This wonderful island we call home is also dubbed the Garden City, and for good reason. According to a recent survey, Singapore comes in second on the list of the world’s greenest cities. We can totally see why: with Gardens by the Bay, East Coast Park and heaps more pretty parks and outdoor spaces on our doorstep, Singapore goes gaga for green (and who can resist an outdoor picnic, are we right?!). And adding to our list of our fave, family-friendly parks to take our kids to? Jurong Lakeside Garden. Read on to find out why it’s the ideal place for a trip with the family.
What’s it all about?
Spanning a whopping 90 hectares, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore’s new national gardens in the heartlands. We checked out Lakeside Garden (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens West), which opened earlier this year and stretches down the west chunk of the expanse. The Chinese and Japanese Gardens (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens Central) and Garden Promenade (formerly Jurong Lake Gardens East) are slated for completion from 2021, so you’ll have to be a bit more patient until the complete package is ready.
This is one beautiful park – making it a great spot for a picnic or alfresco catch-up with friends. And we’re calling it: it’s one of the best playgrounds for kids, as the facilities are amazing. For those living out west, we’re pretty sure this place is on your radar already, but for non-neighbours, it’s definitely worth taking the trek to take a peek. We even spotted some cool community artwork when we were there, which we were seriously crushing on! Here’s what we think about the facilities when visiting Jurong Lakeside Garden with kids…
A HUGE play area!
We were in playground heaven at Forest Ramble! This area is the gift that keeps on giving – it’s HUGE. Inspired by nature, it’s got awesome brand spanking new equipment that encourages children to mimic the natural movements of animals and insects. So for instance, you can bounce on trampolines like a frog, sail through the air on a swing like a butterfly, or soar on the zipline like a heron. Also: that slide. To hell with adulting!
Get splash happy with water play
What kid doesn’t love free water play? None we know! Make Clusia Cove your aqua tot’s first port of call and get ready for some splash action. You’re gonna need it out in this heat! While this area is without all the bells and whistles of bigger water playgrounds, the play pools are awesome in their own way. We love that they mimic tidal patterns and there’s sand underfoot for a beachy vibe. Closed Mondays, open 8am until 7pm.
Go for the ‘gram
When you’re all wiped out from all the play, older kids and teens will enjoy a saunter round the Grasslands – it’s total Instagram heaven. (We went on a quiet afternoon, but we reckon weekends will be rife with romantic couples’ photoshoots!). Make a beeline for the Lone Tree, which is made from recycled iron bars salvaged from old park pathways. It’s a sculpture that’s inspired by the area’s industrial park and seriously atmospheric. While you’re there, swing by Rasau Walk, the mesmeric, meandering red boardwalk along the water’s edge. Just note that the north and south access points are the most pram-friendly routes there – the ‘Earth Trail’ paths are all pebbled. Ain’t no stroller got time for that. The Logs Trail, a ‘grammable cluster of wooden stumps from old trees, is also great for pics.
Bites and bevvies
Need refreshments? Drinking fountains are dotted around the park and Fusion Spoon is in the north end of the park, which serves up Asian and Western noms. It’s open daily from 7am to 10pm.
Got a teensy freshie who needs nursing? A bub in need of a nappy change? No worries – there are family rooms dotted throughout the park, so rest assured there’ll be no stressing about where to clean bub’s bottom.
Take Fido too!
No need to leave your furry friends at home – there’s a fenced dog run for well-behaved dogs here. Huzzah for pooch-friendly visits! It’s open from 9am until 10pm each day.
Rise of the machines
If you like your parks with a side of sports, you’re in luck! As well as a couple of fitness corners, there’s also PAssion WaVe, which offers a whole host of watersport activities (closed Mondays) on Jurong Lake. There’s also an indoor gym and outdoor lap pool operated by SportSG at the south end of the park. Note: the pool is being spruced up right now, so it’s closed until December.
Jurong Lakeside Garden: at a glance
Address: Along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way, Jurong; nparks.gov.sg
Opening hours: Jurong Lakeside Garden is open 24 hours, daily. For individual opening times for the facilities, double check the website before setting off!
Getting there: Lots of bus routes stop off near the park, plus there’s Lakeside MRT nearby too. Driving? There are two car parks (fees apply). For the north carpark (best for Forest Ramble and Clusia Cove), turn in at Chinese Garden Road. For the south carpark (best for grasslands and ActiveSG), turn in at Japanese Garden Road.
Top image: photography by Amy Potter
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