Put on your swimmers and head to our top 6 best public pools for a fun, refreshing and low-cost day out with the kids
With the sweltering and incessant tropical heat, it’s no wonder that Singapore’s public pools are a favourite haunt for families. Located in the heartlands, these swimming complexes have a nominal entry fee between $0.80 and $2.60 – a fab price for a whole day of splashing good fun. While majority of swimming complexes are of the conventional variety, others like the Sengkang and Jurong East complex are our personal faves for their 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…
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. Its huge wave pool comes to life (with accompanying music) for 15 minutes every 40th minute of every hour and even has sprays of water spouting from the rock caverns to resemble a “storm effect”. Like the one in Choa Chu Kang, this complex also comes with a wave pool but with a bubble jet station to cool you off from the sun’s harsh rays.
Jurong East Swimming Complex, 21 Jurong East Street 31, 609517; www.singaporeswimming.com
Review by resident water slide enthusiast Georgina, lifestyle writer and mum to Minnie, Willa and Ted
Feeling the need for an active afternoon basking in the Singapore sun bonding with our kids – we popped the baby down for a nap and took the older girls (five and seven) to Jurong East Swimming Complex (pictured top). Tickets for a family of four are a bargain basement $10 (and even less for PRs and locals). Winning! We made use of the lockers (with loose change), hired two giant yellow rings, and hit the water. Our tip – don’t forget sun tops and sunscreen as there’s not much shade.
Lured by the promise of a thrilling ride, we barely noticed our lungs burning and blood pumping as we scaled the stairs to the water slides. ActiveSG placards on route give the average calorie count for national dishes (like chicken rice) – which led to a chat with our kids about active healthy bodies and eating right. Edutainment at its best.
The minimum height limit of 120cm meant our five year old couldn’t partake in the water slide action, but multiple rounds of the little-people-friendly lazy river and the awesome wave pool avoided a full-scale breakdown. Our kids also loved splashing about under the raining mushroom and climbing aboard the water playground. Two hours later, we all piled out feeling energized and sun-kissed (and with Vitamin D reserves replenished). We’d more than earned that post-swim ice cream. We’ll be back for round two for sure.
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 fun amenities up the wazoo! 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 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. Adults are not left out either with the 50-metre eight lane training pool, which is big enough to practice sailing in!
Our Tampines Hub, Level 6, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523; www.ourtampineshub.sg
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
Singapore’s first indoor water playground opened its doors at SAFRA Punggol mid 2016, and let us tell you, it was worth the wait! It’s at the pricier end of the market (peak cost for a family of four $28 members, $40 non-members), but because it’s indoor you can play for hours in the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ rain, hail or shine! With multiple play decks, themed splash pad and no less than FIVE water slides, it’s got something for every 18 month to 13 year old water-lover. They run water-themed kids’ birthday parties too!
9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654; www.safra.sg
Sengkang Swimming Complex
A favourite amongst families, Sengkang Swimming Complex is one of Singapore’s most popular ones due to its massive size and array of options for kids of all ages. For the bigger kids (of minimum height 1.2m), the giant colourful slides come in a huge variety: think multislides, winding tubes and free falls at the very end. The 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 the soothing bubbles and powerful jets.
Sengkang Swimming Complex, 57 Anchorvale Road, Singapore 544964; www.singaporeswimming.com
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
When the family budget is a little tight and a trip to Sentosa’s Adventure Cove just isn’t on the cards, head to Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex. This mega public pool has got elements of every great water play park. Grab a float and soak up the sun as you bob along the lazy river, embrace the big waves in the wave pool or relax as the kids go nuts at the toddler water playground.
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex, 1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53, Singapore 689236; www.singaporeswimming.com
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 either of the two 50-metre pools (one of which is indoors) and later relax in the jacuzzi or lazy river. For the kiddos, the kiddy pool with a water playground will inspire loads of fun, or 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; www.singaporeswimming.com
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 pools for a couple of laps or have a relaxing soak in the jacuzzi.
Pasir Ris Swimming Complex, 120 Pasir Ris Central, Singapore 519640; www.myactivesg.com
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