Pretend-play Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore

Role-playing teaches kids how the world works. Pretend play expands the imagination. And when kids take on roles and play together, they get to learn social behaviour, too. More indoor playgrounds are offering pretend-play zones, recognising the educational benefits of simple play and real-life immersion.

Some of these indoor playgrounds also offer active play areas, alongside their role-play zones. And others are full-fledged mini-worlds or mini-cities. So you have many choices for your child, depending on the themes you like!

Little Planet Playland

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What’s cool: Little Planet has a farm, market place, kitchen & cafe, fishing area, forest maze and castle role-play area to provide children with a realistic educational play environment. Spacious, interconnected play areas enhance the group play environment.

Age range: Up to 12 years of age.
Fees: From $25 per child; free entry for children <1 year old with each paying child
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Centrepoint #02-21
Website: http://littleplanet.com.sg/

 

T-Play

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What’s cool: An airport-themed playground focusing on active play, made entirely in Sweden. Kids can pretend to be airplanes as they run along the “runways” spread across the 4,200 sq ft premises. Tunnels, slides, obstacles, bridges, climbing nets, trampolines and “wrecking ball” swing are in the main play area.

Age range: 6 months to 12 years old
Fees: From $4 for T-Play HomeTeamNS Family Member; from $16 for non-members
Party bookings: Yes
Where: HometeamNS Bukit Batok, Level 2
Website: http://www.hometeamns.sg/Pages/T-Play-Kids-Indoor-Playground.aspx

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What’s cool: A learning playground designed for kids to enjoy role-playing different professions such as chefs, waitresses, cashiers, doctors, nurses, teachers, policemen, firemen and  even super-heroes and princesses, with costumes and pretend-play in realistic small-scale locations called “learning stations”.

Age range: 1 to 8 years old
Fees: From $18; free entry for <1 year old with a paying sibling
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Liang Court #03-04A; i12 Katong #03-31
Website: http://www.thecity.com.sg/

*See our full review here.

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KidsSTOP

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What’s cool: Part indoor playground, part make-believe fantasyland, KidsSTOP is filled with interactive stations that kids and their parents can experience together. With 17 zones and feature areas, including “make-believe” zones like an airplane cockpit, a construction site, a supermarket and a cafe.

Age range: 18 months to 8 years old
Fees: From $5; free entry for <18 months
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Science Centre Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall
Website: http://www.kidsstop.edu.sg/

*See our full review here.

Kidzania

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What’s cool: Kids learn about different professions through role-play in a functioning city. They take on real-life jobs, carry out assignments and can earn or spend money. Jobs available include being a pilot, dentist, documentary producer and many others. There are 60 vocations for kids to try out at this kid-sized city. Jobs are created in conjunction with recognisable, real-world brands to heighten the level of realism.

Age range: Recommended minimum age 4 years old to 17 years old
Fees: From $55.10 for 4 years old and above
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Palawan Kidz City. 31 Beach View

Website: http://www.kidzania.com.sg/

*See our Kidzania guide here

Hokey Pokey

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What’s cool: A good mix of role-playing zones like kitchens and a supermarket, dress-up costumes like firemen and princesses, mini-world scapes like Playmobil farms and Barbie dollhouses, Tomica car ramps, ride-on toys like a mini train track, as well as slides and ball pits. Very tot-friendly.

Age range: 6 months to 6 years old
Fees: From $16 for members
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Seletar Mall #B1-28/29
Website: http://hokeypokey.com.sg/

Petite Park

Petite Park

What’s cool: Role-play areas that include kitchens, a fruit stall, wooden toys, and active play areas like the large balloon room (a favourite highlight for kids), slides and ball pits.

Age range: Under 7 years old
Fees: From $18
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Changi City Point #02-15/16
Website: http://www.petitepark.com.sg/

Tickle Tickle

What’s cool: Various active play and pretend play zones. Themed role-play areas like supermarket, home and cafe for pretend play, which include wooden pretend toys. Soft play structures including ball pits, flying fox, slides and obstacles. Ride-on toys and mechanical play equipment which are interactive.

Age range: 8 months to 12 years old
Fees: From $11, prices differ according to outlet location
Party bookings: Yes
Where: Junction 10 #02-17; Delta Sports Hall; Hougang Sports Hall

Website: http://tickletickle.sg/

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