Could This Be The Best Airport In The World For Kids?

  • All Ages

Finding something to entertain the little ones at the airport is no easy task, particularly if you’re about to embark on a long-haul flight or trying to kill hours between connecting flights! It seems Singapore has factored parents’ sanity into their 1.7 billion dollar extension of Changi Airport by including water fountains, giant mazes, interactive parks, and even a Discovery Slide playground. Hello wow factor!

The impressive airport extension, now referred to as ‘Jewel Changi’, was introduced to the world on 17 April 2019 and has been incredibly well received the world over (particularly by us weary parents!).

Once again, Changi Airport Singapore was voted the World's Best Airport 2020 by international air travellers for the eighth consecutive year.

Changi Airport has always been an airport favourite, but their latest development will certainly cement Jewel Changi’s place as the best airport in the world for kids.

If you’re lucky enough to be flying in to “The City In A Garden” in the coming months, make the most of its fancy new digs, which includes 280 new shops and eateries to the likes of Shake Shack, Burger and Lobster, and Pink Fish. The 6-acre indoor forest with the world’s tallest indoor waterfall and one of Singapore’s largest collections of indoor plants are sure to impress. 

Plus the much awaited Canopy Park is a must-do for kids. Entry is $4.50 for Singapore residents and $5 for foreigners, and this covers entry to the park and four of the nine attractions (Topiary Walk, Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls and Petal Gardens). We reckon the kids can blow off some 'steam' in the foggy bowls! Designed by The Exploratorium, in San Francisco, these gentle concave bowls allow the kids to jump in them while mist is released to create an illusion of playing among clouds. Lush! 

And just when you thought it couldn't get any more kid-friendly there's also two new slides! One is a multi-story slide in Terminal 4 that will get you to your boarding gate in the coolest way possible. The other is even bigger, found in Terminal 3, and is officially the world’s tallest slide within an airport.

If you want to use either of these slides, you must spend $10 at any restaurant or retail shop in Changi Airport. Done! 

But wait there's more. If you're keen to lose yourself while you wait for your next flight, you can do so (literally!) in the Hedge Maze. This mindboggling hedge maze is one of the largest in Singapore and includes a Mirror Maze section with mirrors on both sides just to make things a little bit trickier.

Although we can't visit for a while (could be a long while) it's definitely one for the post-covid bucket list! 

Image Source: The Smart Local

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