Both the Bo & Liam are huge outdoor lovers. Which also explains why I visit the malls and do most of my shopping on weekdays. So whenever it comes to deciding where to go on a weekend or public holiday, unless it’s Mother’s Day or my birthday, more often than not you’ll find us basking under the sun.
This week, because we had a one-yr-old birthday party to attend at Aranda Country Club, we decided to head east ahead of time and explore the area. I’ve always wanted to check out the Pasir Ris Park playground having first read about it on Cheekie Monkies.
Unfortunately the moment we finally decided to make the trip down, we were informed that most of the park was closed for renovation. Hence plans to visit the Pasir Ris Park playground were shelved for about a year and a half…until I read about the reopening of the playground on Kids “R” Simple recently.
We took a while to get to this spot because google maps kept pointing us to Pasir Ris Beach carpark C where the currently-under-renovation gallop stable and inline skating lessons were. We then decided to outsmart google maps by driving to Pasir Ris Beach carpark A along Jalan Loyang Besar, which turned out to be even further from the playground.
A few exchange of text messages later, we were told to enter from Elias road – turning into the side where Overseas Family School and construction-in-progress Stratum Condominium is. Subsequently we just relied on the clear and easy to follow road signs. Drove past a row of beach-facing homes (don’t park at the first carpark) till we got to the carpark near the entrance of Home Team NS chalet (or you can just park along the road like what other drivers did).
Liam was thrilled being at a new outdoor spot and as he skate scooted his way to the playground, the first thing that caught our observation apart from the vast playscape was how shady the park was.
There was just so much going on, so many play-scapes to explore that Liam didn’t know where to begin. Definitely a matter of too many things to play, too little time. Before we could anticipate his next move, off he went from one structure to another. “Papa, come and run with me!” he would shout from time to time.
After spending a good amount of time on the flying fox, slide and bridge installations, our little fella decided to attempt the climbing structures. It wasn’t long before he got intimidated by the steepness and height of it as he struggled to climb from one level to another, screaming for his papa to give his little butt a lift up halfway, citing that it was too high and scary and that he couldn’t do it.
Liam used to be confident at climbing most playground installations but of late (since he turned 3), he seems to have hit a mental block. The Bo & I continued to encourage him as he attempted another climb up but yet again he refused and screamed for his papa’s attention and assistance midway.
And all it took was a little girl of the same age to break his psychological barrier. What started out as peer courtesy between the two as they lined up beside each other to have a go at the slide evolved into a friendly competition within minutes. Soon, the two little ones were competing to see who could climb up and slide down the fastest which left me and the little girl’s grandma stunned (almost like vegetable) for a bit.
And soon this happened:
It got to a point where we had to stopped them for a water break because these two were going on and on and on and on…I got a little dizzy just watching them go up and down too quickly. And before we knew it, Liam’s new acquaint had to head home for dinner while it was time for us to catch little breather before making our way to the birthday party.
But of course, some mandatory sliding action before we bid the playground au revoir.
We ended our day of fun with grub and beer at the Georges At the Cove which reminded the Bo of Hawaii. Food was decent, service was good but the one thing that stood out for us was how close to the waters this eatery was. Truly a beach dining experience if you ask me. If only there were more eateries that were this close to the sand and sea apart from those in Sentosa.
Despite spending slightly over 2 hours at Pasir Ris Park Playground, we didn’t get to cover everything. That means, we’ll be back!