Travelling from one side of the world to another can mean lengthy stopovers and down time at international airports between flight changes. Changi Airport in Singapore is one we have spent a lot of time at in between our destinations, from short 2 hour breaks between flights, to 6 hours.
The challenge during stopovers is keeping kids entertained. Thankfully there are plenty of things to do at Changi Airport to keep the kids occupied.
Changi Airport has continued to grow over the decades due to being the central hub for so many international destinations, opening terminal 1 back in 1981. The subsequent 2nd and 3rd terminals opened in 1991 and 2008, with a fourth terminal due to open 2017.
The airport is massive, with trains to transport you between the different terminals. Each terminal is also home to some pretty impressive attractions, as well as the usual necessities like food, amenities and shops. So how do you keep the kids entertained?
10 Things to do at Changi Airport With Kids
1. Ride The SkyTrain
The sights along the way aren’t overly exciting, but kids love trains so having a ride between terminals to see what else they can discover at the other end can be a lot of fun. The train trips are around 5 minutes between terminals and come frequently.
2. Butterfly Garden
This was a favourite on our last trip, providing plenty of joy for our then 14 month old daughter. We visited the Butterfly Garden on the way there and back, and both times it kept her occupied. The Butterfly Garden is home to an abundance of beautiful coloured plants and flowers to keep the wide range of butterflies happy. There are educational resources within the Butterfly Garden, which will appeal to older kids and adults, but otherwise just the excitement of possibly having a butterfly land on you is a special experience. Located in Terminal 3.
3. Catch a Movie
Changi Airport is home to a free 24 hour cinema, showing new release blockbusters suitable for the whole family. If you want some downtime in between flights, catching a movie might be the perfect way to entertain the kids while also keeping them quiet and still for a couple of hours. Located in Terminal 3.
4. Have a Slide
For the bigger kids (and adults) who want something a little more intense, Changi Airport is also home to the world’s tallest indoor slide, and tallest in Singapore. The slide is 12 metres high, or 4 storeys, and reaches speeds of up to 6 metres per second. There is an age and height restriction on the slide for ages 7 and up, with a smaller slide also within the terminal for ages 5 and up. Located in Terminal 3.
5. Enter the Entertainment Deck
If gaming and technology is your kids style, there is plenty of things to do at Changi Airport Entertainment Deck, from Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 gaming consoles, the Xbox Kinect sports room for getting a little active and the MTV booth. There is plenty of fun for big kids and small, and even the teenagers. Located in Terminal 2.
6. Visit the Koi Pond
Take the kids to see the koi fish swimming in the pond. They can learn all about koi fish and if you time it right, they may even have the opportunity to feed the fish during the daily fish feeding sessions. Located in Terminal 3.
7. The Enchanted Garden
Amaze the kids with the beauty that fills the Enchanted Garden, with motion sensors activated by sight and sound allowing the garden to come to life in an array of blooming fibre-optic and LED lighting effects. Sure to impress even the youngest kids. Located in Terminal 2.
There is an impressive set of playgrounds within Changi Airport, with features suitable for very young children, right up to older children. This was popular with our toddler (until she encountered a rough older child). The one above is located in Terminal 2.
9. Family Zone
Designed to cater for families with young children and babies, the family zone has facilities such as a nappy change areas, but also has play equipment and cartoons to watch, to provide entertainment and a place to keep an eye on the kids without having to chase them through the entire airport. Located in Terminal 2.
10. Singapore Tour
And finally, if you happen to have 6 hours or more between flights, take advantage of the free Singapore city tours available to travellers. The tours need to be booked and are only available when you have the minimum time available, to ensure there is plenty of time to get back before your flights depart. The tours go for approximately 2.5 hours with a City Lights tour running twice per day and a Heritage tour running four times each day. This is a great way to experience a new country on your way to your destination, and kids love new sights. Booking booth located in each terminal.
There are plenty of things to do at Changi Airport in Singapore, so you won’t be short of activities and attractions to fill your time. As well as these top 10 suggestions for entertaining the kids, there are lots of other features to check out, such as outdoor garden areas, shopping, restaurants, seasonal events and activities, and plenty more.
You can find out more about things to do in Changi Airport by visiting their website.