There are some enjoyable outdoor and indoor play areas to head to in Singapore for great fun with the little ones on rainy and sunny days. Here’s a list of some of the ones we love most. Mums and Dads, don’t say we don’t spoil you!
Note: See the second half of this round-up for details of play areas that are temporarily closed, and be sure to check individual websites for up-to-date details around restrictions.
Buds by Shangri-La
Offering both indoor and outdoor fun, Buds by Shangri-La is located in one of Singapore’s best known hotels and has a variety of interactive activities for kids to enjoy. The “Muddy” room is ideal for budding artists, the “Stage” room will suit little ones who love to perform, and the “Bake” room is a fun spot for children and parents to whip up some treats. For the littlest in the group (under four), there’s a toddler zone with swings, vintage kiddie rides, a piano floor, ball pit and soft interactive wall buttons that make fun animal sounds. There’s also a nursing room for mums, a special room for parties and an in-house tea spot, Recharge café, where parents can relax with a cuppa while their children play. Head outdoors to the giant pirate ship or visit the water-play zone nearby.
Buds is currently open to all Shangri-La Hotel guests (including service apartments and residences) and members of Buds only. Rates for hotel guests go at $18 per child for 60 minutes.
This cool outdoor play space at Siloso Beach is a special treat for the kids and combines physical and mental challenges. The nature-themed spot consists of slides, three connecting nests offering a bird’s-eye view of the surroundings, and netted obstacle courses including mazes and suspended bridges. Entry also includes interactive activities in shaded wooden tents, including face painting, balloon twisting and keychain making sessions. Note: An adult will need to accompany any child below seven years. While you’re there, drop by casual Italian eatery Trapizza next door for a hearty meal of pizzas, pastas and salads.
Tickets go at $10 for one hour of playtime. For children aged 12 and below, one adult entry is included. Children below seven years must be accompanied by an adult. All guests are required to book a spot in advance by calling or emailing email@example.com.
Rocking Horse Playhouse Singapore
Rocking Horse Playhouse was started by two mums who wanted to create a safe space for babies and kids to play in, and for parents to bond with their kids through play. There’s a baby section specially for babies to crawl and explore, and breastfeeding is allowed here. The open play space features high-quality toys for kids – and adults, too! – to engage in creative and pretend play. The centre also organises guided play groups, giving caretakers some bonding time with their children and with other families. Should your child take to a particular toy, Rocking House has a toy rental service where they bring the toys to your house and arrange pick-up.
Keen for a break during play-time? There’s a pantry with a coffee machine and a selection of drinks and snacks. Sessions are limited to two hours and should be booked in advance. Entry is $25 for a child and accompanying adult, and $15 for each additional child or adult.
Pororo Park Singapore
Based on the South Korean animated series Pororo The Little Penguin, this indoor playground will be loved by the kids. Pororo Park Singapore has loads on offer: dive into the Shark Ball Pool, dig in the Hinoki Pit (filled with hinoki wood instead of sand), play pretend at Petty’s Supermarket, and climb, crawl and slide through Poby’s Jungle Gym. Kids will also enjoy a fun ride on the Pororo Express Train and watching their favourite characters come to live at the Pororo & Friends meet-and-greet. The play park also has daily live mascot performances that little ones can sing and dance along to.
Children aged below one enter for free, and accompanying adults pay $7.50 each. Entry for toddlers aged two and below costs $24.50, while entry for children aged two to 12 costs $29.90. The two-hour play sessions need to be booked in advance.
Active little ones will love a trip to BOUNCE at Cineleisure Orchard. The indoor adventure park has a wide variety of trampoline zones to explore, such as the Free Jump Arena, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, Big Bag and Performance Area. If you’ve got some brave older ones in your group, the park also houses X-Park, a thrilling Ninja Warrior-like obstacle course (minimum height of participants: 125cm) and a Leap of Faith that involves jumping from a five-metre raised platform to catch a grab bag. Kids will have a blast climbing, running and bounding as they tackle the obstacle courses and learn jump tricks on the trampolines. Energetic and friendly BOUNCE hosts are always on hand to share tips and moves.
There’s also the option of enrolling the kids in fun classes such as Flight Academy (minimum height: 110cm) and Kinder Gym (ages three to five) where they can hone their trampolining skills and pick up new techniques. The park also hosts parties, with packages that include jump time, a dedicated party host and yummy kid-friendly eats.
Head to the website for ticket pricing and the latest park updates. Sessions should be booked in advance.
Best for: Kids of all ages
Hours: Monday to Friday, 10am to 8pm; Saturday, 9am to 8pm; Sunday, 9am to 7pm
Location: #09-01, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road
Info: 6816 2879 | bounceinc.com.sg
Tayo Station is an indoor playground with an educational twist, allowing kids to learn about road safety in a fun and interactive way. Based on Korean animation Tayo The Little Bus, the play park’s attractions include Tayo’s Road Circuit, Poco’s Hinoki Play and Cliff Ball Pool. The main attraction is Tayo’s Road Circuit, where kids zip around in twist cars and mini Tayo vehicles, visiting the garage, car wash and gas station. The cute child-sized circuit also helps young ones learn about basic road signs and traffic rules. Kids will also have a blast at Gani’s Playground, a massive three-storey maze and jungle gym with a ball pool and rock climbing wall.
Babies below one enter for free, while accompanying adults pay $6 each. Entry for children aged two to 12 costs $24 on weekdays and $28 on weekends and public holidays. For babies and children, prices come with one accompanying adult entry. The two-hour play sessions need to be booked in advance.
Enjoy a day out with the family at Kiztopia at Marina Square! With the motto “Play to Learn, Learn through Play”, the edutainment centre houses 18 play zones for young ones to explore, each with learning objectives to help them develop skills. The park also features a cast of cute characters such as Bell the bear and Raby the rabbit. Attractions include an AR basketball studio and wall, ball and sand pit, obstacle courses, mini cars, slides, trampolines and even a life-size play kitchen, salon and supermarket! What’s more, kids will have a blast riding on the Chug Eli train and watching mascots perform on stage. Families can also enjoy a meal at in-house café Kith Kiztopia MS.
Kiztopia is part of the SingapoRediscovers campaign. Single admission for one child and adult is $28. Entry for an additional adult (13 years and above) costs $12. Valid for one year, the 15-entry pass for one child and adult is $488 and comes with perks such 10% off at Kith Kiztopia MS. All ticket holders get three hours of playtime per entry. Annual passes are $388 and $588 for weekdays and flexible days respectively; they include privileges such as free entry for two parents and 50% off sibling annual passes.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
This park is a gem. When it’s too hot to think, let the kids cool off in the water-spray area. There’s also a sandpit, herb garden, rope bridges, waterfalls and a magnificent tree house with slides for older kids. Be sure to check out Food For Thought, another small outdoor children’s playground in Jacob Ballas. Children must be accompanied by an adult, and pre-booking is encouraged.
Best for: Toddlers to 12 years
Location: 481 Bukit Timah Road (entrance via NUS Bukit Timah Campus car park)
Hours: Daily 8am to 7pm, except Monday
Info: 6471 9927 | nparks.gov.sg/jacob-ballas-childrens-garden
Located on the fifth level of one of Orchard’s most popular shopping malls, this small playground has slides of varying sizes, as well as tunnels and hiding spaces, carousels and kiddie rides. Suitable for younger children.
Marine Cove Playground
With an area of 3,500 square metres, you know the kids are going to have a great time here. The playground has a range of equipment suitable for all ages, making sure that both the smaller and older ones have their fair share of fun. The layout is also cleverly designed to encourage children of different ages to play together, while also integrating the greenery of the park.
Best for: Kids of all ages
Location: East Coast Park Area C, accessible via East Coast Park Service Road
Hours: Daily, open 24 hours
West Coast Park
This is a great area for older kids, with a pirate ship playground, climbing ropes, swings, flying foxes and a massive climbing rope pyramid plus a sandpit. There’s lots of green space to kick a ball about, fly kites or just have a picnic. Bring your bikes, trikes and scooters for a spin around the cycle paths or rent the go-karts.
Best for: Older kids, and the sandpit is good for younger ones
Location: Parallel to West Coast Highway
Hours: Daily, 7am to 7pm
Hip Kids Club at Forum
This indoor playground costs just $25 for a one-year membership so it’s more than reasonable for those who head into the town area frequently; a one-time entry costs $5. Complete with climbing frames, balance beams, a slide, colourful ball pit and mini trikes, this is a lifesaver for active toddlers. Plus, there’s an Early Learning Centre shop and a Toys R Us in the mall with toy displays to keep little hands busy for a few minutes before the playground opens. The only drawback is that opening times are limited as the space is shared with Chiltern School.
Best for: Toddlers to 12 years
Location: 583 Orchard Road, Level 2, Forum The Shopping Mall
Hours: Daily, with frequent 1-hour slots available
Info: 6732 2479 | forumtheshoppingmall.com.sg/hip-kids-club
Opening again soon (watch this space!)
The following kids’ play areas in Singapore are temporarily closed on account of pandemic restrictions or other reasons. Keep an eye on this page for updates around reopenings.
Gardens by the Bay Children’s Garden
Your kid is sure to love this playground, located at the east end of the gardens, and equipped with both a wet and dry area. There are also facilities both for little ones and those who are slightly older – the latter includes the Treehouse section, accessible through an adventure trail filled with friendly obstacles. Take a break at the sheltered amphitheatre once the kids are all tired out. Currently, each child can only be accompanied by one adult in during weekends, public and school holidays.
If you’re at Suntec and need something to occupy your little ones, head over to the third level in the building’s East wing. Although it’s on the smaller side, the playground here is good enough for smaller kids, equipped with the usual slides, tunnels and spring rides.
This place is perfect for keeping your kids occupied and out of your hands as you shop for some much-needed furniture. Equipped with everything from spider-web climbing nets to slides and even an area to watch a movie, it’s bound to keep the kids happy. Do note that each child is limited to a maximum of one hour of play time per day and must be at least 0.9 metres tall.
Best for: Younger kids who are at least able to walk steadily by themselves
Hours: Daily, 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday) or 11pm (Friday and Saturday)
Location: 317 Alexandra Road
Info: 6786 6868 | ikea.com/sg
This covered open-air play area on 313@Somerset’s Sky Terrace is small but it will keep toddlers and younger kids entertained for a while after lunch.
Kidzplay@Skygarden, Nex Mall
Kidzplay is located on the top floor of Nex Mall, and has a dry and wet playground for kids to enjoy; don’t count on your kids staying dry, since the two are in very close proximity of one another! A mini waterpark, the wet playground contains various spouts, sprays and falling buckets of water. The dry playground is smaller, with two slides and a spiral pole.
A good spot if you’re doing some shopping in the mall, this small indoor playground is best for young kids. There’s a playhouse and slide and the usual rockers.
VivoCity boasts a small play area and water fountain (Level 2) plus go-karts, swings and a rooftop sky park garden with wading pools to cool off in (Level 3).
Waterway Point is equipped with two amazing (and free!) playgrounds. When it’s nice and sunny, head to the outdoor Happy Park, split into a wet and dry zone. The wet zone is perfect for cooling off on a hot day while the dry zone is ideal if you forgot some spare clothes for the kids. There’s also an indoor playground on the second floor of the West wing. It’s whimsically themed around Alice in Wonderland and spacious enough to keep little ones occupied for quite some time.
Best for: Younger kids up to age 12
Location: 83 Punggol Central, Waterway Point
Hours: Happy Park: 10.30am to 8pm (Monday to Friday) and 9.30pm (weekends); Wonderland: 10am to 10pm daily
Info: 6812 7300 | waterwaypoint.com.sg
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