One of Olive’s favorite cartoons is Pororo the Little Penguin from Korea, so of course we had to make a visit to Pororo Park when we were back in Singapore last month.
Rody’s Toy Store
The first thing that greeted Olive was none other than a Pororo statue, just a little taller than Olive, strategically placed at the entrance of the toy store. Luckily for me, this babe was contented enough to see and hug her favorite character and did not request for any toy. You know the overindulgent kindof mom who wants to give her kid anything and everything he/she wants (as long as he/she’s well-behaved)? Yes hi, that’s me! So I kept asking Olive if she wanted anything and even prompted her to choose something from the store but she was fine without a memento so ‘Yay’ for me again!
Entrance & Admission fees
We paid the Partner rates not reflected in the poster below. As at July 2016, it was $28.50 for children aged 2 and above, $20.80 for children below 2 years, free for babies below 1 year, and $3.50 for an accompanying adult for 2 hours of playtime only. Honestly, 2 hours of playtime is just miserable! Olive could stay there for at least half day, maybe even last through the full operating hours. We were there on a Wednesday and judging from the weekday crowd, I reckon that Pororo Park should just allow for unlimited playtime on weekdays at a flat rate, and impose the $5 per block of 30 minutes (or part thereof) additional playtime only on weekends, even for non-members.
Olive’s first stop and already she refused to leave this area. I had to carry her out and entice her with the other attractions.
Shark Ball Pool
One of the biggest ball pit we have come across so far. Olive is a huge fan of ball pits but there was something else that drew her attention nearby so she went in and headed out straightaway to the next attraction.
This is it! Olive’s favorite play area. Every time she went missing, we knew just where to find her. She was either sleeping on Pororo’s bed or sitting in his bathtub.
Be sure to check the train operating schedule because when we got to it, the ride was due for a break. This rail ride runs for 30min each time, with 30min breaks in between. Olive didn’t quite warm up to this ride. Guess we will have to try it on our next visit.
Poby’s Play Gym
One of the smallest 2-storey gyms we have come across so far. Fun enough for toddlers who love to climb and slide. Not sure if it’s engaging enough for older kids though.
Tong Tong’s Little Theatre
No musicals or sing-along when we were there, just screening of Pororo cartoon. Check out their Edutainment Programs daily schedule if you want to catch the mascots in action.
We managed to catch Loopy and Petty dancing for a mere 10-15 min though. Wished the mascots danced a little more or hung around for a bit because they were in such a hurry to leave. The kids, including Olive, were chasing after them for more handshakes and hugs.
Room for Birthday Parties, Workshops and Activities
Not a bad idea to have a birthday celebration here in Pororo Park, especially if your kids are fans of Pororo. Definitely a place I will consider for Olive’s future birthday parties and the party packages seem quite reasonable too?!
Cars and such
Another nice little area with transportation toys and tracks.
For Babies & Toddlers
A cosy corner for crawlers and small toddlers.
We didn’t really try the food here simply because Marina Square shopping mall has plenty of food options. Besides, with a limited 2-hour play time, not once did I think of going to the café for a break and for light bites. Pretty sure you get the point I’m trying to make but this 2-hour limit really irked the crap outta me.
Nonetheless, it was yet another fun mama-date for me and play date for Olive!Till next time!