Let the kids loose at an indoor playground, sit back and chill for a couple of hours? Ha, no chance of that at this upsized, multi-activity park. Spanning 40,000 sq ft over two levels, SuperPark is bigger than eight basketball courts, and designed for adults to play alongside children. Great for family bonding, not when you just want a latte and watch the little ones.
The activities range from the more leisurely, like pedal cars, to the more vigorous, like rock-climbing and trampolines. The more sizeable parts of the park, like the Flying Fox section, a skate park, and a pedal car track, are interspersed with stations to challenge pinballs and shoot hoops.
With seven party rooms and post-party access to the park for all guests, it has upped the ante for birthday celebrations. Any invitation is likely to garner a full guest list – it is hard to resist a day of merry-making at a massive indoor playground.
Upon a media invite, the Superbly team, with kids from four to 15 years old, spent a weekday evening at SuperPark.
SUPERPARK: WHAT THE KIDS SAY…
The Kid’s Gym is super fun! I can build using the blocks, then run and crash into them. It is my most favourite.Xuanhe, 4 years old, speed monster, comedian and collector of toy vehicles and personal scribbles.
Exuberant and sociable, Xuanhe is the livewire of the party. This four-year-old had much fun heaving and stacking blocks and then hurtling into them. His other favourite is the Ninja Track. It is a mini obstacle course, about the size of a quarter basketball court, with wobbly swings and a foam pit. “I like the Ninja Track because I know how to be a ninja because I watch Ninja Turtles. And I like the driving one (Pedal Car) because I like to drive like Mummy.” Yes, he is Hamilton in the making.
Jen is of the same age as Xuanhe, but is the antithesis of him. She is super shy but loves to people-watch. She was preoccupied with Ninja Track, where she intently balanced herself on the swing platforms to reach the end of the obstacle course. In between, she climbed and slid down foam blocks larger than herself at a neighbouring station.
One of my favourites is the arcade game that lets me jump and dive, just like with my Xbox 360 Kinect.Alexander, 11 years old, die-hard Tom & Jerry fan, animal lover and aspiring pizza baker.
11-year-old Alexander had a blast at iWall (virtual parkour), Super Pinball, Pedal Car and the trampolines. He was very taken with the interactive video game that let him try out heroic stunts. Surprisingly, he also enjoyed crawling through tunnels and exploring the jumbo playground, Adventure City, which we thought would appeal more to younger kids.
Bryan, amateur skateboarder, was keen to check out the skate park – the only air-conditioned one in Singapore – after seeing posts of it on Instagram. But he was disappointed by its size, and wished it was more spacious.
SUPERPARK: WHAT THE ADULTS SAY…
We are impressed by the practical details: Free-to-use RFID-controlled lockers that open and close with a tap of our wrist tags. And toilets that are conveniently located near the reception area.
OUR FAVOURITE STATION The trampolines. There are five trampolines, all for single users, quite unlike the large ones at trampoline parks. It’s reassuring because there is absolutely no chance of crashing into another enthusiastic jumper. For children under 120cm, there are three other less bouncy, easier-to-jump trampolines.
During busy periods, each jumper has five minutes – this sounds super quick, but it was enough to make our knees wobble. During off-peak hours, you can bounce as long as there is no queue.
Fronting one of the trampolines is a ValoJump screen, a Kinect-like video game. It was immensely engaging and distracting. When we were focused on getting past virtual obstacles, it was easy to get a workout without feeling the fatigue.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER The minimum height requirement of 100cm at some stations could be a tad misleading. At Tube Slide, some kids struggled to lug the slide donut up the steep slope. At Skate and Scoot World, the two-wheeled scooters were way too hard for kids that height to manage. Good to know that there are about nine stations where children of any height can play. At other sections, there are height requirements ranging from 90cm to 140cm.
VERDICT Most enjoyable for children, from preschoolers to tweens, even though younger kids might find it taxing at some stations. This wonderland has enough to keep both the exuberant and the not-so-adventurous occupied. Parents? There is no time for coffee. Expect minimal thrills and spills, but lots of precious family memories and perhaps a good workout.
SUPERPARK SINGAPORE: DETAILS
WHERE #02-477 Suntec City Mall (North Wing). The park spans two levels; the entrance is on level 2.
GETTING THERE Drop off between Suntec Tower One and Two, where you spot OSG Bar + Kitchen and Ramen Nagi. Nearest MRT stations: Esplanade and Promenade.
OPENING HOURS Mon – Fri, 10am – 9pm
Sat, Sun, Public and School Holidays, 9am – 9pm
CHARGES Varying rates, depending on day and time of visit. Ranges from $22 (6-9pm, on Mon-Fri) to $48 (full-day access, on weekends, public holidays and school holidays). Free admission for children below three years old.