eXplorer Kid needs little introduction. They are like one of the pioneers in indoor playgrounds in Singapore. I still remembered bringing MF to eXplorer Kid at Downtown East when he was a baby and he was so happy just crawling around all the empty space.
Since then, eXplorer Kid at Downtown East has undergone many changes. And most recently, they have done a complete overhaul and reopened this month – totally unrecognizable from the past.
My first impression of the revampled eXplorer Kid at Downtown East was that it has SHRUNK!! But on closer scrutiny, they had kept most of their old features around. So in a way, despite the smaller space, the fun factor was not reduced.
The main active play area, Mega Play, was exactly the same one that has always been around. You can see the signs of wear and tear if you bother crawling in. They have done away with the ball zone though. Not that I missed it since they used to charge extra for the ball zone.
It was extremely challenging for parents to crawl through Mega Play with kids, so I recommend it for children who are old enough to play inside on their own.
Behind Mega Play, you can find the rock climbing wall which was another familiar feature from the old eXplorer Kid.
Lit Ball Pool
Another familiar feature, and somewhat a signature of eXplorer Kid (because you can also find this at eXplorer Kid AMK Hub) was the lit ball pool. It looked a bit bigger than it used to be. But I think shallower. I remembered the old lit ball pool was super deep.
One of the new features of the revampled eXplorer Kid at Downtown East was the sand play area. Mind you, this was no ordinary sand. It was Kinetic Sand!
The boys love kinetic sand, so this new feature was a hit with them. And the moulds they provided were so awesome.
They even provided little stools at the side to give a boost to young toddlers who were not tall enough to reach the table. How thoughtful!
Toddler Play Area
The most noticeable change in the revamped eXplorer Kid was the toddler play area which now took up half the playground.
They had some ride-on vehicles, which MY kept himself occupied with.
And there were little houses for themed pretend play which reminded me of Tickle Tickle – but a scaled down version.
And the most striking feature was the pirate ship active play area.
I am not too sure if this pirate ship was meant for toddlers only, there weren’t any signs around to indicate so. My boys loved this pirate ship.
I mean, who doesn’t love a slide that ends inside a ball pit?
Another feature of eXplorer Kid at Downtown East that has been around since forever is the Adventure Highlands rope obstacle course. Just like in the past, there is an additional charge of $5.50 per circuit to play here. They have improved it though, by having two circuits: A lower circuit and an upper circuit. MF really wanted to try the upper circuit but it was not open when we were there, so he had to make do with the lower circuit.
The lower circuit is meant for children below 110cm and the upper circuit is for children above 110cm. I think MF was above 110cm, but since the upper circuit was closed that day, he was allowed on the lower circuit.
I thought the lower circuit was not quite challenging enough for MF, but he super enjoyed it and kept asking to go again. I think I should bring him back when the upper circuit is ready!
Another area that has undergone major revamp was the party room. They used to have 3 party rooms but now they only have two. But they look nicer than in the past.
I also spotted an area for children to sit down to do some craft work. When we were there, they called for children to gather to make a passport cover but there weren’t enough seats for all the children so we passed.
There was a TV screening cartoons with space for children (and adults) to sit around. As I mentioned in my T-Play review, I am not a fan of having TVs in playgrounds. Period.
Nursing Room / Toilets
There was a nursing room in the middle of the playground. However there were no toilets in the playground. In fact, the nearest toilet was nowhere near the playground. It wasn’t even on the same floor! We had to go to either Level 2 or 4 to use the toilet.
Admission Fee / Play Rate
What are peak / off-peak days?
- Peak Days: Saturday, Sunday, Public Holiday, Gazetted School Holidays, PSLE Marking Days
- Off-Peak Days: Monday to Fridays that are not school holidays / PSLE marking days
If you are planning to bring your child to eXplorer Kid, I strongly recommend getting the membership. It is a one-time fee of $18 and provides significant discount on admission. On off-peak Mondays, there is a Members’ Monday promotion where members only pay $4 for admission! eXplorer Kid was my default play venue on Mondays (off-peak that is) because of this and I have definitely made my kids’ membership worth.
In the past, I have always felt that eXplorer Kid was more suitable for older children and lacked play elements for younger ones. However, the revamped eXplorer Kid at Downtown East has changed this. I like the new toddler play area a lot – wished they had it when my kids were younger!
I also loved that they have revamped the Adventure Highlands to allow young children to be able to participate on the lower circuit. I remembered when MF was younger, he would watch the older children play at the Adventure Highlands and say he wanted to play, but I had to tell him he was not tall enough. So sad right? It was nice to see that the new Adventure Highlands could cater to younger children so that they need not be disappointed.
I also liked the inclusion of kinetic sand play area – which catered to both young and older children. C’mon, even as an adult, I am intrigued by kinetic sand!
Hence despite the reduction in size, I like the revamped eXplorer Kid at Downtown East more than the old one.
The biggest disappointment was the lack of toilets. I am not exaggerating when I say the toilet is very far away. If I were here alone with the two boys and had to take the trip with both of them to the toilet each time one of them had to go, I would tell them to go home after the second toilet trip. Currently there is a lot of renovation works going on around Level 3 of E!Hub, I sure hope the renovation works includes having a toilet on the level! (Update: Received update from eXplorer Kid that there will be a toilet on Level 3 in future when the renovations works are done.)
Address: 3rd Floor, E!hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
- Off-Peak Days: 12noon – 9pm
- Peak Days: 10am – 10pm
In conjunction with the reopening of the revamped eXplorer Kid @ Downtown East, we are giving away a play pass each to 4 lucky readers to visit this new playground!
To stand a chance to win a play pass, simply complete the steps below:
Step 1: Leave a comment on this Facebook post telling me which feature you think your kids will like most in the new eXplorer Kid @ Downtown East!
Step 2: Lock in your entry with the gleam app below! (You do not need to complete all the steps, but the more steps you complete, the higher your chances of winning!)
Terms & Conditions
- Please ensure that you use the same Facebook account in Steps 1 and 2 to qualify.
- Each play pass entitles one child 2 hours of free play at eXplorer Kid Downtown East outlet.
- Play pass will be mailed to the winners. Neither Bumble Bee Mum nor eXplorer Kid will be responsible for lost mail.
- Contest ends 5 May 2016 at 2359 hours.
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