Get out of the blazing sun (or pouring rain) and into one of these indoor play centres – we especially love the ones that serve coffee..!
Indoor play centres are a godsend in Singapore. It’s an island of extremes: scorching hot one moment and torrential floods the next (and let’s not mention the dreaded haze). Which is why sometimes a day out at a beach park can be a challenging, tantrum-inducing proposition (and we don’t just mean the kids). So hooray that many of the indoor playgrounds in the Lion City are reopening their doors at long last after lockdown. We’ve missed them!
And while we love hanging out in our favourite malls in Singapore, there’s only so long toddlers will co-operate. If you’ve already checked out all the family-friendly exhibits on right now, save your sanity (and the state of your house), and head to one of Singapore’s top indoor play centres for a couple of blissfully cool hours. Not only will your tiny tearaways enjoy kids’ play and be entertained, exhilarated and exhausted but, all things going well, you’ll savour a coffee in peace. Here’s our list of the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore.
OUR FAVE INDOOR PLAY CENTRES FOR KIDS IN SINGAPORE
Before you head down to these indoor play centres, make sure you double-check to see if there are any booking policies in place. Many kids’ play spots require you to book in advance – we’d hate for you to make a wasted trip! Also, don’t forget to practise safe distancing measures with other visitors. Oh, and have a ton of fun!
Easties, we’re totally loving Smigy, and you will too! Located at PLQ Mall in Paya Lebar, this 5,000 square foot space promises at least two hours of play for kids aged two and up. Our HoneyKids junior reporters, aged two and four years respectively, love the ball pit with the interactive screen and driving the cars all around Smigy. You can also find them climbing the play structures or digging away in the Hinoki pit. We love Smigy!
Where: Smigy, #03-05/06, PLQ Mall, 10 Paya Lebar Road, Singapore 409057
The Amazonia indoor play centre (all 9000 square feet of it) is one of our favourite go-to indoor family entertainment centres in Singapore. It boasts an eight-metre high slide, five-level play gym and super-fun zones like the trampoline ball shootout, the jungle play gym and the toddler play area. And there’s a café for the coffee-quaffing parents too – yippee!
Psst: make sure you book your tickets online on its spanking new website before heading down, as on-site sales are currently unavailable.
Where: Amazonia, Great World City Mall #03-08, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Want the kids to learn something as they zip around ball pits, trampolines, climbing walls and slides? Get your sights set on T-Play, an augmented transportation-themed playground at HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok. Made entirely in Sweden and assembled in Singapore, T-Play occupies a whopping 4,200 square feet. It features some seriously cool interactive play equipment for kids on the move. From airport check-in counters to heli landing pads, the kiddos will emerge absolute experts in all things transportation. Chuck in a nursery area with plenty of soft play equipment for the toddlers and you’ve got yourself a winner. Entry fees range depending on age, visiting hours and membership tier. So pick an off-peak time to visit for tons of fun at a great price!
You don’t have to book online before heading down, but it’s encouraged as the indoor play centre has a maximum capacity limit. We say, better book online to be safe than sorry!
Where: HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003
Pororo Park is perfect for long-time fans as well as newcomers to the show, Pororo Penguin. It’s definitely one of our fave indoor kids’ play areas! Filled with beloved characters, this themed indoor playground will take young explorers on an adventure to the snowy village of Porong Porong Forest. Dive into the shark ball pool, visit Pororo’s House, tackle the play gym and take a peek into Tong Tong’s Little Theatre. Our fave is the Pororo Express: a mini train ride that will have your kids begging to go “Again! Again!”
Pororo Park has new regulations to ensure a safe environment for everyone. This includes a 60-pax limit for the indoor play centre and currently aren’t taking any walk-ins, so be sure to pre-book your tickets online before heading down!
Where: Pororo Park, 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square #02-29
Waka Waka at Annex @ Furama
We road-tested Waka Waka in River Valley – and our kids had an absolute BLAST! A fun animal safari theme runs throughout the centre, with a range of cool zones to entertain different ages (our 18-month, five- and seven-year-old kids all refused to leave come home time). Toddler’s favourites included the wave slide (with real water and lights inside), bouncy castle and the life-sized lion and zebra statues. All the kids played happily on the futuristic air mattress with cool changing neon lights. It’s worth paying extra for the obstacle rope course (with harness and helmets) and the timed climbing walls, totem pole and leap of faith for the older, more capable kids. Plan in advance and you can catch one of the weekly live shows from the life-sized characters. We’ve already scheduled our next visit, and we’re bringing friends!
If you’re intending to head down this Phase 2, you’ll need to pre-book a time slot for your play session.
Future World at the Art Science Museum
With its amazing Future World exhibit, the ArtScience Museum is right up there as one of our fave cool kids’ play areas. Truth: it’s actually a permanent museum exhibition, but it’s a truly spectacular experience for young and old(er). Immerse yourselves in a room with floor-to-ceiling flower blooms, chillax and watch waves roll in, stack oversized illuminated blocks, and enter a ball pit like no other. Get the full scoop on our visit to Future World and get to the ArtScience Museum as quick as your lovely legs will take you.
Don’t forget: you have to book your tickets online, with a limit of five tickets per purchase, before heading down!
Where: Future World, 6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
KidsSTOP at the Singapore Science Centre
For an indoor play zone that offers arguably the best edutainment experience for kids in Singapore, head to KidsSTOP at the Singapore Science Centre. It’s like Willy Wonka’s factory filled with loads of fun science-based exhibits. The dino-dig pit is simply irresistible for younger kids – our 18-month-old junior reporter adored the builder station with vests, helmets and tools. Don a pilot’s cap and navigate a plane, or scrabble to collect colourful balls as they drop from a crane. Children can weigh and measure themselves and learn all about the human body, while older kids will love scaling eye-watering heights on the climbing equipment. Our insider tip: head to the back and down the corridor to a series of rooms, including a small TV studio where kids can be a popstar for the day!
Sure, KidsSTOP is a little off the beaten track, but you can make a whole day of it by visiting the Singapore Science Centre, Snow City or the Omni-Theatre Singapore, which are all onsite. The stunning Jurong Lakeside Garden is also just a stone’s throw away and is a perfect spot for picnic lunch post-play.
Psst, you’ll have to book your tickets online and select the time slot you fancy before going.
Where: KidsSTOP, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore 609433
Although all Polliwogs play centres are awesome, we must admit to having a bit of a soft spot for VivoCity. You guessed it – it means we can squeeze in a little retail therapy pre/post fun! After all, what’s not to love about a well-equipped kiddy haven with a parent’s coffee lounge complete with internet and CCTV screens? You can watch on from a safe distance (older kiddos of course) while taking some parent time-out. It is serious fun for the kiddos, so everyone’s happy!
Both its Suntec City and Vivocity outlets are currently open – just make sure to purchase your tickets online before visiting.
Where: The Polliwogs, VivoCity and Suntec City
Tayo the Little Bus and friends have pulled up at Downtown East to make its first ever stop in Southeast Asia. Based on the popular South Korean show, this indoor play centre has plenty of areas for kids to play and learn, including a child-sized street scene for the tots to zip and zoom around in and, most importantly, learn all about road safety. Pop over to Poco’s Hinoki Play for sensory play featuring aromatic wood cubes imported from South Korea. Or let the kids tire themselves out on the three-storey kids’ play structure, Gani’s Playground, which features two massive slides.
Like Pororo Park, Tayo Station requests for its guests and visitors to pre-book their play session and purchase tickets online before heading down.
Where: Tayo Station, Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, Level 3 #03-112, Singapore 519599
HomeTeamNS Clip ‘n Climb
If your kids have a healthy disregard of heights, this New Zealand rock climbing theme park is just the ticket. At Clip ‘n Climb, expect (once you find the place, it’s a little tricky) to be wowed by 19 themed climbing walls suitable for kids weighing over 10kg (no toddlers). Nail the safety briefing, harness instruction and the demo and your intrepid adventurers will be off. A 90-minute session lets them use their logic and puzzle-solving skills to negotiate the colourful walls. Our kid-critics rave about The Twister: a colourful puzzle wall that looked like an abstract staircase. Older, stronger kids will master the epic challenges of the Triffid and Dry Ice walls by session end.
You can head down without booking a ticket, but it’s strongly encouraged to avoid delays. Check out how to on its mobile app!
Where: HomeTeamNS Tampines, 1 Tampines Walk #03-03, Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523
Power Kids Gym
Your little energiser bunnies will have a tumbling good time at Power Kids Gym (formerly JWT Kids Gym). There are plenty of classes available, but you can also come along for one of the open gym sessions for an hour of freewheeling fun. Here your kids can roll, jump, swing and rope climb around this great safe (and soft) gym space until you carry them out. The kids parties here have to be experienced to be believed. Central location too!
The gym has special open gym slots – stay in touch with updates on its Facebook page, and call ahead to book your slot!
Where: Power Kids Gym, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, UE Square #02-12, Singapore 239917
If you happen to find yourself at Changi Airport and need a place for the kids to run off some excess energy, then this Cartoon Network-themed playground is your spot. Aimed at the younger kidlets, it has a soft-fall floor and padded equipment to give you peace of mind. Our junior reporter loved the cage with giant floating balloons and the multi-coloured décor. It’s open daily until 11pm if you have night owls! The Changi Airport fun doesn’t stop there either. Pop by the departure lounge of Terminal 4 to check out the (totally free!) Chandelier playground. It’s a five-storey double-helix climbing structure made of nets and poles. Terrifying stuff, but spot-on for little daredevils.
Psst, Kinderplay has reduced its capacity to 25 people, so entry will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Where: KinderPlay, Changi Airport Terminal 3, Unit #14, 15, 16 and 26, B2 Mall
Positively the quickest, funnest (and sweatiest) way to tucker out your terrors is at a trampoline park. Kids go crazy for interconnected trampolines, dodge ball courts, parkour walls, slam dunk rings, slacklines, tumble tracks and rock climbing walls. We’ve personally tried, tested and reviewed all of the great trampoline parks in Singapore. Our top three? BOUNCE Singapore at Cathay Cineleisure is an absolute magnet for teens. Katapult is nestled in the picturesque and family-centric leisure park Orto, and Amped wins hands down for convenient location (River Valley and Jurong East).
And hooray, because all three parks are currently open! Be sure to book your tickets ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
BOUNCE Singapore, Cathay Cineleisure #09-01, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
Amped, River Valley: 46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia, #02-11, Singapore 239351; Jurong East: 200 Jurong East Ave 1, Yo:Ha #02-23, Singapore 609789;
Katapult Trampoline Park, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-11 ORTO, Singapore 769198
Ever since our junior reporters (aged four and six) spent the morning at Kaboodle (read our full review of Kaboodle here), they’ve been begging to go back. The ‘Imagination Playground’ of oversized blue foam blocks, noodles and balls shipped in from New York are designed to inspire kids to build the castle/race car/fort of their dreams. And they’re positively encouraged to enjoy smashing it all down too! It’s fun learning at its best. There’s even a cafe for parents and dedicated sensory craft lessons, so check it out!
You don’t have to pre-book before heading down, but its play area can accommodate five kids per session per play area.
Where: Kaboodle, 88 East Coast Road, Katong Square #02-06, Singapore 423371; prebook prebook via WhatsApp 91261805
My Little Climbing Room
For little kids who want to scale to new heights but are just a head too small for the big kid climbing gyms – My Little Climbing Room is the indoor play centre for them. Don’t be fooled by its size! Fitted with kid-sized harnesses and 4m high climbing walls, rope swings and balancing toys, this is just the place for budding acrobats to practise their balance and coordination.
In light of the Phase 2 restrictions, make sure you book ahead as there is limited space.
Coming to you straight from Finland, SuperPark Singapore is Singapore’s largest all-in-one indoor activity park. And the good news? Parents who’ve always wanted to join in on the indoor park fun now can! Stretching a whopping 40,000 square feet over two levels at Suntec City Mall, SuperPark has three themed areas offering over 20 activities for all ages. With its roots in Finnish education, the activities are designed to teach children age 12 years and below motor skills – all the while improving their social-cognition skills and confidence. Are you in? See you at SuperPark Singapore!
Where: SuperPark, 3 Temasek Blvd Suntec City Mall, #02-477 (North Wing) Singapore 038983
Buds by Shangri-La
If you’re in the mood for a staycation, why not splurge a bit for the kids to have some serious fun at the fully supervised Buds by Shangri-La? It’s got a massive ball pit and is filled with climbing structures, bouncy bridges, slides of all sorts and plenty of air cannons. Little ones can get their fair share of fun here too in the toddler corner. You’ll find baby-sized swings, slides, a piano floor, interactive wall buttons, and vintage kiddie rides – whee! There’s plenty of fun to be had outside too. At the wet play area you’ll find splash pads, water sprays, a massive water bucket, and of course, a giant pirate ship. Did we mention there’s a cafe for you to put your feet up while the little ones tire themselves out? Hurrah! This place gets super busy, so try and head there at off-peak times.
Where: Buds by Shangri-La, 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Kidz Amaze has three ginormous indoor play centres. Each one has been designed by early childhood experts to be not only visually appealing, but also developmentally sound. The most exciting of the trio has got to be Splash @ Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol – Singapore’s first indoor water playground. Being a public space, it’s actually quite affordable, and because it’s indoor, you can play for hours in the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ – rain, hail or shine! With multiple play decks, a 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!
Where: Kidz Amaze SAFRA, Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6, Singapore 319387; Jurong, 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848; and Splash @ Punggol, 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828654
Open to kids under 130cm or under seven years old, smallies can trot right on over to the Petite Park without fear of being bowled over by big ’uns. The playground features special climbing frames, a mini wall climb, a race car track and a ball pit. And for less active kids? They can exercise their imagination in the pretend play zone with eco-friendly wooden toys, a kitchen, lego wall, and plenty of role-playing materials.
Where: Petite Park, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, #01-06/07, Singapore 397628
Head’s up parents, we’ve found the Daiso of all indoor play centres: Happy Castle. It’s great for wrangling uppity kids in need of some serious energy burning. With a cassia seed pool, mountains of large soft blocks to build with and an arts and craft corner, kids will be happy for hours, playing and crafting to their heart’s content. Bonus: this one is cheap as chips in play centre costing world (as low as $7 an hour if you buy the package)! The reasonable pricing and the fun-packed activities do come at a cost though: this place can get super busy, so pick your timing wisely.
Where: Happy Castle, various locations
Kidzland boasts a massive range of play equipment, from its arcade game zone to a forest-themed play gym, plus an indoor sandpit. Little artists can watch their drawings come to life at the magic pen area, where they get to take part in a little digital colouring. They can also get busy with Lego and kinetic sand, or head outside for more games, including fishing or yacht racing.
Where: Kidzland, 200 Turf Club Road #02-14, Singapore 287994
There’s no massive jungle gym in this indoor play centre, but there’s plenty to keep imaginations fired-up at Little Planet. Kids can visit a farm, buying and selling produce at the marketplace and even preparing food in the kitchen. Hang around for a spot of fishing, get lost in the forest maze or even rule a castle. There’s also designated areas for kids to take part in some arts and crafts.
Where: Little Planet, 176 Orchard Road #02-21, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843