No, I am not talking about PSY of Gangnam Style fame. It's Pororo the Little Penguin.
The bespectacled penguin Pororo and his Antarctic friends Petty, Crong, Eddy, Loopy and Poby are superstars to little ones in South Korea. In fact, Pororo is considered to be the 'President of Kids' in South Korea! And with the opening of the first Pororo Park in Southeast Asia at Marina Square, chances are the kids here will adore him and his cute friends just as much too.
Billed as the largest character-themed indoor playground in Singapore, Pororo Park Singapore morphs 11,000 square feet of indoor space into loads of edutainment fun complete with a train ride, indoor structure playground, educational classes, entertaining shows and of course, mascots meet-and-greets too!
Shark Ball Pool
A ball pit is a mandatory feature in any self-respecting playground and even better if it is darn huge... with its base and sides fully padded! Toddlers will have a field day jumping in and swimming through the many plastic balls.
Okay, actually older kids like the monkies too.
From the outside, this huge structure playground may look pretty normal but it was where the boys spent most of their time... and enjoyed the most.
And they have got the heads of (yucky) perspiration to prove it.
Full of climbing structures, ramps and slides, the Jungle Gym's interior is extremely well-padded. A plus point for parents of toddlers is the structure is not too big so it should be relatively easy to spot your kids from the outside.
Fans of the cartoon series should recognise this. The exact replica of Pororo’s house comes furnished with a bed, sofa, mini fridge and even a bathroom.
An extension of Pororo's house, Crong's Backyard is a play area littered with role-playing sets. A good place to chill if the other attractions in the park get too crowded.
Eddy and Petty’s Rooms
These two rooms are perfect for a Pororo-themed birthday party. In addition, they function as educational classrooms for kids' workshops such as Petty's Art Class and Eddy's Science Class. for a start, reading classes conducted by instructors from MindChamps will be held every Sunday from November 2015 to January 2016.
This will most certainly be the first thing kids set their sights upon entering the park - a train ride and the iconic centrepiece of Pororo Park.
The train takes kids on a slow ride through an icy cave and is suitable even for toddlers.
Expect the kids to go on it more than once!
TongTong’s Little Theatre
What's a Pororo Park without live performances? Kids can jive, groove, clap and sing along to the ditties that Pororo and friends dish out at the theatre.
I have to admit, some of the songs sounded pretty nostalgic to me... simply because they were some of Ayd's favourite songs many years back and those exact same songs were on repeat mode in the house.
So my advice is do NOT miss the performances while you are there because your child will love you for it!
And of course, I guess I do not have to tell you the Meet and Greet Sessions are a must as well. Scheduled meet and greet sessions are at 11am every day but impromptu parades around the park and appearances by the characters are highly likely too!
Feeling peckish? The 60-seater Loopy’s Café offers dining options in the form of main dishes and
desserts. There is free Wi-Fi too, if you must know.
Rody’s Toy Store, which is located outside of the park, stocks a good variety of Pororo and friends-themed memorabilia, ranging from toys, stationery to kid apparels and other souvenir items.
To be honest, my first impression of Pororo Park Singapore was that it is simply just a glorified indoor playground. There is the indoor gym, ball pit and role-playing sets which are what other indoor playgrounds have.
But the longer I spent in the park, the more I got to see the many smiling faces of kids tottering about... and their joy primarily came from the train ride, darting in and out of Pororo House and the opportunity of watching Pororo dancing 'live' in front of them.
Pororo Park is targeted at kids aged between one and nine, but I feel a more appropriate age band is between two and six instead. They will be the ones who will be delighted to spend a full two hours within the park and compared to flying to Seoul to meet Pororo at the theme park, this is definitely the more economical option for parents!
The lucky winner has been picked!
Congratulations to LYNN CHEN for winning the Family Package for 2 children and 2 adults to Pororo Park Singapore.
Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org for prize collection details. Thanks!
A huge thanks to everyone who participated!
Pororo Park Singapore (Opening on 11 November 2015)
Singapore 039594 (Marina Square’s new retail wing)
Opening Hours: Sun – Thu: 10.30am to 8.00pm | Fri & Sat: 10.30am to 9.00pm
*Socks are compulsory
*Toilets and a changing room are available within the park.