(Image Credit: Changi Airport)
Airports are exciting places. Kids get to watch planes take off, and families are filled with anticipation before flying to fun destinations.
At Changi Airport, apart from all the normal flight arrival and departure activities, there is another world of adventure and learning available — and it is at MindChamps @ Changi Airport Terminal 3.
An airport might not be the likeliest of places to house a preschool, but the two actually go very well together in immersing children in an educational and engaging environment.
Here, we take a look at the five benefits of enrolling your child in a preschool at the world’s number one airport.
Kid-friendly after-school activities
When your child is enrolled at MindChamps Changi Airport in Terminal 3, after-school activities abound.
Kids love playgrounds but sometimes it can be scorching hot outside. That will not be an issue at Changi, where they can whizz down The [email protected], Singapore’s tallest slide in an airport. Towering at 12 metres high (that’s equivalent to four storeys), kids can make their way down while parents get to relax in the surrounding seats.
Ready for some quiet time? Little ones can curl up in the cosy Reading Corner on Terminal 3 Basement 2 and bury their noses in a variety of children’s books. The MindChamps PreSchool curriculum incorporates Narrative Intelligence Strategies as well as Language and Reading Strategies designed to create successful future readers, writers and storytellers. One of the ways to accomplish this is to immerse your child in an environment, like the Reading Corner, that nurtures a love of reading.
In addition, your little artist-in-the-making would be delighted by the Art Rubbing Stations where kids can create their own prints by laying paper over woodblocks, and rubbing depictions of iconic Singapore landmarks and cultural themes. The free crayons and colouring paper invite all kids to have a go.
Just like MindChamps PreSchool, Changi Airport provides an environment that is conducive to learning and creating.
Watch that plane go!
Plane spotting is thrilling for kids. (Come on, even adults get a kick out of watching planes taking off and landing on the tarmac.) The Changi Aviation Gallery in Terminal 3 is an ideal spot for catching all that action.
Get a peek at the ground operations, and do not miss ooh-ing and aah-ing over the model aeroplane displays. This cool experience can easily double up as a lesson about airports, planes, and helicopters.
The lush, tropical butterfly garden in Terminal 3 is filled with educational corners where kids can discover fascinating facts about these flying beauties, including how they breed and feed. When your preschooler is exploring the themes of nature and the environment in class, this flower-filled haven acts as the perfect extension of learning that happens to be just minutes away.
Grab a bite after school
When your child is enrolled in a preschool at Changi Airport, there are plenty of kid-friendly dining options to choose from at the airport, including the ever-so-cute Hello Kitty Orchid Garden, PastaMania, Paradise Dynasty, and O’Coffee Club.
Be on the lookout for kids dine-for-free deals at popular restaurants such as Swensen’s. After school playdates are a breeze when your kid can bond with other kids over dinner in Changi.
Spacious classrooms at MindChamps Changi Airport
Spread across a whopping 11,000 sq ft located on the 3rd level of Terminal 3, MindChamps Preschool Changi Airport is one of the largest MindChamps PreSchool centres to-date.
Stroll into the spacious common hallway and you will be greeted with a refreshing feeling thanks to the high ceilings and the natural lighting streaming in. Kids and parents alike instantly feel welcomed.
To maintain an open ambience, the comfortable classrooms are separated with glass panels. This also encourages a sense of community, transparency and fluidity. In addition, there are rooms dedicated to enrichment programmes such as NeuroMooves™ and Gourmet Moments™, where kids get to widen their areas of interest and gain practical, hands-on knowledge.
Just as Changi Airport is abuzz with a feeling of possibilities and future adventures, MindChamps Changi Airport takes this atmosphere to the next level and gives your child the individualised attention, care and tools to excel in their intellectual, social, and emotional growth.
MindChamps Changi Airport’s expert-backed, cutting-edge curriculum emphasises not just academic success but self-confidence as well — because that is how Champs can thrive as lifelong learners and soar into the future.
Written by Jenny Tai