordic world with elaborate installations and exhibitions, build a snowman in the Snow Fun House by Snow City, shop for Nordic-themed Sanrio merchandise and even get to meet and greet the adorable characters themselves!
Nordic Adventures with Sanrio Characters, 26 May-26 June, 12pm-11pm, Departure Hall, Terminal 3. More details here.
Get creative at an interactive art station
Besides thrilling rides, your kids can unleash their creative side at the art rubbing stations around the airport. The little ones can lay paper over the woodblocks, each with a different design, and rub over it with crayons to create imprints featuring icons inspired by Singaporean culture, including Changi Airport itself! Crayons and paper are provided, so there’s no need to lug along stationery from home.
Terminal 1 Level 3 and Terminal 3 Basement Level 2, 24 hours.
Learn all about aviation and watch planes in action
Whether your child’s an aviation buff or not, this fascinating exhibit will enthrall them for sure. Check out 50 fun facts about the airport at the Changi Aviation Gallery, complete with two model airplane displays. The exhibition is also located right next to the airport’s huge viewing windows, so the kids can observe aircraft landing and taking off against the night sky.
Terminal 3 Level 4, 6am to 12am daily.
Shop ‘til you drop
This one’s for the shopaholics (and budding fashionistas!). With several children’s stores in Changi Airport staying open till late daily, you and the kids can indulge in some retail therapy anytime. Grab a cute gift at Mini Toons, treat the munchkins to a new toy from Kidztime!, or pick up a new outfit for the lil’ ones at Avenue Kids. Psst… Changi Rewards members, redeem a pair of SEA Aquarium tickets (worth $68) when you spend $240 and above with Mastercard during late night hours. Find out more here.
Mini Toons, Basement 2, Terminal 3, 10am to 11pm daily; Kidztime!, Basement 2, Terminal 3, 10am to 11pm daily; Avenue Kids, Level 2, Terminal 2, 7am to 11pm daily.
Enjoy all the kid-friendly treats
After all that fun, recharge with a satisfying dinner at one of the many restaurants at Changi Airport. If we had to choose, our top two picks have got to be O’ Coffee Club and Swensen’s, where kids dine for free! At O’Coffee Club, tuck into hearty plates like baked rice and pasta, while the lil’ ones will be served child-sized portions of mac & cheese or bangers and mash. Want a sweet treat? Then bring the fam to Swensen’s for some mouthwatering sundaes!
O’ Coffee Club, Level 2, Departure Hall, Terminal 3, 24 hours; Swensen’s, Mezzanine Level, Arrival Hall, Terminal 2, 24 hours.
This post is sponsored by Changi Airport.