Continuing our family tradition of visiting River Hongbao during Chinese New Year every year, we headed down to the floating platform right after our early reunion dinner to try to beat the crowd. Since we had five kids in our company, we decided to start with River Hongbao 2015 Uncle Ringo Carnival Rides before the crowd came in.
The kids were aged between 2 to 10, so we started with the carnival at the sheltered area which housed most of the rides that were suitable for younger kids.
River Hongbao 2015 Uncle Ringo Carnival Rides Price
We had bought a Groupon Deal for the carnival rides, and headed to the redemption booth to trade the voucher for an Uncle Ringo card. We received an Uncle Ringo card with $50 worth of credit to be used for the rides and carnival games, a popcorn and a big balloon. The Groupon deal cost $47, so ignoring the popcorn and balloon, it didn’t actually save us a lot of money.
If you did not purchase the Groupon deal, just head to the ticket booth to purchase a new card. There was a non-refundable $2 for each new card purchased, so if you have an Uncle Ringo card from previous years’ River Hongbao carnival (or any other Uncle Ringo carnival), do bring it along and just top it up!
This is the price list of the rides plastered around the ticket booth:
We looked around for rides that 4 year old MF could take. He started with the helicopter ride.
Next, he went for the mini bumper car ride, choosing the only one that looked like Angry Bird!
MF wasn’t too good at controlling the car which moved pretty fast. But these mini bumper cars were pretty safe to be bumped around. MF collided into the other car pretty often, but that was part of the fun!
Following that, we headed for the Medium Carousel. MF had been on tons of carousel before, but that didn’t dampen his enthusiasm at all!
The next ride he went on was the Big Truck Convoy. Since there was nobody else in the queue, we thought MF would head for the first truck in the line (he usually liked to take the first carriage on train rides). However, he chose a red/blue/white truck in the middle. Maybe it looked like Optimus Prime?
MF also went on the giant bouncy castle slide that took the form of a pirate ship. It was pretty cool and we didn’t see this in previous years’ River Hongbao. They only allowed 7 children on the slide in one round, and each round was 10 minutes.
MF joined the queue and was unlucky number 8! So he had to wait another 10 minutes for his turn. It was well worth the wait, he had a swell time climbing up, sliding down and jumping around the bouncy castle!
There were many other rides in the area that we didn’t have enough credit to try out:
Other than rides, there were also many carnival games. Personally, I was not a fan of carnival games and felt that they were con jobs (with the probability of winning being close to zero). However there was one carnival game here that I would recommend: The Derby Race!
In this game, each player will be assigned a station and a number corresponding to one of the horses. The player had to roll the ball into the holes, and each time a ball went into a hole, the corresponding horse would move forward a bit. The game ended when one of the horses reached the fininshing line.
MF and his cousin decided to have a race!
He was super happy to be able to win a prize! I doubt a 4 year old would have been able to win a prize at any other carnival game! With that, we had used up all the credit in our Uncle Ring card. There were still a lot more rides in the outdoor section of the carnival, but we reckoned our kids were too young for the rides there and proceeded to see the lighting.
River Hongbao 2015 Lighting Display
I LOVE this year’s River Hongbao lighting! Let’s start with the entrance tunnel. Isn’t it gorgeous??
2 year old MY who was pretty left out at the carnival (because he was terrified of automated rides) was pretty mersmerized by the lighting!
The peacock display was just amazing!
And Mr Fortune God who stood at the same spot every year. When are you going to start giving me some fortune?
Over at the floating platform, the centrepiece this year was very different from previous years. Since it was SG50, it featured all the icons of Singapore instead of some
or biang traditional Chinese picture.
Those of us born in the 70s/80s would LOVE this year’s lighting because it brought back all our wonderful childhood memories!
So there was the Dragon playground and the Pelican playground. Are you wondering where the ELEPHANT playground is?? Here it is!! And the kids could actually slide on it!
I think River Hongbao should consider having such interactive structures in future years! It’s so much more awesome than just displays that people stand around to take photos with. Speaking of disaplys, we had to take the mandatory photos with the display of our zodiacs.
There were many more beautiful displays available at River Hongbao 2015, but I shall not spoil it for you. You have to go down to check it out for yourselves. This is the BEST RIver Hongbao so far in my opinion! And if you are heading down with your kids, be prepared to burn a big hole in your pocket at the Uncle Ringo carnival!
Venue: The Float @ Marina Bay (20 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039805)
Getting There: Refer to this website for directions by MRT / Bus
Date of Event: 17 to 28 February 2015
Opening Hours: 2pm to 11pm