Babies are adorable and snuggly for sure, but, let’s face it, they can be a bit boring to hang out with. And since they’re not very mobile, finding things for babies to do in Singapore can be a challenge. Heading to parks and shopping malls with your stroller at the ready is an option, but they’re not the best place for bubba to stretch their legs and get some tummy time. Our tiny humans need a special place that will help support and encourage them developmentally and we know just the thing: indoor playgrounds! Packed with toys, soft landings and stimulation for kids of all ages, these are the ones we especially love for smaller tots (just don’t forget to read our survival guide for mums while you’re at it)…
Buds by Shangri-La
If you’ve checked out our full review of Buds by Shangri-la, you’ll know we’re definitely excited about this mother of all indoor playgrounds at the Shangri-La. Buds has got something for every age, including a toddler zone for kids aged four years and below. Equipped with a ball pit, piano floor, interactive wall buttons and all sorts of playground equipment, including harnesses for bouncing babies, Buds is our new best buddy when it comes to a paradise for tiny humans.
Buds by Shangri-La, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350; www.rediscovernew.shangri-la.com
Amazonia has had an extensive refurb and the result is a super-duper arctic-themed space, complete with an eight-metre-high wave slide (supposedly the largest in Singapore!) if bub is brave enough to tackle it in the safety of your lap! While older kids will love shooting hoops in the trampoline area that’s decked out with basketball rings and the video interactive wall, teenier tots are also catered to. The special toddler play area for kids aged up to three years is fully padded and boasts interactive play panels, a ball pit and a mini slide, as well as airplane-esque baby swings. Good luck reining Bub’s excitement in while you take off your sandals and don the socks – the toddler area is right by the shoe racks!
Amazonia, #03-113 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World City Mall, Singapore 237994; facebook.com/AmazoniaSingapore
Little Bear’s House
If you’ve got curious little bubs at home, then add Little Bear’s House indoor playground to your list, quicksmart. Aimed at kiddos from one through to seven, this clean, comfortable and engaging space is packed with awesome, high-quality toys that encourage kids to be kids. We love the padded floor to protect against all those baby bumps, and how the place is so light, bright and relaxing for the whole fam to enjoy. As for the toys, they’re switched up every four weeks to keep things fun and fresh. Bonus points for its opening hours that are ideal for early risers: 8.30am at weekends and 9.30am during the week.
Little Bear’s House, 21 Lichfield Road, Singapore 556841; www.littlebearshouse.sg
Cool de Sac
While the older kids are busy scrambling through the playground or glued to console games, you can spend some time with the baby at the soft play area. Babies can climb up soft ramps, cross a plastic bridge and be kept entertained with plenty of toys. There’s even an alphabet mat for you to start the kiddo early in literacy.
Cool de Sac, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec Convention Centre, #02-379/80, Singapore 038983; www.cityplay.asia
Any Pororo fans in the house? Then a trip down to Pororo Park is a must! Little ones will go gaga over the dedicated soft play area at Crong’s Backyard, which is teeming with toddler-sized playground equipment such as swings, slides and plenty of toys. They can also explore the character-themed pretend play areas over at Petty’s Supermarket and Pororo’s House. The Shark Ball pit and Pororo Express train ride will definitely be a hit with the kids, young and old too. The best part? Entry is free for babies under one year!
Pororo Park, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29, Singapore 039594; www.pororoparksg.com
Kidz Amaze at SAFRA Toa Payoh
Spanning a whopping 12,700 square feet, Kidz Amaze has a massive jungle gym for bigger kids but that doesn’t mean the toddlers and babies are left out. The soft play area for infants and toddlers has been specially designed by early childhood experts to develop infant’s gross motor skills, so you know it’s going to be all gravy. It’s tummy time a-go-go!
Kidz Amaze, SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Lor 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319387; www.safra.sg/enjoy/kidz-amaze
Blue House Infant Atelier
We just can’t get enough of Blue House, not just for its stellar Preschool and Nursery program, but also for its playgroup and drop-in sessions for kids aged from six months to three years old. It holds weekly classes for kids at different ages and stages, plus the Turf City location has an onsite pantry. Blue House also organises various playgroup programs that explore different themes.
Blue House Infant Atelier, two locations at Turf City and UE Square; www.bluehouseatelier.com
Developed in conjunction with the National Arts Council, The ArtGround is the place to be for immersive arts and cultural experiences for kids. Kitted out with regular arts installations by professional artists, kids get to discover the fun in art. But they’re not the only ones. There’s a soft play Baby Stage space made up of a low-rise curving ramp for little crawlers. Entrance to this place is free by the way! There’s also a baby care room with a nursing chair, changing table and a parking point for strollers. Keep an eye out for baby classes, such as the upcoming Baby Space multi-sensory installation for pre-walking babies.
The ArtGround, 90 Goodman Road, #01-40 Goodman Arts Centre; theartground.com.sg
If you’re in Dempsey Hill, take a breather at Go-Go Bambini. Head to the café for a cuppa, then hop on over to the Toddler Area where little ones three years and below can explore and play in the mini ball pit (air-conditioned bliss!). There is also free wifi, a parent’s library and, of course, a nursing and diaper changing room. However, it’s strictly a pram-free zone so bring the baby carrier if you need to! When the kids have had their fun, there’s plenty of kid-friendly cafés in the area for you to grab a bite.
Go-Go Bambini, Blk 8, Dempsey Road #01-15, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247696; www.gogobambini.com
While older kids go crazy over the massive safari-themed playground at Waka Waka, tots will have plenty to keep themselves busy with as well. At the toddler zone, little ones can have their pick of any toy they want, while exploring interactive wall panels and mastering their motor skills on a mini slide, padded seesaws and a soft bouncing pad, before stacking lightweight blocks. If that’s not enough, there’s also a toddlers-only bouncy castle that’s sure to be a hit!
Waka Waka by The Pollywogs, Annex@Furama #05-01, 407 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169634; www.playatwakawaka.com/home/sg
This colourful little indoor playground is a wonderland for tots and babies who will have a blast using their imaginations with kitchen sets and other toys, before hopping on the mini merry go round for a spin. There’s also a toddler-sized ball pit, small slides, bouncy castle and ride-on cars for babies.
Petite Park, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, #01-06/07, Singapore 397628; www.petitepark.com.sg
Joy of Toys
Tucked away on the third floor of Clarke Quay Central, Joy of Toys certainly lives up to its name to bring the joy of open-ended play to toddlers and babies. You won’t find any huge slides or bouncy castles in this indoor playroom but there’s a huge range of playthings from wooden developmental toys to family games. Fitted instead with plenty of comfy couches to put your feet up while the kiddos potter around, the space resembles a huge living room where you can escape the fast-pace city life and just let the kids discover the Joy of Toys.
Joy of Toys, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #03-51 Clarke Quay Central (Yellow Zone), Singapore 059817; www.joyoftoys.com.sg
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