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Fun for Free Singapore: Changi Airport Terminal 1

In celebration of our country’s National Day, Adora aka The Gingerbread Mum started a wonderful, Fun for Free SG blog train, and some of the Singapore Mom Bloggers jumped on board to bring to you 31 different fun places in Singapore that are completely free, since as Singaporeans, we love all things free! 

We’ve been to the airport a number of times, usually either for a meal with our friends, to send C off on one of his business trips, or to catch a flight, but we don’t really go there to hang out. To be honest, before this trip to Terminal 1, I always thought that the only play area was in Terminal 3, and each time we happened to be there, it seemed way too crowded for little kids to really be able to enjoy themselves there.

When our weekly playgroup decided to head to Terminal 1 for our playdate, I was pleasantly surprised to see a relatively large indoor playground there. Better yet, because we were there on a weekday, there were very few kids playing there, and our toddlers were able to explore the forest-themed playground freely. There are quite a few cubby holes at the entrance of The Canopy, but because it wasn’t crowded, we chose to leave our shoes at the entrance instead, alongside those of the other children who were already playing inside.

The Canopy




Ready to play


The Canopy is basically a two-storey indoor playground, with two tube slides, various obstacle courses, and two “treehouses”. The surfaces are all well-cushioned, so you don’t really have to worry about the children getting seriously hurt when they trip and fall. The minimum age requirement for The Canopy is 18 months, and I think that if your toddler isn’t able to climb up to the second level, there’s still plenty of fun to be had on the first level.

Fun on the bottom level





Noah was initially quite apprehensive about going up to the second level, but plucked up the courage to do so, when he saw his friends happily climbing up the structure.

Climbing up


Hello, KorKor R!


Busy walking around upstairs





Spot Noah!


Who’s there?


Posing on the slide


If your kids get tired from all the running and climbing around, they can take a break at the woodblock rubbing station, located right next to the playground. Paper and crayons are provided, and there are eight different woodblock rubbing designs to choose from.

Woodblock rubbing station


Some of the designs available


Noah working on one of the designs


The Canopy is located at the Viewing Gallery, so the children can also spend some time watching the planes taking off and landing. We brought some simple snacks, and the little ones seemed to be quite entertained by the planes while they ate.

Happy kids after their playdate


The Canopy is quite a nice indoor playground for young children, and is relatively quiet on weekdays, so if you’re looking for some indoor fun on a rainy day, do check it out!

Canopy Playground  Viewing Mall, Level 3, Terminal 1 More details available here

Tip: If you’re driving to the airport, do consider parking at Terminal 3, as it has an underground carpark (ie it’s sheltered, and you won’t get caught in the rain) then take the free skytrain to Terminal 1, to get to this playground. I’m sure your kids will enjoy the train ride there too!


Tomorrow, Ing from Ingspirations will take you to the far east to explore Pasir Ris Park. Ing is a Primary School teacher who is currently staying home taking care of her 3 kids. She keeps herself sane by keeping her mind active, blogging about parenting, activities and places for kids, and once in a while, topics on education. 

ingspirations pic


Can’t get enough of FUN FOR FREE SG venues? Here’s the whole list – 31 days of free fun in Singapore! This list will be updated regularly; you will be able to click on the location to be brought directly to the blog post when it goes “live”:

1 Aug: Tiong Bahru Park by Gingerbreadmum 2 Aug: Queenstown Heritage Trail by Princess Dana Diaries 3 Aug: Jurong Regional Library by Finally Mama 4 Aug: Singapore Maritime Gallery by Peipei Haohao 5 Aug: Singapore Philatelic Museum by Kids R Simple 6 Aug: Sculptures of Singapore by Gingerbreadmum 7 Aug: Fire Station by The Js Arena 8 Aug: Esplanade + Merlion by Prayerfull Mum 9 Aug: Bukit Batok Nature Park by Meeningfully 10 Aug: Lower Pierce Reservoir Park by The Kam Family 11 Aug: I12 Katong – water playground by Universal Scribbles 12 Aug: IMM by Mad Psych Mum 13 Aug: Tampines 1 Water Playground by Amazingly Still 14 Aug: Sengkang Riverside Park by Itchy Finger Snap 15 Aug: East Coast Park by Toddly Mummy 16 Aug: Sembawang Shopping Centre Playground by Joey Craftworkz 17 Aug: Animal resort by Raising Faith 18 Aug: Botanic Gardens by Mum’s The Word 19 Aug: Police Heritage Centre by Mummy Ed 20 Aug: Venus Loop, MacRitchie by Scrap Mum Loft 21 Aug: Road Safety Park by Miracule 22 Aug: Marina Barrage by J Babies 23 Aug: Gardens By The Bay, Children’s Garden by Finally Mama 24 Aug: Changi Airport T3 by Mother Kao 25 Aug: Pockets of Nature by Mum in the Making 26 Aug: Changi Airport T1 by Growing with the Tans 27 Aug: Pasir Ris Park by Ingspirations 28 Aug: Gardens by the Bay Supertree Grove by My Lil Bookworm 29 Aug: Vivocity Play Area by Amazingly Still 30 Aug: Punggol Promenade + Punggol Waterway by Chubby Anecdotes 31 Aug: Westgate Wonderland by Xavvylicious


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