Hello Kitty Town – Johor

We took the 4 younger kids across the causeway to Nusajaya (Johor) to spend an afternoon at The Little Red Cube and they had so much fun. It took us about half an hour to get there by car as it was smooth crossing the causeway at 1pm on a weekday. This is the first Sanrio Hello Kitty Town outside of Japan, and the kids were excited to take Kate there as they had enjoyed the Hello Kitty Land in Tokyo a few years back. I was surprised that even #3 who is already 12 enjoyed herself. We spent 4 hours there until closing time and they weren’t done playing.

Lots of Hello Kitty merchandise on sale

FIRST FLOOR:

The 1st floor houses Hello Kitty town where there is a mix of activities such as simple cookie decoration, dressing up for a photo, a live show, a little playground, and Black Wonder – an interactive dim arena where they have to solve a mystery.
Spinning cup

You need this activity card as some of the activities can only be carried out once and they will give you a stamp.

Keep this with you

I think this was called jewellery making, but it’s more like just getting a free Hello Kitty necklace because there’s really nothing much to make. Thankfully we did not have to queue for this. A friend’s daughter queued for half an hour thinking she could create some jewellery, and was disappointed when it was simply putting the chain into the pendent loop.

Kate’s clasp broke by the time she got home
Kate ate her cookie plain while waiting for them to decorate theirs

Kate was mesmerised by the 15 minutes show as she has never watched a live show up close before. The music is rather loud so you might want to sit further back if your kids are young.

Song and dance routine


SECOND FLOOR

The 2nd floor houses a little arcade, a playground, Angelina Ballerina Dance Studio, Barney stage for a live show and more which the kids didn’t have time to explore. The older kids spent about 45 minutes at the arcade itself as they were thrilled that the games were all free!
Kate the referee

The arcade games are suited for kids as they are all of a mini version. #5 did a victory dance every time he managed to shoot a hoop and Kate would cheer him on.

“Go, gor gor, go!”

The 2 older ones were still not done at the mini arcade so Kate and #5 went next door and played in the playground. Even though it was not very big, the 2 of them had lots of fun racing up and tumbling down the little slope repeatedly.

As quick as her little feet can carry her

There was a couple fast asleep on the bean bags and everyone who walked past peeped in and sort of jumped back in surprised. While the kids were busy running around, I was sitting there being entertained by this reality ‘just for laughs gag’.

They must be exhausted running after their kids


THIRD FLOOR

They spent the longest at the 3rd floor which had lots of rides. The Malaysia school holiday had just ended last week so the place was quite empty. There were no queues and the kids went on the rides to their heart’s content.
“I’ll be your co-pilot, gor gor”

Bumping buffer’s steamies ride

Bertie the bus

Thomas the steam engine winds around a 2-story indoor playground. It was a really decent indoor playground and they played there until closing time.

Knapford station

Sodor indoor playground

Adjoining the indoor playground is a proper lounge. Ah, I should have known. Next time I’ll bring my reading material and relax here while the kids take care of Kate.

Parent’s lounge

We will definitely be back as we don’t have to drive all the way up to KL where we take the kids every year to have similar fun at Berjaya Time Square. That one is great if you have a wide age range (like if we take all 6 kids), but if it’s just those below 12, this is more than sufficient to entertain them. It is also newer and cleaner, and the kids would love the different characters like Hello Kitty, Barney and Thomas. I guess the kids could play for half a day because there were 4 of them. If you only have 1 or 2 kids, invite another family along and I’m sure the kids would have a swell time.

There are a couple of eateries outside of the amusement area such as Sushi King, Taiwanese snacks, and Starbucks. If any of the adults decide not to enter, the eateries extend to the back and is a nice place to wait as it overlooks the bay.

Eateries overlook this bay

Sane tip: Avoid the Malaysia school holidays as when it is crowded, you spend a great deal of time queuing up for a simple activity and it is quite frustrating. I heard that the Johor school week has recently been changed. The kids now attend school from Sundays to Thursdays. So it might be ok to go on a Sunday. However, if it is crowded, you could also go against the grain of the crowd and start on the 3rd or 2nd floor.

Another thing is to be prepared for a jam on the causeway. As the kids were famished, we decided to have dinner there before we headed home, and we were caught in a 2 hour jam home. I didn’t bring an extra milk feed for Kate as I didn’t expect the kids to play for so many hours as feedback from many friends was that it was not that fun. Thankfully, she didn’t kick up a fuss when we told her to just close her eyes and sleep first and we would give her milk when we reached home.

Save tip: Definitely go for the 2 park pass. For another S$15 each, they get to play at the other 2 floors. Friends who only went to Hello Kitty Town itself said it was boring and not worth the visit. Bring your own snacks as the food there is very basic. Kids below 3 enter free.
Hello Kitty Town
Nusajaya Johor
The Little Red Cube
(10 minutes away from Legoland)

Operating Hours:
10am – 6pm daily

Entrance Fee:
Hello Kitty Town alone: RM75 (Adult/Child)
Hello Kitty Town + Little Big Club: RM110 (Adult/Child)
Kids under 3: FREE

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Jurong East Swimming Complex

Jurong East Swimming Complex is probably the most comprehensive public pool in Singapore. They have a play structure for the little ones, a wave pool, a lazy river, big slides, a jacuzzi, and a competitive pool. 

Kate having fun jumping in and out of the water
She’s pampered by her siblings who would prop her up to touch everything she points to.
She loves sprays of water

Lazy river (in the foreground) and the wave pool (background). Every once in a while, there is a huge spray over the wave pool. Be prepared to get drenched!

For the older kids there are 3 water slides. 2 of the slides require the use of the float.

The older kids went off to try the slides while Kate played happily by herself.

“Ain’t it fun?”

We arrived at 4.30pm on a weekday during the school holidays and they ran out of floats to rent. It costs $2 for 2 hours of rental, plus you need to place a $3 deposit which will be refunded.

The only food available inside is Pastamania. What happened to the good ol’ days where they sold fish balls on sticks and fried bee hoon? I needed a cup of hot milo and it costs about $4! Will remember to bring a whole flask of it the next time.

The decor at the background is just a facade

I walked one big round to look for the entrance to Pastamania, and it is just a windowed counter at the far right end.

After about 2 hours, Kate had enough and she sat and had her snacks while waiting for the older ones to enjoy themselves without having to take care of her.

Contented with her fill of play
Sane tip: Do note that it’s closed on Monday, to avoid disappointment. The last school holiday, the kids were all prepped to go and alas, it was a Monday and the gates were closed. We ended up in Jurong West Swimming Complex instead. Be prepared for a huge crowd during the school holidays and weekends.

Save tip: It can’t get any cheaper than this for a ton of water fun! Pack your own picnic and you can easily spend half a day there.

Jurong East Swimming Complex
21 Jurong East Street 31
Singapore 609517


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Shunjuu – Japanese Restaurant @ Robertson Quay

One of our favourite restaurants to go for a family dinner is Shunjuu at Robertson Quay. I find it hard to find places that are kid-friendly which serve good food. This Japanese restaurant has been voted the top izakaya restaurant by HungryGoWhere and Ladyironchef. And it is no wonder. The food is, in my kids’ words, “simply awesome”. While we were dining there, we were interviewed by the crew of TV Tokyo. They were filming an episode on Japanese restaurants outside of Japan which serves authentic Japanese food. 

The kids’ favourite time: cheese rolled with pork

The bite size morsels are suitable for the children and here, I don’t have to remind them to eat faster or finish their food. It probably has to do with the food being on sticks. Very appealing to kids. They have a wide variety of skewered grilled food. 

Chicken wings ($6 for 2 sticks)

For the more adventurous, you can try the various types of chicken innards. I really miss the old days of eating chicken gizzard with chicken rice. This version is really good too. I eat it sprinkled with some of their chilli powder. 

Chicken gizzard and Chicken skin

Somehow my kids have taken after us and they also love all the strange parts of the chicken. Yup, we ordered a whole plate of chicken soft bones!

Chicken cartilage and Cherry tomato rolled with pork

They have different cuts of beef to choose from and you can let them know how you prefer the ‘done-ness’ of your beef to be.

Beef short ribs

Besides their signature sumiyaki (charoal-grill), they also have appetisers, salads and deep-fried dishes. This is a very unique dish which I love. They use century egg to top the tofu. A must-try! (but it’s also a you-either-love-it-or-hate-it-dish)

Pitan tofu $4

#5 is really picky when it comes to food, so fortunately they do serve staple Japanese dishes such as cha soba and garlic fried rice.

Cha soba (green noodles)

And of course, as with most Japanese restaurants, they serve an assortment of sashimi, which is very fresh. Besides the platter, we also like the Aji (horse mackerel) sashimi.

Sashimi platter

After the kids had their fill, off they went to play. There is a little slope right beside the row of restaurants and it is a perfect spot for kids to ride their bikes and skate-scooters. What I love best is that they can play within sight while we continue with our meal. 

And of course, Kate had lots of fun too. I’m sure she’ll grow up to be a dare-devil. She’s already trying to imitate everything the older ones are doing.

Monkey see, monkey do

And guess which HK celebrity was spotted dining at Shunjuu?

Good food, great times!

Sane tip: On weekends, this place has a truly family chillax vibe. I love it! Don’t forget to make reservations.

Save tip: This place is worth splurging on once in a while for birthday or anniversary celebrations. They also have set lunches which are very reasonably priced at about $20 per set.


Shunjuu Izakaya
30 Robertson Quay
#01-15 Riverside View
Singapore 238251

Tel: 68873577

Opening hours:
Lunch: 12-2.30pm
Dinner: Sun – Wed 6-10.30pm
            Thur – Sat 6-11pm



~   mummywee – parenting 6 kids in Singapore without going mad or broke  ~