With Singapore’s climate, it’s no surprise that popular play areas for parents and young children often include water features or air-conditioning. Here are some of the best places to head with little ones, according to Expat Living’s lovely panel of mums. (Psst… head here for the top shopping malls with fab kids’ play areas here.)
“My favourite at the moment is the children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay. Robert has hit that age where he can use the playground equipment without assistance, while I play with Charlie in the sand. Then we wash it all off with some water-play and ride our bikes or scooters back to the car park.
I also love the water-play area of VivoCity, kiting at Marina Barrage, the kids’ play area at Paragon (with Crystal Jade or Din Tai Fung for dinner if we stay late enough), and West Coast Park, especially when the kids are small and want to drive their scooters or balance on their bikes without too many adults running them over.”
“I used to go to Great World City or Paragon when Grace was young, just to get out of the house. Both have nice nursing facilities. Walks along Robertson Quay are always great for finding other mums, and the Botanic Gardens is nice for a walk, too.”
“I recently discovered the Westgate Mall rainforest theme park. It’s highly recommended for kids aged three to five – keeps them really busy and tires them out!”
“The water-play area at VivoCity is great for bored kids, mid-shopping. For free entertainment we often visit Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden or the children’s garden at Gardens by the Bay, or we go kite-flying at Marina Barrage or head to Sentosa to build sandcastles.”
“Liang Court on River Valley Road has a playground that is nice for small kids.”
“I’m a Tanglin Mall troll! Literally, if you’ve been there in the last few months then you’ve probably seen me. There are the baby stores, which is nice if you need to pick something up, but what I was really looking for was other women with babies around the same age as Aria so she could have some friends when she got a little older and more interactive. Mission accomplished!”
This oh-so-handy story was first featured in Expat Living’s brilliant Kids’ Guide, which offers mums in Singapore valuable advice and information about daily life on the island, from finding a great school to fun activities. For more articles like the above, simply download a copy from EL’s online shop now.