Indoor play centres are a godsend in Singapore – it’s an island of extremes, scorching hot one moment and torrential floods the next (and let’s not mention the dreaded haze). A day out at a beach park can be a challenging, tantrum-inducing proposition (and we don’t just mean the kids). And while we love hanging out in our favourite malls in Singapore, there’s only so long toddlers will co-operate. If you’ve already checked-off our top 20 things to do with children in Singapore, save your sanity (and the state of your house), and head to one of Singapore’s numerous indoor play centres for a couple of blissfully cool hours. Not only will your tiny tearaways be entertained, exhilarated and exhausted, all things going well you’ll savour a coffee in peace. Here’s our list of the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore.
Waka Waka by the Polliwogs Annex @ Furama
When we heard about the brand new “Waka Waka” offering from The Polliwogs in River Valley (pictured top), we just had to road test it with our kid crew. Straight up – our kids had an absolute BLAST! A fun animal safari theme runs throughout the centre, and it had a range of cool zones to entertain different ages – our 18 month, five and seven year old kids all refused to leave come home time – which is actually quite rare for an indoor play centre in our experience. My toddler’s favourites included the wave slide (with real water and lights inside), bouncy castle and the life sized lion and zebra statues. All the kids played happily on the futuristic air mattress with cool changing neon lights. It’s worth paying the extra $16 for the obstacle rope course (with harness and helmets it’s like a mini-indoor version of Forest Adventure at Bedok) and the timed climbing walls, totem pole and leap of faith for the older, more capable kids with state-of-the-art auto belay systems. Plan in advance and you catch one of the weekly live shows from the life-sized characters. Definite tick of approval – we’ve already scheduled our next visit and were bringing friends!
407 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront, Annex@Furama #05-01; www.thepolliwogs.com/waka-waka
FUTURE WORLD @ the Art Science Museum
With its amazing FUTURE WORLD exhibit, the ArtScience Museum is right up there for an inside kind of day-out. It is a truly spectacular experience for young and old(er). Immerse yourselves in a room with floor to ceiling flower blooms, chillax and watch waves roll in, stack oversize illuminated blocks, and enter a ball pit like no other. Get the full scoop on our visit to FUTURE WORLD and get to the ArtScience Museum as quick as your lovely legs will take you. Be savvy friends and make sure to go on Family Fridays (one adult ticket secures entry for up to four kiddos – Bargain!)
6 Bayfront Ave Singapore, 018974; www.marinabaysands.com/museum
eXplorerkid is a massive indoor space equipped with a cliff rock climbing wall, glowing ball pit, toddler area and an adventure highlands rope course. This is one of the original awesome play centres in Singapore and it’s got something for all kids aged teeny-tiny to tween – even workshops! Kids can sign up for courses in cooking, public speaking, yoga, craft, and loads more. Birthday parties and holiday camps are also on the menu – there’s not much that can’t be done at eXplorerkid! Check out the two locations in Ang Mo Kio and Pasir Ris.
eXplorerkid E!hub@ Downtown East 3rd Floor, E!hub, Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore, 519599, and AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore, 569933; www.explorerkid.com
We reviewed the new MOSH! digital media indoor playground and have one word for you – AWESOME! It is Singapore’s very first “immersive edutainment facility”; the first of many we hope as it’s innovative and super interactive. Brought to you by some seriously creative peeps in Japan, MOSH! ticks all the boxes for a fun morning or afternoon out with your kiddos – thought provoking activities, cutting edge technology and fun games. Our kids got a real kick out of seeing their fish drawings up on the big screen, and challenging each other designing and throwing paper planes into the digital realm. Inspiring stuff!
31 Beach View #03-01, Palawan Kidz City, Sentosa S098008; www.mosh.com.sg
The Petite Park
If you have smaller kids (under five), small but nicely decked out The Petite Park at Changi City Point is a good option for burning a couple of hours. There are two distinct play spaces on offer. The active zone has pastel padded equipment including a double slide, cage with colourful balloons and swinging balls. The role-playing zone has all the gear to ignite big imaginations including a train track, natural and eco-friendly wooden toys, a mini-kitchen, and a fruit market.
Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #02-15/16, Singapore 486038; www.petitepark.com.sg
KidsSTOP at the Singapore Science Centre
For an indoor play zone that offers arguably the best edutainment experience for kids in Singapore, head to KidsSTOP @ the Singapore Science Centre. It’s like a Willy Wonka’s factory filled with loads of fun science based exhibits to keep your kiddos amused for ages. The dino-dig pit is simply irresistible for younger kids, and our 18 month old adored the builder station with vests, helmets and tools. Don a pilot’s cap and navigate a plane or scrabble to collect colourful balls as they are dropped from a crane on high. Older kids love scaling to eye-watering heights on the climbing equipment and there is a great section where children can weigh and measure themselves and learn all about the human body. Our insider tip: make sure to head right to the back and down the corridor to a series of rooms with live chicks and a small TV studio where kids can be a pop-star for the day!
Sure KidsSTOP a little off the beaten track, but you can make a whole day of it by visiting the Singapore Science Centre, Snow City or the Omni-Theatre Singapore all onsite. The stunning natural Japanese Garden is also just a stone’s throw away and is be a perfect spot for picnic lunch post-play.
21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433; www.kidsstop.edu.sg
Playeum, The Children’s Centre for Creativity
This incredibly creative playscape in Gillman Barracks is the sort of wholesome place that you feel good about taking your kids. Read our full review of Playeum’s current exhibit, A World Full of Stories and you’ll see how it inspires kids to create and learn through storytelling. It’s almost like a child has curated the space as it anticipates exactly what kids want to do by offering a series of interactive and open-ended spaces for role play, story-making, illustration, writing, drama and puppetry. There’s the Story Cubes for kids to physically create their own stories and curl up with a good book, the immersive, multi-sensory Story Caves, the nautical Story Raft made from rope and bamboo, the Story Booth (where kids can share their stories through photography and video), Fantasy Dress Up (which speaks for itself) and a the super-fun Chalk Wall where kids are encouraged to let their imaginations run wild. And if you pen and post a story in the letter box it might just feature in the online blog!
PSSST: Playeum has a new exhibit coming out in mid-May, so keep an eye out for more news and our scoop!
Blk 47 Malan Road Gillman Barracks #01-23 Singapore 109444. p. 6262 0750; www.playeum.com
Clip ‘n’ Climb
If your kids have a healthy disregard of heights – the brand new New Zealand rock climbing theme park Clip ‘n’ Climb is just the ticket. Expect (once you find the place, it’s a little tricky) to be wowed by 19 themed climbing walls suitable for kids weighing over 10kg (no toddlers). Nail the safety briefing, harness instruction and demo and your intrepid adventurers will have the rest of their 90 minute session to use their logic and puzzle solving skills to negotiate the colourful walls. Our kid-critics rave about The Twister: a colourful puzzle wall that looked like an abstract staircase, The Ladder and The Tetris. Older, stronger kids will master the epic challenges of the Triffid and Dry Ice walls by session end. Check out our review of Clip ‘n’ Climb for all the gritty details.
HomeTeamNS Tampines, 51 Tampines Ave 4, #03-03 Tampines Hub Singapore 529684; www.hometeamns.sg
We took our junior reporters to the opening of KidZania Singapore and gave an honest review. It sure is an exciting concept: we’re talking a fully-fledged replica city with buildings, streets, shops, hospitals, fire-trucks and workplaces. Kids can work in a vocation of their choice and learn the value of money as they spend their pay cheque in KidZos currency around town. The facility is state-of-the-art, but it’s more theme park than play centre (think high ticket costs), and we were not as thrilled by the prolific corporate branding, waiting times and inability of our little workers to purch the merch come knock-off time. It gets the kids’ tick of approval though!
Palawan Kidz City, linked to the Beach Station on Sentosa Island; www.kidzania.com.sg
Let ’em Play
Positively the coolest new kid on the indoor play centre scene is Let ’em Play. It’s the perfect place for a spot of Kidulting as we are getting VERY excited about Singapore’s first Augmented Reality Climbing Wall. Using cutting edge projected graphics and proprietary body tracking technology from Finland, thrill seekers experience interactive and competitive games as they climb (like playing pin ball). The two-storey High Elements Obstacle Course is equally thrilling with features like the hanging pipes, see saw, zigzag traverse, barrel crawling, assault bridge and water drop net. Don’t miss the speed-climbing wall with auto-belay system. There’s plenty more to keep you there all day including the Robotics Lab boasting the largest range of educational programmable robotics kits from all around the world. We’ll see you there!
18 Boon Lay Way, Tradehub21, #01-100, Singapore, 609966; www.letemplay.com.sg
Dempsey’s long been home to the kid-tastic Go-Go Bambini, and now it’s been given a face-lift! The set-up boasts ball pits, tunnels, climbing walls, an interactive foot piano, some super-fast slides, and a dedicated babies area. With a cafe to re-fuel at, Go-Go Bambini is an awesome choice for a whole day of air-conditioned fun. Warning: for parents with small babies, it’s strictly a pram free zone! And, when you are done, you can nip out to one of the great Dempsey restaurants or cafés for a bite to eat.
Block 8 Dempsey Road #01-15 Dempsey Hill Singapore 247696. p. 6474 4176, www.gogobambini.com
The Amazonia play centre (all 9000 square feet of it) is one of our favourite go-to indoor family entertainment hubs in Singapore. It boasts an eight-metre high slide, five-level play gym and super-fun zones like the space ball shootout, the nine-hole 3D glow golf putt putt, the jungle play gym, and the toddler play area. Your active kids will also go crazy for the great range of toys including Lego, dolls, a mini-kitchen, building blocks and sound-activated play panels. And there’s a cafe for the coffee quaffing parents – yippee!
#03-08 Great World City Mall (Level 3), 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994; www.amazoniafun.com
Power Kids Gym
Your little energiser bunnies will have a tumbling good time at Power Kids Gym (formerly JWT Kids Gym). There are plenty of classes available, but you can also come along for one of the open gym sessions for an hour of freewheeling fun: here your kids can roll, jump, swing and rope climb around this great safe (and soft) gym space until you carry them out come home-time. The parties there have to be experienced to be believed. Central location too!
Power Kids Gym, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #02-12 UE Square, Singapore 239917; www.powerkidsgym.com
Positively the quickest, funnest (and sweatiest) way to tucker out your terriers is at a trampoline park. Kids go crazy for interconnected trampolines, dodge ball courts, parkour walls, slam dunk rings, slacklines, tumble tracks and rock climbing walls. We’ve personally tried, tested and reviewed all of the great trampoline parks in Singapore. BOUNCE Singapore at Cathay Cineleisure is the newest kid on the bouncing block and is a magnet for teens; Katapult is nestled in the picturesque green family-centric leisure park Orto; Zoom Park Asia is a solid all-rounder; Amped wins hands down for convenient location (River Valley and Jurong East); and Skyhigh is the wallet-friendly little sister.
BOUNCE Singapore, Cathay Cineleisure #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695, t. 6816 2879; www.bounceinc.com.sg
Zoom Park Asia, 200 Pandan Gardens, #01-14, Singapore 609336; www.zoomparkasia.com
Amped, River Valley: 46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia, #02-11, Singapore 239351; Jurong East: 200 Jurong East Ave 1, #02-23, Singapore 609789; www.ampedsingapore.com
Katapult Trampoline Park, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-11 ORTO, Singapore 769198; www.katapult.com.sg
Skyhigh Indoor Trampoline Park, 45 Burghley Drive, #01-05/06, Singapore, 559022; www.skyhigh.com.sg
Royce Kids Gym
Royce Kids Gym is a stalwart on the indoor play centre scene. It’s aimed at babies and toddlers (although this writer found an almost-seven-year old was happily entertained). What we like about this joint is that they are constantly rotating and purchasing toys, so there’s always something new and fun to play with, like Jurassic Park dino gear and Olaf summer tea party sets.
Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road #02-20/21, Singapore 179030; www.facebook.com/Royce-Kids-Gym/
NEW LOCATION! Kaboodle Kids
Ever since our junior reporters (aged four and six) spent the morning at Kaboodle Kids (read our full review of Kaboodle Kids here), they’ve been begging to go back. The ‘Imagination Playground’ oversized blue foam blocks, noodles and balls shipped in from New York are designed to inspire kids to build the castle / race car / fort of their dreams. And they’re positively encouraged to enjoy smashing it all down, before starting afresh. It’s fun learning at its best. And they’ve just relocated to a fresh new location at Katong Square with a cafe for parents and dedicated sensory and craft lessons, so check it out!
88 East Coast Road, #02-05 Katong Square, Singapore 423371; www.kaboodlekids.com.sg
Fidgets @ The Grandstand is a crowd-pleaser for babies, toddlers, kids and parents. There’s a special baby/toddler play space so little ones won’t get run over by the bigger kids with the ever popular ride on cars and motorcycles. You’ll love the in-house cafe and proximity to PasarBella. For an additional fee, the older kids can also take part in classes including art and craft, baking, decoration and makeovers.
200 Turf Club Rd, #03-10 The Grandstand, Singapore, 287994; www.fidgets.com.sg
The Tiara Society
Make your little girl’s wildest dreams come true as she is transformed into a princess for the day at the Tiara Society. They’ll revel in their heightened status as they try on costumes, host a refined tea party, and take a ride in a full-sized royal carriage. Play your cards right and you could raise the next Kate Middleton!
UE Square, #01-32, 83 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore, 239920; www.thetiarasociety.com.
All four Polliwogs centres are awesome (check out our separate listing above for the brand new Waka Waka branch). The Eastpoint Mall branch is also pretty fresh having just celebrated its first anniversary. We must admit to having a bit of a soft spot for VivoCity as we squeeze in a little retail therapy pre/post play. What’s not to love about a well-equipped kiddy haven with parent’s coffee lounge complete with internet and CCTV screens so you can watch on from a safe distance (older kiddos of course)? It truly is serious fun so everyone’s happy!
Eastpoint Mall, VivoCity, Suntec City and Waka Waka Annex@Furama; www.thepolliwogs.com
The City is a top-notch interactive edutainment play space where your child can role-play and learn valuable life skills at the same time. They’ll have the opportunity to try out real-life professions, dressing up as chefs, doctors, nurses, fire fighters, baristas and the police. There’s also room for a little healthy imagination in the superhero zone. They can also fill a trolley with all their fave snacks at the miniature supermarket. Our tip is to head to the recently opened i12 Katong venue.
#03-04A Liang Court Shopping Centre, River Valley Road, Singapore, 179030, and i12 Katong 112 East Coast Road, Singapore, 428802; www.thecity.com.sg
Hokey Pokey is fabulous spot to while away a few hours with your younger kids (up to six years). It’s the creative brainchild of five mums, so you can rely on your little adventurers not only having lashings of fun, but also learning along the way. Your kids will run a circuit climbing up jumping into a massive ball pit, dressing up as their favourite superhero and zipping around on a ride on car. Need more? Why not whip up a little something at the pretend kitchen corner!
33 Sengkang West Avenue #B1-28/29 The Seletar Mall Singapore 797653; www.hokeypokey.com.sg
Kidz Amaze has three ginormous indoor play centres designed by early childhood experts to be not only visually appealing, but also developmentally sound. The most exciting of the trio has got to be the brand spanking new Splash @ Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol (opened April 2016), Singapore’s first indoor water playground. Let us tell you, it was worth the wait! Being a public space it’s actually quite affordable (family of four $20 members, $40 non-members), and because it’s indoor you can play for hours in the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ rain, hail or shine! With multiple play decks, themed splash pad and no less than FIVE water slides, it’s got something for every 18 month to 13 year-old water-lover. They run water-themed kids’ birthday parties too!
Kidz Amaze SAFRA: Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Singapore 319387; Jurong 333 Boon Lay Way Singapore 649848; and Splash @ Punggol 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828654. www.safra.sg
Cool de Sac
Cool by name and cool by nature, this play space has loads to offer kids from six months to 12 years. Settle in with a coffee and watch on as your small people go crazy on the various play stations including Lego, arts and crafts, a tree house, climbing equipment, slides and an area dedicated to the performing arts and dressing up. Older kids will also have a ball in the gaming section.
3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City Mall #02-379/80 Singapore 038983; www.cooldesac.com.sg
If you happen to find yourself at VivoCity or Changi Airport and need a place for the kids to run off some excess energy, then SingKids is your spot. Aimed at the younger kidlets, it has a soft-fall floor and padded equipment to give you peace of mind. Our junior reporter loved the cage with giant floating balloons and the multi-coloured décor.
Changi Airport and VivoCity; Singkids on Facebook
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