From aviation galleries to nature gardens, here are 10 fun things to do at Changi Airport whether you’re flying off, transiting or sending someone off.
Open to public
1. Aviation galleries
While both aviation galleries at T2 and T3 are multi-sensory zones with plenty of hands-on interactive displays, each has a different theme. If you only have time for one, we suggest the T3 gallery which focuses on “in-the-air” activities such as in-flight meals and features two display cases featuring model airplanes such so children can see an A380 upclose.The T2 gallery focuses on “on-the-ground” activities such as passenger facilities, landing and takeoff of aircrafts, baggage handling and more.
Where: Terminal 2 and Terminal 3
When: 6am to 12 midnight
2. Swimming pool
If the humidity is too much to handle, take a dip at the Ambassador Transit Hotel’s Balinese-themed swimming pool and poolside area. While guests staying at the hotel may use the pool and jacuzzi for free, non-residents are charged the very precise fee of $13.91 for use of both; this includes the use of shower facilities, a towel, basic toiletries and a complimentary non-alcoholic drink from the bar.
Where: Terminal 1, Departure Transit Lounge, Level 3 Ambassador Transit Hotel
When: 7am to 11pm daily
Call 6542 5538 or visit harilelahospitality.com
3. Canopy playground
Children will be delighted at the forest-themed indoor playground, which is fully padded and child-safe. They can bounce on trampolines and try the tunnel slides while you do some plane spotting.The playground is for children between 18 months to 12 years old and it has a height limit at 1.45m. Bring your own socks or buy them for $2.
Where: Terminal 1, Viewing Mall Level 3
When: 10.30am to 10.30pm daily
Cost: $6 for 30 minutes
4. The Slide @ T3
Standing at 12 metres high (approximately four storeys), The Slide @ T3 is the world’s tallest slide located in an airport. You have to be between 1.3m and 2m to take the Level 1 slide and children under seven are not allowed. For the faint-hearted, you can try the less scary one-and-a-half-storeyslide at Basement 2. You have to be between 1.1m and 2m and children under five are not allowed.
Where: Terminal 3, Arrival Hall Level 1 and Basement 2
When: 12 noon to 10.30pm
Cost: For every $10 spent at the airport, you can redeem 1 free Level 1 slide. Basement 2 slide is free.
5. Zone X
From high-intensity shooting games to dance machines and sweet catcher machines, Zone X features a wide variety of arcade favouritesand is a perfect place to kill time for both children and adults alike.
Where: Terminal 3, Basement 2
When: Monday to Thursday 10.30am to 10.30pm; Friday 10.30am to 11pm and weekends 10am to 11pm
Cost: Varies, depends on arcade machines
6. 4D Cinema
If the dulling effect of a long flight has yet to wear off, you can be sure the motion simulators at the state-of-the-art 3D and 4D cinemas will perk up your senses. On any regular day, there are eight movie titles to choose from such as Spacewar, Snow Rider and Bermuda Triangle
Where: Terminal 3, Basement 2 #B2-35
When: 10am to 11pm
Cost: $6 per pax
Call 6876 0751
Open to passengers only
7. Interactive Art
Before the use of paint and paintbrushes, woodblock rubbing was the popular art platform in Singapore in the 1950s and 1960s. With the carved woodblocks with icons inspired by popular culture designed by Singapore artist Justin Lee, ink and a little creativity, you can make your own woodblock prints too!
Where: Terminal 2, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge
8. Entertainment Deck
From Xbox kinect room to music area and movie theatre, the entertainment deck is what it says on the tin. Children can entertain themselves with Xbox kinect sports and the Xbox360 while you watch the latest blockbusters or enjoy soothing music ranging from jazz to classical and Lounge. Best of all, there’s a cafeteria serving local and international snacks when your stomach starts rumbling!
Where: Terminal 2, Level 3, Departure Transit Lounge (next to the Sunflower Garden)
9. Nature Trail
There are five gardens in Changi Airport. There is the cactus garden in Terminal 1 andthe fern garden, orchid garden and sunflower and light garden in Terminal 2, but we recommend going to the butterfly garden in Terminal 3 first; it features a six-metre-tall waterfall, over 200 insectivorous plants such as the pitcher plant and various tropical butterflies species, all in a lush tropical oasis.
Where: Terminal 3, Level 2, Departure Transit Lounge
For the first-time visitor to Singapore
10. Two-hour guided Singapore Tour
If a friend or family member is transiting through Singapore and has at least five hours to spare, why not recommend them to take a free two-hour tour around Singapore? The Heritage Tour brings you to the main highlights of Singapore such the Gardens by the Bay, Marina Bay Sands, the colonial district, Chinatown, Little India and a 15-minute stopover at the Merlion, while the City Lights tour brings you to the Marina Bay Financial Centre and waterfront promenade, BugisVillage and Raffles Hotel.
Where: Terminal 2, Level 2 (near transfer lounge E) and Terminal 3, Level 2 Transit Mall North (next to transfer lounge B)
When: Heritage tour at 9am, 11.30am, 2.30pm and 4pm and City Lights tour at 6.30pm
Cost: Free, but register at least 1 hour before the start of the tour
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