Have a whimsical, slurping good time at the first instant noodle-themed playground in Singapore!
Slurping Good!, the first instant noodle-themed experience playground in Singapore, opened earlier in September and we finally made our way there this month (it's only here till 30 January 2022, btw)!
Before we went, I had looked up pictures of the exhibition and thought the installations looked really cool (and instant noodles is one of my guilty pleasures!), though I did have some second thoughts when I saw the mixed reviews on Google. But Little E was all hyped up about it and she said one of her BFFs said it was really fun, so we went in the end.
And can I say after visiting, we totally loved it! Yes the tickets were a tad expensive for a 45-minute experience but it was such a unique experience that I felt was worth visiting. Anyway, more details and 8 things to know below if you're wondering if you should or planning to take your kids to Slurping Good! this school holiday!
1) What to see?
There are 13 instant noodle-themed installations at this exhibition and as we went from room to room, we were pleasantly surprised by every one of the colourful and whimsical displays. Here are some of the highlights we loved:
'Floating' instant noodles greet you once you enter the exhibition!
Do you like your noodles with seafood or a crabstick or two?
I really like mine with luncheon meat!
Eggs are also a must for me and you can vote for how you like your eggs done!
You can also swing in a bowl of noodles. BTW you can remove the ingredients you see on the surrounding metal structures to take pics with!
Never had my instant noodles with cheese but I just might from now on!
You can also slide down Chu Qian Yi Ding slides!
The main installations are on the ground level. There's a second level where the gift shop is and there are also lovely set-ups there which are insta-worthy. Like noodle bar...
...this noodle stall...
...and this cup noodle 'theatre' signage.
The cute instant noodle-themed souvenirs are also worth a browse, like these...
Some of the Google reviews had complained about the lightings or positions of the installations not being the best for photography. Maybe I'm not a professional photographer or instagrammer, but I thought they looked fine to me and our pictures turned out great as well!
2) What to do (other than take pictures with installations)?
Though the exhibition says "playground", it's not really a playground like the playgrounds in parks but it does have two slides, a swing (see above) and a little cooking play area for younger kids.
On the second floor, you can collect an instant noodle cup which you can design on the spot or at home...
...then participate in a contest on Instagram!
When you finish your tour of the exhibition, head over to Tekka Place, the building next door, to collect a goodie bag which comes with a pack of instant noodles, and tokens (3 per ticket) to play at two claw machines - you stand to win Lazada vouchers, instant noodles and/or memorabilia like pens or cup holders. With our nine tokens, we won a Nissin cup noodle and a Slurping Good! pen!
At the redemption area, you can take a few more pics with instant noodles set-ups!
3) Is it for younger or older kids?
As an adult, I really enjoyed the cute atmosphere and so did my kids (they are 9 and 11 years old), though kids being kids, they would have liked more activities and fun stuff they could play with. But that didn't dampen their enjoyment of the exhibition. They did go with the right expectations, as I had told them before hand that it's more for photo-taking.
I saw some comments in Google review that some thought this exhibition would be similar to Japan's instant noodle museum (well, it's not meant to be the same - the latter's way bigger!). From the reviews, I also had the impression that kids seem to have more fun than adults at the exhibition (Little E's friend said it was "really fun" too!). I think kids would enjoy the atmosphere and experience but maybe let them know what to expect (like I said, it's not a playground like that in a park!) and see if it's something they are still keen to visit.
Here's evidence of the exhibition leaving an impression on Little E: she made her own cup noodle craft with the cup from the exhibition!
4) How much time do you need?
When you purchase tickets on the Slurping Good!'s website, you'd need to book a timeslot to visit and each timeslot is 45 minutes. I think 45 minutes was just right for us too. The place isn't huge and it doesn't take a lot of time to go through the 13 installations and browse the gift shop but my kids designed their instant noodle cups there and that used up a bit of time. I think it's a good idea to design their cups there as you can take pictures of their end products against the lovely backdrops and it does complete the experience.
At the end of 45 minutes, I had asked my kids, if they wished they could stay longer or if they wanted to return to the installations downstairs to have another look. Nope, they said they were all done. So yes, 45 minutes was just right for us.
5) How crowded was it?
But that said, 45 minutes was just right for us as it wasn't crowded at all when we were there on a weekday morning (their school had ended two days earlier than official term end). Including the three of us, there were just about ten people there. But I can imagine if there were more people, you might have to wait for your turn to take pictures at the installations. I really did appreciate the thin crowd and having space to explore and take photos. So if you can, try to opt for weekdays for your visit.
6) How much does it cost?
Tickets are at $21 per pax (free admission for children 3 years and below). It's not exactly cheap for a 45-minute experience and you might think there are more fun stuff you can do elsewhere for that price. But I think Slurping Good! is really about soaking in the unique atmosphere and experiencing the installations rather than having loads of activities to do and things to play with like in an amusement park. I'm still glad that we at least visited it while the exhibition is in Singapore!
7) Do I need to pre-book tickets?
You can buy tickets at the door but best to purchase them online to secure your preferred time slots. Take note of your assigned entry time on your e-ticket as entry into the venue is only permissible during your allocated entry time. The opening hours stated on the Slurping Good! website are 12-8pm Monday-Thursday and 10am-8pm Friday-Sunday. But I noted that 10am tickets seem to be available on weekdays in November/December, maybe due to the school holidays. That said, I randomly clicked on some dates and noticed some morning slots on weekdays are already sold out, so yes, book your tickets in advance!
8) Where is it located?
The exhibition is located at 2 Serangoon Rd #01-51 to 54, Tekka Place, Annex Building, Singapore 218227. If you are driving there, park at Tekka Place's carpark. If you are not familiar with the area and need to use GPS to get there, search "Tekka Place Carpark", not "Tekka Place", as the carpark entrance is different from the mall's entrance and the roads there can get a bit complicated.
So, what plans have you made for this school holiday? Do share with us!
Disclaimer: We paid for our tickets, and my opinions and reviews here are strictly my and my family’s own.
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