Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden: A Secret Garden Just for Kids


Published: 13/03/2013

by Little Day Out


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Just like Peter Pan’s Never Never Land, the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is a place where childhoods live on. Everything at the garden is centered around the child, creating a magical secret garden where children can escape to and have fun in.

Admission into the garden is free, but in a reversal of roles, adults must be accompanied by children to enter the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. First opened on Children’s Day, 1 October 2007, the entrance the garden and can be found at the northern end of the Singapore Botanic Gardens with entry via Bukit Timah Road.  

Strolling through the gardens are a great to enjoy nature. In addition, here are eight magical spots that we love within the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. They are perfect places for families on a little day out together and for fond childhood memories to be created!


1. Sand Pit

Get ready to move it at this sandy playground where children can pretend to operate an excavator or swirl to their hearts delight on a spinner.

Sand Playground at Jacob Ballas Children's Garden

2. Maze

There's a hedge maze for kids to make their way through! Play hide-and-seek or guide your child through this fun area that both you and your child can enjoy together.

Maze at Singapore Botanic Gardens

3. Water Play Area

Fountains spout out from the ground in this simple water play area where kids can splash about to escape the heat.

Water Playarea

4. Tall Tree House

Every child’s dream is of tree house where adventures can be hatched. Kids will love making their way up the tree house and down the slide over and over again.

Treehouse at JBCG

Tree house at JBCG

5. Swinging Suspension Bridge

Younger ones can be seen gingerly holding on to their parent’s hands as they first step onto this bridge. However, the trepidation goes away quickly as kids pluck up their courage and start to enjoy the fun of the suspension bridge.

Suspension Bridge

6. Waterfall Cave

Standing behind the waterfall, the vantage point within the cave allows kids to look out into the Fantastic Forest ahead.

Waterfall Cave

7. Log Walk

Crossing a log is another simple activity that parents can do with their children to help build up their confidence. It also a great opportunity to bond and experience something new with young kids.

Log Crossing

8. The Hollow Tree

A landmark within the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, we have even seen kids squeezing into the hollow of this tree for a unique photo opportunity and a wonderful memory of their time at the garden. 

Termite Tree

How To Get There

Click here for more details including the address, map and opening hours. You can also visit the Singapore Botanic Gardens website for more information. 

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