Friday, 21 July 2017

Amazonia at Great World City

For some reason, I never had a chance to bring my kids to Amazonia at Great World City when we were staying at Tiong Bahru even though it looked so cool from the outside.

Amazonia at Great World City

We finally had the opportunity to bring the kids to check it recently and they were thrilled!

The 3 huge slides was probably the biggest highlight of the playground
The play structure is more than meets the eye. It's pretty deep and high up so kids can have a ball of time playing.
The huge hippo was part of the forest theme
Exploring the play structure
Sliding down the huge slide with my boy, who was terrified! He did not like it at all!
My girl, on the other hand, loved it!
The boy would much rather play in the "safe" toddlers area
Pretty decent size and perfect for little ones
My boy having fun and refused to leave

While the kids had fun playing, the hubby and I relaxed at the forest cafe.

It's quite a nice, well decorated dining area

Although the kids had already eaten lunch, they were more than happy to finish the kids meal.

Kids meal with drink

The unique thing about Amazonia is that they also had other fun activities such as Space Ball, Crazy Bounce and even a 3D Glow Golf!

Space Ball is a dark room with glow in the dark guns and balls. It is best played with 4-6 players in my opinion.
My girl thought it was ok but my boy didn't like it at all! The room was simply too dark for his liking!
A small corridor on the left that led to the party rooms and Glow Golf room
3D Glow Golf Putters
Super eerie room which creeped out the kids a lot initially until I reassured them that everything was fake! I think I was assuring myself more than anything because it was indeed pretty spooky.
My girl showing us how it is done!
Everything glows in the dark, hence the name
To add to the spookiness of it all, some parts such as the shark's mouth actually move when it detects motion (i.e. via motion sensors), which scared the hell out of my kids!
I swear if one of the skeletons jumped out and scared us, I would have been the first to scream and run away in shock! *laughs*
The scariest of all to the kids was this super realistic looking dinosaur who roared when you approached. Very fun for dinosaur lovers but not for my kids *laughs*
The kids then tried out Crazy Bounce, which was a large trampoline outside the indoor playground
The kids having fun jumping to their hearts content
Woohoo!
Each kid gets only 15 minutes, which is very short but more than enough for my kids

Do note that there's a fee for Space BallCrazy Bounce and 3D Glow Golf. Hence, try to get the package if possible or if you can only pay for one activity, I'd suggest 3D Glow Golf. That was my favourite so far! =)

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This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
Check out other fun playgrounds and attractions in Singapore! =)


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Disclosure: Complimentary admission was received from Amazonia Singapore for the purposes of this review and giveaway. No monetary compensation was received; all opinions are my own.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Kid-Friendly Attractions in Hong Kong

I've been to Hong Kong far too many times than I can count. Even so, there are still a few attractions that I have not had the chance to visit! In any case, here's my top picks on where to bring your kids in Hong Kong! =)


11 Kid-Friendly Attractions in Hong Kong:

[1] Ocean Park

The hubby and I, when we visited Ocean Park for the first time in 2007 before we were married!
Back to Ocean Park again, this time with my girl and Mum-in-law in 2014.
This is a view of the base of Ocean Park from the cable car.
My girl enjoying her ride in the cable car
Loving the Giant Panda Adventure

I have been to Ocean Park twice, both as a single carefree student and as a full-time working mother of two and was never able to complete the whole park on both occasions! There are so many things to do there for people of all ages! Your kids will definitely not be bored here!

Do take note of China and Hong Kong's holiday periods and avoid them otherwise you might face crazy crowds!

[Address] 520 E Coast Rd, Singapore 458965
[Admission Rate] Adult HKD 438, Child (3-11 years) HKD 219 (Details here)
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at Ocean Park


[2] Clock Tower

The only decent photo I have of the clock tower
The hubby and I in 2007 before we were married

There is ample space near the Clock Tower for your kids to run about while you admire the awesome skyline. There are plenty of opportunities for beautiful photos here so take as many as you can like we did! =)

[Address] Star Ferry Pier, Kowloon Point, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
[Admission] FREE


[3] Avenue of Stars

Follow the signs to Avenue of Stars
This was taken in 2007 when it was raining and we had terrible cameras so this was the best photo I have!

The Avenue of Stars is Hong Kong's version of Hollywood's Walk of Fame. Very young kids probably won't know what the fuss is all about but it is still fun for them to pose next to iconic sculptures such as Bruce Lee. If you're a fan of Hong Kong movies and drama, this is a must visit!

[Address] Waterfront Podium Garden, Tsim Sha Tsui East
[Admission Rate] FREE


[4] A Symphony of Lights

Hong Kong's skyscrapers at night
Symphony of Lights

A Symphony of Lights show is the 'World's Largest Permanent Light and Sound Show' by Guinness World Records. It involves the flashing of laser light from the top of some of the most prominent skyscrapers in Hong Kong. It's fun for the kids but do watch it with live music and narration (or over the radio) otherwise it would just be a bunch of lights flashing around (that's really boring!).

[Address] Various vantage points (click here for more details)
[Admission Rate] FREE
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at Symphony of Lights


[5] Peak

Taking the famous Peak Tram
With my girl on the Peak Tram when she was only 10 months old! She was so cute!!!!
The usual must-take photo at the peak with my super adorable 10-month-old baby girl!

A trip to Hong Kong is incomplete if you don't explore The Peak! There are many ways to get there but the best has got to be The Peak Tram. It's a fun way to travel and you can get to The Peak quite quickly if there isn't a long queue for the tram. The amazing views at The Peak is definitely worth your trip!

[Address of Peak Tram Lower Station] 33 Garden Road, Central, Hong Kong
[Tram Ride] Adult HKD 90 (return), Child (3-11 years) HKD 43 (return) (Details here) 
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at The Peak


[6] Madame Tussauds Hong Kong

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong
Welcome to Hong Kong!
We get to interview and meet the stars!
One of the few family photos from that trip

Madame Tussauds Hong Kong was our first experience at a Madame Tussuads (we later visited the ones in Singapore and Sydney). The Hong Kong and Singapore Madame Tussauds were better than Sydney in my opinion, simply because we recognise most of the wax figures! We had fun taking photos with all the famous people =)

[Address] Shop P101, The Peak Tower, No. 128 Peak Road, The Peak, Hong Kong
[Admission Rate] Various ticket packages here
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at Madame Tussauds Hong Kong 


[7] Hong Kong Space Museum

Hong Kong Space Museum is a huge globe in the middle of CBD
Exploring the exhibits

The Hong Kong Space Museum is not expensive and can be a nice place to visit especially if your kids love space and want to be an astronaut when they grow up. It's not very big; you'd take at most 2 hours to finish exploring the museum.

[Address] 10 Salisbury Rd, Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong
[Admission Rate] Various ticket packages here


[8] Noah's Ark

Photo Credit

Noah's Ark is one of those attractions on my to-bring-my-kids list. We haven't had the chance to visit but from photos it looks really fun.

[Address] 33 Pak Yan Rd, Hong Kong
[Admission Rate] Adult HKD 168, Child and senior HKD 138 (Details here) 


[9] Ngong Ping 360


Photo credit


We were supposed to ride the Ngong Ping 360 on our last trip but sadly, it was closed for maintenance =(

Friends say it is a recommended to pay more for the cabin with transparent floors! If you're scared of heights though, better to stick to the normal cabins.

[Address] Ngong Ping, Lantau Island
[Admission Rate] Adult HKD 240, Child (3-11) HKD 155 (Details here) 


[10] Hong Kong Disneyland


Hong Kong Disneyland Resort
The Sleeping Beauty castle!
Our family photo with Princess Aurora! =)
My girl had the privilege of joining Mickey, Minnie and friends in a dance!

How can a visit to Hong Kong be complete without a visit to Hong Kong Disneyland? If you are Disney fans like the girl and I, this is a must! Especially if like yours truly, one of your goals in life is to visit all the Disneylands in the world (2 down, 4 more to go!).

Compared to other Disneylands and Ocean Park, Hong Kong Disneyland is a lot smaller. However, considering that we didn't need to queue for most of the rides, it was still a great experience! True Disney fans will not complain as any opportunity to see Mickey, Minnie and the rest of the crew is always a good day! If you're not a Disney fan, I suggest sticking to Ocean Park.

[Address] Lantau Island, Hong Kong
[Admission Rate] Adult HKD 589, Child (3-11) HKD 419, Senior (65+) HKD 100 (Details here) 
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at Hong Kong Disneyland


[11] Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel

Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel
Really fun playground for kids in the hotel!
Love the slide at their awesome pool!
There's even a playroom for parents to entertain their kids
At designated times, parents can also pay for crafts such as the above for their kids to do! So cute!!

You really can't visit Hong Kong Disneyland without staying at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel! It's a really awesome hotel and the price is very reasonable too. There're lots of activities for kids and if you're lucky, you might even get to meet some Disney characters!

[Address] Hong Kong Disneyland, Lantau Island, Outlying Islands
[Details] Click here to read our full experience at Hong Kong Disneyland Hotel


Do also check out our recommendations for food and accommodations in our past trips to help you plan for your trip:

Have fun in Hong Kong! =)


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This post is part of my series on Kid-Friendly Attractions Around the World and my travel page, MADPSYCHMUM TRAVELS, where you can find other family-friendly itineraries!

 


Click on each city below to read our top picks on kid-friendly attractions in Asia and beyond:
(this list will be updated as we go along)


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