Indoor theme park is always a good idea when you want your kids to have fun, but not under the hot sun. Am I right? Recently, we made an impromptu trip to Puteri Harbour (our last visit was in 2015!). Considering the very hot weather lately, we chose Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town over LEGOLAND this time.
Before I booked the tickets, V asked me a question. “Is Edison too old for indoor theme park?” Well, errrr, seriously is there an age limit for indoor theme park? Come to think of it, he hasn’t been to one except for KidZania for the past 1+ years.
So, I asked him. 😊
His face instantly lightened up when I said Hello Kitty. As some of you may be aware, he likes Hello Kitty – pretty much influenced by me! This time, I was planning to check-out the new Hello Kitty themed room at Hotel Jen too. So, imagine his excitement when it comes to a weekend of PLAY and HOTEL STAY with zero homework LOL.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town
Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park is a four-storey building that resembles a shopping mall. It houses Sanrio Hello Kitty Town and Thomas Town. The first storey is accessible to all visitors – you can dine at Red Bow Café, shop for your favourite cartoon characters’ merchandises and purchase your tickets.
Sanrio Hello Kitty Town is located on the second storey. The moment we stepped out of the escalator, we were wowed by the striking pink and awesome cuteness that screamed “check me out now!”. Haha!
Over here, you can explore Hello Kitty’s home, watch her live on-stage, pose with her, enjoy the family rides and activities, as well as experience the adventure in Hello Kitty in Oz.
I’ve shared about Hello Kitty’s House, Wishful Studio, Purrfect Stage, Tea Cup Rides and Photo Garden in my first post. What’s new in this visit is Hello Kitty in Oz: The Lost Chapter. It was opened in late Oct 2015 (still under construction during my first visit).
The gate of Oz opens hourly and is capacity-controlled. So, do check the opening time and queue outside the gate at least 5 mins before.
The moment we entered the gate of Oz, we received a smart electronic device that looks like a Hello Kitty figurine. Called “The Great Witch of Oz”, this device will help us kickstart the challenges at each station in Oz.
There are some interactive games here that will be activated by the electronic device. Simply put the device into the designated slot to start the game. Scores will be recorded by the device, and each game can only be attempted once.
We completed all the challenges in about 20 mins! Yay! We returned the devices at the check-out counter to check our scores. For accomplishing our challenges successfully, each of us received a Hello Kitty in Oz postcard with stamps.
Before we left, we also checked-out Oz World Alley, a little retail store only accessible by guests who visit the Hello Kitty in Oz. You can find exclusive limited-edition World of Oz merchandises here.
We spent about two hours here before we headed up to Thomas Town.
Thomas Town + Other Characters
On the 3rd floor, you can find cartoon characters such as Bob the Builder, Barney, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu. There are plenty of play areas on this floor that guarantee endless fun for the kids – Barney’s Yard, Barney’s Playhouse, Pingu’s Igloo and Angelina’s Dance Studio, just to name a few.
Edison’s favourite is Bob the Builder Play Structure. There are various mini shows happening at The Theatre every day. Additionally, you can expect meet and greet sessions with Bob the Builder & Wendy, Barney & Friends, Angelina Ballerina and Pingu.
The 4th floor is all devoted to Thomas & Friends, and in our opinion – this is the most FUN part. You can find all the interesting rides here – Colin Crane Drop Ride, Bertie The Bus, Harold’s Helitours Ride and Bumping Buffers Steamies & Diesels Ride, etc.
Sodor Playground is a huge two-storey climbing structure that should not be missed. Kids have to climb up a tower and over the train station to get to the large play area which is encircled by a train track. Knapford Station Thomas Train Ride is just underneath the playground.
There’s also a Parents Lounge here, fully equipped with seating areas and massage chairs. If you’re hungry, head to Mc Bunn Café for a quick bite while keeping a watchful eye over your little ones.
Before we left the theme park, we managed to catch the Candy Parade at 5pm. Wow! It was such as an amazing performance (luckily we didn’t miss this!). The 20-minute music and dance medley features Hello Kitty, Dear Daniel and friends.
Dancers dressed in colourful candy attires came out on roller blades and hover boards (in heels some more), with push cart full of candies. Amazing skills! Hello Kitty and Dear Daniel joined them later on, they sang and dance while interacting with the audience.
It was such a fun and energetic performance! The moment it ended, we quickly ran to queue up for a photo opportunity with the group. Haha! 😊
What I really like about Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park:
➡ It’s indoor and fully air-conditioned, so whether it is hot or wet outside, it does not matter at all. That being said, the aircon can be quite cold, do pack a light sweater for the little ones.
➡ If it’s not too crowded, you should be able to complete all the rides within a day. We certainly completed all the rides, and went twice and even thrice on some of our favourite rides!
➡ There are a few small cafes inside the theme park. But there are also many restaurants outside the park. Hence, I’d say there are plenty of dining options available here.
Last but not least, the BEST PART of it – parents can play together with their kids. Puteri Harbour Family Theme Park isn’t just an ordinary play area where you leave your kids to play while you relax at one corner. Over here, you can actually go on the rides with them.
Remember – Family that plays together stays together! 😊
💡 For a complete 360-degree Hello Kitty experience, we recommend staying at Hotel Jen’s Hello Kitty Themed Room.