Best Indoor & Outdoor Parks for School Holiday Fun

It's school holiday time! Here's a round up of the best indoor and outdoor parks in Singapore, plus their new safety rules.

Jurong Lake Gardens are a hit for mini adventurers!

Jurong Lake Gardens
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This expansive nature playground is set in the peaceful greenery of Jurong’s Lakeside Gardens. It will appeal to both younger and older kids, with 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.

HydroDash your holidays!

HydroDash Singapore

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Get ready to climb, slide, leap and bounce your way through HydroDash, Singapore’s first floating aqua park. Challenge friends, family and loved ones around the slippery, thrill-seeking floating obstacle course, located on Sentosa’s picturesque Palawan Beach. The minimum age is five years old, and tickets start at $13 for a one hour pass. Book ahead – it get’s busy on holidays and during peak times.

 

Jewel Canopy Park

Jewel Canopy Park, Changi Airport
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Jewel’s top floor is a 14,000 sqm play wonderland. The Canopy Park on L5 features the art installation ‘Discovery Slides’, which doubles as a climbing and sliding structure, and there’s ‘Foggy Bowls’ that lets kids wander among puffs of cloud and hide away in gentle bowls of mist and an animal themed ‘Topiary Walk’ and colourful Petal Garden.  Separate charges apply for the hedge and mirror maze, bouncing and walking Sky Nets and the Canopy Bridge. Wear comfortable covered shoes with shorts or pants.

Kiztopia, Marina Square
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This fun-filled indoor park features 18 play concepts in a massive 18,000 square feet space. Each play zone is designed with specific learning objectives in mind to cultivate your little ones social, emotional and motor skills. Try the ninja obstacle course, augmented-reality games, climbing structures with twisty slides, sandpit and ball pits. There’s a train ride and a car circuit complete with roads and petrol station. An extensive role-playing section features a dress-up room, grocery store with trolleys and cash registers, and kitchen/café.

** For safe playing, Kiztopia now has three sessions daily, with cleaning intervals between sessions. They’re closed the first Tuesday of every month for deep cleaning.

 

Nestopia

Nestopia, Sentosa
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This outdoor playground is located next to the newly renovated Trapizza restaurant on Siloso beach. Run by the Shangri-La Rasa Resort, it’s open to the public but a $10 per hour entry fee applies and you’ll need to make a play reservations before your visit via nestopia.sen@shangri-la.com or calling 6371 1067. 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

Jubilee Park, Fort Canning
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This lovely playground is located 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.

Amazonia, Great World City
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Amazonia playcentre underwent a major revamp last 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.

** Amazonia is open for 4 x 2 hour sessions a day, between sessions there is a 30 minute spray and deep cleanse process. Book your slot ahead of time.

Future World, ArtScience Museum

Future World, ArtScience Museum
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Although not strictly a playcentre, the permanent Future World exhibition, created in collaboration with teamLab, is a massive favourite with kids. There’s a digital waterfall, a musical wall, crystal forest, interactive digital art displays, as well as an interactive slide and oversized glowing ball pit.

** Pre-purchase tickets online prior to visiting. There are limits in venue capacity and timed entry to exhibitions. Each guest is limited to 5 tickets per purchase. In light of safe management measures, the artwork Sliding through the Fruit Field is only available for viewing and not for public interaction.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens
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One of Singapore’s best-loved outdoor playgrounds The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first garden in Asia dedicated to children. Its theme of ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’ aims to educate and instill a love for nature in children. The Garden offers exploration, adventure and play, with a farm, orchard, and a forest with its own stream and ponds. Young adventure seekers can explore the suspension bridge and nature play areas; budding naturalists can walk along the stream and climb into the tree-houses and urban gardeners can observe how plants grow. The Food for Tots café also has a little play corner so parents can grab a peaceful coffee.

Photo: Hort Park, NParks

Hort Park nature playgarden
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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.