Changi Airport & Jewel Changi kid-friendly things to do


Singaporeans find themselves at Changi Airport more often than not, and it’s not always to catch flights. No, locals head over in the troves simply to hang out there, and for the sparkly attraction that is Jewel Changi Airport and its numerous dining, shopping, and entertainment options. 

But that’s not all – between seasonal pop-ups, a nearby cycling trail with dinosaurs, and Instagrammable corners, the airport ticks all the boxes for wholesome family-friendly outings. Here are all the kid-friendly things to do during your next novel visit to the airport:


– Changi Airport –


1. Rent a bike & cycle along the Changi Jurassic Mile from T2


Changi Jurassic Mile
Image credit: Changi Airport Group

If there’s a blast-from-the-past trend that’s back with a big bang, it’s got to be dinosaurs. While these ancient creatures are the centre of every other pop-up event, one that’s here to stay are the friendly Barneys of the Changi Jurassic Mile

Changi Jurassic Mile
The park connector is open 24/7, and the displays are lit up after dark for an entirely different experience.
Image credit: Changi Airport Group

Kiddos and dino-fans will have a field day strolling along the 1km stretch and spotting over 20 life-size dinos. A towering brontosaurus? Check. Cheeky velociraptors frolicking in the grass? Check. A ferocious T-Rex ripping out a fence? Check. 

Hub & Spoke cafe
Hub & Spoke cafe.
Image credit: Changi Airport Group

The most straightforward way to get there is from Hub & Spoke cafe at Terminal 2. You can fuel up on brunch grub here, and even use the shower facilities (~$2) here if you need to wash up. 

GoCycling at Terminal 2
Image credit: Changi Airport Group

Either walk towards the Changi Jurassic Mile following the signages or rent a bike (from $8/hour) from the GoCycling outlet at the cafe. They have a range of family-friendly options, from child-size bikes to adult bikes with child seats. 

Pro tip: If your kid can tahan it, you can even cycle 9.7km to the GoCycling G1 outlet at East Coast Park and return your bikes there.

Fun for kids: 4/5
Fun for adults: 4/5

GoCycling @ Changi Airport Terminal 2
Address: 60 Airport Boulevard, #01-T2S-01, Changi Aiport Terminal 2, 819643, Singapore
GoCycling opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-8pm | Sat-Sun & PH 9am-9pm
Contact: 92383450 | GoCycling website

Hub & Spoke Cafe
Address: 60 Airport Boulevard #01-T2S-02, Singapore Changi Airport, 819643
Opening hours: 7.30am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Hub & Spoke Cafe Facebook


2. Watch movies & run around a free playground at T3


Unless you’ve spent some time hanging around the airport, you might not have realised there are a number of free family-friendly things to do at Basement 2 of Terminal 3. The best part is, you don’t even need to have a boarding pass to enjoy them.

Free playground at Terminal 3 Changi Airport

For one, children can unleash their energy at the public kueh-themed playground located beside the Sift & Pick store. It’s got toddler-friendly padded slides and structures that kids can tumble over.

Free playground at Terminal 3 Changi Airport

Once the kiddos start to run out of steam, round up the fam to wind down at ST3PS, the public cinema tucked beside the escalators. Grab some snacks from the nearby FairPrice, plonk yourself on a step, and catch a free movie screening here. Titles are all wholesome ones too, including Zootopia and Kung Fu Panda, to name a few. 

ST3PS public cinema Changi Airport Terminal 3

P.S. There’s also a free play area at Terminal 1 next to the Viewing Mall, however, it’s closed till further notice. 

Fun for kids: 4/5
Fun for adults: 3/5

Sanrio Playground opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm, Daily
ST3PS Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily 

List of movie timings at ST3PS and live events at ST3PS


3. Zoom down a tube slide & dive into ball pits at T3


If the kiddos are craving a little more excitement than the free activities offered, there are more than enough options to keep them occupied. 

PLAY! By Kinderplay
Image adapted from: @play.sg, @play.sg

Also located at Basement 2 of Terminal 3 is PLAY! By Kinderplay, an indoor playground where entry is from as low as $12/child. They’ve got everything to appease kiddos who need a good bouncing around – a ball pit, jungle gyms, slides, and even a bouncy castle. 

PLAY! By Kinderplay

For adventurous ones, head up to Level 1 to conquer The Slide @ T3. The iconic 4-storey-high slide lets both kids and adults zoom down to Basement 3. 

The Slide @ T3
There are 2 slides – including a shorter 1-storey kid-friendly one from Basement 2. 

No fee is needed here – all you have to do is sign up for a free Changi Rewards membership. You’ll be able to redeem 1 ride per every $10 spent at the airport – just head to the Customer Service Counter at Basement 2 to claim it.

The Slide @ T3

P.S. Exploring Basement 2 may be well worth your time – there’s even an arcade and retail shops here.

Arcade at Terminal 3 Changi Airport
Arcade at Basement 2.

Fun for kids: 5/5
Fun for adults: 3/5

PLAY! by Kinderplay
Opening hours: Fri-Sat 11am-10pm | Mon-Tue & Thu 11am-9pm | Wed 1pm-9pm
Contact: 9115 7638 | PLAY! by Kinderplay website

The Slide @ T3
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: The Slide @ T3 website


4. Snap pics at seasonal pop-ups at T3 


Chupa Chups at Terminal 3 Changi Airport
No surprises if you stumble upon fun giant displays in front of the departure hall.

When you’re at Terminal 3, you don’t have to look far for kid-friendly things to do. The airport frequently hosts pop-ups throughout the year – all of which are family-themed ones. Recent ones include the Chupa Chups pop-up in May and a dinosaur carnival glow-up during the 2021 Christmas season. 

Peanuts Snow Hangout
Each session for the Peanuts Snow Hangout is 50 minutes long.
Image adapted from: @changiairport, @eeyorex

There’s currently a winter playground called Peanuts Snow Hangout ($18/entry) just beside the skytrain. True to its name, it offers 2 storeys of snowy activities that include slides, ice sculptures, and snowfall for those who need some respite from Singapore’s heat. 

Fun for kids: 4/5
Fun for adults: 2/5

Peanuts Snow Hangout
Dates: Now till 26th June, 1st-3rd & 8th-11th July
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily

More info on Peanuts Snow Hangout


– Jewel Changi –


5. Push the kiddos around on “car” strollers


Every parent knows that going out with kids is a feat in itself – whether it’s keeping them from groaning, “are we done yettttt?” or lugging around a staycay’s worth of diapers and formula. Needless to say, some form of on-the-go fun can save the day when you’re clocking in quality time as a fam. 

Kruzzer rental at Jewel Changi Airport

As you take your time to makan or browse the many stores of Jewel, keep your kiddo entertained in a Kruzzer – a “stroller” in the form of a buggy. These bad boys can be rented from Baggage Storage at Level 1. You can rent these for just $5/hour or $8/2 hours so your mini-you doesn’t need to tire their legs out.

Kruzzer rental at Jewel Changi Airport
Kiddos can “drive” around the mall in their Kruzzers.

They’ve also got wagons and tandem strollers (from ~$10/hour) that you can use to haul up to 2 kids around. Take note: there’s a $50 refundable cash deposit required to rent the Kruzzers, wagons, and strollers.

Baggage Storage at Jewel Changi

Fun fact: Strollers can also be borrowed for free near the information desk between Terminal 1 and Jewel Changi Airport at Level 1. 

Fun for kids: 4/5
Fun for adults: 2/5

Baggage Storage
Location: #01-302
Kruzer rental hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6214 0628 | Baggage Storage website


6. Let the kids run around a misty lawn at Canopy Park


It’s no secret that a good number of attractions at Jewel Changi are paid ones. But don’t let that deter you from forking out on some that’ll truly make your kid’s day. After all, spending just $4.50/person for the most basic Canopy Park ticket can keep the young ones entertained for a good hour or more. 

Canopy Walk at Jewel Changi Airport

Let me elaborate: Not only are there gorgeous manicured flowerbeds to admire but there are also whimsical animal sculptures to spot in between the green displays. Then there’s the Foggy Bowls – basically a grassy lawn with dips and mounds, plus lots of mist – basically a haven for kids to give you the perfect visual of what “frolicking” really means. 

Foggy Bowls Canopy Walk
Head over on a weekend and you’ll see kids running through and rolling all over the Foggy Bowls.
Image credit: @tcvstepbystep

It doesn’t even end there. Older kids can whizz down the psychedellic Discovery Slides that’s included in the Canopy Park admission. Extra cool points are awarded here since it looks more like an art sculpture than a slide. 

Discovery Slides at Jewel Changi Airport

Other family-friendly attractions such as the Sky Nets and Mirror Maze are accessible from the Canopy Park, with bundles available from as low as $7.20/person. If you need help deciding what to splurge on, check out the various attractions at Jewel Changi Airport.

Free playground at Jewel Changi Airport
The small playground near Tim Ho Wan. It’s temporarily closed for now.

P.S. There’s a free hidden play area at Level 2 near Tim Ho Wan that’s suitable for toddlers. I’ve personally seen it open before, however, during our last visit the area was cordoned off.

Fun for kids: 5/5
Fun for adults: 5/5

Canopy Park
Location: Level 5
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-10pm | Fri-Sun, PH eve & PH 10am-11pm 

Get tickets to Jewel Changi Airport attractions


7. Get old-school wooden toys at The Better Toy Store


 The Better Toy Store Jewel Changi Airport

As we get older and raise kids of our own, many of us are guilty of longing for the good ‘ol days when we were young and free in spirit. Needless to say, when we see a blast from the past, our ever-blossoming wrinkles seem to fade away, at least in our hearts. 

The Better Toy Store
A life-size plushie for the nursery? Yes, please.

That’s exactly the feeling you’ll get when you step into The Better Toy Store. Not only does a life-size bear greet you, but you’ll need a moment to take in the multitude of toys, activities, and decor that fill the shelves, walls, and even the ceiling of the store. 

The Better Toy Store Jewel Changi Airport

You’ll be able to find everything from the animal figurines you might’ve played with as a child, to rows upon rows of books, puzzles, and games. It’ll be hard to pick a toy for your kiddo because they’ve got a wide array of plushies, wooden toys, and even those nostalgic tin ones that our own parents might’ve grown up with. 

The Better Toy Store

While you’re at it, check out some other notable stores on Level 4 your kid will love, such as Pokémon Centre for all things Pokémon, and Times Junior to fill up your kid’s bookshelves. There’s also a ZooMov booth here, so the young’uns can ride some dinos and animals around the area.

Fun for kids: 5/5
Fun for adults: 2/5
Fun for kidults: 6/5

The Better Toy Store
Location: #04-226
Opening hours: 10.15am-9.15am, Daily
Contact: 6924 3264 | The Better Toy Store website


8. Tuck into a hotpot meal while the kids play at Beauty in the Pot


Let’s just put it out there that hotpot meals are slow meals. Nobody likes to rush through the novelty of simmering your food in yummy collagen broth, with hotpot being the setting for a fun communal meal. Unfortunately, kids may not always resonate with that. 

Playground at Beauty In The Pot
There’s even a privacy door so kids needn’t hold back on the noise levels.

That’s why having a playground just at arm’s reach is a godsend. Cue Beauty in the Pot and its indoor playground. It’s got everything to keep the kiddos busy while you order that second serving of meat and veggies, including a slide and a padded jungle gym.

Beauty in the Pot at Jewel Changi Airport

Fun fact: All Beauty in the Pot outlets in Singapore have playgrounds. And now that safe distancing restrictions have eased, most of them are open for restaurant patrons to use.

Fun for kids: 4/5
Fun for adults: 4/5 

Beauty in the Pot
Location: #B2-224
Opening hours: 11.30am-3am, Daily
Contact: 6242 5131 | Beauty in the Pot website


Bonus: Tend to your baby’s needs at fully-equipped nursing rooms


Family rooms at Jewel Changi Airport

When planning a day out, it’s an unspoken rule for parents to shortlist places with baby-friendly facilities, especially if you’re hauling around a young’un who’s reliant on the boob or the bottle. That said, extra props if the baby-friendly facilities are clean and comfy.

Nursing Room at Jewel Changi
Hot water is available for your baby’s formula.

Well, the family rooms at Jewel Changi Airport certainly won’t disappoint. Not only do they come with padded changing tables and hot and cold water dispensers, but they also have private nursing rooms included. These even come with plug points in case your phone needs refueling too. 

Nursing room at Jewel Changi Airport

It helps too, that the chic family rooms here can rival a hotel lounge with their warm and dark woody tones and sleek furnishings. Sudden poop-splotions and hangry screaming infants ain’t got nothing on these quiet oases for parents.


Kid-friendly things to do at Changi Airport & Jewel Changi


Jewel Changi Airport waterfall

The whole of Singapore knows that Changi Airport isn’t your regular airport. With Jewel Changi Airport thrown into the mix, the airport clearly isn’t just a place for jetting off to another country. Needless to say, with a ton of kid-friendly facilities, activities, stores, and grub, families with children of all ages will find themselves right at home here. 

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Photography by Alvin Wong.