I posted this earlier on 25 June 2012 at the TA discussion forum as this attraction was not yet up on 'Attractions'. Have copied it here below.
We were there in mid-June (Weekday, Singapore School Holidays, terribly hot and sunny). Hence, it got rather crowded too. But i heard that POLW controls the crowd size. Once they are at capacity, they stop selling tickets.
We bought tickets online, but were not briefed nor aware of the curio-gold system for the kids. But no matter. My 2 kids had great fun there, though it was a really hot day.
If you get there early, ie at opening time, you can get your choice of seating/resting areas in POLW.
- wooden benches under shade
- foam mattresses laid out on a the grass under small trees - nice for idyllic picnic
- some random tables/chairs near Port Belly Restaurant (the in-house restaurant)
Get there later, and you need to jostle for seats/picnic areas. If not, if you are easy, then you can just setup your picnic mat on the grass.
The Port Belly restaurant there sells decent food. We enjoyed the kids' spaghetti set (with a jelly dessert and a side veg dish) - it sells for just under S$9 each. And we adults had the Chicken Briyani (under S$9). The iced lemon tea was about S$3. For younger kids, sorry, the restaurant does not stock the popular Ribena (blackcurrent cordial drinks), nor milk.
There's a nice kids' garden for the kids to potter about. There's no shade there, which is a disappointment as it got very hot towards noontime. However, there's a tent within which houses a large wooden table and benches for kids' workshops i think, but none were ongoing that morning. Nevertheless, we stepped in, and my kids had fun filling/emptying the small flower pots with soil and spraying some young seedlings there with water (there were spray bottles lying around).
Do note that the popular foam pool only operates on weekends.
There are some other ongoing activities during the time we were there.
But the announcements over the PA system was mostly muffled and we cant make out what they were saying. We later saw a small group of kids (led by one staff) playing and balancing a ball with a rainbow-colored parachute mat that each kid held out at different ends.
I did not enter the changing/shower rooms - so can't comment on that.
However, what I like is that they have a dedicated (outdoor) area outside the changing/shower rooms, where there are shower taps for you to wash off your young kids quickly without having to enter the changing/shower rooms which at some places can get quite yucky and grimy.
There's a little gate near the garden which allows you to step out onto the beach.
The POLW pirate ship is the main draw :
- there's a big bucket of water atop the pirate ship that fills up every ten min or so (i think), and once it's full, the bucket will swing to its side dumping the water on waiting kids at ground level. Huge fun.
- water slides - supervised by staff, and there's a line of kids waiting, as they only allow one kid down the slide at any time.
- very much like the water play areas at the Singapore Zoological Gardens and the Jurong Bird Park if you've been there. Only do take note that the water level at some areas around the pirate ship can go up to knee/thigh height of a young toddler, so you need to watch them closely.
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