Taking your kid to Candy Snow House at Changi Airport? Here are 10 things to know
Updated: Nov 10
Candy Snow House at Changi Airport Singapore serves up wintry good fun for kids and adults!
This year's Changi Festival Village at Singapore Changi Airport is candy-themed and boy is it gorgeous! There's a Candy Wonderland and a Candy Carnival (more on those later!) but the attraction I really wanted to take the girls to was the snow chamber, Candy Snow House. They've been wanting to go to Snow City for the longest time but for various reasons, we haven't got to it 😅.
Anyhoo, after seeing pictures and videos of Candy Snow House from social media, we decided to go on a weekday on a school-designated holiday. We went at 12pm and almost had the whole place to ourselves. More visitors with younger kids started arriving from 1pm onwards - I presume the attraction would be even more popular during weekends! Happy to say that we really enjoyed our visit and the younger one is asking if we could go again😄
Well, if you're planning to visit Candy Snow House, here's our review and 10 things you need to know.
1) What's at Candy Snow House?
Candy Snow House is a snow chamber about 600 square metres in size. Other than playing with the snow and ice, you can also have fun with slides, see-saws, sleds, scooters and games like golf and bowling in winter condition.
Here's a video of our visit that best captures everything.
What I enjoyed the most are the slides (tip: lean back for a faster slide) and sledding (with my girls pulling my sled haha). My girls enjoyed these too but I think they simply loved the cold temperature and being able to play with the snow and ice, especially since they've never seen snow or travelled to temperate countries during winter season.
2) What to wear?
Long pants and socks are required. If you don't have these when there, you can rent or purchase at the venue. Waterproof pants can be rented at $4.50 per pair and waterproof gloves at $3.50 per pair, while socks can be purchased at $3.50 per pair and children's ear muffs at $6 per piece.
You can bring your own winter wear but winter jackets and boots are provided for participants above 3 years old. If your child is below 3 years old, you are encouraged to bring their own winter apparels.
My girls and I wore jeans and brought jackets/sweaters, socks and wool gloves. We used the winter jackets and boots that were provided and these kept us warm enough for our hour-long visit. Though near the end of our visit, we were starting to feel it was getting too cold for us - it's negative 10 degree Celsius in there! So don't depend on their winter jacket alone, bring some of your thicker jackers/sweaters and even beanies and ear muffs, if you have them. I felt having our face masks on also helped keep us slightly warmer!
In hindsight, the waterproof gloves available for rent would have been good to have as my girls played with the snow and ice, and their hands got really cold thereafter.
3) How much time do you get at Candy Snow House?
Playtime per entry is one hour and that includes registration, changing into winter wear, briefing and playtime in the Candy Snow House. I estimate the pre-snow play prep takes about 10-15 minutes, so essentially you get about 40-45 minutes of play in the snow chamber.
I thought the 45 minutes of play is just right, we actually felt we wanted to go already near the end because it was too cold for us - we probably weren't dressed warm enough. If we were, we would have loved to play longer if we could!
4) Is there an age limit for Candy Snow House?
There is no age limit but children below 7 years old would need to be accompanied by an adult who is at least 18 years old. And again, if your child is below 3 years old, you are encouraged to bring their own winter apparels.
5) Is Candy Snow House suitable for the younger children?
I think this is suitable for all ages! My teen and tween had a lot of fun and as an adult I enjoyed myself too! But if you have younger ones, might want to make sure they are dressed for the cold temperature, if not, they might feel uncomfortable from the cold and want to go out before your play session is up.
That said, the staff are really accommodating. Because we felt really cold at some points, we asked if we could go outside to stand for a while and come back in again and they were okay with it.
6) How much is it?
Entry costs S$18 per pax if you purchase via the Changi App. You can also purchase 20 Carnival Credits via the Changi App or 20 carnival tokens at the ticketing booth/machine at Candy Carnival - which is where Candy Snow House is situated - for entry.
Carnival Credits purchased through the Changi App are at $10 for 10 Credits. If you buy more, you get some extras like $20 for 21 Credits; if you buy 55 Credits, you get 1 free ride.
At the carnival, you can purchase $20 worth of tokens and get 21 tokens; purchase S$50 worth of tokens and get 55 tokens; purchase S$100 worth of tokens and get 120 tokens.
We only wanted to go to Candy Snow House so buying at $18/pax through the Changi App would be the cheapest and simplest for us. But if you plan to play the rides and games at Candy Carnival (more on that later), you can calculate to see if it's more worthwhile to do so with Carnival Credits and tokens.
Do note that 1 Carnival Credit is equivalent to one 1 physical token, and the Credits you purchased via Changi app will need to be changed to physical tokens if you want to play the rides and games at the carnival. More details on Carnival Credits and tokens at Changi Airport's website.
7) Can you bring personal belongings including your phone in?
You'll need to store your personal belongings at the lockers ($2 for one time use). Do note that photography is not allowed in Candy Snow House. If you see some people taking photos/videos in there, they are probably content creators or from the media who are there to cover the event, hence the exception for them.
That said, the venue has professional photographers to take photos of visitors and you can purchase the pics thereafter. Though I could take photos inside as I was covering the event, I still bought a picture because I thought the photo cover and photo were really nice (you can see it at the end of my video above). I bought a 6R pic for $19.90 but you can check out the other packages they have - usually with such packages, the more pics you buy the more worthwhile it is.
Buying professional shots at attractions are not the cheapest but I don't mind forking out money for these if the pics are nicely taken and we are at somewhere special. These days, we hardly print photos and I actually like displaying photos at home.
8) What else is at Changi Festival Village?
There are loads more! Candy Carnival, for one, is really pretty and colourful. It has carnival games, kiddy rides , claw machines, a bouncy castle and cute displays that are great for photos.
The rides and bouncy castle are probably more suited for the younger ones - to play at the bouncy castle, you must be minimum 4 years old and be 90cm-140cm in height. Participants must use non-slip socks to enter the bouncy castle. However, the older kids and adults can always have fun with the carnival games and claw machines!
There's also a go-kart, called Candy Kart, at the carnival which looks fun and suitable for younger children.
At the Terminal 3 departure hall, is Candy Wonderland which has a very beautiful candy-themed display with a 5-metre tall bear and 7-metre tall Ferris Wheel. It's great for photo ops, except there are always people there taking photos, so it's not easy to get a shot without other people in the photos😅. This display is there till 1 January 2024 and there are snow shows 7:30PM and 8:30PM from Monday to Thursday, and 7:30 PM, 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM from Friday to Sunday.
From 25 November till 23 December, Changi Experience Studio is also running Candylicious Night at the Airport, where you get to stay overnight at the airport and participate in fun activities including Candy Snow House. We went for the Night at the Airport camp in June this year and albeit being a different theme, we enjoyed ourselves thoroughly! See Changi Airport's website for more details on the latest edition of this camp!
9) Where is Candy Snow House located?
It's located in Candy Carnival. After entering Candy Carnival, go all the way in. Candy Carnival is located at Changi Airport Terminal 3, Level 1, outside McDonald's.
10) Till when would Candy Snow House be open?
Candy Snow House is open 12pm-10pm daily till 1 January 2024. Thereafter till 31 March 2024, it will be open 5pm-10pm on Fridays and 12pm-10pm during weekends, school holidays and public holidays.
Disclaimer: My opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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