UPDATE: 13/04/2017 - Two new stations added.
In case you didn't know already, Diggersite has shut its operations at East Coast Park as Raintree Cove has closed. But the East's loss will be the North's gain as Diggersite has relocated to ORTO at Yishun!
And it is OPEN!
Diggersite offers both adults and kids realistic experience in operating smaller scale construction machinery like excavators. Yes, they are no toys but REAL machinery!
Heading into ORTO, one will not be able to miss the bright yellow signage.
Located just beside the open air car park, Diggersite now occupies a larger area which means that the construction vehicles are spaced out further apart.
All of the previous stations at East Coast have been replicated here - some with a slight twist. In total, there are now 7 stations.
1. SCOOP STATION
The name sounds straightforward enough; kids are tasked to scoop sand using the excavators into a bucket.
2. WRECKING BALL STATION
This station involves knocking over plastic bottles using a ball attached to the arm of the excavator.
3. BALL PIT STATION
A previous crowd fave - because it was air-conditioned! - this station is now outdoors and features 2 diggers with 2 different tasks.
The above digger allows kids to grab colourful balls using a giant claw and place them into the tires while the digger below lets kids transfer the balls onto a slide!
4. LOG STATION
If you have older kids aged 7 and above, they will enjoy the 2 excavators here... simply because they require more skill.
Rather than scooping up sand, they are tasked to operate the excavators to complete certain goals. Like the Log Loading station where they have to pick up logs using the machine and place them into the wheelbarrow.
Or the Log Bowling station where they will get to release a log down a ramp and attempt to knock over three 'bowling pins'.
5. FORKLIFT STATION
This is the newest addition and I can already foresee it to be the monkies' fave station of the lot!
Kids will be able to drive - yes, DRIVE - a forklift around the Diggersite compound while transporting a wooden mallet from one point to another. COOL STUFF!!!
6. TOWER CRANE STATION
Now this is something extremely novel for the kids! Kids (or parents) will be able to attract metal boxes using an electromagnet in a mini tower crane.
All they have to do is to transfer the metal boxes from a wooden pallet and place them in the individual rubber tyres. It's not as easy as it looks!
7. COAL MINE CART RIDE
Visitors will be able to hop onto the mine cart and go on a ride around the ORTO compounds. The cart ride takes approximately 10 minutes.
And considering how kids love to dig and dig and dig, there will also a sandpit with sand toys just for this purpose!
If you are planning to head down, here are a few things to take note of:
- The stations are located outdoors and minimally sheltered. So do bring along hats or sunblock in case the queues get too long.
- Complimentary usage of safety helmet and vest.
- The recommended age is from 2 years and above. Children under 6 years old must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
- No upper age limit as even adults are welcome.
- Opening hours are from 11am to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 9pm on weekends.
- Due to the machinery involved, avoid wearing flip-flops or sandals as they do not protect the feet.
- Predictably, weekends and public holidays are peak periods to visit. So expect to wait much longer for the excavator rides.
Oh, and the pricing!
And the bonus? Each ride duration is now 7 minutes (except for the Forklift which remains at 5 minutes)!
UPDATED: NEW PRICING
$7 for one token | $30 for 5 tokens | $50 for 10 tokens
Diggersite @ ORTO
Address: 81 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769198
Opening hours: Weekdays 11am - 9pm | Weekends 9am - 9pm
Cost: $7 for one token | $30 for 5 tokens | $50 for 10 tokens
Nearest MRT Station: Khatib