Changi Airport

Writer’s Workshop: Really Looking Forward- Visiting New Zealand

Hobbiton Exhibit at Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport

Hobbiton Exhibit at Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport

New Zealand is one country which I really wish to visit. R has been there a couple of times and I really love the pictures that he took of their scenery. The  snow capped mountain tops and the possibility to try out activities like bungee jumping and white water rafting.

Even though I have yet to visit the place the kids and I were fortunate to get a taste of New Zealand this  March school holidays when we  visited Changi Airport’s Terminal 3.

The 3 kids and me outside the Hobbit Hole

The 3 kids and me outside the Hobbit Hole

Since watching the show The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogies  in the cinema,  I have been having a fascination about this place called Middle Earth.  It was great that I was able to visit this second authentic Hobbit Hole which had been specially imported from Matamama , New Zealand for this exhibition.

Gandalf and The RING

Gandalf and The RING

Do you remember seeing this guy- Gandalf? The all powerful high wizard who help chase away all the bad guys who came after Frodo for his golden ring.  The kids certainly don’t know who he is as they just ran past the exhibit to the more interesting things to do.

They haven’t heard about Middle Earth, Gandalf or the places in Hobbiton Woods as they have yet to watch the shows.

Tiger girl watering the plants

Tiger girl watering the plants

What was more interesting then looking at the exhibits?

Watering the plants it seems as she was attracted to this watering can when she spotted it outside the Hobbit Hole.

 

A spinning wheel which introduced the different fun activities available in NZ.

A spinning wheel which introduced the different fun activities available in NZ.

The boys went in to the house and were caught having a go at this wheel spinning it.

The boys fixing a puzzle

The boys fixing a puzzle

They also had a go fixing this puzzle which they saw at one of the display areas.

The boys having a go at putting

The boys having a go at putting

Tiger girl too tried her hand at it.

Tiger girl too tried her hand at it.

The kids had a go at the golf putting range. It would certainly a visual treat if I do get to play golf among the mountains one day.

A write up about the all Blacks the national rugby team in NZ

A write up about the all Blacks the national rugby team in NZ

An exhibit for the Cycling trails in NZ

An exhibit for the Cycling trails in NZ

The kids skipped pass these exhibits and went straight for the most enticing one there.

The 5D Simulator Ride

The 5D Simulator Ride

This short ride was suppose to be thrilling for my adrenaline junkies but it fell flat according to their standards.  They found the trip through the stimulated roller coaster ride extremely passive and even the 4 yr old complained that it was not fun enough. Nothing beats riding on a real roller coaster I guess.

The kids having their pick of organic ice-cream

The kids having their pick of organic ice-cream

What was lacking in the ride was made up in ice-cream as they were treated to some yummy organic ice-cream at the end of the tour

Now is there anyone who wants to sponsor us air tickets for us a visit to New Zealand?

 

Naturally New Zealand @ Changi Airport
14 March – 5 April 2015
12pm – 11pm
T3 Departure Check-in Row 11, Changi Airport

 

Jenny Matlock

Mama’s Losin’ It

 

 

 

Disclaimer: We were invited by CAG to view the exhibits at their Middle-Eart Exhibition at Terminal 3, Changi Airport. All opinions are 100% mine.

Experience a Magical Disney Christmas at Changi Airport

Gigantic Spanish  Mickey and Minnie at Terminal 2

Gigantic Spanish Mickey and Minnie at Terminal 2

Looking to experience some Disney Magic?

Come on down to   Singapore Changi Airport

 The Magic of Disney can be felt this festive season as the airport comes alive with figurines of Mickey , Minnie and the friends.

From now till 5th of January 2015 Changi Airport has been transformed int a a magical holiday wonderland with various Disney themed set up.

The side view of the magical castle at Terminal 3

The side view of the  Neuschwanstein  castle at Terminal 3

The kids and I were invited to experience some of the Disney magic this school holidays .  The kids love Disney and had a blast when we brought them to Tokyo Disneyland  last December.

This year we didn’t have any Disney trips planned for them and  it was really great that they  were able to experience Disney magic  here in Singapore.

Tiger girl outside the Bouncy Castle

Tiger girl outside the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground

The kids couldn’t wait to try out this Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Bouncy Playground which was located near Check in Row 11 at Terminal 3.  There  clubhouse has  a 3 Meter high slide, sticky velcro wall and ball pit within the setup.

Open daily from 12pm-10pm, one just needs to present any same-day receipt ( minimum spending of $30) for a single entry 15 minutes play session.

Do note  that your child has to be between 1-1.5m and under 55kg  to be able to gain access into the playground to play.

 

The upper level at the Neuschwanstein Castle

The upper level at the Neuschwanstein Castle

It was unfortunate that the playground was closed, as it was break time for the  airport staff, when we were there so we headed over to  view the Neucschwanstein Castle instead.

The boys at the moving train windows inside the castle.

The boys at the moving train windows inside the castle.

It was really crowded at the castle as everyone was busy trying to snap shots of their favourite  Disney characters and the exterior of the castle. We headed to the interior which was replicated to look like the cabin of a train instead for a tour.

A Wefie with Monkey boy and Tiger girl

A Wefie with Monkey boy and Tiger girl

Instead of trying to capture parts of the building with the growing crowd miling around waiting for the Interactive storytelling show, I decided to take a picture of us instead.

The kids experiencing the

The kids experiencing the “snow” at the castle

After waiting for awhile the Multi-sensory show  begin.  The kids experienced having “snow” falling on them at the end of the show when the castle started spurting out soap suds.  The kids didn’t stay long to experience the snow as we headed back to the Mickey Playgrounds as it had open for play by then.

Monkey boy being stuck  on the velcro wall

Monkey boy being stuck on the velcro wall

Doggie boy having his turn to be stuck on the wall

Doggie boy having his turn to be stuck on the wall

The boys couldn’t really stick themselves on the wall as the suits were heavy and rather large for their size. Being a bouncy playground, the structure that they were in was constantly shaking so it was difficult for them to get a proper foothold to be able to propel themselves onto the wall. They had to be placed up there by the airport staff instead.

Tiger girl inside the ball pit

Tiger girl inside the ball pit

This was Tiger girl’s favourite place in the playground. It was really cosy inside and roomy enough for 4-5 kids to play simultaneously together.

The kids at the activity corner beside the Clubhouse Playground

The kids at the activity corner beside the Clubhouse Playground

If you’re visiting  the airport during the weekend you maybe able to watch stage performers by professional ventriloquist puppeteers, French visual performers and contact juggler.

The kids can also have a chance to make their own crafts on the tables in the area.

If you are looking to take a photo with Mickey and Minnie there will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse meet -and-greet- sessions  on the 19, 20 and 21 December if you are interested. (Do refer to the Changi Airport website  for the specific timings)

Tiger girl with her Minnie Mouse posing with Daisy

Tiger girl with her Minnie Mouse posing with Daisy

 For Disney fans you can collect  a full set of six limited-edition Christmas plush toys featuring  Mickey and Minnie Mouse from Germany, USA and Spain.
Shoppers and diners can purchase each of these plush toys for S$3 when they spend a minimum of S$60 in a single receipt in Changi Airport’s public area, or S$100 in the transit area.
Disclaimer: We were invited by CAG  for a fun  Disney experience. All opinions are 100% my own.