What would you recommend in Changi to entertain an 8yr old on a 3 hour stopover?

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lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

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What would you recommend in Changi to entertain an 8yr old on a 3 hour stopover?

watson374

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Member since 17 Aug 2012

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There are many things you could do to keep an 8 year old entertained!

Both Airside and Landside:

  • Food. There are extensive child-friendly options for food and beverage, ranging from local and regional delights (food courts run all day, and selected eateries are 24/7) to big American fast food (there are multiple Burger Kings, for starters).
  • Walking. Changi has lots of walking on offer to consume their energy.
  • Skytrain. If your child likes things that move, the Skytrain is free and you can sit up the front and watch the fascinating guts of the airport whizz by.

Airside:

  • Playgrounds. Changi provides free airside playgrounds for passengers, expressly to occupy children. I believe there is one immediately after immigration in Terminal 1.
  • Movies. There is a free cinema somewhere in the airport.
  • Gardens. Each terminal has some sort of garden, such as the rooftop cactus one in Terminal 1.
  • Swimming. The transit hotel in Terminal 1 has a rooftop swimming pool (SGD 17, I believe). This is also a great option for a shower, but obviously you will need your own swimwear.

Landside:

  • Slides. There is a multi-storey slide near the Crowne Plaza in Terminal 3. There is a free one as well as one you need to 'earn' (one ride per SGD 10 spent in the airport).

BYO:

  • iPad. Self-explanatory.
  • Homework. This is First World Asia. Nobody will bat an eyelid.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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3h....

Is it me or are kids too high maintenance these days?

watson374

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Kids these days are very high maintenance.

lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

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He is special needs and can't walk far so yes high maintenance

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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I'd recommend the swimming pool then. The contrast to being cooped in a cabin will make a real difference. Although if he or she has a routine, Changi has lots of quiet corners for him/her to have some down time.

TheRealBabushka

Member since 21 Apr 2012

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Apologies. I hadn't noticed the use of the masculine pronoun.

watson374

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Agreed. The pool will be a worthwhile and very relxaing experience and should work a treat.

lind26

Member since 24 Apr 2014

Total posts 230

Thanks everyone - very useful

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