We've been exploring the far north-east to get the full lowdown on all things kid-friendly in Singapore's baby town.
What’s at the other end of the North East line in Singapore? Punggol, Singapore’s most family-friendly town! 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 here. In fact, a recent study by the Singapore Department of Statistics shows that Punggol has the highest proportion of children aged below five years – pretty amazing stuff! And in true HoneyKids fashion, we’ve sussed out all the best things for our little ones to do in Punggol. Here we go!
WATER PLAY ALL DAY, EVERY DAY
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
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The school term may have just started, but there’s always time for family fun! Bond with your little ones and create precious family memories with fun spiral slides in an aquatic-themed environment, at Splash at Kidz Amaze SAFRA Punggol 👨👩👧👦 For more information, please visit https://www.safra.sg/kidzamaze #SAFRAsg #SAFRAforfamilies #SAFRAClubs #SAFRAPunggol #WhereFunFlows
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 (wooot!). 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.
BE ONE WITH NATURE
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 get 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.
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
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. 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!
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!
PLUS DON’T MISS…
… the amazing playgrounds!
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!
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Deep Fried Tilapia [$5++ per 100g, subjected to market price] . I am not a fan of fried fish as i find it hard and dry but wow , this deep fried Tilapia is just so 👍! The crunch of the crispy skin is a wonderful contrast to the delicate flesh of the snapper ! And good news! Enjoy 30% off aka carte menu on weekdays! . Thanks @eatwithroy and @punggoljinglong for this tasting! Awesome dinner with awesome people!☝️😍 . #setheats #burpple #eatoutsg #wheretoeatsg #singaporefood #sgig #sgfood #sgfoodies #sgfoodiary #foodporn #instagramfood #instafood #instafood_sg #exploresingapore #sgfoodunion #sgrestaurants #punggoljinglong #seafood #fish #fishyhandsatwork #thaistyle #thaistylefood #weeatfish
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.
House of Seafood, 3 Punggol Point Road, The Punggol Settlement #01-01/02; Punggol Seafood, 3 Punggol Point Rd, #01-08/09 The Punggol Settlement; Jin Long Seafood, 3 Punggol Point Road #01-03/04/05, The Punggol Settlement; Whisk and Paddle 10 Tebing Lane #01-01; Firenzie Bar & Bistro, 10 Tebing Lane, #01-02, Waterway Point Mall, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Great shopping for the whole fam
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… drumroll please… a Decathlon opening up soon. Yep, shopping in Punggol with kids is pretty sweet.
Waterway Point Mall, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
Get your artsy fix
This year’s Arts in Your Neighbourhood organised by the National Arts Council will be held in, you guessed it – Punggol! The theme? Teaching kids about Punggol’s past through interactive art programmes and fam-friendly activities. Our fave installation is Five Stones, a playful installation that encourages residents to hunt for giant five stones through a mobile web-based game. So cool! It’s running from 7–24 November, so be sure to catch it while you can.
Looking for something new to do with the kids? Try prawning! It’s much easier than fishing and less work. The best part, of course, is barbecuing the prawns after and reaping all the efforts of all your hard work. But be warned: this place isn’t for the hangry!
Hai Bin Punggol, 6 Tebing Lane #01-04 Singapore 828835
… and horseback riding
Just when you thought that Punggol was the most kid-friendly place in Singapore, here’s something to sweeten your decision. It’s got a ranch for kids to try horse riding or pony riding! It’s even got carriage rides and food for bub to feed the ponies with. Talk about a sweet afternoon!
Gallop Stable, 900 Punggol Road Singapore 829168
Next stop: Punggol!
Top image: Esther Tan