The newest kid on the Punggol block is Punggol SAFRA – this new orange/brown building next to Waterway @ Punggol.
The inspiration of the cascading architectural design comes from the natural slope seen on part of the land where the club is built. The club is also integrated seamlessly with the adjacent Punggol Waterway Park to retain the naturalistic ambience for recreation. In other ways, no side/front/back gates. I thought that is great for bringing nature closer to built-environment. And also those hues blend in nicely with the nature surroundings.
Last weekend, we were part of a group of Singapore Parent Bloggers who were invited to have a “Little Punggol Safra Explorer” Day. Here’s sharing our first hand experience exploring some of the establishments at Punggol SAFRA. This place is open to the public (non SAFRA members) though members might get some special rates at selected outlets.
It is a little “ulu” if you are not a Punggolians. But not exactly since the government is trying to maximise all land space in Singapore; nowhere is that ulu anymore.
Address is 9 Sentul Crescent Singapore 828654
By Car you can reach here using TPE or KPE. But do note that car parking isn’t cheap for non members. If you intend to stay for a longer period, it will be more ideal to take public transport.
By MRT/LRT, it is just 1 min walk from Sam Kee LRT Station
By Bus, 382G/382W from Punggol Bus Interchange will reach nearby.
More details on getting there and car park rates here.
Where’s the Fun
There is something for the whole family here.
We didn’t manage to try the Bikes @ Waterway but this is a highlight of Punggol SAFRA. This SAFRA club is the first to include cycling activites. Bikes @ Waterway is part of the Park Connector Network (PCN) Pitstop network that offers returns of bicycle conveniently at any of the “pitstops” located along the Eastern PCN.
You will see familiar names at the club which means you have another place to dine or another enrichment centre outlet to send your children to. Check out the full directory listing here.
|Type||Facilities and Tenants|
|Fitness & Lesiure||• Bikes @ Waterway
• Member’s Lounge
• Games Room
• Yoga Inc.
• i Darts LAVA (opens early May)
• Orchid Bowl (opens 5 Jun)
• The Spa by The Ultimate (opening date to be confirmed)
|Play & Enrichment||• Artary
• BazGym Gymnastics School
• LCentral English
• NurtureStars Preschool
• Splash @ Kidz Amaze
• StepUp Learning & Dance
• Tien Hsia Language School
• Yamaha Music
• Stamford Education (opens 1 Jun)
• Taekwondonomics (opens 1 Jun)
|Food & Beverages||Issho family restaurant
• Pin Si Superior
• Pizza Hut
• Siam Thai Tuckshop
• Nom La La by Bakerzin
• Jack’s Place (opens 30 Apr)
• Culinary Experience Studio Powered by Bosch (opens May)
• Heavenly Wang (opens early May)
• McDonald’s (opens 15 May)
Where Fun Flows
For the day’s event, we had fun at Artary – a children focused art centre. I loved the clean, arty look of the whole place. It almost felt like one of those hipster cafe with graffiti all over.
We worked on creating simple Van Gogh flowers as it was a parent-and-child session. Everything is prepared adequately and teachers are nearby to guide when needed. Instead of just painting the flowers, the children drew, cut and painted their unique blooms on separate papers. So the artwork became 3-D which is more appealing for younger crowd.
A well known pizza hunt – Pizza Hut – conducted hands-on Pizza-Making workshop for the children. First, we took photos for the souvenir-certificate which will be given to each child after the workshop. Thereafter, you ain’t “chef” till you worn the chef hat and apron which the children gamely put on. Lastly, they put on gloves and it’s hands-on-the-deck/dough with spreading of tomato sauce and sprinkling of ingredients!
All the pizzas are marked and child’s name tagged on before they are collected to be baked. This way, there will be no mix-ups and your child will be eating exactly his self-assembled pizza. A goodie bag will be given together with light refreshment (a packet of juice, garlic bread and chicken wings – kids’ portion). Understood that the cost of such workshop is $25 per child. More details can be found on Pizza Hut website.
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
This is the highlight of the day and deserve a separate post on it’s own. Click this link for a more detailed write up with photos!
If you are in the area or even if you are not, this un-ulu place deserve at least one visit (or more). We will be back!
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