The Bubble Tea Factory is all over social media, and for good reason. This made-for-Instagram boba pop-up playground is South-east Asia’s first interactive bubble tea event.
Tickets are not cheap at $24 on weekdays and $28 on weekends, so is it worth the visit – and the inevitable queues?
Young Parents attended the media preview of The Bubble Tea Factory with mummy Shiela Matias of @shiela_matias and her kids, Simone, seven, and Dylan, two, to see how kid-friendly it is.
Our verdict: The kids had a great time and so did the adults! Watch our video above and read our tips for parents below.
What to see and do
There are over 10 multi-sensory installations, but these were the ones that we liked best:
This oversized bubble tea cup is perfect for Boomerangs! Take note that there are lots of spotlights, so there’s some reflection when you shoot.
Ball pits and kids are inseparable, so we spent a long time here. There are also giant scoops you can use, and hand sanitiser is available. Best for toddlers and up, and do watch out for your kids when they submerge themselves here.
The kids loved sitting in this tub and throwing money around, but make sure they are careful when they step out, as they may slip on the cash on the ground. There’s also a toilet bowl filled with money, if you like that kind of shot.
There are three doors here, but only one opens into a room, where kids can throw confetti around.
Who needs First Class when you have Bubble Tea Class? The plush interior of this “jet” made our jaws drop. Sit back, pretend to drink Bubble Tea in a champagne glass, and enjoy your boba fantasy come to life here!
Be prepared to spend at least two hours at the Bubble Tea Factory, as queues will be long and they seemed to control the number of people in each area (which is a good thing when you want to take #ootds). The first 1,000 people on Oct 19 get in free.
If possible, go on weekdays, which are cheaper at $24, compared to $28 on weekends. Take advantage of the opening special until Nov 3, where you pay $18 for weekdays and $23 for weekends. There’s no child price. UOB card members enjoy additional discounts.
Each ticket comes with a free cup of bubble tea that you’ll redeem inside and bubble tea treats at the Experimental Treats station (we had bubble tea-flavoured popcorn and broad beans). There’s also a pack of Boba Booster Cards, which you can use for challenges, to redeem prizes and more.
(Also read: Bubble tea-inspired desserts to try)
Tips for parents
- There’s no toilet inside, so do your rounds before you enter the playground.
- Bring water, as the only drink you’ll get is a cup of bubble tea inside.
- If you are bringing babies and toddlers, be careful at the Bobajection installation where you pose on a chair with an IV drip of bubble tea. We saw a baby there who instinctively put the tip of the drip into her mouth.
- The playground is mainly pink and lavender themed, so dress your kids in a contrasting colour for better photos.
- You can print your Instagram photos at the end of the experience , but it takes a while for the photos to print.
The Bubble Tea Factory runs until Dec 18, 2019 at the basement of Scape in Orchard Road. Buy tickets here.
(Also read: Free things to do with kids in Singapore)