Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Wordless Wednesday {linky}: Singapore Playgrounds - Pororo Theme Park, Marina Square | Week 43

Where is this week's playground?
Marina Square #02-29, 6 Raffles Boulevard

FUN Factor?
7.5/10. Singapore's first & largest character-themed
edutainment indoor playground! Just opened in Nov 2015.
There are 9 play zones including a jungle gym, carpeted mini theatre,
classroom for crafts & workshops, ball pit, toddler play areas,
replica of Pororo's house etc.
Suitable for kids aged 2 - 8.

The indoor theme park appeals mainly to toddlers and young kids like Lil Pumpkin, but it can be fun for adults too as they are allowed in all the play zones, except to Pororo Express - the train ride that's only for kids who are able to sit by themselves for at least 5 mins {see video of train ride below}.

At 11,000 sqf {about 12.5 badminton courts}, Pororo Park can get pretty cramped especially on a Saturday when we went. It seems rather small with all the people & attractions packed close to one another but of course when it comes to play, size doesn't matter for the kiddos.

Despite the crowd, Lil Pumpkin still managed to experience all the play zones, watch a Magic Show and even sit on Pororo Express... thrice!

There are mini musicals and live shows in Tong Tong's Little Theatre at specific times of the day, on first-come-first serve basis so I suggest you arrive at the entrance 10 mins before the shows start.

At other times, Pororo cartoons are shown and you can still enter the theatre to take a rest from the playful "chaos" outside.

There are two classrooms {Petty's Room & Eddy's Room} where educational and reading classes conducted by instructors from MindChamps are regularly held. However, there doesn't seem to be many held in a day and we didn't get to attend any at all since we arrived around 5pm.

When no classes are held, kids can just go in to colour. Perhaps the space could be put to better use if another ride was installed.

After all, Pororo Express is a HUGE hit and such a shame to only have one ride inside a theme park! Watch Lil Pumpkin sitting excitedly on the ride in the video above. If it's not working, watch it on my YouTube channel here.

Loopy's Cafe sells everything from hot coffee, to cold smoothies, to muffins and full set meals. Prices for beverages start from S$2.90, desserts from S$3, pastries from S$2, adult meals from S$8.80 and kids set meals {includes mixed fruit & Pororo bottled drink} from S$9.80.

Unfortunately, I didn't spot any cute Pororo-themed food!! (>∀<) Do note that admission is by per entry basis i.e. you can't leave half-way to go out and eat, then return. Guests are required to settle the payment before leaving the Park. If returning later, normal admission fees apply.

No outside food and drinks are allowed to be brought into the premise with the exception of baby formula. There are toilets and a nursing room inside Pororo Park.

There are no character meet-and-greets either but with the confined space, I think there would be stampede if Pororo & friends walked around haha. There are lots of photo opportunities with Pororo & friends statues around the theme park though.

Almost as good as the real thing :P

After you exit, you can shop at Rody's Toy Store to bring home a memento of your Pororo experience. This area is accessible to the public as well.

Prices for souvenirs are pretty reasonable for a theme park e.g. compartmentalised kiddy melamine plate {S$7.80}, Pororo obento box {S$7.20}, plush toys {S$24.30}, stationary set {S$18.80}, school bags {S$33.20}.

Socks are required for all visitors, including the adults, at all times. Remember to bring your own socks, or you can purchase them for S$3.50/pair {adults & kids size} from Pororo Park as well .

Pororo Park Singapore, Marina Square
Opening hours: 10.30am - 8.00pm {Sun - Thu}, 10.30am - 9.00pm {Fri & Sat}
Admission fees: See below. Admission is for 2 hrs playtime, additional playtime charges apply.
Tel: 6250 9700

Play is important for children to learn, grow and discover the world we live in.
As we visit as many fun, nostalgic and even quirky playgrounds as we can this year,
I hope to inspire you to make play an even bigger part of your kids' lives and
explore much more of our beautiful Singapore!

This photo is part of the 52 Weeks Singapore Playgrounds series.


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Create With Joy said...

Happy New Year to you!

stevebethere said...

Loved these fun photos made me giggle heheh!

Happy New Year and all the best for 2016 :-)

Dominique Goh said...

Seems like a really fun place for younger kids.
Happy 2016

An Apel a Day said...

The characters are so cute! I love the mini bath tub!

Small Kucing said...

Makes me feel like a kid...i wanna go too

Happy 2016 to you

Catch My Words said...

Great photos and video. Your daughter looked so happy riding the train. What a cutie pie. Have a great 2016.

Amy-World Photo Walk said...

seems like a fun play area for both young and adults...

Kristin Aquariann said...

Your family is the cutest! Happy New Year. ^.^

mail4rosey said...

Those are great pictures. I love that the adults can get right in there and play too!

Amila @ Leisure and Me said...

Very exciting pictures of the play area...

Indah Nuria Savitri said...

Look at that huge playground..I remember Obi my daughter used to like Pororo, too. She must be excited to come here. And I love your pic on the mini bathtub as well :). Happy New Year, Ai..

Cascia Talbert said...

It looks like you had a lot of fun! Happy New Year.

Claire Justine said...

This looks so cool :)

Happy New Year!

Theresa Mahoney said...

This playground is soooo neat! Such fun photos!

Rina said...

That looks fun, must be added on to my must visit list whenever return to Sg :)

Sweetday said...

I haven go to this playground yet with Little One! Thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

We skipped this indoor playground as it looks more suitable for young kids. Haha. Hope we can have a HK theme park!

Stacy said...

Aishh I just knew such a nice place had to come with hefty admission fees. :)

Love that pic of you in the tiny tub.