PHOTOS: Plaza Singapura has an actual snow playground for kids and adults this Christmas – here’s what it’s like inside

A pair of snow penguins in Plaza Singapura’s Snow House, which shoppers are allowed to enter with S$45 expenditure at the mall.
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Oh, the weather outside is frightful, so why not step indoors for some man-made snow?

It’s the perfect time for a wintry holiday abroad, but busy schedules and peak season fares mean many of us will spend Christmas braving the northeast monsoon in hot and humid Singapore.

But fret not, there is some respite. Starting Wednesday (Nov 27) to December 26, Singapore will have its very own Christmas-themed snow playground right in the heart of Orchard Road.

CapitaLand’s Plaza Singapura has set up a Snow House – containing icy snow, not soap bubbles – in its Outdoor Front Plaza to allow shoppers some holiday fun without having to step foot out of the country.

To prepare for my year-end trip overseas, I brought my 18-month-old son to the playground made from ice for a bit of fun. He didn’t really like it, but surprise, surprise, I actually had fun.

Here’s what it’s like inside:


For the year-end festivities, CapitaLand has dressed up all its malls in Singapore with characters from the cute Line Friends series. Each mall features a different country or region, such as Singapore (Funan) and London (Westgate).

Can you guess what Plaza Singapura’s theme is?

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Answer: It’s Antarctica.
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Among the activities planned for the month of December is a special Snow House, located at the Outdoor Front Plaza, near the entrance facing Orchard Road.

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The Snow House is open only until Dec 26, from 11am to 9pm daily.
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Shoppers will have to spend at least S$45 to get a pair of entry passes. Those who charge the S$45 to their American Express CapitaCard will get two pairs of entry passes.

They will need to register at the booth outside the mall to gain entry.

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Children 7 years old and below must accompanied by an adult 18 years old and above at all times.
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There are numerous time slots throughout the day, and each allocation is 20 minutes long.

A board at the registration booth is updated regularly to inform shoppers what time slots are still available.

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Since temperatures inside the Snow House dip below zero degree Celcius, you will need to be appropriately dressed to enter. Pass holders are allowed to rent snow boots and a snow jacket for free.

To borrow a pair of boots, you must be wearing socks.

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The staff will help you locate a pair in your size, so just be patient.
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Jackets are available for adults and children, but very young kids should come in their own winter wear for hygiene purposes.

Tip: Gloves are not compulsory, but you must wear long pants to enter.

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Other winter wear and accessories are available for rent at a price. Pants, for example, cost S$3, while gloves cost S$2.
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There are some lockers available for you to keep your belongings, but shoes can be kept on a separate shoe rack provided.

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Try not to enter the Snow House with too many things.
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When you’re all dressed, you can make your way to the Snow House just a few metres away.

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You might want to take the opportunity to also pose with the Line character cut-outs outside the Snow House. But the weather will keep you from staying outside for too long.

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A member of staff will then open the door to the playground for you, and you’ll be met by a strong chill.

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The first thing I noticed was how well made the snow was. It’s as if I’d been transported to a different country through a magic door. It was also very cold, especially since there was a constant draft blowing on the first floor.

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Don’t expect the powdery soft snow of Hokkaido, though.
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There was a giant snowman greeting visitors at the door.

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Frosty’s in town, folks!
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And a small play area for younger kids.

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People outside can look in with envy.
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My toddler wanted to play with the toys, but was too stubborn to put on gloves. So he cried.

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Probably not a great idea to bring very young kids, but toddlers who are a bit more independent might enjoy this.
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There’s a small slide for children aged three to six years.

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And a larger one for adults and children 8 years old and above.

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The adults had a lot of fun on this one.
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Some people seized the rare opportunity to make their own snow angels.

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To get to the large slide, you need to go up to the second storey.

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Up here, I discovered a very beautifully decorated Christmas village.

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The space was not big, but it provided great photo opportunities.

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Children who wish to go on the larger slide will be given a helmet to wear. It was a little scary going down the slide, since it was very fast. I was also afraid of hitting my head on the low ceiling.

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But it was super fun, nonetheless.
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In total, I spent around 25 minutes in the Snow House (I had more time since it was a media preview). The baby did not last as long though, and my husband had to take him outside after around 20 minutes.

One thing to note if you’re wearing glasses: both my spectacles and camera lens could not take the heat and fogged up the moment I stepped out of the house. So do bring a small cleaning cloth with you if, like me, you can’t see a thing without your spectacles on.

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