Yesterday I went to Serangoon Nexx for the first time. Today I had to go back (to exchange an item). In those two visits, I’ve come to the conclusion that it may be the best mall in Singapore for a family.
- A branch of the Public Library
- A movie theater
- Disney Store
- Build a Bear
- A 24 Hour Fair Price Extra
- A Cold Storage (for the stuff Fair Price doesn’t have)
- Almost every American food chain in Singapore
- Sit down restaurants
- Asian options
- A pet store to buy the kitten’s food at
- AND quite possibly the second best water play area in all of Singapore (second only to the Singapore Zoo water play area, and possibly better as it’s less crowded).
As you can see there is stuff that sprays, stuff that dumps, stuff like sprinklers, and then there’s a giant bucket that dumps down every 3-5 minutes. The kids go nuts for it.
Personally, after several bad encounters with older children at the zoo recently, I was a bit worried when some older kids came and began playing, especially when E decided she wanted to tag along. But they were actually fabulous with her (I made a point of saying “thank you for playing so nicely with her” when we left), encouraging her to chase around with them and sit to wait for the water dump. They laughed at her fearlessness, and treated her like one of them. It was really heartening for me to see, because if there is one thing that Ellie desperately wants…it’s to play with the bigger kids. She doesn’t really get that she’s only 2 1/2, and not six or eight.
For dog lovers, next to the water play area there are two dog play parks; one for small dogs and one for larger dogs. There’s also the doggiestyle cafe, where owners and dogs can stop and get a bite together. (sorry, bad pun…had to do it)
Dogs are also welcome to stroll with their owners in the pet store.
This is the kind of mall where you could easily spend a day. Go to the library, catch a movie while your kid takes a ballet class or gets some math tutoring, drop by Fair Price for some snacks, and let the little ones play at the water park.
It’s a brilliant mall, and super easy to get to. It’s directly above/next to the Serangoon stop on the MRT, about 10 or so buses stop in front and there’s a cab stand (of course). I think we’ve found a better option than VivoCity..the only 2 things Vivo has over Serangoon Nexx is the Toys R Us and the GAP. In the meantime, we (especially E) can’t wait to shop there again.