“Play is the Work of the Child,” said Maria Montessori. If that is true, the child’s workplace is the playground. At the playground, children can expand their physical abilities, practise socialising with their peers and, most importantly, have loads and loads of fun. All ready to bring the family out to a playground? Here are 15 of the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore, focused on those found amidst the luscious greenery of parks, for a wonderful day out.
Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore
Tiong Bahru Park Playground
The Tiong Bahru Park Playground has a whacky train structure that kids love to climb aboard. The best way to exit the train is through one of the fun slides running out from the train. The playground also has also zip lines, swings and an old-style merry-go-round at the 900 square metre park. All these features make it a fun destination and one of our picks for the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore.
Sembawang Park Playground
Sembawang Park in the north of Singapore is beautiful green park. The park’s Battleship Playground is a unique playground that pays tribute to two British ships, The Prince of Wales and Repulse, that were sunk during World War 2. The playground opened in July 2013 and kids can explore both inside the ship and its upper decks. There is even a hole in the hull where it was “hit” by a torpedo. Read more here.
West Coast Park Playground
With the theme “Play Centre in the West”, the West Coast Park Playground had to be on our list of the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore. The massive playground has multiple play spaces that cater to all ages. From the red climbing rope pyramid to the little red fire engine, there is loads of fun waiting at West Coast Park Playground for kids from two to 12. Find out more here.
Pasir Ris Park Playground
Pasir Ris Park Playground is a well-shaded playground with plenty of play spots for kids. From swings to net tunnels, it is one of the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore. Located at Elias Road, it is not far off from Pasir Ris Beach either. And after you are done at the playground, you can go cycling around the park too. Read more about Pasir Ris Park Playground.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Adventure Playground
Found at the Pond Gardens half of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, the outdoor Adventure Playground is one where kids can imagine they are knights battling each other in a fort
or at a magic tower. Visit on Thursday to Sunday to have some fun at the nearby Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park Water Playground too. Read more.
[August 2017 Editor’s update: Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Adventure Playground previously had a wooden tower with the tubular slide. It has since been removed.]
Marine Cove Playground
Unsurprisingly, the Marine Cove Playground at East Coast Park adopts a nautical theme. Its main structure is modeled after a lighthouse and there are plenty of swings, cargo nets and slides to keep children busy. Younger children can have fun with crazy mirrors and circular swings found around the 3,500 square metre playground. After working up a healthy appetite, there are a row of restaurants and cafes nearby conveniently provide a place to grab a bite. Find out more.
Gardens by the Bay’s Far East Organization Children’s Playground
The Gardens by the Bay Children’s Playground consists of both wet and dry play areas. Spinning flower-shaped showers create a watery play land for kids at the wet play area. If water play is not your thing, try the treehouse-themed dry playground and its rope suspension bridges. Read more about it here.
Woodlands Waterfront Playground
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The high rope playground at Woodlands Waterfront is great for older kids. They can scramble up to “crows nests” suspended high above the ground at this unique outdoor playground. Younger kids that don’t want or can’t make the ascent are not forgotten. They can play at a regular playground at Woodlands Waterfront too. Find out more.
Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserves Extension Playground
While most outdoor playgrounds have slides and swings, Sungei Buloh Wetlands Reserve has a different take on play. In keeping with the spirit of exploration, the “playground” at Sugei Buloh Wetlands Reserve’s extension consists of a Junior Adventure Trail. Kids can step up and down around structures and take on a pulley boat challenge. While at Sungei Buloh, be sure to take the time to explore the Coastal Trail boardwalks and the Mud Experience as well. Read more about it.
Airplane Playground at The Oval
Fun takes flight at The Oval’s airplane-themed playground. Found on the fringe of Seletar Airport, the centerpiece of the playground is a blue, red and yellow plane that kids can climb into. There is also a “control tower”, swings and a Ludo area at the playground. More information here.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is a section of Singapore Botanic Gardens specially set aside for children 12 years old and under. Besides little landscaped spots around the children’s garden, it also has a fun treehouse built around a tree. Once kids get to the top, they can hop into the slides and make their way back to the ground. Find out more.
Esplanade Park Playground
The Esplanade Park Playground makes our list of the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore because of its location and nostalgic, retro-style play equipment. Found in the Civic District, it has a metallic slide, traditional-style seesaw and swings. Such classic playground equipment never goes out of style. Plus, a unique feature of the playground is its wall of bells that chime a melodious tune. Read more about it here.
Jurong Central Park Playground
Located opposite Jurong Point shopping centre, Jurong Central Park has plenty of wide-open spaces. The park’s playground is set in a section with undulating terrain though and it features slides that follow the terrain. Besides the slides, other play equipment include climbing ropes and more. The most unique feature of the park and its playground are the two life-sized game boards found there. Families can play Ludo and Snakes & Ladders on the game boards and make use of the Die Tower to determine how many spaces to move. Read more about it here.
Canberra Park Playground
Canberra Park is not really a park in the “green” sense of the word but it does have awesome playground. There is a tunnel made out of dinosaur bones, raised walkways and platforms to run around on, and plenty of rope obstacles for kids to tackle.
Changi Beach Park Playground
Changi Beach Park’s playground is painted a bright orange and has a nautical tinge with a wooden raft in one corner. Besides the swings, there is a climbing pyramid and netted obstacles for kids to have fun on at this park playground. The Changi Beach Park Playground is located close to the Changi Village bus terminal. Read more about it here.