The day before MF’s 4th birthday, we visited Angry Birds Activity Park at Johor Bahru. The trip was totally unplanned for, we were actually on our way home via Woodlands Causeway but there was a super bad traffic jam so we decided to go to Komtar JBCC, the new shopping complex near the Causeway. Over there, the kids saw the Angry Birds Activity Park and got all excited and to cut the long story short, we eventually decided to go in. But because the trip was unplanned, I only had my laggy phone camera with me and hence, blurry photos (you’ve been warned).
The entrance looks so enticing right?
It cost RM75 per person (aged 3 to 59), kids below 3 and senior citizens above 60 can enter FREE. So MY, who was 1+ and my MIL who was above 60 could go in for free! Hooray! But notice the big big ‘CASH ONLY’ sign? Please bring enough cash to pay for your entire family if you are planning to go! Also, note that socks are required so bring socks for everyone.
If you are visiting on Fridays, weekends and school holidays, do note that they have 3 sessions (10am – 1pm, 2pm – 5pm, 6pm – 10pm) and your ticket is only valid for 1 session. On non-holiday Monday – Thursday, you can visit for the whole day – multiple entries are allowed!
Here is a map of the park, doesn’t look very big, does it?:
Angry Birds Activity Park Johor Bahru Attractions
Bird Nest Climbing Track
The first attraction the kids ran into had a fancy name called ‘Bird Nest Climbing Track’. To me, it’s just.. Indoor playground. Slides, obstacles, bridges etc.. You get the idea. Of course, it was built to fit the Angry Bird theme.
And why ‘bird nest’? I’m guessing it’s because we found this in the middle:
Angry Birds Go! Kart Track
Winding through the ‘Bird Nest Climbing Track’ was the ‘Angry Birds Go! Kart Track’. MF is a fan (almost to the point of addiction) of Angry Birds Go! game, so he was super excited to ride the go kart!
They had both kids and adults go karts (after all, adults paid admission also right? We didn’t pay to come here to sit around to watch our kids, we wanna play our money worth too). Here comes hubby!
Okay.. I can only said MF was a lot better at the smartphone version of the game than with the real go kart. He got tired after a very short while and hitched a ride with hubby. So I guess this go kart is more suitable for kids who are at least 5 years old.
Red Bird Sona
Moving on.. there was an attraction called ‘Red Bird Sona’.
There were different games which you could play with this. One of it was ‘see-who-can-remain-stationary-the-longest’ game. So basically each player stands on one of the numbers and when the music stops, everyone has to freeze and if someone moves, the device will sense it and go “Number X moved!”. Another game was a simple speed game where the device would keep calling out numbers and you have to jump to that number before the time runs out. 1 year old MY figured out the trick to the game – he just kept running round and round in circles on the mat (since there was no penalty for stepping on the wrong number) and got the high score of the day – easy breezy!
Captain Black Birds Ship
Beside Red Bird Sona was the toddler play area called ‘Captain Black Birds Ship’. How nice.. Toddlers under 3 get free admission and they were not forgotten!
Balance Bike Lagoon
And next to that was the ‘Balance Bike Lagoon‘. Earlier in the month, we were in Hokkaido and MF saw a picture of kids riding balance bikes down the snow and kept whining that he has never done that before and kept bugging us to bring him to play with the balance bikes (which we ended up not playing because the snow resort staff said there was not enough snow). So when I saw the balance bikes here, I told MF, “They have the bikes that you wanted to play in Japan here!” He was super excited and was like, “Where where?”. Then he took one look at the Balance Bike Lagoon and went, “Not fun”. DUH?! Just because the surface was brown and not white, it’s not fun anymore? 4 year olds.. *roll eyes*
Angry Birds Video Game
And so what was MF’s definition of fun? Angry Birds Video Game on a giant screen (which is the same thing as what you can play on the phone, just bigger):
Angry Birds CineMine
And Angry Birds CineMine which was screening Angry Birds cartoon (which you can stream from YouTube):
Piggy Shooting Alley
I didn’t pay RM75 for him to do things that he could do at home, so off we went in search for other things to play. We reached the ‘Piggy Shooting Alley‘.
Well.. This shooting game was more popular with the adults than the kids. MF figured he wasn’t too good at aiming with the air guns and foam balls and ran off. Hubby, my MIL and I had a competition (just nice there were 3 guns) and guess who won? … My MIL!
Lazer Bird Scoot
Next to this was a giant pig. Hubby told me it was a laser game and I thought it was like the one we played at the Transformers Exhibit and didn’t bother checking it out. Only when I came home and visited the park’s website, I realize it was actually a scooting area called ‘Lazer Bird Scoot‘.
Space Drop Air Bag
Next to this was one of MF’s favourite attraction, ‘Space Drop Air Bag’. Basically you jump off the platform and land on the giant Angry Birds air bag. As a mother, my heart was in my throat when MF jumped off for the first time, but he landed safely and went over and over again.. It was actually pretty fun.
Below this, there was a soccer game where you kick the game towards lighted panels to turn the lights on/off or change the colour. You can play a two-player game which I call ‘Soccer Reversi’: At the beginning, the panels will be half red and half green and they will change colour when hit, so the aim of the game is to try to change all the panels to your own colour by kicking the ball to a panel of your opponents’ colour. It was pretty cool, if you can aim well that is. (I can’t play soccer for nuts but I was standing at the side and watching people play – I can only say.. the Malaysians are good at soccer!)
Giant Leap Foam Pit
Next, we came to a gym-like area with ropes and trampolines. MF went for the ‘Giant Leap Foam Pit‘. As the name suggested, you grab a rope, swing and leap into a giant foam pit.
It doesn’t look very high in the picture, but when you are standing up there, it is pretty scary! Okay, I am a bit acrophobic, but MF definitely did not get my acrophobic genes because he was swinging and flying into the foam pit over and over (and attracting quite a bit of attention because he was like the smallest kid there who dared to jump from the highest step, most of the other kids just jumped from the second step). If you just wanna do the tarzan stunt but don’t fancy dropping into a foam pit, they have this at the side:
Anti Gravity Trampoline
And while the older brother was busy flying around, the little one entertained himself on one of four ‘Anti Gravity Trampoline‘.
Bird Wire Slack Line
Also in the same area, there were two ‘Bird Wire Slack Line‘ which my boys were totally not interested in. (No wonder balance beam is a female-only apparatus in gymnastics.)
That sums up all the attractions inside the Angry Birds Activity Park. Just outside the Activity Park, you will find a souvenir shop and a cafe (but the cafe was not ready yet when we were there).
Overall, there were more things to play than I expected! I think RM75 was a reasonable price for the number of attractions available and I loved it that they did not charge for toddlers below 3 years old (since there was only a small toddler area suitable for them) and senior citizens above 60 year old (so the grandparents can tag along – it wouldn’t make sense to have to pay for them since they are unlikely to be playing anything). However, I think kids who are Primary School age would enjoy it more than kids who are say 3 – 5 (despite the admission price being the same) as they would have a better understanding of how to play the various games.
The greatest thing about Angry Birds Activity Park is how easy it is to access it from Singapore: Komtar JBCC is directly linked by a sheltered link bridge from CIQ! Which means there is no need to drive if you want to go there, you can just hop on regular SBS buses 160, 170 or SMRT bus 950 and once you clear the Malaysia customs, it’ll just be a short walk to Komtar.
1) Many attractions available to keep kids entertained for hours
2) FREE entry for kids below 3 and senior citizens above 60
3) Easily accessible from Singapore – linked to CIQ via a sheltered link bridge
4) Multiple Entries within the day / time session allowed
1) Adults pay the same entry fee as children although they are not exactly there to play anything (it feels like I’m paying an entry fee for myself to bring my kids to an indoor playground).
2) Time-restricted sessions on Fridays, weekends and school holidays
Information on Angry Birds Activity Park @ Komtar JBCC
Address: Level 3, KOMTAR JBCC, Johor Bahru City Centre, 80000 Johor Bahru, Malaysia
Opening Hours: 10am to 10pm daily