(UPDATED) Taking the kids to Jurassic Mile? Here are 8 things to know!
Jurassic Mile is a must-visit for dinosaur fans! Even non-fans will be pretty impressed by the life-size displays - just watch out for the bicycles and scooters on the shared path!
UPDATED: 27 March 2021
This week, we decided to revisit Jurassic Mile on a school-specific holiday after reading from various websites about eleven new dinosaurs being added to the original fray of 20. But we ended up disappointed when we only spotted a few new additions of baby dinosaurs at Jurassic Mile - four to be exact! Where were the 3.9-metre tall yellow T-Rex and 3.5-metre tall pink Diplodocus we saw in pictures? Surely with them being so big, we couldn't have missed them!
Anyway, after we came home, I found the original media release by Changi Airport and realised the additions were not only at Jurassic Mile but elsewhere along the Changi Airport Connector. The big T-Rex is located near the Terminal 4 slip road (I believe this is around where you enter Airport Boulevard from PIE), while the pink Diplodocus and a new 1.2-metre baby Raptor are outside the VIP complex. New baby Pterodactyls are on top a sign directed towards Jurassic Mile at Hub & Spoke. If you see from the map below, these are NOT at Jurassic Mile.
But that said, we were still pretty happy to be at Jurassic Mile again as it was a lot less crowded on a week day compared to the last time we were there and this time round, we got to linger a bit longer at the displays and signs. Here are the new dinosaurs we saw at Jurassic Mile, which includes these baby Triceratops at where the adult Triceratops is at...
...this baby T-rex (right next to the big T-Rex that destroyed part of the fencing)...
...and this baby Stegosaurus right next to mama Stegosaurus holding a flag.
And really, that's about it for the new additions at Jurassic Mile. There are also a number of new 2D displays that weren't there the last time we were at Jurassic Mile in November 2020. Like this big Apatosaurus...
...the new displays behind this baby T-rex...
...while these Velociraptors also got some new bulbs around them.
Apparently the new dino displays were upcycled from the Dino Wonderland event at Changi Airport late last year. Also, the entire stretch now has netting over it (the netting was partial the last time we visited) which prevents stray golf balls from flying in.
I think it's great that Changi Airport has upcycled the dinosaurs from the event but it would have been nicer if they were all situated at Jurassic Mile. I reckon those bringing young children there are more likely to specifically visit Jurassic Mile rather than the entire Changi Airport Connector given that it's not easy for young children to tackle the entire Connector.
I probably wouldn't visit Jurassic Mile just to see these few baby dinosaurs though I have to say I really did enjoy the walk on a quiet week day more than our last visit when it was crowded. Anyhow, now you know what to expect if you're planning to go see the 11 new dinosaurs (and hopefully where to find them)! Do read on below for tips on visiting Jurassic Mile below!
Original post - 18 November 2020
We made it to Jurassic Mile! Our girls love their dinosaurs, so they were pretty stoked to finally see Jurassic Mile after reading all about and seeing pics of it.
Part of the new Changi Airport Connector in Singapore - a 3.5km cycling and jogging path that links Changi Airport to East Coast Park - the 1 km-long Jurassic Mile boasts of eleven types of dinosaur with a total of more than 20 displays which you can take photos with while cycling/scootering/jogging/walking along the path.
The walk wasn't exactly, erm a stroll in the park as we constantly had to watch out for cyclists and scooterists on the path which wasn't very wide, so it really was quite a chop-chop-take-photo affair for us. If you are planning to take the kids to Jurassic Mile this school holiday, here are eight things to know.
1) Where is Jurassic Mile located?
Jurassic Mile is part of the Changi Airport Connector. While you can obviously cycle/jog to get to Jurassic Mile from East Coast Park or Changi Airport Terminal Two (which I won't be writing about because we only wanted to go to Jurassic Mile), the easiest way to get there would be to drop off/park at Changi Airport Terminal 4's car park 4A, where the entrance to Jurassic Mile is right next to.
2) How long does it take to cover Jurassic Mile?
Depending on how long you want to linger! For us, we took about 20-30 mins one way. We were pretty chop chop when taking our photos and reading the signboards because there were always people waiting to take photos with the dinosaurs. By the way you'll know you have reached the end of Jurassic Mile when you see the Changi Jurassic Mile pterodactyl sign!
3) What do you see there?
The dinosaur displays are pretty impressive (the kids say it would be even nicer if they can move!) and there are also signs with fun facts about the dinosaurs. Here are some of our favourites: Menacing velociraptors surrounding a buggy...
...a water-drinking brachiosaurus...
these parasaurolophus behind the fences...
...these cute baby pterodactyls...
...and of course the mighty T-Rex!
Don't forget to read the fun facts along the way...
and pretend to be opening a restricted door!
4) Is is free?
Absolutely! Free to enter 24-hours a day.
5) Is pre-booking required?
You no longer need to pre-book to go to Jurassic Mile during the weekends (as of 2 November 2020). Safe distancing measures and face mask requirements (unless when eating, drinking or doing strenuous exercises) still apply though.
6) When's the best time to go?
I would like to say night time so it isn't hot but my kids are early sleepers. So we were there on a weekday morning around 930am the week before official school holidays began and I was rather surprised to see quite a number of families with kids there (I guess we weren't the only ones whose school has already started school holidays?). I can imagine it being more crowded during the school holidays as the place is still pretty new.
The crowd wasn't overly daunting when we were there and everyone was pretty fast when it came to taking photos. Snap snap and people move on. We didn't linger long at the displays given that there'll always be people waiting to take photos. I suppose mornings are pretty popular because the path is shaded by the walls bordering the path in the morning. I can imagine it being much hotter late afternoon as the sun will be shining in from the other side which is unblocked by walls.
7) Should I cycle/scoot there?
We actually decided against letting the kids take their scooters there after reading about the path (which is shared by bicycles and joggers) being quite narrow, which is a good idea on hindsight. We were constantly on the lookout for bicycles and scooters while we were walking (always better to walk single file along the side as not all riders were steady with their bikes and scooters). I noticed many of the bicycles had to constantly stop while we were there. I can't imagine it being a very pleasant ride for them.
8) Will I get hit my golf balls?
You might have read news reports of someone being hit by a golf ball when at Jurassic Mile. We wondered if we should wear helmets when there but turned out we didn't have to because the area near the golf course now has nettings overhead which is a really good idea because...
those golf balls are still a hazard!
Overall, it was a pretty fun one-hour walk for us (we walked to the end and back to Terminal 4). Just that it was a very chop chop affair where we didn't have the chance to linger and gaze in awe at the dinosaurs. It would be nice to do that someday one evening when the attraction is no longer that crowded.
Have you been to Jurassic Mile? Did you like it too?
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