The fun and novel 'A Night at the Airport' camp at Jewel Changi Airport makes for a great family bonding experience!
We went camping at Changi Airport, Singapore! This is actually our second time at 'A Night at the Airport' family camp - the first was two years ago and my kids remembered having so much fun the first time round, they were so looking forward to their second camp at Changi Airport!
'A Night at the Airport' camp happens only during the school holidays and each camp feels like a new experience as its program changes every time. The latest edition is taking place 2-24 June 2023 and its highlights include a fun & educational quest, a craft workshop, wall climbing, access to Changi Experience Studio and of course, a sleepover at Changi Experience Studio!
Here's a review of the 2D1N 'A Night at the Airport' camp preview we went to over weekend:
We arrived bright and early at Changi Experience Studio at Jewel Changi Airport at 930am on Saturday. After checking in our luggage, our camp kicked off with a 'Build an Airport of the Future' craft workshop.
The girls had a lot of fun making their airport craft with the materials provided, like paint, markers, pom poms, craft paper, cotton wool etc. Hubs and I left the designing to the kids but we helped by cutting the plane, vehicle and building models to save some time. So, you can say this is an activity the whole family can participate in! The craft took around two hours to complete and here are the girls' masterpieces, which I think look pretty good!
BTW the boxes can be folded up and carried around like a suitcase - very creative!
After the workshop, it was time to break for lunch at 12pm (meals at own cost). One thing I love about camping at Jewel is that there are so many dining options. However, we ended up at McDonalds because they girls have been craving for McDs 😂We had two hours for lunch, so there was ample time to even do some shopping. We checked out the relatively new Don Don Donki and of course, the Pokemon Centre is a must-visit every time we are at Jewel!
We returned to Changi Experience Studio at 2pm to start our 'Journey Through Time Airport' quest! The quest took us on a fun and educational trail across Changi Experience Studio, Jewel and Terminal 1 where we had to solve clues as a team in order to complete the quest. The questions and clues in the quest are all done via Quizizz, so you'll need to have your phone with mobile data working!
Our first clue took us to nostalgic games with an aviation twist. Here, we had to play three old school games so we could get our game card stamped. Of course, there was snakes and ladders...
the memory game, fishing...
and hopscotch with a twist, where you have to answer an airport-related trivia in order to complete the game. When the girls completed their game cards, they got to play tikam tikam! They each won an old school toy😁
And onwards with our quest! Everyone in our family pitched in to answer questions and complete tasks in order to move forward with our quest and along the way, we all learned fun facts about the airport. This trishaw at T1 was one of the places we had to visit and we found it with team work!
The quest also took us to the Viewing Mall at T1, where we had to answer questions by observing the area below.
I think the questions and clues that had to be deciphered were pitched at the right level for my two girls at 10 and 12 years old. They actually answered most of the questions without our help, though we did jump in when they got stuck at a few questions and could not find the place we had to go to. I would think younger kids would need more guidance from their parents but working on this as a family is really part of the fun!
You have two hours to complete the quest and we were done in about 1.5 hours! You'd need to do quite a bit of walking so do wear shoes suitable for that.
From 415-730pm, it was another break time so we could go for an early dinner before our wall climbing activity at 730pm. Do note that your itinerary might be different from ours as some of the other families had their wall climbing activity right after the quest.
After the quest, our girls made a beeline for the Changi Experience Studio games. If you've never been to Changi Experience Studio, I've a separate blog post on it which you can check out. There are many fun and interactive games there which both kids and adults can enjoy.
The Amazing Runway below is another one of the girls' favourites. You can compete with each other and as teams on these stationary bikes.
We spent about an hour or so playing the games before heading for an early dinner and more shopping at Jewel.
At 730pm, it was off to T3 for an hour of wall climbing at Climb@T3! Big E had been looking forward to this as she really enjoys wall climbing.
There's also a boulder wall at Climb@T3 that the girls had fun at. One hour of wall climbing was just right for us as the girls were beat after this!
Next up on our itinerary is a flight simulator experience at Changi Experience Studio. There is a separate charge for this at $36 per pax for a 15-minute session. But campers get a 30% discount!
There's a real-life pilot who will guide you at the flight simulator, so it was a really interesting experience for our girls. They wished they could have flown the plane a bit longer though!
Showering time at the shower facilities in the Changi Experience Studio toilets can be booked ahead in slots from 8-10pm. After 10pm, the shower facilities are free to use. This is so that there are no long queues for the shower cubicles as there are only two cubicles. We decided to go after 10pm as we couldn't get a slot that fit our schedule and we thought it might be better to shower after we were done with all our activities. But turned out other families had the same idea too, so we had to queue when we went at 10pm. This was the case at the female toilet but hubs said both shower cubicles at the male toilet were empty when he went at 10-plus pm. Anyhoo, we didn't wait too long at the female toilets but I'd suggest you book a shower time so there's no need to queue.
Our tents were all set up by 830pm. The tents are mostly set up at the area in Changi Experience Studio where you get a view of Jewel's Rain Vortex.
Another smaller camp area is at Changi Experience Studio's Garden of Harmony which looks very magical to me!
You can continuing playing the games at Changi Experience Studio until 10pm. Board games are provided as well.
We managed to catch the Rain Vortex's light and sound show at 10pm and because of our camp site, we had a front row seat to it!
By the time we were done showering and changing, it was already 1030pm. Way past our bedtimes but I think staying up late is really part of the fun of camping. Lights were dimmed at 11pm so everyone can go to sleep but trust me, you'll probably sleep much later because there will be children talking, laughing and some crying, which is really no big deal to me because it is expected when you're camping with families who have young children.
We get two tents for our family of four, so there were ample room to sleep in the tents. Each tent also comes with a 5-cm thick air mattress, which is very comfy! It is, in fact, so much comfier than the padding we slept on two years back at the camp, the girls said they had a really good night's sleep!
If you want a better night sleep, do bring along pillows, blankets and/or jackets. The air-conditioning can get pretty cold at night! I would also suggest ear plugs if you are a light-sleeper because the sound of children talking/crying at night can be heard rather clearly.
Check out time is at 8am the next morning, so we woke up, used the toilets and packed up from 7am onwards. We had breakfast at Jewel and it was time for us to go home. Of course, you don't have to go home that early - you can still play at Changi Experience Studio from 9am onwards, do more shopping and eating at Jewel or even visit Jurassic Mile!
Here's a video that pretty much sums up our 2D1N fun at the 'A Night at the Airport' camp:
Full disclosure that we were invited to the camp preview but as always, my review is my honest opinion and I can say we really enjoyed ourselves at the 'A Night at the Airport' camp. Again, your itinerary might be slightly different from ours but the highlights would be about the same. You'll also get complimentary parking at Jewel's carpark. More details and booking info can be found at the Changi Airport website.
The price for the camp is at S$85 per adult and S$95 per child and it is recommended for children 5 years old and above. I noted that the price is a lot cheaper than the camp we went to 2 years ago probably because the experiences differ (you can read my review of our first camp experience here but the camp itinerary has changed so it's not very relevant).
This latest edition of the 'A Night at the Airport' camp is only happening from 2-24 June 2023. So do book early if you're keen on it - we highly recommend this fun and novel camp which makes for a great family bonding experience!
Disclaimer: My opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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