Give your children a break from homework and the screens by heading outdoors for some exercise and time with nature. Wondering about a simple and enjoyable activity to do? Give kite-flying a try at these top kite-flying places around Singapore.
All you need is a kite, a bit of persistence, and soon the kids will be experiencing the thrill of flying an object up in the sky. Much easier than trying to avoid crashing a drone.
Finding the Top Kite-flying Places Around Singapore
Oh wait, you need space too. Specifically, an open space that is windy enough for the kite to soar.
Do note that according to Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS), kites must not be flown near an airport or airbase as it may distract pilots during critical stages of flight (such as take-off or landing) and/or be ingested by aircraft engines. This may endanger lives and cause harm to the property in the air and on the ground.
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How Do I Fly My Kite Safely?
Kite flying must not be conducted within these limits without a permit:
- Within 5km of an airport/airbase
- Outside 5km of an airport/airbase, but higher than 200 feet above mean sea level (if within the flight funnels of Paya Lebar airbase and Tengah airbase)
- Higher than 500 feet above mean sea level in any other place
A permit to fly kites is required from CAAS when conducted outside the area and height limits.
Top Kite-flying Places Around Singapore
In our dense, urban country, if you could be wondering where to go, here are some popular places where your kite can take flight.
1. Punggol Waterway Park
Punggol Waterway Park is an ideal place to fly kites and has attracted the attention of many kite-flyers. If you’re lucky, you may be able to watch some professional kite-flyers practising synchronised kite flying there. Mix-and-match a day of kite-flying with some splash time at Punggol Waterway Park’s water play area for a fun day outdoors.
East Coast Park is great for kite-flying. Facing the sea means that the park is windy most of the time. The 11-km long park is divided into eight areas, A to G, and any spot with minimal obstructions is great for kite-flying. Most popular is Area D where there are long stretches of beach, low trees and smooth sand. Ideal for kite-flyers and kite-watchers too.
Located in the heartlands, this tranquil and scenic park offers respite to the residents of the populated areas of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio. Within the park, there are a few spacious areas like the Activity Lawn 2 and Grand Lawn 1 which are perfect for flying kites. Look out also for kite festivals being held at Grand Lawn 1 throughout the year.
This all-in-one park is a haven for those residing in the West. You have options to cycle, picnic, play in the massive play area and sandpit, BBQ and stroll on a boardwalk. This park caters for the young and old and its Grand Lawn area is popular place for kite-flying. Windy and spacious, it’s perfect for all kite-flyers ranging from professional to beginners.
5. Marina Barrage
The ever-popular Marina Barrage has kite enthusiasts and newbies all on top of one green roof – literally. With space as big as four football fields and strong winds coming off the coast, it is a kite-flyer’s paradise. Don’t worry if you don’t have a kite, there’s a kite shop on the ground floor where you can buy a wide variety of kites.
Jurong Central Park is a unique location as it is the first park in Singapore to have life-sized board game of Snakes and Ladders or Ludo. This also means that there is a lot of space for kite flying as you play. Improvise on your kites being the pawn to be moved around the board for a different take on both the activity of kite-flying and moving around on a life sized game board!
7. St. John’s Island & Lazarus Island
As far off as it may seem, St. John’s Island is a nice place to fly a kite. It can get super windy and you can let loose the kite into the air with ease. For more ideas on what to do on St. John’s Island, visit this link here.
When flying kites, please be mindful of general safety like not flying near to power lines, MRT or LRT tracks, aircraft zones.
Also, while Sembawang Park may seem like a nice place to fly a kite, do take note that kite-flying is prohibited at Sembawang Park.
In case you’re wondering where to buy kites in Singapore, check out our article on where to buy kites in Singapore.