Are the kiddies getting antsy? Little Steps has splished and splashed our way across the city to bring you our picks for Singapore’s best free waterplay areas for kids. Pack your cozzies and head out to for some fun!
Located next to Singapore’s only dog park atop a shopping mall, KidzPlay at NEX is a wet and dry interactive play area for kids aged 5-12. Mom and Dad can take a well-deserved shopping break while the kids splash and play about. Babychair loan is also available within NEX.
KidzPlay at Skygarden, NEX Shopping Mall, Level 4R, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083, www.nex.com.sg
Smack in the center of Clarke Quay are several multicolored fountains that dance at different levels and intervals. Parents can sit back and relax in one of the many open air bars and restaurants that open up to this central area while the kiddies laugh themselves silly in the fountains.
Clarke Quay, 3 River Valley Road, Singapore 179024, www.clarkequay.com.sg
Nestled near the entrance of the Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, the waterplay area is best used at the end of an outing to this part of the Singapore Botanic Gardens. There is little shade at this fountain area, so be sure to pack on the sunscreen and hats. If the kiddies are hungry, enjoy an alfresco casual lunch at Casa Verde in the Botanic Gardens!
Jacob Ballas Childrens' Garden, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769, Website
Built on a 350-meter purpose-built dam, Marina Barrage boasts a large wading area with dancing fountains for kiddos. Pack a lunch and continue your fun-filled family day by flying kites at Marina Barrage’s Green Roof!
Marina Barrage Water Playground, 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951, Website
Outside the Seiyu Department Store, parents and kids alike take respite from shopping marathons by taking a dip beneath this fountain. And if you get too wet, there’s always a shop to buy new clothes. Bonus!
Parco Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street #02-46, Parco Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021, www.bugisjunction-mall.com.sg
Considered an “urban beachfront”, the SkyPark Garden on VivoCity’s 3rd floor is an open wading area as large as an Olympic swimming pool. Only about 2 feet deep at its deepest point, catch the colorful Sentosa trains and the cable cars making their roundtrips. The 2nd Floor Playcourt also boasts a playground and water fountain for the kids to play about.
VivoCity, 3rd Floor Rooftop SkyPark and 2nd Floor Playcourt, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585, www.vivocity.com.sg
A 15,000 square ft “green” designed waterplay area, Splash Park contains tipping frogs, water pistols and that spongy ground we all love to play on. Too wet? Splash Park is adjacent to a dry play area as well! Waterplay occurs daily from 11am to 2pm and from 5pm to 8pm.
Sembawang Shopping Centre, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459, Website
Newly opened Changi City Point Mall is a favorite! Not only does it house factory outlet shops like Adidas, Samsonite, Esprit and Sketchers (forget about the trek to Johor!), it is located just outside of the Expo MRT. If the kids don't want to get wet, there is also a dry play area here. It's like the whole place was designed to be a slice of paradise.
Changi City Point Mall, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, The3House @ L2, Singapore 486038, Website
It may be a bit of a trek heading out to Jurong East just to get to this very popular water play area at the rooftop of IMM. With its unique “aquatecture” for interactive play, kids have the ability to control the water spouts and water shooters by hand. IMM’s Waterplay theme is centered around flowers, canons and windmills. Bonus - IMM offers 3 hours of free parking!