On Monday we took the long taxi ride to Downtown East at Pasir Ris, as the kids have a week off for midterm and hubby also had a couple of days off. We have been to Wild Wild Wet and Escape Theme Park a while ago, but never ventured inside E!hub @ Downtown East to the eXplorekid Indoor Family Park.
The kids loved Wild Wild Wet, which is a large water play park with a wave pool, water rafting boats, water slides, and other water activities, but as is turned out to be a stormy day, the indoor play area seemed safest.
eXplorerkid Indoor Family Park is the largest themed indoor playground in Singapore for families with children under 12. The blurb for eXplore kids describes it as "Spanning 35,000 sq ft, [with] fun and challenging play stations for kids, and wellness and relaxation facilities for accompanying parents and guardians."
What you have to delve a little deeper to discover (sorry, no pun intended) is that the more challenging stations incur an additional fee once you enter the 'park'. So the "Ball'O'City" is an extra $5.50 per child per half hour, and the "Adventure Highlands" is $5.50 per circuit.
For adults there is "The Mound" with comfy chairs and feet massages for $2.50 per half hour and "Slumberland", for $2.50 per half hour. There is also an area called "The Cocoon" for adults to rest in, so we are well taken care of. I think the designers of this place must think we adults are all extremely stressed, sleep-deprived and in need of a good massage! I think they may be right...although I would prefer a decent cafe as there's no chance of me having a sleep with kids to supervise.
Maya had a go on the "Adventure Highlands" (Ben not 1.2 metres yet so could not) which she enjoyed. She was strapped up into a harness and had to navigate her way along ropes and obstacles a couple of metres above ground. Another smaller child who went on after Maya had a be coaxed across a couple of the ropes, so it could be challenging for a six year old.
So here's the rundown; "The Cliff" climbing wall kept them interested for about 2 minutes, "The Cave" is just a tunnel, "The Forest" is a nice idea.."The Lit Ballpool" small and very shallow, but looks cool with the lights from under the balls changing colour. "The Mega Play" area is good, with a very fast slide and nice tunnels. But the whole thing is expensive and I think it's a sham to be hammered by extra changes wherever you look.
Eat before you enter. There are plenty of Restaurants on the L1 and L2, from New York New York selling burgers and steaks to Mr Chicken Rice and Kopi Alley and FairPrice Supermarket.
We actually signed the kids up for membership for $8.50 each, which meant that they pay $9 entry rather than a whopping $20 off-peak rate ($22 peak rate).
There is also a 25-m high Ferris Wheel inside E!hub. Suitable for everyone in the family, each complete ride takes around 6mins and costs $6.50. For the month of October, 3 rides are $11.50 (UP $15.50). We didn't bother with this.
We did have a game at the Orchid Bowling Alley inside E!Hub which was fun. This is also expensive, at $4 per game per person (peak is $4.50) plus shoe hire. Students and NTUC members have special rates.
3rd Level, E!hub @ Downtown East
Tel: 65 6589 1668