Tampines is a significant town in Singapore, having conferred the World Habitat Award in 1991. The district’s stellar town-planning innovations continue to impress two decades on. The area derived its name from bountifully grown Ironwood trees, known as “Tempinis” in the past. Little Steps explored the neighborhood and picked out these family-friendly spots and affordable dining options for your next outing. Relax at Tampines Regional Library with a book, have your kids clamber along one of Singapore’s best climbing gyms for kids, or enjoy the go-to hawker stalls – we’ve got you covered in this Eastern heartland!
How To Get There:
By MRT – East-West Line (Green)
By Bus – Tampines Bus Interchange, 11 Tampines Concourse, Singapore 529543
By Car – PIE, exit 4B, ECP exit Xilin Ave, TPE various Tampines exits
This is a climbing theme park with origins from New Zealand, and suitable for all levels of climbers! This is one place you wouldn’t want to miss in the neighborhood! There is no age limit. Climbers only need to be a minimum of 10kg to participate. Abstract themes and strong colors are adopted in the premises to provide a stimulating and tactile environment for all climbers. Parents and their children could climb together for an ultimate bonding experience! Be sure to check out the attire guide on the website before visiting.
Clip ‘N Climb, Our Tampines Hub, Tampines Avenue 5, #03-03, Singapore 529684, +65 6705 9410, Website. Opens Mondays to Thursdays 12pm – 9pm, Fridays & Weekends 10am – 11pm.
Built in the 80s, fruit-themed playgrounds like the two in Tampines are the few remaining concrete playgrounds to date. The watermelon and mangosteen ones, both found at Tampines Central Park are part of the recently opened Tampines Heritage Trail. Reminisce the old days as you bring your kids to these play areas!
Watermelon & Mangosteen Playgrounds, Tampines Central Park, Tampines St 83, Singapore.
Truly a library that stimulates all senses, the premises feature a culinary studio, a viewing gallery of the sports stadium, #Spaceout pods for teenagers, an indoor playground, and an Early literacy floor with low shelves and specially curated materials for young children. The architectural aesthetics of the library is charming and inviting for all ages. Check out story-telling and I.T workshops that the library conducts in partnership with Infocomm Media Development Authority and the National Heritage Board, for the community.
Tampines Regional Library, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01, Singapore 529684, +65 6332 3255, Website. Opens daily 10am – 9pm.
Located just a short walk from Tampines MRT station, the park features a Sense Discovery Garden with textured walls, interesting outdoor auditory equipment, and unique herbal plants. It is also the first park in Singapore with a Woodball course.
Sun Plaza Park, Tampines Avenue 7, Singapore, Website. Opens 24 hours daily.
One of the main attractions of Tampines Hub, the rooftop water playground is huge, with different play areas. Slides take centerstage and for toddling tots, there's an area with colorful pods and flower pot structures just perfect for them. At the basement of the hub is Festive Play, an indoor playground for kids aged 2 to 6 years. The soft-padded play area is surrounded by a multi-colored perimeter fence and you can relax at the rest area while still keeping an eye on your kids.
Water & Indoor Playgrounds, Rooftop and Basement, Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk Singapore 528523, +65 6340 3636 or 6340 3600, Website.
Scandinavian furnishing giant, Ikea, occupies a massive warehouse at Tampines. Whether it’s shopping for new furniture, fishing for décor ideas or savoring the iconic meatballs & desserts at the cafeteria, Ikea is one of the most family-friendly places to visit. Children between the height of 1 – 1.2m could utilize the Småland playroom for an hour while parents shop to their hearts content. Free shuttle buses services are available daily to and fro from Tampines MRT station.
IKEA, 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764, +65 6786 6868, Website. Opens Mondays to Thursdays 10am – 10pm, Fridays & Weekends 10am – 11pm.
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This is the first 24-hours hawker center at Tampines! There is a good selection of local delights and international favorites. All stores are equipped with an ‘iCashBox’ which is a fully automated money collection machine. This helps to improve the overall efficiency and hygiene of the dining space. We shortlisted 10 most popular hawker stalls just for you and your little ones!
The Hawker Center @ Our Tampines Hub, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523. Opens 24 hours daily.
TOP STALLS INCLUDE:
Mingfa Fishball Noodles (#01-73): The origins of this noodle chain dates back to 1946 along the streets of Chinatown. Founder Mr. Lim Chye Kang created a special recipe for the fishballs, made only with the freshest ingredients sourced from the region. Other signature items include Bak Chor Mee, Laksa and the Chicken Cutlet Noodles.
Rickshaw Noodles & Satay (#01-71): Rickshaw noodles was the staple food of the poor working class in Singapore back in the 1950s. It is a hearty noodle dish cooked in flavorful umami broth, paired with vegetables and meat. The taste of nostalgia has never been more comforting! Charcoal-grilled satay makes a good accompanying side for the noodles.
Man Na La Korean (#01-68): Savor popular Korean classics at an affordable price at Man Na La. The tasty stone-pot bibimbap is loaded with a colorful assortment of vegetables – a healthy choice for your little ones! The tenderly grilled bulgogi meats and flavorful stew are popular choices too.
Art Of Cake (#01-62): Local patisserie Art of Cake is passionate about creating delectable pastries and fusion cakes at pocket-friendly prices. We can’t get enough of the red velvet cake, macarons, and freshly baked muffins! The colorful array of bakes is sure to please the family!
Traditional Desserts (#01-47): Combat the sweltering heat with traditional local desserts such as Ice Kacang, Cocktail jelly, Coconut chendol and many more! The friendly stall owner does customizable desserts too! Simply pick the ingredients of your choice and voila! With more than 40 options on the menu, there’s something for every palate!
Just Greens Vegetarian (#01-46): Vegetarian diners have a good variety of options to choose from at this stall. From Chinese-styled noodles to a plethora of vegetarian dishes that pair well with fragrant steamed rice, the options are plentiful. The stall is committed to serving healthier options, thus, most dishes are prepared with lesser sodium and oil.
Pasta Pizza (#01-48): The stall serves thin crust pizza and hearty pasta made to order. The portions are generous and value for money! The extra creamy mac ‘n’ cheese and irresistibly buttery baked rice are popular amongst young diners.
Boat Noodles (#01-42): Boat noodles is a Thai-style noodle dish, cooked in flavorful beef & pork broth, seasoned with fragrant Thai spices. It derived its name from hawkers who sell them from boats in Thailand’s floating markets. The portions are small, making them perfect treats for your little ones.
Warong Kim (#01-49): There are several stalls within the Hawker center which offers Halal food. The one which stands out is Warong Kim. They serve traditional Javanese food. The aromatic curries and spice-laden dishes are tantalizingly delicious! Non-spicy options are available too.
Happy Belly (#01-57A): Punjabi cuisine hails from the Punjab region of India and Pakistan. This stall offers wheat-only staples, delightful chutneys, creamy butter chicken and an assortment of lentil concoctions. Vegetarian options are available. Like the stall’s name, our bellies were happy and satisfied after a sumptuous meal of flatbreads paired with the flavorful sides and sauces.
Main Image Credit: National Heritage Board (NHB)
Watermelon Playground: Justin Zhuang