10 great playgrounds in Singapore’s heartlands and HDBs: dragons, dinosaurs and swings!

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The iconic dragon playground at Toah Payoh

While we all know that the kiddos are sure to squeal with excitement whenever you mention a trip to one of Singapore’s cool indoor play centres, it can get a bit pricy to keep shelling out for entrance fees (and socks! Because who of us EVER remembers to bring them?). So sometimes the day calls for some good old fashioned outdoor family fun at a playground! Singapore is famous for its cool retro playgrounds, and there are plenty more gems to be found. We scouted the island for you, and found 10 of the best heartlands, neighbourhood and HDB play parks in Singapore. We even found swings!

1. Dragon Playground
This landmark in Toa Payoh is a child’s dream (what kid wouldn’t be impressed clambering over an enormous dragon!), and is also one of the few iconic 1970s playgrounds still to be found in Singapore. Kids will love climbing over the dragon structure, and the slide in the dragon’s neck is pretty awesome too. Extra points for soft landings: the playground is surrounded entirely by sand!
Dragon Playground, 28 Lorong 6, Toa Payoh, Singapore 310028

2. Sea Monster Playground
Keeping with the theme of mythical creatures, head to the Sea Monster playground to climb over a friendly blue sea monster and run under his long tail. Don’t forget to head to the neighbouring pirate ship playground for the kiddos to continue the ocean exploration. As well as climbing fun and a slide or two, you will also find a secret treasure map and globe to help the kids really get into high-sea role play and pirate escapades.
Sea Monster Playground, Block 102, Jalan Rajah, Singapore 321101

 

Swings, a see saw AND sand! Kid heaven at Tanah Merah Playground. Photo credit: Karen Bates

Swings, a see saw AND sand! Kid heaven at Tanah Merah Playground. Photography: Karen Bates

3. Tanah Merah Playground
Swings! We found swings! And not only did we find swings but we also found a ton of sand, a cool climbing structure and a see-saw! Tanah Merah playground is the epitome of all that a good old fashioned playground should be! Make sure you go when the sun isn’t too intense: there is no shade so hats and sunscreen are essential!
Tanah Merah Playground, Tanah Merah Kechil Avenue, 465000

4. Limbang Park
A suspension bridge, zodiac animal statues and one of the tallest slides to be found in a public playground in Singapore makes Limbang Park the perfect pick for small adventurers. The purple tube slides will have the kids scrambling up and sliding down for hours of exhausting fun. Just make sure you all wear long sleeves and pants to stop the otherwise inevitable slide-burn! There is also lots of green space surrounding the playground, so bring a soccer ball to add to the fun. Parents, if you are feeling brave, try the reflexology path!
Limbang Park, Choa Chu Kang Street 51, Singapore

5. Dinosaur Playground
Rahhhh! Dinosaurs have been found alive, if a little tired, over in Woodlands! With slides, lots of climbing opportunities and even a giant log to clamber through, your little cavemen and ladies will have hours of fun with these cool dino sculptures. There is a also a more standard playground in front of Block 827 for when the dinosaur fun has reached extinction.
Dinosaur Playground, Block 827, Woodlands Street 82, Singapore 730827

 

A giant slide and a heap of climbing fun to be had at Wallholla Playground

A giant slide and a heap of climbing fun to be had at Wallholla Playground


6. Wallholla 
Playground
For kids with steely nerves and no fear of heights, head to Wallholla where kids can take on the challenge of a climbing extravaganza inside a caged vertical playground! Your little monkeys will love the three levels of ropes, bars and platforms, and once they have scaled to the top then there is also a less daunting playground challenge nearby with a climbing net and slide.
Wallholla Playground, Block 160, Bishan Street 13, Singapore 570160

 

Sands, slides and obstacles galore: kids will love Arboretum Playground

Sands, slides and obstacles galore: kids will love Arboretum Playground

7. Arboretum Playground
Head to Yishun Park nearby to the HDB blocks on Yishun Avenue 11 and you will discover a whole host of swinging bridges, rope obstacles, slides, a seesaw and climbing opportunities galore. We love that this playground is not only gorgeously shady, but that there is play equipment to suit all ages. This is definitely one to bookmark if you have kids of varying ages (we know it can be tricky to find a one-size-fits-all fun destination when you have tots AND teens in the house!), plus take along buckets and spades as there is lots of glorious sand. There are also swings. Hurrah!
Arboretum, Block 443, Yishun Avenue 11

8. Canberra Park
We love this place and the kiddos will too! Singapore’s first ‘inclusive’ playground has been set up for ALL kiddos, whether they are running around or whizzing around in a wheelchair. The park has installed wheelchair-friendly features including ramps and handrails, as well as a bell and drum area for small people who may be visually challenged, and also some cool swing seats specially designed to be extra secure for those children who may need it. Extra thumbs up for the wheelchair inclusive sensory motion feature which allows kids to sit inside and experience the swinging sensation that all little ones love, and the specially designed play structure which has been created wide enough for wheelchairs to easily use too! Regular slides, swings, climbing nets and a ton more make this one of our favourite playgrounds in Singapore.
Canberra Park, Sembawang Crescent, Singapore 757632

9. Firefly Park
Swings! We’ve found another set! Plus a cool mini obstacle course and a towering play structure and slide guaranteed to provide hours of fun (and seriously depleted energy levels) for the family. This green gem of a find is surrounded by five gorgeous thematic gardens to relax in (don’t forget your picnic lunch!), plus a ton of space to bike ride and scooter with the kids too.
Firefly Park, Block 304, Clementi Avenue 4, Singapore 120304

10. Animal Kingdom Playground
Tired of forking out $$ for a trip to the zoo to see animals? Well put your wallet away and head instead to the Animal Kingdom Playground in Woodlands where animal-loving kiddos can hang out with life-size sculptures of a menagerie of zoo favourites. And once your mini-zoologists have finished with the lion, ostrich and camel, then there is also a small but fun play structure for climbing and sliding fun.
Animal Kingdom Playground, Block 686, Woodlands Drive 73, Singapore 730686