Swings, sand and some of the tallest slides in Singapore: we have climbed and swung our way around the Lion City looking for the best playgrounds in the heartlands for your kids...
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 huge playgrounds (including some very cool inclusive options) and there are plenty of gems to be found. We scouted the island for you, and found the best heartlands, neighbourhood and HDB play parks in Singapore…
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, Blk 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 clamber over a friendly blue sea monster and hide 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
3. Tiong Bahru Park
Swings! We found swings! And not only did we find swings but we also found a ton of sand, the wackiest tilted train structure and a mini-flying fox! Climb aboard this dizzy cabin and you’ll find yourself in an Inception-style world of disorientation. The kids will be popping in and out through slides and zipping around the perimeter on the flying fox while you chill out under the shade (so bring your mum reads and big mug of mum coffee!). Definitely a playground worth putting on the radar.
Tanah Merah Playground, Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
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 Drive
5. Yishun River Green Playground
Seems like we’re not the only ones wilting in the heat, these bright yellow wooden houses are melting as well! Watch out for burnt bottoms on the metal side or skip it altogether in favour of the cluster of swings and climbing webs. Or just wait until the sun goes down for cooler weather and for the kids to play with the interactive light pads in the ground.
330 Yishun Ring Road, Singapore 760330
6. Dinosaur Playground
Rahhhh! Dinosaurs have been found alive, if a little tired, over at Woodlands! With slides, lots of climbing opportunities and even a giant log to scramble through, your little cavemen and ladies will have hours of fun with these cool dino sculptures. There is also a more standard playground in front of Block 827 for when the dinosaur fun has reached extinction point.
Dinosaur Playground, Fu Shan Garden Park, Block 827, Woodlands Street 82, Singapore 730827
7. 3G Park @ Shunfu
One look at the giant multi-coloured sign and you’ll know just where your playground hopping adventures have taken you. This playground features plenty of climbing nets for your little spiders, a seat zip-line, saucer swings and spinners galore. The best part? It’s right outside Marymount MRT Station so you can hop on the circle line once the fun is done and make use of the free aircon for your journey home.
301 Shunfu Rd, Singapore 570301
8. Canberra Park
This inclusive playground has been set up for ALL kiddos, whether they are running around on foot, 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 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 and climbing nets make this one of our favourite playgrounds in Singapore.
Canberra Park, Sembawang Crescent, Singapore 757632
9. Firefly Park
A cool mini obstacle course, swings and a towering play structure and slide are guaranteed to provide hours of fun (and seriously depleted energy levels) for the whole gang. This green gem is surrounded by five lovely 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. Keat Hong Neighbourhood Park
This playground in Keat Hong is paying homage to the military camps that once occupied the area with a climbable metal tank facing a vertical Wallholla lookout play structure. Kids looking for a more peaceful playtime can retreat to the rope course and spinners.
815C Choa Chu Kang Ave 7, Singapore 683815