Without a doubt, Singapore is an island filled with playgrounds, both indoor and outdoor! There’s nothing like getting the kids up and about and checking out outdoor play spaces that can be found typically between several blocks of flats in every neighborhood! We’ve rounded up our top favs that will have you and your family thrilled, challenged, engaged, and entertained for a full action-packed day out. Pack a picnic basket, slather on loads of sunscreen, spritz on mozzie repellent, stock up plenty of water and you’re all set!
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We absolutely love Como Adventure Cove at the Gallop Extension. This nature-based playground creates play elements inspired by forest canopies, jungle trails, and Singapore’s diverse flora. It’s a biophilic wonderland designed to inspire curiosity and encourage exploration. Highlights of this playground include a giant sandpit that sits amidst lush greenery centered around a towering 10-meter banyan tree! Two long tube slides at 4 meters and 2.1 meters, designed for speed and thrills, allow kiddos to exit the canopy with an adrenaline-pumping ride that’ll have them clambering up for more. Fantastic!
Como Adventure Cove, Gallop Extension @ Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Tyersall Rd, Singapore 257683, www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg/our-gardens/tyersall-gallop-entrance/gallop-extension
Located within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jacob Ballas is a great park for your little ones. The best part, it has been revamped with a whole lot of play areas including a fairy den, wheelchair trampoline, and even a flying fox! We love the old favs as well, like the sand pit, treehouse, water play area, and maze. Trot over to Food for Tots for a quick bite and recharge before checking out the rest of the garden. Head there in the morning as afternoons can get a little busy.
Jacob Ballas Children's Garden, 481 Bukit Timah Road (Botanical Gardens), Singapore 259769, +65 6465 0196, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/jacob-ballas-childrens-garden
Located at the Gardens by the Bay between the Cloud Forest and Satay Club, this state-of-the-art playground includes 4 sections: Adventure Trail, Toddler's Play, Water Play and Fish Fountain. By having different sections for different age groups, i.e. under 6 year olds and 6-12 year olds, there's no need to worry about the little ones' safety. There's even staff from Gardens by the Bay keeping a watchful eye over the kids!
Far East Organization Children's Garden, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/things-to-do/attractions/far-east-organization-childrens-garden.html
Located on the western slopes of Fort Canning Park lies Jubilee Park, a fam-friendly recreational space with slides and swings. This natural playground is fitted with equipment that blends in with the surrounding. As you approach the park from the Fort Canning MRT station, you’ll be greeted by a series of old-school swings as well as bucket swings for young kiddies. There are also inclusive swings for wheelchair users too. Beyond that is a series of logs laid out in an abstract fashion for tots who love to climb. Walk further on and you’ll find seesaws and a wobble board that can accommodate up to four persons at a time! The main highlight of the park is definitely the slides that are crafted out of the naturally hilly terrain.
Jubilee Park, Fort Canning Park, From Fort Canning Station - Exit B, turn left to Jubilee Park, River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/fort-canning-park
Tanjong Pagar's eco-playground is a 1,650 square meter open space right in the middle of the city. This impeccable design transforms the grass field into an eco-playground with structures made of repurposed tree logs. Entirely different from conventional slides and swings, this playground aims to encourage pretend play, spark creativity and inspire discovery amongst children. It also includes a series of logs of uneven height and dynamo bicycles so that children can see how the energy generated through pedaling can be converted to power fairy lights strewn over the logs. Read our feature here!
Tanjong Pagar Eco Playground, Space bounded by Tras Link, Wallich Street, and Peck Seah Street, www.discovertanjongpagar.sg
Strategically located among the lush greenery at Tiong Bahru Park, go on a magical train ride on the Tilting Train. Looking like Hogwarts Express traveled through the Inception film set, it is hard to miss this eye-opening structure. This life-sized train has multiple unique carriages, each equipped with slides and climbing nets for the little ones to explore. The quirky design sure creates that wacky experience as you go through each twist and turn. With a large surrounding area, the playground offers plenty of space for kids to run about. That’s not all, there is also a mini maze and old-school merry-go-round to add to the list of things to explore. There are also benches conveniently placed around the playground for families to take a break.
Tiong Bahru Park, 1 Henderson Rd, Singapore 159561
Singapore’s tallest outdoor play at the former Big Splash at East Coast Park is an absolute thrill! Boasting 4.5 hectares of several play areas catering to different age groups, Coastal PlayGrove's outdoor play area boasts magnificent slides, a water park with water jets and wading pools, plus a nature play garden for the younger ones! Just for the thrill-seekers and adrenaline junkies, take on the Play Tower deemed as Singapore’s tallest outdoor play feature, featuring a 4-storey vertical net play area and slides on the third and fourth floors. Check out our single feature here!
Coastal PlayGrove @ East Coast Park, 902 East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449874, www.nparks.gov.sg/gardens-parks-and-nature/parks-and-nature-reserves/east-coast-park/coastal-playgrove
The playground is 3,500sqm and was designed to suit children of all abilities. A three-story play tower at the center has three slides of different levels and a rope bridge. The inclusive play area features include a swing set that stimulates a child’s sense of balance, sensory play panels, and a quiet corner. The outdoor playground also comprises inclusive elements to encourage children of different abilities to play together. The inclusive play equipment is designed with a range of motion, such as spinning, rocking, and swinging to improve muscle control.
Marine Cove Playground East Coast Park, Car Park C2&3, Singapore
A hidden gem on the East Coast for those in the know! This park is unique as it has a three-tier playground, climbing areas, poles, and slides for whizzing up and down. A perfect play area for kids who like some action.
Changi Beach Park Playground, Changi Village Road, Changi, Singapore, Website
Set in sandpits rather than plastic or rubber flooring as seen today, old school playgrounds of the yesteryears echo our childhood days and are truly icons of Singapore's bustling landscape. These playgrounds were built to be functional, convey a sense of Singapore's identity and depict local heritage. Head out with the kids to these remaining old school playgrounds to celebrate our little island's heritage and relive your childhood memories. Check out our Little Steps Guide To Old School Playgrounds here!
Canberra Park is home to a ton of swings and play structures that cater to all kids of all ages. As one of the few inclusive playgrounds in the North, it includes swings with a wider seat and safety bars for kids with disabilities. There's also an AeroGlider where wheelchair users can join in the swinging fun! For toddling tots who love ramps, this playground has plenty to choose from. These ramps also accommodate wheelchair users. The rope obstacle course here will also be a hit with bigger kids who want to challenge themselves. There's also a huge dino fossil play structure where kids can weave in and out of.
Canberra Park, Sembawang Crescent, Singapore 750325, Website
Set amidst black and white colonial buildings, lush green open spaces and right next to Seletar airport is The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park. And yes, that's exactly where you will find the aviation-themed playground! The playground is divided into sections for older (5 to12 years) and younger kids (2 to 5 years) - with plane installations fitted with slides, a 'control tower', tunnels, monkey bars and even a climbing wall. If your little ones are up for it, there's also a life-sized Ludo (called Aeroplane Chess at this playground) game board on the playground floor. There's plenty of open spaces around too for a picnic too!
Aeroplane Playground, The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, 2 Park Lane Singapore 798386, +65 6262 0001
The Adventure Playground at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park features a wooden turquoise and blue fort that's great for kids to create their own adventures. Its fitted with look-out points, bubble windows, and even slides. There's also a climbing frame behind the fort and a rope pyramid. Over at the River Plains side of the park is an inclusive playground with swings and merry-go-round to accommodate wheelchair users. Next to it is a sand-based area with climbing nets and also a metal digger with 2 levers where kids can operate like an excavator.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Adventure Playground, Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569981, Website
With 26 slides including the adrenaline-pumping 32-meter High Adventure Roller Slide equipped high motion-sensor LED lights, Admiralty Park is by far the largest found in Northern Singapore. This 7-hectare urban park boast of 3 distinct play areas - Adventure Play, Family Terracing Play and Junior Play, to cater to kids of all age groups and diverse backgrounds. What's more, the inclusive facilities at the park, like the wheelchair swing and inclusive merry-go-round are also noteworthy and encourages play amongst kids with and without disabilities.
Admiralty Park, Near the junction of Woodlands Avenue 5 and Riverside Road, Website
West Coast Park is known as the "Play Center of the West", and for good reason. The Adventure Play Area caters to toddlers up to young adults and is at the heart of action-packed West Coast Park. The western portion of the park is a haven for park visitors who enjoy adventurous activities, or for a more relaxed break, take a trip to the Marsh Garden.
West Coast Park Playground, 71 West Coast Highway, Singapore 126844, Website
The Alexandra Canal Linear Park is arguably one of the best scoot and play options right in the heart of the city. Linking Commonwealth Avenue to Tanglin Rd, this 1.4km strip starts at Queenstown MRT station and ends at Tanglin Road. Littered from one end to the other are several different play areas for kids to stop and explore. Starting at the entrance closest to Tanglin Road, you’ll find colorful playgrounds more suitable for younger children. As you move on you will encounter more challenging play areas such as the rope playground which is better suited for older kids.
Alexandra Canal Linear Park, There are entry points all along the park. We like to start at Margaret Drive Blk 248, Website
Going shopping with the kids in tow is more than doable with Westgate Wonderland, the mega outdoor playground on top of Westgate Mall. Step into a whimsical fantasy garden, teeming with gigantic insects, giant replicas of flora and fauna, and a ten-meter high tree house as its centerpiece. Interactive elements include: a large watering can with an active spray nozzle; musical flowers with flower bud steel drums; bluebells that respond to touch with musical sounds and lights; and large flowers with spinning canopies that create a kaleidoscope of light patterns on the ground!
Westgate Wonderland, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532, +65 6826 5450, Website
CHECK OUT THESE OTHER OUTDOOR PLAYGROUNDS:
Marina Bay Playground
Great World Playland
Esplanade Park Playground
Play @ Heights Park, Toa Payoh
Wonderland Playground at Dawson Vista
Labrador Park Playground
Hort Park Playground
Forest Ramble at Jurong Lake Gardens
Yishun N8 Park Treehouse Playground
Marsiling Park Playground
100+ Activities To Do With Babies, Toddlers, Kids, Teens In Singapore