Filled with swings, slides, and climbing nets, playgrounds can be found all around Singapore and they offer exhilarating thrills for kiddos of all ages. Sadly, outdoor sand playgrounds are becoming less common to find, with many being replaced by water playgrounds to cool kids down from the heat. If you’re looking for old-school sandpit playgrounds for some sandcastle-building fun, here are the best places you can still venture to!
The latest extension of Singapore’s iconic Botanic Gardens, COMO Adventure Grove houses a nature-based playground with play elements inspired by forest canopies, jungle trails, and Singapore’s diverse flora. Highlights of this playground include a giant sandpit that sits amidst lush greenery centered around a towering 10-meter banyan tree. This Grove is augmented by sprawling branches, created with bespoke specialists Kinetics, who transformed steel posts into hand-painted tree bark-textured trunks! For Tarzan fans, this area is a real treat, as with a real Banyan tree, the Banyan tree tower is recreated to have similar veins and props. Scale, swing, or rest amongst the 13 branches fitted with climbing ropes, swings, circular nets, and hammocks for kids of all ages. 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.
COMO Adventure Grove Playground, Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Tyersall Rd, Singapore 257683, https://www.nparks.gov.sg/sbg/our-gardens/tyersall-gallop-entrance/gallop-extension
Playgrounds tend to be colorful, but Sembawang Park’s playground is mostly one-tone and made from wood. It’s also structured to look like a ship, so kids can be the captain of their own adventure! They’ll have a ball of a time at the two slides, rope bridges and upper viewing decks. As a bonus, the playground provides plenty of shade so your kid won’t be overly exposed to the heat while they play.
Sembawang Park Playground, Sembawang Road
Locally designed playgrounds were introduced to Singapore’s housing estates in the early 1970s by the Housing & Development Board (HDB). These old-school playgrounds consisted of merry-go-rounds, swings, see-saws, and slides. The iconic dragon playground reflected Singapore's culture and identity. Designed in 1979 by Khor Ean Ghee, HDB’s in-house designer, the playground reflected the Oriental dragon commonly seen among the Chinese community in Singapore. Although still open for play today, the building of such tiled and sandy playgrounds was phased out in the 90s due to safety concerns.
Dragon Playground, Toa Payoh Lorong 6
Other Dragon Playgrounds - Toa Payoh Lorong 1, Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, and Pipit Road at MacPherson
There are plenty of activities you can get up to at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, including the sand playground located around the middle of the entire park. The sand playground is split into different parts, so no particular area will get overcrowded. There are low slides safe for younger children, a netted climbing area and a log walk to train balancing. There’s even a low rock climbing wall to give kids an introduction to bouldering!
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Playground, 1384 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1
Jurong Lake Gardens was only constructed in recent years, but they included sand at the playground to give it an old school feels. There are two-person swings, hammocks and a zip line to even make you feel like you’re on a camping trip! Besides the three huge tube slides, there are other activities like the low-rope area to train balance, blue building blocks to express creativity, and mini trampolines so they can jump from side to side.
Jurong Lake Gardens Playground, Yuan Ching Road
Changi is home to plenty of delicious food, and if you want to find a place to walk off your meal together as a family, the beach is a great place to do just that. Besides the scenic coastline, there is also a sand playground with play nets, and tube slides. If parents want to sit back and relax while they wait for their kid to be done with playtime, there are four swings suitable for adults too!
Changi Beach Park Playground, Nicoll Drive, Singapore 498991
Families with kids living in the Tiong Bahru area will definitely love the playground at the neighborhood park. Not only does the sand playground have all the basics of a playground, but the main structure is shaped like a train too! There are also unique additions like a monkey bar, a flying fox, a mini maze and spring chairs in the shape of animals.
Tiong Bahru Park Playground, 1 Henderson Road, Singapore 159561
For a spacious playground, visit the one at West Coast Park. The best part? Both kids and adults will enjoy the playground features alike! There are swings, zip lines, balancing platforms and two huge slides that will excite older kids, while parents can also join in the fun to try the huge spiderweb structure and obstacle course. For younger kids, there are educational panels around the area too.
West Coast Park Playground, West Coast Ferry Rd, Singapore 126978
Labrador Park is relatively quiet, which makes it a perfect place to visit if you want to avoid the crowds on weekends. The sand playground is rather simple, with multiple slides, climbing ladders and a lookout platform. Once your kiddo is done with the playground, they can also explore the nearby maze made with wooden poles to test their navigational skills.
Labrador Park Playground, Labrador Villa Rd, Singapore 119187
HortPark has plenty of fun spots hidden around, which makes it worth a visit. Aside from swings, a colorful house-like set-up and ponds to admire, the main attraction of the playground has net ropes, balancing platforms and pirate-themed cut-out boards at the sand pit area. While the littles ones run freely, parents can find shade and cool down at the nearby seating areas.
HortPark Nature Playground, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578
Katong Park is one of the oldest neighborhood parks in Singapore, and the sand playground there is a vibrant space suitable for kids aged 12 years and younger. It boasts two main slides, which can be accessed from different ladders, and a sliding monkey bar where kiddos can go wild at. Younger ones can go on an educational journey at the learning panels too, where they’ll learn more about different types of animal sounds.
Katong Park Playground, 59 Fort Rd, Singapore 439105