We’ve been wanting to check out the new Sports Hub for some time, so when my ex-student told me that she was working in the area, and could have lunch with us there, I decided to bring Noah there earlier to take a short walk around. Unfortunately, it was really hazy that day, so we only managed to visit the Sports Hub Library.
If you’re taking the Circle Line, alight at CC6 Stadium, and use Exit A, which exits directly into the Sports Hub. Once you come out of the station, head towards the building on the left, which is where the Sports Hub Library is housed.
Tip: Take the first carriage in the Circle Line train, and you get a great view of the tunnel as the train travels from station to station. It was Noah’s first time sitting in that carriage, so he was very fascinated and thrilled throughout the train ride.
Looking at the tunnel
Noah was instantly attracted to the giant chess set on the ground floor of the library, and spent a lot of time running in between the chess pieces.
Giant chess pieces!
We headed up to the second floor to look for the Kids Corner, and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the books were placed in low compartments, instead of on shelves, allowing children to browse freely. I also liked the beanbags lined along the side, inviting kids to sit and read.
Kids Zone on Level 2
I found Eric Carle’s From Head to Toe there, so we sat down to read it together. I wanted to borrow it for story time during our playdate, but unfortunately, I learnt from the librarian that the books can only be returned at the Sports Hub Library, as they are not managed by the National Library Board.
We had to head off for lunch shortly after we arrived, but here are some of the things that you can do at the Sports Hub Library, apart from reading and watching videos, of course, and all completely FREE!
1. Play a game of Giant Chess or Checkers
– Bookings are recommended, but there was no one playing there when we visited on a Monday morning.
2. Lunch Time Screening
– When we were there, there was a tennis match being screened on the wall behind the giant chessboard. You can check out their programmes calendar to see what is screening for the day.
3. Play some Xbox Games
– Two XBox stations are available on the ground floor, next to the giant chessboard, and you can try out new sports virtually at the V.Sports Zone. Bookings are recommended, but both XBox stations were available when we were there on a Monday morning.
4. Library Programmes and Events
– The library regularly organises programmes and activities related to sports and health fitness, ranging from talks, workshops, video screenings to game competitions. Visit this website for the list of the activities available.
For more information, check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.
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