Put on your swimmers and head to our top 5 best public swimming pools in Singapore for a fun, refreshing and low-cost day out with the kids.
With the sweltering and incessant tropical heat, it’s no wonder Singapore’s public pools are a favourite thing to do for families. Especially after months of being cooped up at home! Thank goodness for lockdown ending, are we right? Not only do swimming pools guarantee a whole day of splashing good fun, but our public ones are totally affordable, too. These amazing swimming complexes in the heartlands have a nominal entry fee between $0.50 and $1.70. How good?! While the majority are of the conventional variety, others have cool water play features and thrilling slides to keep the kiddos entertained for hours on end. And with Splash @ Kidz Amaze offering an indoor swimming experience, not even a spot of bad weather will spoil the fun. Read on for the best public swimming pools in Singapore to bring your kids to in Phase 2!
Jurong East Swimming Complex
The largest swimming complex in Singapore doesn’t disappoint. It’s got the best water park facilities with three towering and intertwining spiral water slides to thrill anyone (above 1.2m) senseless. And its huge wave pool even has sprays of water spouting from its rock caverns. Like the one in Choa Chu Kang, this complex also comes with a wave pool and a bubble jet station to cool you off from the sun. We’re big fans of the lazy river – great if you’ve got little ones who don’t hit the height restrictions for the slides. Bring sunscreen as there isn’t much shade.
Jurong East Swimming Complex, 21 Jurong East Street 31, 609517
Our Tampines Hub
After undergoing a massive upgrade, Our Tampines Hub not only amped up one of our fave libraries in Singapore, now they’ve also got a pool with awesome amenities! To start off with, it’s a rooftop pool, so you get stunning views of the city as you wade around in one of six purpose-built swimming pools. Or you can also choose to just chill out in the jacuzzi. The garden-themed kiddy pool is 0.3-metre deep all around and fitted with water fountains, water guns (in case you forget to bring your own) and a kid-sized waterfall. There are also flower-pot fountains and water play tables to ensure the kiddos have everything they need for a fun day out. With so much going on, it’s absolutely one of our fave public pools in Singapore!
Tampines Swimming Complex, Our Tampines Hub, Level 6, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
Singapore’s first indoor water playground opened its doors at SAFRA Punggol mid-2016. It’s at the pricier end of the market – rates vary, depending if you’re a member or not. But, because it’s indoor, you can play for hours in the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ rain, rain or shine! With multiple play decks, themed splash pad and no less than FIVE water slides, it’s got something for every water-lover. They run water-themed kids’ birthday parties too!
Splash @ Kidz Amaze, 9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654
Sengkang Swimming Complex
A favourite among families, Sengkang Swimming Complex is one of Singapore’s most popular. For starters it’s massive, plus there are heaps of fun options for kids of all ages. For the bigger children (1.2m and over), there’s a variety of giant, colourful slides. Think multi-slides, winding tubes and free falls at the very end. Tots don’t have to miss out on all the action, either! The splash-and-slide area includes a giant bucket of water to soak your kids from head to toe (and bring about a serious case of the giggles). For the parents, relax in the jacuzzi pool and let your stresses ebb away with soothing bubbles and powerful jets.
Sengkang Swimming Complex, 57 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 544964
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
When the family budget is a little tight, public pools are a great idea for things to do with kids. We say head to Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex. This mega public swimming pool has got elements of every great water play park. Grab a float and soak up the sun, bob along the lazy river or embrace the big waves in the wave pool. Alternatively, just relax as the kids go nuts at the water playground.
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex, 1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53, Singapore 689236
Jurong West Swimming Complex
While this public pool is a smaller version of its other Jurong counterpart, it still packs a punch. Located on the second level of the complex, swimmers can do laps around the two 50-metre pools (one of which is indoors). Or, relax in the jacuzzi or lazy river. For the kiddos, the kiddy pool with a water playground will inspire loads of fun. If a sense of adventure is beckoning out to them, zip down the three-storey tube slide that twines around the kiddy area.
Jurong West Swimming Complex, 20 Jurong West Street 93, Singapore 648965
Pasir Ris Swimming Complex
As if Wild Wild Wet, Downtown East and the glorious beach aren’t enough for the Easties, Pasir Ris also now has its own swimming complex to cement the neighbourhood’s rep as a hot weekend spot for families. The newest out of this fun bunch, the complex is equipped with two adrenaline-pumping water slides, a water playground for the younger ones and paddling pools for your kids to mess around in with their own floats and water toys. As for the adults, hit either of the two public pools for a couple of laps or have a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi.
Pasir Ris Swimming Complex, 120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640
Psst… Here’s how to get more bang for your buck!
If you think you’re going to find yourself heading to the public pool every other week when the pools reopen, check out the MyActiveSwim Scheme! You’ll get unlimited access to all ActiveSG swimming complexes around the country. Plus, it’s affordable, too – perfect for hot sunny days throughout the year.
Just keep swimming!
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