By now, you must have already seen pictures and videos of the iconic rain vortex and hyped-up first-in-Singapore shops in Jewel Changi from the 500,000 visitors who went for the ticketed preview.
Or, you might have posted some yourself, under the well-marketed hashtag #jewelthroughmyeyes.
Well, the Jewel that I see through my “mum eyes” is a tremendously kid-friendly mega mall. It’s not just that there are nursing rooms on every level. It is actually designed for children to simply go nuts.
So parents, gear up for Jewel Changi Airport’s official launch tomorrow on 17 April 2019. I’m sure after a day trip to Jewel, your child will expend all their energy and sleep super soundly. (Yesss.)
Canopy Park on level 5 is a mega playground
Jewel Changi is an airport mall on steroids, as NYT writer Sanjay Surana puts it. But what I appreciate is how they have prioritised the children (and thereby the parents) by having many fun-filled activities, especially on the top floor, overlooking the rain vortex in the Forest Valley.
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Let’s start with the free ones. The Topiary Walk consists of several animal structures that provide photo opportunities for trigger-happy Singaporean parents. I can imagine toddlers being mesmerised by the larger-than-life orangutans; there’s even a Dumbo-lookalike elephant spouting out water from its nose.
Another free-to-enter facility that really enthralled the older children were the foggy bowls. There’s something about fog coming out of a hole in a bowl that feels so magical to the little ones, I guess. It can get a little rowdy when too many children gather in the fog, so use common sense and don’t let an unstable toddler loose in there.
Adventurous climbers will probably love walking or bouncing on the nets that stretch over the Canopy Walk. It’ll probably send a shiver down an acrophobic parent’s back, but children are fearless when it comes to heights so they’ll probably love it. Unfortunately this will not be a free attraction. We will update with the ticketing prices and age limits when they are announced. The nets will be opened in June 2019.
The discovery slides are not opened yet, but we suppose you’d get a higher view as you walk at that height.
Also, if you’re up for it, you can walk up on open staircases winding along the walls of the Forest Valley and see the rain vortex from different angles. It’ll be like hiking, but indoors, with air-conditioning.
On the Canopy Park level, there are some dining options for parents and grandparents. If you feel safe letting your older ones explore Canopy Park by themselves, you can have a nice meal and watch them from a distance.
Dining options on Jewel Changi level 5:
- Aloha Poke (L5-200)
- Arteastiq Bistro (L5-201)
- Burger & Lobster (L5-203)
- Herit8ge (L5-206)
- Prive (L5-204)
- Rumours Bar and Grill (L5-207)
- Tanuki Raw (L5-202)
- Tiger Street Lab (L5-205)
Next to Tim Ho Wan on level 2, there is a small-sized kids’ playground as well.
Shopping options for children
After you’ve taken a bazillion shots with your children against the backdrop of the Jurassic Park-like indoor greenery on level 5, you may want to tarry on level 4, because parents and children are well catered for here.
Window-shop at Fila Kids, Seed, carter’s, BloomB, Mothercare, Petit Bateau, or The Better Toy Store. You could even send your child to a haircut at QBHouseKids. The entire level is dedicated to child-friendly options.
Oh yes, Pokemon Centre is also here! Read Pokemon Center Singapore Price Guide – Nope, Not Everything Is Cheaper In Japan!
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Dining options on Jewel Changi level 4:
- Cafe Amazon (L4-225)
- Cafe Morozoff (L4-200)
- Fun Toast (L4-246)
- Hot Tomato (L4-229)
- Jack’s Place (L4-219)
- LENU (L4-244/245)
- PARADISE CLASSIC (L4-244/245)
- Pizzamaru (L4-222)
Baby care facilities at Jewel Changi Airport
The Jewel building is adjoined to Terminal 1 and there are link bridges to Terminal 2 and 3, so you will find that the usual baby facilities such as free-to-use strollers, nursing rooms and changing facilities are available here as well. Private nursing room, hot and cold water dispensers and changing facilities are available at every level from B2 to L4.
There’s a huge family lounge on level 5 that has a TV, child-friendly feeding chairs, hot & cold water dispenser where you can rest in comfort.
Have you visited the Jewel Changi already? What do you think about the Canopy Park?
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