We've been exploring the far north-east to get the full lowdown on all things kid-friendly in Singapore's baby town, Punggol.
What’s at the other end of the North East line in Singapore? Punggol, Singapore’s most family-friendly neighbourhood! Filled with awesome parks to explore, water play areas, playgrounds with awesome structures to climb, and even a beach to build sandcastles on, there’s just way too many reasons why young Singaporean families love living in Punggol with kids. In fact, a study by the Singapore Department of Statistics shows that Punggol has the highest proportion of children aged below five years – pretty amazing stuff! So in true HoneyKids fashion, we’ve sussed out all the best things for our little ones to do in Punggol. Here we go…
11 THINGS TO DO IN PUNGGOL WITH KIDS
1. Splish and splash at water play!
– Splash @ Kidz Amaze
Your little water babies are in for an awesome time at Splash @ Kidz Amaze at Safra Punggol. If you’re like us and always worry about slathering enough sunscreen on your bubs, you’ll love the fact that it’s indoors. And that means you can play for hours in the ‘Enchanted Deep Sea’ without having to worry about sunburn. With multiple play decks, a themed splash pad and five water slides, you’re guaranteed at least an hour or two of whinge-free frolics (woohoo!). The best part? It’s really affordable – prices start at $20 for a family of four for members and $40 for non-members.
Splash @ Punggol, 9 Sentul Cres, Singapore 828654
– Happy Park at Waterway Point
When you’re done shopping at Waterway Point Mall (more on this later!), schlep the kids over to Happy Park. It’s got both wet and dry play areas for littlies of all ages (although we think it’s best for mobile bubs aged two and up) that they’ll love exploring. There’s lily pads to hop on, a small wading pool and lots of small fountains to splash around in. Another cool bonus? It looks extra pretty at night with all the LED lights.
Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761. Open daily 10:30am-8pm.
2. Bike the Punggol Park Connector
If biking is your cup of tea, the 26km-long Punggol Park Connector could be just your jelly. It’s a great way to hit all your Punggol parks in one go, including Punggol Waterway and even Sengkang Floating Wetland. While you’re at it, check out Kampong Lorong Buangkok, Singapore’s last surviving traditional village.
3. Picnic at Punggol Waterway Park
Whether you just want to sit down and have a picnic or go on a bike ride in Punggol with kids, you can do all these and more at Punggol Waterway Park. It has four different zones including Nature Cove, a grassy area where families can kick a ball or settle down with some snacks and a Recreation Zone where you can continue with the water play or sand play. Check out the Heritage Zone for more nature goodness or The Green Gallery for some trail walking. Don’t forget to play “Spot The Otter!”
Punggol Waterway Park, Sentul Crescent Road
4. Spend the day at Coney Island
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of green spaces and rustic parks and Coney Island ticks all these boxes. You’ll need to pack your mozzie repellent and sunblock for this though, because certain areas are known to have their share of sandflies. If you don’t have bikes of your own, rent some from Jomando Adventure & Recreation, located at the end of Punggol Settlement. Or if you’ve cycled enough and are looking for a break, be on the lookout for signs that’ll direct you to five beach areas where you can sit down and while the day away. If the kids are looking for more adventures, check out the obstacle course at the Casuarina Exploration Playground!
5. Spot turtles at Punggol Point Park
Who knew Punggol could be so darn picturesque? Settle down by the promenade and you’ll get a great view of the open sea from here. Kids will also love saying hello to the turtles at the Water Lily Ponds or playing at the sandy playground. You could even walk to the jetty and try your hand at fishing!
6. Head to an amazing playground
Thanks to all the new families and HDBs being built around Punggol, there are new playgrounds sprouting up all the time. At 673B Edgefield Plains, there’s a huge webbed swing with a waved climbing structure while the playground at 270B Punggol field looks pretty special with its caterpillar climbing structure. It almost makes us wish we were kids again!
7. Eat at Punggol’s yummy restaurants
If you prefer a change of scenery, we suggest heading to The Punggol Settlement. Although it’s got lots of restaurants, we prefer their seafood picks, including House of Seafood, Punggol Seafood and Jing Long Seafood. Our hot tip? Try Jin Long Seafood’s chilli crab or sweet and sour fish – yum! Tebing Lane also has its share of eclectic eateries like Whisk and Paddle for brunch fare or Firenzie Bar & Bistro for live football matches and bar snacks. Waterway Point Mall at central Punggol has your usual mall stalwarts including Tim Ho Wan, Yayoi, Din Tai Fung, Soup Spoon Union and Genki Sushi.
8. Hit the mall and go shopping
Apart from the cinema and all the cool play areas, Waterway Point Mall has several clothing stores for kids, including CottonOn Kids and Kidzparel. It also has every kid’s favourite $2 store Daiso and a Decathlon. Yep, shopping in Punggol with kids is pretty sweet.
Waterway Point Mall, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
9. Go prawning…
Looking for something new to do with the kids? Try prawning! It’s much easier than fishing and less work too. And the best part, of course, is barbecuing the prawns after and reaping the benefits of your newfound prawning skills! But be warned: this place isn’t for the hangry!
Hai Bin Punggol, 6 Tebing Lane #01-04 Singapore 828835
10. Try horseback riding
Just when you thought Punggol couldn’t get any more kid-friendly, how about a spot of horse-riding to round off the perfect family day out in Singapore? It’s got a ranch for kids to try horse riding or pony riding, and even carriage rides and food for bub to feed the ponies with. Cute!
Gallop Stable, 900 Punggol Road Singapore 829168
11. Visit Uncle Ringo’s Funfair!
That’s right, Uncle Ringo’s Funfair is in Punggol until the end of December 2021, so there’s never been a better time to visit! There are loads of rides to choose from, too, including a Ferris wheel, train ride, and that favourite pirate ship! We’ll see you at the carousel!
Next stop: Punggol!