Wondering where to go for a fun day out with your kids? Be it indoor playgrounds or outdoor gardens, these play areas are sure to mesmerize them!
TOP 1 Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Located at the Bukit Timah core of the Botanic Gardens, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first and largest garden in Asia dedicated to children aged 14 and below. It runs a theme of ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’ and it aims to educate children and instil a love for nature through discovery and experiential learning. There are plenty of features spread out over a large area (around 7 football fields) for children to play and explore, such as a farm, an orchard, gardens, a forest with a stream and ponds, tree houses and a suspension bridge. Children can choose to be an ‘Adventurer’, ‘Gardener’ or ‘Naturalist’ for a day by following specially curated trails. For example, the “Gardener” trail would allow the children to learn more about how plants grow and pick up some gardening tips. Admission is free.
Address: 481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 8am – 7pm (Closed on Monday except when Monday falls on a designated public holiday)
TOP 2 Far East Organization Children’s Garden
You have heard of Gardens By The Bay, but did you know that there’s a children’s garden nestled within its grounds? The Far East Organization Children’s Garden has five key play areas which are designed with two key age groups in mind: 1-5 year olds and 6-12 year olds. As you enter the garden, you will be greeted by the Adventure Trail which has several play structures such as the tubular slides, arch net tunnels, stepping pads and arch topiaries that resemble the shape of the domes housing the Cloud Forest and Flower Dome. Moving on, there are treehouses with bridges and hammock swings for the older kids, while the younger kids can enjoy the see saws, stepping pads and short climbing structures at the Toddler Play Area.
The two water features are immensely popular with the kids. The Water Play Area comprises several rotating splines spewing small streams of water which creates an effect of a literal “rain” forest, while orchid-shaped buckets splash water at regular intervals, upping the adrenaline rush for little children who dash through them. The accompanying music ups the fun at the play area, with familiar tunes such as Hakuna Matata being belted out. The younger kids are not forgotten. The Fish Fountain is catered to two to five year olds, where they can have fun with 17 fish sculptures shooting gentle water jets out of their mouths.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Tue – Fri: 10am – 7pm
Sat – Sun: 9am – 9pm
Closed on Monday (unless a Public Holiday falls on Monday, in which case it will be closed the next day)
TOP 3 Science Centre Singapore
The Science Centre is undoubtedly one of the best places to pique the children’s interest in Science. Frequent activities are held here, such as exhibitions, daily shows and demonstrations, workshops, kids programmes and movies. Not just that, it also has more than 1,000 interactive exhibits in its 14 galleries and 20 permanent exhibitions, covering interesting topics such as Earth: Our Untamed Planet and Phobia: The Science of Fear. Demonstrations such as the Fire Tornado are sure to capture your attention, along with stargazing at the observatory, watching animals and celestial elements such as stars coming to life at the Omni Theatre (Singapore’s only IMAX dome theatre which features a five-storey high dome screen), getting up close with arctic and antarctic animals and characters in Snow City and taking part in fun educational programmes at Kids Stop. Although the Science Centre is tucked away in Jurong, it is definitely worthwhile to bring the children there for a one-of-a-kind experience in the learning of Science!
Address: 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Science Centre: 10am – 6pm
Kids Stop: 9.30am – 1.30pm (first session), 2pm – 6pm (second session)
(Opening hours differ for different features. Refer to https://www.science.edu.sg/visit-us/opening-hours for more details.)
TOP 4 Canopy Park @ Jewel Changi Airport
The Canopy Park at the topmost level of Jewel Changi Airport is a sprawling 14,000 square metre playground for both the young and the young at heart. A myriad of recreational infrastructure can be found under the sparkling glass canopy, which includes Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, Topiary Walk, Canopy Bridge and a series of maze and sky nets. Have fun playing hide and seek and weaving your way through Singapore’s largest hedge maze, and be rewarded with a bird’s eye view of the maze’s intricate windings when you reach the watch tower at its core. The Foggy Bowls spew clouds of mist which children will have fun running through them or even hide in them. The Petal Garden captivates both the old and young with creative arrangements of seasonal flowers from around the world and gives the perfect backdrop for a photo. This calls for a fun time for you and your young ones!
Address: Jewel Changi Airport Level 5
Sun – Thu: 10am – 12am
Fri, Sat and Eve of Public Holiday: 10am – 1am
(Certain features have shorter opening hours. Refer to https://www.jewelchangiairport.com/en/attractions/canopy-park.html for more information.)
TOP 5 Amazing Castle
Newly-opened in 2019, the Amazing Castle is a play zone at Cineleisure Orchard which takes on the concept of interactive entertainment. The 9 different stations incorporate technology into traditional arcade games and playground mechanics to up the fun and challenge the skills and intellect of the children. With stations such as a real-life Space Invaders shooter controlled by navigating a giant see-saw platform, a Dragon Tower where you have to run to duck the fire spews from the dragon and IQ Basketball where you answer cheeky questions based on the basket where the ball lands, you can be sure that your children will be kept occupied and have lots of fun while you do your shopping at Orchard Road.
Address: 8 Grange Rd, #02-05 Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
Mon: 12pm – 10pm
Tue – Sun: 11am – 10pm
TOP 6 KidZania Singapore
KidZania Singapore is an indoor edutainment centre exclusively for children where they can take part in interactive activities, work, learn and play in the kid-sized city which comes with real buildings, vehicles and brands. They can even earn play money as they work (role-play). The range of occupations that kids can role-play here is huge – a performer at the Arts Academy, a pilot or cabin crew at the Aviation Academy, a chef at KFC, an assistant chiropractor at Chiropractic Clinic, a fire fighter at the Fire Station, a food scientist at the Abbott Milk Innovation Lab, a journalist at the press, a police officer, a driver and many many more. You can easily spend the whole day here, which might not even be enough for your excited kids! As KidZania is highly popular among both locals and tourists, it is recommended to visit during non-peak seasons so that you can spend less time queuing to try out the different occupations.
Address: 31 Beach View, #01-01/02 Palawan Kidz City, Singapore 098008
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm
TOP 7 Adventure Cove Waterpark
Located at the northern part of Sentosa Island facing VivoCity, Adventure Cove Waterpark is not just a usual water park. Thrill seekers would be delighted to go on the Riptide Rocket, which is Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster. Bringing you through multiple climbs and drops at high speed, it is the equivalent of the roller coaster in a theme park. You can also challenge your friend at Dueling Racer, a high-speed competitive plunge to the finish line.
Children would enjoy the Adventure River where they can cruise down the river in a tube and take in the breathtaking scenery as they float through a lush jungle garden, an underwater tunnel with marine life swimming around you and many other scenes. Get up close with marine life by snorkeling at the Rainbow Reef which boasts 20,000 tropical fish swimming among colourful reef, and head down to Ray Bay to swim among the rays and touch those friendly creatures. And that’s not all. Go on down to Adventure Cover Waterpark to experience for yourself!
Address: 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening hours: 10am – 6pm daily
TOP 8 ORTO
Located up north in Yishun, ORTO is Singapore’s first 24-hour multi-recreational park spanning an area of approximately 7 football fields. There are plenty of activities for kids to enjoy themselves here. It houses a huge trampoline park with several zones and activity areas, a paintball park that offers game sessions even at night, a karting arena where you can have loads of fun with drift-karting (improvised version of go-karting), sports facilities and fishing ponds and prawning ponds where you can eat the fresh catch for dinner. Children can even relive the childhood experiences of their parents and grandparents via Longkang Fishing, the popular old school leisure activity where children catch small fishes in the drains or small streams using plastic or glass bottles. Alternatively, you can just enjoy a stroll along the lake lined with more than 10 different types of fruit trees and spot some wildlife such as squirrels, iguanas and monitor lizards.
Address: 81 Lorong Chencharu, Singapore 769198 (near Khatib MRT Station)
Opening hours: 24 hours
TOP 9 SMIGY
One of the newest indoor playgrounds in Singapore, SMIGY opened its doors in September 2019 at the new Paya Lebar Quarter Mall. Featuring eight stations with various activities and play zones, there is something for everyone. There are ball pits, obstacle courses, sponge pits, doll houses, toy kitchens and building blocks for the children to have the time of their lives. Older children will be thrilled to find that they can dress up as their favourite characters such as Thor and Spiderman. The centrepiece of is the huge ball pit with a large interactive touchscreen, slides and a wind machine that propels the balls upwards and leave them spinning in midair. Children can also bounce at the trampoline nets and slide down spiky slopes in float tubes. With such interesting features, it is no surprise that children are really excited to dive into SMIGY!
Address: 10 Paya Lebar Road, #03-05 to 06 PLQ Mall, Singapore 409057
Opening hours: 10.30am – 8.30pm daily
TOP 10 Fly a Kite at Marina Barrage
Situated at the mouth of the Marina reservoir, the Marina Barrage separates the reservoir and the sea and provides a 360-degree view of the bay area. The views of the Singapore skyline and the Singapore Straits with cargo ships lining the coast are especially spectacular during sunrise and sunset. The field on the rooftop of the barrage is a good place for a picnic and kite flying, so grab a kite for the kids and let the winds propel it while enjoying the surrounding views. There is also a water fountain beneath the rooftop where the children can have a splashing good time.
Address: 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951
Opening hours: 24 hours
Credits: tripadvisor, Marina Bay Sands, hypeandstuff, NParks, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa, Science Centre, honeykidsasia,ORTO, SMIGY
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