Our childhood memories wouldn’t be complete without swings, see-saws and merry-go-rounds. That feeling of freedom as you soared super high on a swing and that wonderful, giddy sensation of jumping off a roundabout and dizzily stumbling around with friends. But those experiences were things that for a long time, only belonged to able-bodied kids, ‘regular’ kids.
The great news is that the world is changing and Singapore is no exception. In recent years, more and more inclusive play equipment has been incorporated into playgrounds – from accessibility ramps, wheelchair swings, accessible swings and merry-go-rounds, to more thoughtful equipment like wheelchair-height sand tables and sensory features like bells and drums for children with visual impairment.
We’ve tracked down loads of playgrounds across our fair island that have inclusive features. They might not be perfect (yet), but we’re sure proud to live in a country where all kids are being considered.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
The spacious grounds of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park are amazing in the themselves, but the fact that it’s got an impressive inclusive playground makes us love it even more. The inclusive playground includes a wheelchair accessible swing (with all the safety features you’d expect), two additional accessible swings, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round and wheelchair height sand play.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Inclusive Playground, closest cross streets are Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Bishan Road, Singapore 569981
Pasir Ris Park
The playground at Pasir Ris Park ensures that no kid misses out on the fun. Whilst there is loads on offer for able-bodied kiddos to enjoy, like climbing pyramids and speedy slides, there is also a wheelchair accessible swing, lots of wheelchair-height interactive elements and an accessible merry-go-round.
Pasir Ris Park, 110 Pasir Ris Road, Singapore 519113
Our Tampines Hub
With brightly coloured soft flooring and plenty of activities set low to the ground, this playspace is inclusive for all. You’ll also find an accessible swing, spinners and tunnels: great for children of various abilities and also perfect for kids who love sensory play.
Our Tampines Hub, Level 2 Sky Terrace, 1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523
Ghim Moh Inclusive Playground
Nestled between HDBs in Ghim Moh, this playground has lots of lovely inclusive elements. Our favourite is the Aero Glider – kind of giant see-saw for lots of kids. Best of all, it has a gently sloping access ramp, so it’s perfect for wheelchairs too. A lot of the interactive play equipment has been built at wheelchair height and there’s also a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round.
Ghim Moh Playground, 7A Ghim Moh Road, Singapore 271007
The largest park in Singapore’s north, Admiralty Park features an inclusive playground that caters to children with various special needs. There’s a wheelchair accessible swing and merry-go-round, as well as lots of low-lying interactive play elements for kiddies to explore. Some of the slides are also quite low and wide, including a family slide!
Admiralty Park, 31 Riverside Road, Singapore 730000
Open since 2015, Canberra Park in Sembawang was Singapore’s first inclusive playgrounds and at 600 sqm, it certainly has something for everyone. Canberra Park has been thoughtfully designed with loads of inclusive features, like a ramp and handrails, panels with bells and drums for visually impaired kids, accessible swings, wheelchair accessible swings and even sensory motion features on the regular slides.
Canberra Park, Sembawang Crescent, Singapore 750325
City Square Mall
Kudos to City Square Mall for considering all kids in its outside playground. It’s even used child-friendly conditioned eco wood, so it’s kind to the environment too. At this playground you’ll find two accessible swings and a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round: hurrah!
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539
The Enabling Village is Singapore’s first community space dedicated to integrating people with disabilities into society, and part of this awesome space is an inclusive playground. It has well considered wheelchair access, stimulating play equipment at lower height and a sensory garden. We love it!
Enabling Village, 20 Lengkok Bahru, Singapore 159053
If you’ve not been to Marine Cove playground, it’s absolutely worth a visit. There are so many fun features and the variety means that there’s something for every kid, including those with additional mobility requirements and special needs. Much of the interactive equipment has been positioned at wheelchair-appropriate height, including the digital ‘Neos’ gaming towers and talkie tunnels. You’ll also find inclusive swings and wheelchair accessible ramps.
Marine Cove, East Coast Park, 1000 ECP, Singapore 449876
Tiong Bahru Plaza
There was clearly a lot of thought put into the design of the new-ish playground at Tiong Bahru Plaza. It’s very spacious with lots of room for wheelchairs to navigate around equipment and a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round too. The slide is perfect for little ones, or for mobility impaired kids, as it’s quite low to the ground and very wide. We also love the basket-like saucer swing, the soft flooring and the shade cloths to protect kiddos in the heat of the day.
Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732
This small playground, outside The Grandstand, is relatively new and includes an accessible swing. There is also an accessible merry-go-round, which is integrated into the floor of the astro-turf playground, making it useable for wheelchairs (although there is no safety gate). The merry-go-round also includes a seat with a railing for children with additional needs.
The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994
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