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Singapore’s hot, humid weather means that outside playgrounds aren’t always the best option, but happily there are plenty of cool, indoor spaces to keep the kids happy. From two-storey slides and knee-deep ball pits to peaceful library corners, there’s something for everyone.

fun places for kids in Singapore play centres

EL Mums Recommend: Amazonia
Jungle-themed play park Amazonia is filled with fun things, the most popular attraction being its long, fast slippery dip, which promises a thrilling ride. There’s also a separate toddler area where the under-twos can play in peace away from the older kids. Extra-fun activities include glow-in-the-dark golf and space ball. A visit to Amazonia is $22 for one- to three-year-olds, and $33 for kids up to 12; birthday parties are catered for too. #03-08 Great World City mall, 1 Kim Seng Promenade. 6235 4522 | amazoniafun.com


EL Mums Recommend: Cool de Sac
Located at Suntec City mall (3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-379/80), Cool de Sac’s main attraction is the “blocks wall”, which features Lego blocks of all shapes and sizes to build with. Numerous craft and dress-up activities are also included in the price. Adults, meanwhile, can check out Bistro Coola – a pleasant reprieve while your kids are busy exploring. Cost for unlimited play: $21.40 for kids three and older on weekdays, and $27.80 on the weekends. 6337 0205 | cooldesac.com.sg


EL Mums Recommend: Tickle Tickle
For younger kids who love pretend play, Tickle Tickle is perfect. There is a large choice of toys, and slides and ball pits for active little ones. The Hougang Sports Hall location (93 HougangAvenue 4, #01-04) has aCandyland theme, while the one at Delta Sports Hall (900 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-01) is a cartoon village. Prices are reasonable for unlimited play ($14 on weekdays, $16 on weekends), while for true fans there’s a two-month unlimitedmembership package available for $128. 6472 4770 | tickletickle.sg


fun places for kids in Singapore play centre

EL Mums Recommend: Fidgets
The Fidgets outlet at The Grandstand is a great play centre that also offers a range of paid activities, including baking and makeover classes. The space is split up into different areas for different ages, entertaining kids up to 10. Fidgets specialises in children’s parties – you have a choice of seven different packages. Entrance fee is the same all week: for unlimited play it’s $10 for kids two years and younger, $22 for kids from two to 10. 200 Turf Club Road, #03-10. 6466 7611 | fidgets.com.sg


Explorer Kid
Explorer Kid has two locations; E!hub (1 Pasir Ris Close) and AMK Hub (53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, #04-02). Both are great for kids of any age; the spaces are well padded and have plenty of structures and toys for young ones, while the climbing wall is ideal for older kids who are looking for a challenge. Themed birthday parties are available too. Entry is $20 for unlimited play Monday through Thursday, and $30 on Fridays and weekends. Join as a member ($18) to enjoy reduced entry prices. explorerkid.com


EL Mums Recommend: Royce Kids Gym
This place is a toy paradise, with a massive range of fun playthings to choose from. There are cupboards upon cupboards filled with highquality toys, to keep both boys and girls entertained for hours. In addition, Royce Kids Gym has a swing area and a quiet library section. Royce is designed for children aged six months to seven years, and aims to develop fine and gross motor skills through play. It also runs free daily activity sessions. Cost: $26 for a one-hour trial (so becoming an annual member for $55 will pay off). Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, #02-20/21. 6720 1111


fun places for kids in Singapore play centre 

This isn’t your typical play centre; it’s a trampoline park. Perfect for energetic kids aged three and above, the park combines trampolines, airbags, dodge ball, dunking and much more. Check out KidJump every week from Tuesdays to Friday, 9am till 12 noon, exclusively for kids under seven years. Cost: $28 for two hours of jump-time during non-peak periods (Monday through Thursday, and Friday before 5pm), and $35 during peak periods. Note that jumpers have to wear Katapult’s grip socks, priced at $2 a pair. 81 Lorong Chenchary, #01-11 ORTO. 6754 5188 | katapult.com.sg


Fun N Laughter
If you want to shop for children’s and mothers’ items and entertain your kid at the same time, then head to Fun N Laughter. This play centre focuses on active play, and besides the usual equipment it has interactive projector games and mini-trampolines. There’s also a monthly activity programme, with paid craft sessions. Find it at City Square Mall (180 Kitchener Road, #B232). Cost: $18 unlimited play Monday through Friday, and $23 for two hours on the weekend. 6509 9766 | funnlaughter.com.sg


EL Mums Recommend: Go Go Bambini
Besides having some great indoor equipment and toys, Go Go Bambini has an outdoor play area. As a birthday party location, it offers several affordable packages, all including food and drinks for the kids. Admission is $28 for children aged two years and up, for unlimited play on weekdays; the same price applies for a two-hour playtime on the weekends. Becoming a member ($58) is worth the money, as the perks quickly add up. Block 8 Dempsey Road, #01-15. 6474 4176 | gogobambini.com


fun places for kids in Singapore

EL Mums Recommend: Kiddy Fun
Children aged six and younger will love this interactive soft playground, which has Disney tunes on constant replay. Located at Turf City (200 Turf Club Road, #0404/05), Kiddy Fun is great for both parents and children. There are moving rides and wooden building blocks for the kids, and free Wi-Fi, couches and cheap snacks for the parents. Besides a fun day out, Kiddy Fun also offers themed birthday parties including decorations. Admission is $18 for children from 18 months old, for unlimited play any time of the week. 6463 7028 | kiddyfun.com.sg


EL Mums Recommend: Ho2T
Ho2T is a play centre that focuses on participation in creative and fun activities through teamwork. The space is not too big, so it’s more suited for really little ones – the over-twos might get bored quickly. Membership is $154 for nine visits for under-twos, either for three-hour sessions during the week, or two-hour sessions on the weekend; one-off sessions are available too. Ho2T is located at #03-09/12 Katong V, 30 East Coast Road. 6635 4702 | ho2t.com.sg


EL Mums Recommend: Kidz Amaze
Highly energetic kids will fit right in here, thanks to multiple climbing structures, ball pits and foam-ball canons. There are two branches; the newest at SAFRA Toa Payoh (293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6), which has an excellent Infant & Toddler Play Zone, and one at SAFRA Jurong, which features one of the highest spiral slides in Asia (333 Boon Lay Way). Prices are reasonable: $12.70 during the week, $18 on weekends. For family outings, Kidz Amaze also offers a family package for two adults and two children for $38.80. 6686 4321


Paragon Junior
Shopping and young kids don’t usually go well together, but Paragon shopping mall is the exception with its popular Paragon Junior play centre. Located on the fifth floor, the indoor playground is surrounded by stores for babies and children, perfect for some mummy shopping either side of the entertainment. This place is sure to keep kids happy; even better, it’s free. 290 Orchard Road. 6738 5535


fun places for kids in Singapore play centre

Decked out in cartoon characters, Polliwogs will keep children entertained with ball pits, bouncy castles, climbing structures and the infamous ball cannons. The biggest and newest branch is at Suntec City (3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 4, #02-724), and the other is at VivoCity (1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-12). On weekdays, entry is for unlimited play ($20), while on the weekends you’ll pay $25 for a two-hour slot. Busy parents who want to drop their kids off in order to run errands pay a charge of $15 per hour. 6887 4860 | thepolliwogs.com


SingKids PlaySystem
SingKids is a global play brand, with equipment designed and manufactured in Japan. The spaces are well padded, and some favourite attractions are the carousel, the see-through water slide and the balloon pit. Both branches – Changi Airport Terminal 3 (#B2-14) and VivoCity (#01-171) – open late, so this place works well as an afterschool treat. Entry is $18 for two hours in off-peak periods (Monday through Thursday) and $18 an hour in peak periods. A member’s package is $140, for unlimited play during off-peak periods. 6832 8002 | singkids.com.sg


The Petite Park
As the name suggests, The Petite Park is for little ones (under-sevens). The centre focuses on active and imaginative play; look out for ball pits, bouncy castles, wooden toys and multiple slides. The price is $18 on weekdays for unlimited play, and $18 on the weekend for two hours; value passes are also available. Locations: Changi City Point (5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #02-15/16) and City Square Mall (180 Kitchener Road, #B2-51/51). 6636 1568 | petitepark.com.sg

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This article first appeared in the January 2016 edition of Expat Living. Subscribe.