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 best lush parks and playgrounds for kids around the island…
Pasir Ris 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 Park, 116 Pasir Ris Road, Singapore 519116
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
Bring the small, medium and large humans to this park for panoramic views of the city, the harbour, and the southern islands (a great vantage point for planning a spot of island hopping). Jump on a cable car over to Sentosa (don’t forget to check out our Sentosa guide first) or just spend some time breathing in that view. Pop it on your date night schedule too… Mount Faber Park and The Jewel Box Bar and Restaurant are 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.
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 amongst 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 1 km walk from Kent Ridge Park via the Canopy Walk.
HortPark, 33 Hyderabad Road, Singapore 119578, p. 6471 5601.
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 ($10 fee and temperament test apply – for the dogs, not the kids)!
Bishan Park, Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569981
West Coast Park
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, West Coast Park provides ample space for restless tots to roam, play ball or fly kites. Plus, the older kids have go-karting to keep busy with!
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 jet water 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
With its scenic running trails and boardwalks, MacRitchie Reservoir is a popular spot for both nature lovers and exercise enthusiasts. This is the place to go if the kiddos love running! For bigger thrills, try the Treetop Walk. At 250 metres long, and 25 metres at its highest point, we’d only recommend this for older, more adventurous kids. Not for the faint-hearted! Look out for the cheeky residents monkeying around along your adventure…
MacRitchie Reservoir, MacRitchie Reservoir Park, Singapore 298717, p. 6468 5736.
The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park
Kids who have aspirations for a future career as a pilot will adore the new airport themed play space with a view of an actual runway over at The Oval @ Seletar. Plenty of room for running and plane spotting! Take them to Changi Airport for a wet-weather aero-themed alternative.
The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, Seletar
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