Changi Experience Studio at Jewel Changi Airport {Review + Giveaway}

“4 hours? You mean there’s so much to do inside Changi Experience Studio in Jewel?”

 

I overheard Sophie gushing to her grandparents about all the fun and interactive games she played in Changi Experience Studio in Jewel. Yes, you heard me right,  games at Changi Experience Studio that kept us glued to this place for hours.

We were there for close to 4 hours and didn’t even realised how long we have been inside the studio until our stomachs started to grumble. Sophie was reluctant to leave and even suggested that we leave her to continue playing. We didn’t do that of course, otherwise she’ll miss eating at A&W with us.

Changi Experience Studio, that’s tucked away in a far corner of level 4, may be a less prominent attraction compared to the highly publicised Canopy Park, but after our experience, we were blown away by the many state-of-the-art digital experiences and fun interactive games.

There are lots to learn about the ins-and-outs of Changi Airport making it an edutainment visit for adults and children alike. Here’s a review of what you can expect in Changi Experience Studio and how you can win family passes as well.

Changi Experience Studio in Jewel Changi Airport

This is your personal Travel Guide and the key to unlock many surprising digital interactions at the exhibits and games.

The technology behind the Travel Guide blew my mind as it utilises optical infrared markers when opened for detection and content projection, which are triggered and controlled by the visitor’s intuitive movements. In addition to the optical markers, a radio-frequency identification (RFID) chip embedded within the Travel Guide records game points and prizes, as well as photographs taken along the studio journey.

Cloud

Be greeted with virtual butterflies as you enter this space, Cloud.

The first thoughts that came to mind was how minimalistic and futuristic this set up looks. Here you’ll discover your butterfly companions with your Travel Guide at the various projection spots.

Time Tunnel

Enter the time tunnel that takes you back in time when Changi Airport was first built.

Watch the developments and expansion of the airport as Singapore gets more globally connected to the rest of the world.

Hanging Garden

We learnt that Changi Experience Studio was conceived and designed as a space to share interesting stories of Changi Airport.

To bring across these stories, we had to use our Travel Guides at seven discovery stations. The stories of Changi Airport came alive with projections and animations where we learnt about many ins-and-outs of the airport, the staff that works hard to give guest a Changi Experience as well as some of their popular events featuring Star wars and Pokemon.

For example, did you know they have an in-house nursery for all their botanical plants?

Amazing Runway

This multi-player adrenaline-pumping game is the start of the many experiential games you will find within Changi Experience Studio. This runway challenge is inspired by an actual race held in 2009 between a Porsche 911 GT3 Carrera Cup car and a Boeing 747 aircraft.

Once Sophie caught sight of the stationary bikes, she raced towards it and got us to pick a teams. You have a choice to be on team driver or team pilot and pit against the other team.

This game brought out the competitive spirits in us as we pedalled hard and fast to win the race. When team pilot wins, you can watch your aeroplane take to the skies. And for team driver, watch your sports car drive into the golden sunset.

Younger kids who can’t reach the bike pedal yet don’t have to miss out on this challenge as they can pedal with their hands with the wheelchair designed machines on the extreme ends. We had so much fun and laughter at this game but it was an exhausting workout that had us panting hard and working up an appetite for lunch.

Sky Deck

The Sky Deck is a visual spectacle that showcases the air hub’s connectivity to the rest of the world. With mesmerising flight path from our little red dot to the rest of the world, I was making a mental note of all the places I want to visit in this lifetime and add them to my bucket list

We also learnt interesting facts and information about major cities and their flight time from Singapore.

Smile Challenge

Well it seems that there is such a thing as a winning smile. Right here at Changi Experience Studio, your smile will be analysed and pitted against Changi Airport’s ambassadors with their megawatt smiles which is a hallmark of the Changi Experience.

You can also challenge your friends and family to earn bragging rights if your smile makes it to the Hall of Fame.

Smile Challenge at Changi Experience Studio

Smile Challenge at Changi Experience Studio

And ladies and gentlemen, I made it to the 1st, 2nd and 4th place on our day of visit! What can I say? Clearly all my practice on Instagram has trained me well.

Expect lots of laughs at this station and we stayed at this game for the longest as Alexis and Sophie wanted to beat my score. But I secured my champion title well and here are the photo as evidence!

We concluded that lots of teeth, raised eyebrows and slightly squinty eyes is the winning formula. Try it and let me know if this theory works.

Arena and Backstage

Moving along is Arena where you get to experience various roles at the airport that keeps it going 24/7.

My favourite game was the trolley handler and it was harder than it looks. The aim of the game is to grab on to the trolley bar and collect as many trolleys and gold coins while avoiding the bystanders. To make it more realistic, the trolley bar gets harder to manoeuvre the more trolleys you collect.

Alexis enjoyed the taxi coordinator game and he was quite the pro at it, swiping away effortlessly at the screens for his passengers to board the taxis.

Sophie identifying prohibited items on a flight as a security officer at the x-ray. This was a tough challenge on our eyes as some forbidden items were well disguised and requires a sharp pair of eyes to pick them out.

Over at Backstage, there are 4 games to try your hands on. Think you have a keen eye to spot differences in thumbprints as an immigration officer?

Our mental sums were put to the test for baggage check-in. We had to make sure we disembarked passengers, cleaned the plane and boarded the passengers as fast as we could before we ran out of time.

Steady hands will ace this nectar collecting game. We got to score ourselves gift shop discounts by navigating our butterflies through a trail laced with obstacles using our Travel Guide to collect as much nectar as possible. The higher your score, the higher your discount tier!

Don’t leave without taking a photo against the green screen where you can be a Changi Hero in different scenarios.

We looked so ridiculous with our poses but it was really just us balancing the luggage. If you’re interested to purchase your photos, you can head to the gift shop and pick them up at $10 for 3 photos.

 

Garden of Harmony

Entering Garden of Harmony is like walking into an enchanted garden with swaying petals lining the entrance. A gentle touch on the petals awakens the butterflies where they flutter from leaf to leaf.

We got to be part of a symphony where we played different musical instruments with our Travel Guide by waving it up and down. When the music reached a crescendo, a panoramic spectacular visual and surround sound audio is projected.

The Garden of Harmony is a metaphor for teamwork, specifically how the 50,000-strong airport community across many different functions work together to deliver a world-class and seamless Changi experience for all passengers daily.

Finale

We wrapped up our visit at Changi Experience Studio, with a 3-minute immersive show that took us through the history of Changi Airport. We were taken on a time-lapse journey from the starting point of land reclamation, to present day with a peek into what the future of Changi Airport holds.

The visual were stunning and almost felt like watching an IMAX movie accompanied by dramatic sound effect.

 

Rain Vortex

Before you leave this experiential space, make sure you spend a few moments to enjoy the prized unblocked view of the rain vortex from Changi Experience Studio.

 

Changi Experience Studio Ticket Information

Changi Experience Studio is a ticketed attraction at Jewel Changi Airport.

  • Standard rates are $25 for adults and $17 for children and seniors.
  • Local Singapore Residents get to enjoy a special rate of $19 for adults and $13 for children and seniors.
  • Admission is free for children below the age of 6.

Bundled rates (including bundles with Jewel’s Canopy Park) are also available and can be purchased online.

 

With so much to do, it’s no wonder we spent 4 hours here at Changi Experience Studio. Our afternoon here exceeded my expectations and I bet you’ll want to come and experience if for yourself.

 – WIN FAMILY PACKAGE TO CHANGI EXPERIENCE STUDIO – 

I’ll be giving away 3 family tickets (4 pax) , where you can experience all these activities in Changi Experience Studio!

To participate, simply:
1. LIKE & SHARE this post (Facebook profile must be set to public).
2. LEAVE A COMMENT on Facebook to tell me which game ride you’re most excited to take
3. TAG 3 other friends to share this giveaway with them.

 

This giveaway is open only to those residing in Singapore & closes on 7 July 2019 2359. You must complete Steps 1-3 to be eligible for the giveaway. All the best!

I’ll be picking two winners from Facebook and one winner from my Instagram (@ajugglingmom). So do take part there to double your chances of winning!

Take note:

  • 3 winners will be randomly chosen from Facebook and Instagram and winners will be notified via email or direct message.
  • This giveaway is only open to all readers residing in Singapore. This giveaway is by no means endorsed, administered or affiliated with Facebook or Instagram.

 

*  A Juggling Mom was invited to Changi Experience Studio at Jewel Changi Airport to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine.

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Oh Crab, it’s back! Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL Kitchener Road

Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie

Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie Image Credit: PARKROYAL Hotel

I don’t like getting my hands dirty when eating. But when it’s for a crab feast, I’m all up for it!

Crab lovers you’re in for a treat because PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road’s Weekend Seafood Buffet is back with the freshest catches and a new DIY mocktail bar at Spice Brasserie.

Bigger and Better Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie

From now till 16 August 2019, you can feast on unlimited servings of Spice Brasserie’s signatures including Stir Fried Slipper Lobster Black Bean Sauce and Chili Crab with Mantou for their weekend lunch.

And if that doesn’t wheat your appetite, the expanded weekend dinner buffet offers a wider selection of seafood dishes with fiery Black Pepper Crab and creamy Salted Egg Crab, alongside tasty creations such as Oatmeal Prawn with Curry Leaves.

Spice Brasserie’s signature Chili Crab with Mantou

Oatmeal Prawns with Curry Leaves

Creamy and fragrant Salted Egg Crabs

Alexis and I enjoyed the the variety of crabs and oatmeal prawns when we were there for the dinner buffet. From our observation, the Salted Egg Crab was the hot favourite of them all.

In fact, when it was being dished out from the kitchen, guests who were waiting around like hawks dived in immediately leaving us with just the body parts, which dampen the satisfaction level. So my advice is, sit closer to the buffet line and be quick on your feet!

Another memorable dishes for us were the Steamed Whole Seabass Hong Kong Style (very fresh and sweet) and Slipper Lobster in Black Bean Sauce. But some dishes fell short of expectations like the Oyster Omelette that was neither eggy nor crispy and the XO Seafood Bee Hoon.

Steamed Seabass

Slipper Lobster in Black Bean Sauce

Shell lovers will be delighted with seafood on ice awaits with selections like the Whole Sea Whelk, Black Mussel, Marinated Stone Crab Claw, Seasoned Jelly Fish, Baby Lobster, Scallops on Shell, Marinated Clams, and more.

You can also enjoy a variety of Salmon, Tuna, Hamachi and Swordfish sashimi, and assorted sushi at the Japanese live station counter.

DIY Mocktail Bar

A new feature of the buffet is the DIY mocktail bar. Instead of standard soft drinks, you can customise your own mocktails with a delicious selection of refreshing sodas and flavoured syrups. Top off your mocktail with a selection of condiments including lychee and sour plum.

If it sounds intimidating, you can also opt to concoct drinks according to some tried and tested recipe that’s displayed as well.

Don’t forget to leave room for dessert as their selection for sweet and savoury treats to end a satisfying dinner is pretty good.

I’m no durian fan and skipped the Durian Pengat with Sticky Rice but heard good things about it from other tables. Instead I had Pulut Hitam and which was so good as well as other local desserts like Nyoya Kuehs and Black Sesame Mochi.

Oh Crab, it’s back! Weekend Seafood Buffet at Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL Kitchener Road Pricing

Oh Crab, it’s Back! Seafood Buffet is available for lunch on Saturdays and Sundays and dinner on Fridays to Sundays, from now till 16 August 2019.

Weekend Lunch (Saturday and Sunday) : SG$48/adult , SG$24/child

Weekend Dinner (Fridays to Sundays):  SG$58/adult, SG$29/child

Prices are subject to GST and service charge.

For detailed prices and terms and conditions, please visit www.parkroyalhotels.com/kitchener.

 

Spice Brasserie, PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road

181 Kitchener Road
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road
Singapore 208533
Tel: +65 6428 3160
Daily: 6am – 10.30am, 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Nearest Station: Farrer Park

 

 

*  A Juggling Mom was invited to Spice Brasserie to write this review. No monetary compensation was received. All opinions and photos are mine, unless otherwise stated.

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Sophie shot me a smug look and chuckled. She was clearly amused by her witty joke after we finished filming an episode of Talking Point with Steven Chia.

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If you have not made any travel plans for the school holidays, you can still plan for a staycation in Johor Bahru. Not keen to stay overnight? Then opt for a day trip.

Read on for my top ten list of things to do in Johor Bahru for families.

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