We checked out the brand new Pororo Park at Marina Square recently, and the girls had a great time. There are nine Pororo-themed indoor playgrounds in South Korea, but this is the first in South East Asia.
For the uninitiated (as I was a year ago), Pororo is a roly-poly Little Penguin that is too cute for words. B (almost age 5) was thrilled to hear that we’d be visiting, so we were one of the first to arrive. And when the gates finally opened, she was the first to shake Pororo’s little flipper! And Loopy the Beaver, pretty in pink, was out to welcome the many little guests too.
Kids who are huge Pororo fans will be delighted with this 11,000 square feet Pororo wonderland. A train station, a large ball pit, a replica of Pororo’s little wooden house, a jungle gym playground with two fast slides, plus ‘live’ shows by Pororo and friends! Wow.
My personal favourite (as was B’s) was the Pororo Express – a little train ride that chugs slowly through the winter-scape, and past the welcoming arms of Poby the Polar Bear.
The girls had fun at the ball pit, and throwing balls into Shark’s mouth, which then emerge from his belly (!) through some quirk of digestion.
7 year old K’s favourite was the jungle gym play structure. She and B spent the most time here.
I thought Pororo’s house was really cute, and must be such a dream come true for fans of the series – it must be like a Lord of the Rings fan walking into Hobbiton.
There is also “Crong’s Backyard” a play area extension to Pororo House, with foam mats, tiny tents and toys best suited for toddlers aged 2 and below.
B attended a craft session in Petty’s Room, a birthday party room that also functions as a classroom for story-telling sessions, which will be held every Sunday from November 2015 to January 2016. Other classes such as Petty’s Art Class and Eddy’s Science Class will also be held regularly – thus making up the edutainment aspect of the Park.
TongTong’s Little Theatre has a castle exterior, and is where sing-along ‘live’ shows featuring Pororo and his friends are held. I must say that the songs are so catchy that they had me bobbing to the music too. Shows are scheduled at fixed times on weekends.
There are mini parades and character meet-and-greets taking place periodically in the Park, which are overwhelmingly popular – just see how Pororo was mobbed below!
Need some space to yourself? Loopy’s Café is a spacious 60-seater, offering mains and desserts, with lots of natural light flowing in through the full length windows. It also offers free Wi-Fi, the lifeblood (it seems) of Singaporeans these days. Surf away, or work if you must – blogger mums can even catch up on making their social media posts. What’s not to love?
When we visited, we were treated to yummy Korean rice dishes, delicious cakes and muffins, as well as Pororo yoghurt drinks and iced Yuzu juice. A nice nod to Pororo’s Korean origins.
Rody’s Toy Store has Pororo memorabilia galore.
We left with some goody bags with a cute Pororo balloon and an activity set. The girls did up the good quality diorama in no time, and had lots of fun with the character Sudoku within. It was a fantastic morning for them!
Apart from family-friendly facilities such as children restrooms and a nursing room, Pororo Park has a designated area for parking strollers too.
It officially opens its doors on 11 November 2015 at 2pm, and I think it’ll be quite a popular destination during the school holidays! If you have further queries, you can probably find the answers here.
#02-29 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
Sundays – Thursdays: 10.30am to 8.00pm
Fridays and Saturdays: 10.30am to 9.00pm
With selected credit cards, 2-hours of admission for a child between 2-12 years old costs about $28.50. Full details can be found here.
p.s. do remember that kids and adults need to wear socks to enter.
Photo guide on how to get there
By MRT, Esplanade station is the nearest. Follow the signs to Marina Square exit B, then take the escalator up (there’s a little Pororo ad there now), make your way to the central atrium, then turn right at Spectacle Hut, and you’ll be there in no time.
If you are parking, the Pink Zone is nearest, and head towards the old Food Court area, right opposite the Esplanade.