Outdoor playgrounds in Singapore are extremely popular and they can be found throughout the island, at shopping malls and in condo and HDB estates. However, some of the outdoor playgrounds available really stand out and offer children a mini-adventure away from the familiar environment of home and the cramped confinements of apartment living.
Here’s our nifty list of the top ten outdoor playgrounds in Singapore. Be prepared for some serious fun!
City Square Mall
City Square Mall is an eco-friendly mall and this is reflected in their small outdoor playground, which is constructed of wooden play apparatus, a tyre swing and some climbing structures. There’s also a wet play area for those looking for a splash around.
Go there: 180, Kitchener Road, Level 1
Top tip for a top time: The playground is not shaded so it is advisable that parents use the play area early in the morning or in the late afternoon to avoid those harmful UV rays.
Hort Park is part of the Southern Ridges and offers a great outdoor area that features a huge amount of things to do for both young and old. One of the top attractions at this park are the three outdoor playgrounds that are specifically designed for three age groups of children: The igloo, which is for bigger children; a nautical-themed structure that features slides, climbing apparatus and swings; and a helix-inspired playing frame that helps younger children to develop their fine-motor control skills.
Go there: 33 Hyderabad Road, Off Alexandra Road
Top tip for a top time: Keep a look out for red ants. Unfortunately, the little critters do inhabit the grass surrounding the play area.
IMM Roof Garden Outdoor Playground
IMM, which is conveniently located near the Jurong East MRT Interchange, has a great outdoor play area for kids that offers two dry playgrounds and a water fun area. The Water Park area is especially popular with children and features water cannons, flowers and windmills with buckets that tip over when filled with water. The dry area includes a captivating treehouse structure that houses two spiral tunnel slides.
There is a canopied area that can offer much-needed shade as the day hots up.
Go there: 2, Jurong East Street 21, Level 3
Top tip for a top time: If you venture into the water area, be prepared to be a wet mama!
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden Playground
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is an area of Singapore that is specifically dedicated to the children of Singapore. While the whole area is one big playground for children, there are also a large amount of play equipment, including a sand pit, tree house with slides, maze and water-play area. Mamas and dadas won’t be completely left out of the fun; there’s a great cafe and dining area for hungry parents to mix and mingle.
Go there: 481 Bukit Timah Road (Botanical Gardens)
Top tip for a top time: It’s a popular spot that can get pretty busy. If you want to avoid the kiddy stampede, head there in the morning.
Lot One Shopper’s Mall
Lot One shopping mall is home to a large rooftop playground that features both wet and dry play areas. The wet area is a particular favourite with kids and offers water sprays, jets, buckets and a spray tunnel. The great thing about this playground is that there are also outdoor showers so your clan can clean up after a fun afternoon playing outside.
Go there: Choa Chu Kang housing estate
Top tip for a top time: Check the opening times to avoid disappointing your munchkins. The water play area is only open from 12:00-14:00 on weekdays and 12:00-20:00 on weekends.
Nexx Shopping Mall
The Nexx Shopping Mall has a large wet and dry playing area on the rooftop. The wet playground consists of various water fixtures that spray water and thoroughly wet children. They even have the bucket of water that will be emptied on your child when it is full. If you don’t want your children to get so wet, the outdoor play area is almost just as much fun.
Go there: 23, Serangoon Central, Level 4
Top tip for a top time: Not to exclude our furry friends, there is even a dog-walking track! So no need to leave the dog at home… all the family can join the fun!
Pasir Ris Park Adventure Playground
A Singapore Baby favourite, Pasir Ris Adventure Playground is a huge outdoor area that features a wide range of different play equipment for children of all ages. With giant space-nets, cableways and innovative play stations, the playground will keep even the most demanding tearaways engaged for hours of play.
Go there: Pasir Ris Drive 3
Top tip for a top time: The sheer amount of fun and games on offer makes this park a hot spot at the weekends. If crowds aren’t your thing, stay away.
Tiong Bahru Adventure Playground
You’ll find Tiong Bahru playground in a very child-friendly park that offers a wide range of fun activities and play equipment. From the large playground with tilting train, flying fox, maze and swings, to the merry-go-round, there’s plenty of fun and games on offer. One of the more unique elements of the Tiong Bahru Adventure Playground is that it offers plenty of sand in which children can dig and play.
Go there: Bounded by Henderson Rd, Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road
Top tip for a top time: There’s not a huge amount of shade so it can get pretty hot. Take plenty of water and sunscreen and avoid the hot afternoon sun.
The West Coast Adventure Playground
The West Coast Adventure Playground is another park that is perfect for families that have children of different ages, as there are multiple play areas that offer a variety of age-specific structures and play equipment, including a tall rope pyramid and ‘flying fox’. With seven different playgrounds, the park is one of the largest in Singapore and is great fun for both kids and adults (and dogs).
Go there: Parallel to West Coast Highway
Top tip for a top time: Don’t expect to find a beach here like the East Coast counterpart. The majority of the West Coast Park is not connected to the sea because it is blocked off by the Pasir Panjang Container Terminal. But don’t fret, you can still bring the bucket and spade… there’s a great sand play area.
Playground @ Sentosa Cove Village
The new kid on the block, the newly opened playground at Sentosa Cove Village has a nautical theme and features a huge ship that kids of all ages can climb, swing off, slide down and do whatever takes their fancy as they lose themselves in play.
Go there: Arrival Plaza at Sentosa Cove Village
Top tip for a top time: The new Quayside Isle has a whole host of kid-friendly restaurants. So after the wee ones have had a play, you can all head off and enjoy a much-deserved lunch. Best of all, parents with older kids can head off for a beverage or two while they leave the kids to it.
Looking for more stuff in Singapore to keep the kid’s entertained? Check out our whopping guide to 101 fun activities in Singapore for kids. Alternatively, if you want to fuel your child’s inner Monet, take a look at our guide to art classes for kids.
Are there any great outdoor parks in Singapore that we have missed off our list? Leave a comment and let us know!