Jurong Lake Gardens
The extensive Forest Ramble nature playground is set in the peaceful greenery of Jurong’s Lakeside Gardens, which opened in April. It will appeal to both younger and older kids, with many different swings, two long flying foxes, rope bridges, in-ground trampolines, sand and water play tables, log and rope obstacle courses and a large climbing structure with several long slides.
Jewel Canopy Park, Changi Airport
The Canopy Park is located at the top level of Jewel, under the sunny dome. Huge nets are strung above the canopy, some for walking and some for bouncing. An art installation doubles as a climbing and sliding structure, and there’s a hedge and mirror maze. Extensive greenery includes a flower garden and topiary garden with fun animal shapes. Wear comfortable covered shoes with shorts or pants.
Kiztopia, Marina Square
Singapore’s largest indoor playcentre opened in June. A ninja obstacle course, augmented-reality games, climbing structures with twisty slides, sandpit and ballpits promise fun for kids of all ages. There’s a train ride and a car circuit complete with roads and petrol station. A standout feature is the extensive role-playing section. A dress-up room, grocery store with trolleys and cash registers, and kitchen/café allow the little ones plenty of opportunity to play pretend.
This outdoor playground opened in March, next to the newly renovated Trapizza restaurant on Siloso beach. Run by the Shangri-La Rasa Resort, it’s open to the public but entry fees apply. With towering climbing structures and high slides, this one is best for kids over five (although extensive netting provides a soft fall and safety). Kids under seven need an adult to accompany them – one adult gets free entry with a child.
Jubilee Park, Fort Canning
As part of the rejuvenation of the historic Fort Canning Park, a new playground has opened right behind the Fort Canning MRT station. The highlights are several winding slides built into the steep slopes of Fort Canning hill, and some huge, multi-user seesaws. The playground area is spread over a beautifully landscaped area. Swings include a hammock swing and inclusive swings for wheelchair users, there’s a rope climbing structure and plenty of logs to climb and balance on. According to National Parks SG, phase two of the project will see more food and beverage spaces and a gallery area near the playground.
This huge indoor activity park includes a games arena with baseball nets, basketball courts and a robot goalkeeper to help hone soccer skills. A freestyle hall is tailor-made for teens, with climbing walls, a ninja obstacle course, trampolines, parkour and a skate/scoot park. Younger siblings are not left out, with an adventure area featuring a flying fox, tube slide, toddler’s gym and a pedal car track.
Amazonia, Great World City
Amazonia playcentre underwent a major revamp earlier this year. Some of the highlights of the new space are the 8-metre-high wave slide, a trampoline area with basketball rings, and an interactive digital wall for games and dance videos. The standout feature for the little ones on our visit was the snowball fountain. This mega ball pit has several clear vacuum tubes for kids to insert balls and watch them race through the tubes.
Future World, ArtScience Museum
Although not strictly a playcentre, the permanent Future World exhibition was revamped late in 2018 with new areas including a digital waterfall, a musical wall, and an interactive art piece that projects Chinese characters on a wall. When the characters are touched, they transform into nature images associated with that character (perfect for your child to improve their knowledge of Chinese characters!). These new features now sit alongside old favourites like the interactive slide and oversized glowing ball pit.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
One of Singapore’s best-loved outdoor playgrounds doubled in size at the end of 2017. The new additions have proved popular, particularly the ‘Forest’ area with its flying fox and rope bridge and trampolines. The Food for Tots café also has a little play corner so parents can grab a peaceful coffee. Currently, the Garden’s water play and photosynthesis area are closed for a revamp. The scheduled reopening is late October 2019, offering even more play and learning opportunities.
Hort Park nature playgarden
National Parks conceived this playgarden with pre-schoolers in mind, to encourage children to reconnect with nature. Set in the natural surrounds of Hort Park it features teepee-like play structures, sand and gravel pits with child-sized tools supplied, and musical play area with windchimes and wheels. A series of tunnels and hideouts, log steps, secret dens, and a small water play area foster both active and creative play.