Monday, 27 July 2015

Playdate at Bishan-AMK Park

We finally brought our kids to visit Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park a few weeks ago with our friend Jess and her boy, Baby Boy's buddy.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

The park was so big that I couldn't decide which part of the park to go. According to fellow resourceful mum bloggers who live there, the park is broken down into two parts: half with a large dry playground, pond and water playground and half with the dog park, river, smaller playground and McDonald's. I thought it was unrealistic to go to both (although we did anyway as you are about to find out) so we made an executive decision to go to the park with McDonald's as my impression when we were there previously is that the park is smaller and more manageable.

Our first stop was of course the famous river that was developed from a canal, a project that won PUB the gold award at the Public Service 21 Excel Convention 2013 (a project that I worked on got bronze that year so I was there to witness PUB's presentation). It was amazing how PUB was able to transform an ugly canal into a beautiful river teaming with life and yet could still fulfill its original function (of directing water to the sea to prevent flooding).

Mum-in-law with my girl at the river
(McDonald's is in the background)
Pretty isn't it?

As we walked to the small playground, we discovered to our horror that it was under construction! "What?!" I exclaimed.

Not wanting to give up (I can be ridiculously persistent!), I convinced our group to walk to the other part of the park where the bigger playground is.

Along the way, we passed the water playground that is only in operation on Thursdays to Sundays.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Water Playground operating hours

Although we already knew it wasn't operational before this but seeing it empty really increased the level of disappointment that I felt. There was still a long distance to walk so we decided to sit by the pond and chit chat while we rested and had some snacks.

I actually suggested taking a bus to the playground but when I checked the bus stop, there was only one bus and it didn't seem to go to the playground! Very strange considering that the playground was only 2 bus stops away!

After checking the map, I realised that we had already walked the majority of the distance so we might as well walk all the way. And walk we did (much to the chagrin of my mum-in-law, who still gamely walked anyway. She's really fit!). All in all, I think we walked about two thirds the length of the park! *gasp*

After a very long walk, finally, we caught a glimpse of the playground! We have arrived!

Large playground at Bishan-AMK park, pond gardens
Baby Boy was slightly apprehensive of the sand at first but quickly got used to it
Girl trying out the wooden bridge
My girl had some difficulty climbing up but after much encouragement, she managed to do it. Proud of her!
Down the slide
(cool rock climbing feature for the more adventurous kids)
More slides and ropes
Spider web!
The boys had fun climbing this web of ropes
Baby L and Baby J
(coincidentally they had the same expression! Haha)
Baby Boy was more daredevil of the two though. He was trying to climb all the way to the top. I'd say he's more like me in this respect :D

Baby Boy got so good at climbing the ropes that he didn't need much help later (of course I didn't take any chances just in case he slipped) and even managed to slide down the metal slide by himself. To be honest, I was torn between wanting to allow him to try things out on his own and my fear of him falling should he fail *sigh*. Thankfully he did not get hurt.

The kids had a lot of fun at the playground! Have to say it was worth the walk to me =)

All of us were so tired out that when we got home, we all slept really early and didn't wake up until the next morning! Best end to a fun day I say :D


This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
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