Get into the great outdoors and keep the kids busy at one of these awesome patches of green...
While it might sometimes feel as though we are living in an urban jungle, when you look beyond the condos and shopping malls, there’s still plenty of green space in neighbourhoods all over Singapore: it’s not called the Garden City for nothing! We’ve been getting into the great outdoors, packing picnics and making it our mission to find the prettiest parks in Singapore and playgrounds for kids around the island. Behold: the best parks for kids in Singapore…
Pasir Ris Town Park
This park is wildly popular with families on the weekends – and it’s easy to see why. Equipped with a huge adventure playground, a mangrove forest, a maze garden and a coastline view, Pasir Ris Park manages to be both fun and educational! If that’s not enough to keep the kids entertained, there are also pony rides, bird-watching towers, and barbecue pits.
Pasir Ris Town Park, 116 Pasir Ris Road, Singapore 519116
Jurong Lake Gardens
Welcome to Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands! Grab the fam and head over to take in the 90 hectares of lush greenery comprising Lakeside Garden (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens West), Chinese and Japanese Gardens (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens Central) and Garden Promenade (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens East). Kids will get a kick out of Forest Ramble, a nature-inspired playground that encourages them to mimic the actions and motions of the animals that inhabit the freshwater swamp habitat. There are also lots of watersports on offer and F&B options to refuel at.
Lakeside Garden, 104 Yuan Ching Rd, Singapore 618665; nparks.gov.sg
Singapore Botanic Gardens
An oldie (since 1859!) but a goldie, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a must for nature-lovers. The park’s gems include the National Orchid Garden, the Symphony Lake (for picnics and concerts), and of course, our fave: the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden, where you’ll find a small water park and interactive elements for the little people to explore!
Singapore Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Mount Faber Park
While there aren’t any playground facilities here, this is still one good-looking green space to bring the small, medium and large humans to. Kids of all ages will love it for the panoramic views (it’s a great vantage point for planning a spot of island-hopping) and the cable car ride from Harbourfront to get there! When you’re done exploring (check out the Instagrammable rainbow stairs and consider walking to the equally ‘gram-friendy Henderson Waves), pop back on the cable car and head over to Sentosa (check out our Sentosa guide first) or grab a coffee and some grub to refuel while breathing in that view. Pop it on your date night schedule, too… cocktails at Dusk is ridiculously romantic.
Mount Faber Park, Telok Blangah Road, Singapore 099448
East Coast Park
One of Singapore’s most popular parks, the East Coast offers more than just sea, sand and swaying palms! Head here for cycling, rollerblading, barbecues, kite-flying and even water sports. Head to the great hawker centres for delish local food, try out the fantastic seafood restaurants dotted along the coast, or head to the Parkland Green and Marine Cove areas for restaurants galore. Want to know more about this favourite destination? Check out our guide to East Coast Park for families.
East Coast Park, East Coast Parkway, Singapore 455486
Bedok Reservoir Park
Perfect for active kids, cycling, rollerblading, scooting and kayaking are all on offer at the Bedok Reservoir Park. Besides plenty of open space to let the kids loose with a ball, there is also the Forest Adventure Treetop Course for the more adventurous. Good for kids aged five and up, it features aerial activities including wobbly bridges and zip lines!
Bedok Reservoir Park, Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479233
Dubbed the “Gardening Hub” of Singapore, this is the place to go when it comes to encouraging a green thumb among our urban tots! With its themed gardens and greenhouses, wide meandering footpaths and good ol’ fashioned fresh air, HortPark is a green wonderland for kids. If the small legs feel up to it, do the easy-peasy one-kilometre walk from Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk. If you’re keen for a bite to eat, a good cup of coffee and some grocery shopping to boot, head over to nearby Habitat by HonestBee afterwards.
HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, p. 6471 5601.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Keep your little bundles of energy satisfied with 62 hectares of walking paths, bridges, ponds and lawns. Oh, and did we mention three playgrounds? Some even come with sandpits! Bishan Park is also pet-friendly; take your pooch off the leash and find it some friends at the Dog Run – there are two fenced areas for both large and smaller breeds.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569981
West Coast Park
This relatively quiet spot is well-loved by mums and kids of all ages for its adventure play area (pirate ship playground, climbing ropes, flying foxes and giant pyramid included) spread across eight play zones. You’ll find ample space for restless tots to roam, play ball or fly kites, or you could even hire an assortment of family bikes to rest (theirs, at least) weary leg. Plus, the older kids have go-karting to keep busy with! Sadly the only food option is a Macca’s, so bring a picnic or research other local haunts beforehand. Check out our full guide to West Coast Park for more ways to spend the perfect day out.
West Coast Park, 71 West Coast Highway, Singapore 126844.
Punggol Waterway Park
Specially designed for families, Punggol Waterway Park looks like an island resort at a glance. The main feature here, of course, is the water play area with geyser-like water jets sprouting from the ground, and water cannons at-the-ready to aim at those in need of a dousing. If water’s not your kid’s thing (we find that really hard to believe), a good alternative is the sand play area located along the terraced banks of the park.
Punggol Waterway Park, Sentul Crescent Road
Gardens by the Bay
We know how to spend the perfect day out with the kids at Gardens by the Bay. Enjoy a respite from the heat by wandering through the Flower Dome and Cloud Forest, enjoy an ice-cream on the lawn under the Supertrees and go cool off with some water play action at the FEO Children’s Garden. The play area there too promises endless (dry) fun. Perfection.
Gardens by the Bay, Bay East Garden, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, Singapore 018953; gardensbythebay.com.sg
Tiong Bahru Park
What this park lacks in open space it makes up for in rustic charm. No kid can resist that retro tilting train! None. Let them run amok while you munch on your stockpile of baked goods from Tiong Bahru Bakery. You can’t get better than that.
Tiong Bahru Park, 1 Henderson Road, Tiong Bahru, Singapore 159561; nparks.gov.sg
Fort Canning Park
We love everything about Fort Canning Park – especially the recently opened Jubilee Park. The playground is nestled in nature and sprawls over a huge area. Kids will love the array of slides, plus swings, sandpits and see-saws. Even better: there’s coffee on-site and the MRT station is within easy reach. Thumbs up from us!
Fort Canning, Cox Terrace, Singapore 179618; www.nparks.gov.sg
Labrador Park Reserve
One for the west-siders! This oasis of tranquility offers spectacular sea views, although be warned: the mosquitoes ate us alive, so pack insect repellant. Teeming with wildlife (particularly a variety of birds species), the park has nature trails for a leisurely stroll, plus the genuine World War II relics (including a fort and secret tunnels) provide kid thrills. There’s a small playground (it’s in full sun, so be sure to slip, slop, slap) too, plus barbecue pits. Older kids might want to tolerate the decent walk along the scenic promenade and enjoy a rewarding lunch at Prive on Keppel Island.
Labrador Nature Reserve, Labrador Villa Road, Singapore 119187; www.nparks.gov.sg
Seletar Aerospace Park
Kids who have aspirations for a future career as a pilot will adore this airport-themed play space with a view of an actual runway over at The Oval at Seletar. Expect plenty of room for running plane spotting! Rainy day? Take them for some fun times at Changi Airport for a wet-weather aero-themed alternative.
The Oval, 3 Park Lane, Seletar, Singapore
The largest park in the north of the Little Red Dot, this vast green space is located in Woodlands. It also scoops the titles of the largest nature area within an urban park and our personal favourite: the most number of slides in any park in Singapore! That’s right, folks – Admiralty Park boasts a sliptastic 26 slides, so be sure to tick them all off your list! As well as an inclusive playground, there are also three play areas – Junior Play, Adventure Play and the Family Terracing Play – to suit kiddos of all ages.
Admiralty Park, 6A Admiralty Rd, Woodlands, Singapore 732006; nparks.gov.sg
Top image: West Coast Park by Choo Yut Shing via Flickr