Turn your shopping trip into a fun family outing at these great kid-friendly shopping spots.
Where kids rule
From children’s fashion to enrichment centres and educational toys, nearly three quarters of United Square’s 140 shops and services cater to all your little one’s needs, with colour-coded levels for kids to identify which level they are on if they get lost. The bright bus-shaped customer service counter provides a slew of complimentary services, such as providing milk powder, diapers, magazines and stroller loans. And the mall also has seating areas throughout to rest tired little feet, colourful animal-shaped dustbins, an eye-catching wisdom wall lined with snippets of fun facts for the kids, and child-friendly restrooms with lower basins and child stalls.
WE LOVE The highlight for new mums comes in the form of the spacious baby room, with nursing cubicles large enough for prams to enter and electrical points, bed linen and wipes, hot and cold water dispensers, a high chair for parents who want to feed their child, and a waiting area for dads. Visit www.unitedsquare.com.sg
Designed to complement the premium offerings at the mall, Paragon Junior is located on Levels 5 and 6 of Paragon, and includes trendy kids’ fashion boutiques, educational toys and baby essentials, enrichment centres, a music school and even a baby spa. Level 5 also has an activity area where parents can sign kids up for arts and crafts workshops, as well as an indoor playground with rubber flooring, shoe racks, hand sanitisers and a sitting space for parents. Designed for young ones aged two to six, the play structures includes play panels, glide slides, rock climbers and crawl tunnels, and is surrounded by a curved barricade to prevent children from wandering off. Kiddie rides and mini carousels are also sprinkled across the shopping level for extra fun.
WE LOVE The two parents’ rooms on Level 5 are equipped with changing stations and hot water dispensers, nursing rooms and kid-friendly toilet cubicles, as well as diaper changing facilities. Visit www.paragon.com.sg
Westgate Wonderland, which claims to be the largest thematic outdoor playground in a shopping mall, has both wet and dry play areas, as well as play zones that cater to different age groups. The 11,000sqft playground is designed to look like a larger-than-life garden, with oversized replicas of flora and fauna, gigantic insects, musical flowers, a 10m-tall tree house, an enormous watering can that sprays water, and a junior size rock-climbing wall. And if Mummy needs some me-time for retail therapy, the Kids Club on Level 5 is a 4,600sqft thematic outdoor playground and indoor clubhouse that provides paid child-sitting services for those aged four to 12. It includes programmed activities, games and a reading corner stocked with books on loan from the National Library Board.
WE LOVE Besides nursing rooms on Level 4 and Basement 1, there’s a kids’ shower room on Level 4 so you can clean Junior up after his romp through the playground. Visit www.westgate.com.sg
Not just for travellers
Changi Airport has not one, but two indoor playgrounds in its public areas: one at the Viewing Gallery at Level 3 in Terminal 1, and another at the Basement 2 mall at Terminal 3. The latter is smaller and features a see-saw, a xylophone, a tic-tac-toe play area and more, and is suitable for kids up to six years old. The Canopy playground at Terminal 1, on the other hand, is a forest-themed play area with tunnel slides, trampolines and various obstacle courses for those between 18 months and 12 years old. Kids who enjoy a thrill can take a ride down the four storey tall side at Terminal 3. If your little ones love watching aircraft in flight, pop into the Changi Aviation Gallery at the Departure Hall of the same terminal for some plane-spotting. The multi-sensory zone there also has hands on interactive displays to teach the young ones everything about the airport. The Kinetic Rain sculpture at the Terminal 1 Departure Hall is also a fun display to watch.
WE LOVE Participating shops in the public areas absorb the 7% tax on goods and services, and there’s a wide range of eateries to indulge in as well. Visit www.changiairport.com
By Young Parents, December 2014