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Playgrounds in Singapore

Introduction

Children can play, exercise, and socialise with other kids in a playground. Most grownups remember having fun on the swings and see-saw or racing other equipment for kids on the monkey climbing bars. It’s to think of a place for kids to play, but strangely, playgrounds are a relatively recent invention. The first playground was in 1859, and throughout the last 150 years, it has undergone revision and improvement. Henry Barnard drew the first illustration of a playground in 1848. It showed a sizable, shaded space with teachers watching as kids played with wooden blocks, toy carts, and two rotating swings.

What is the best playground in Singapore?

Some playgrounds are the best in Singapore.

Green Forest Park in Tampines

At this outdoor utopia, let the children loose. Tampines Forest Green Park , often known as the “Adventure Playground,” is divided into three areas: a high-element obstacle course, a fitness corner, and a playground for children. At the Tampines Green Forest Park cargo net structure, kids and adults can get some exercise and test themselves. Scale the first tower before navigating the net bridge to the second tower and completing the course by sliding down the slide.

Playground at Marine Cove

The beachside location and kid-friendly restaurants at Marine Cove Playground make it a fantastic place for a family outing. The playground, which spans 3,500 square feet, has a variety of slides and swings. Older children can climb the net climbing nets at a three-story play structure to resemble a lighthouse. There are wheelchair-accessible play spaces on the inclusive playground.

Park Tiong Bahru

Tiong Bahru Park Additionally, they aren’t just for show. Kids will like navigating the train because of its unnaturally angled walls, which make it challenging to stay upright. Around the Tiong Bahru Road railway are slides and ramps at several entryways, and close by Tiong Bahru Park Playground  are ziplines, swings, and a padded child play area.

Wonderland at Westgate

Take the kids to West Coast Park Playground, Singapore’s rooftop mall playground, after shopping. It is divided into two parts and decorated with a “magic garden” concept. The dry play area, which features several slides, rock walls, and interactive installations, including a 10-metre-high treehouse, is open to children five and older. The little ones can splash around in the miniature water park as well.

Park Sembawang

The beachfront setting of Sembawang Park is ideal for a leisurely weekend picnic or nighttime BBQ. Children can have fun at the well-known battleship playground in the park while the parents are busy setting up. The park’s connections to Singapore’s Sembawang Road naval past are honoured through the nautical motif (it used to be part of a naval base built by the British). The battleship has wooden decks that are uneven and sloping, as well as hidden slides for the nets and escape hatches. Nearby, there is a pendulum swing and a climbing net.

Park East Coast

This 50-hectare family-friendly East Coast Parkway features a camping area, BBQ pits, and a dog run, and one of Singapore’s largest outdoor playgrounds of East Coast Park has eight separate play zones. Engage in activities at the expansive zip line play area, pyramid-shaped rope course with a slide, Viking ship playground, toddler play corner, distinctive swing sets, and more. 

Jardins de la Jurong

The 90-hectare Jurong Lake Gardens, Singapore’s newest national Lush greenery garden, is a natural wonderland in the country’s interior. Beyond the plants and animals, the grounds were deliberately planted and created the community families meet to play, learn, and connect. The many obstacle courses, the sunken trampolines, the zip line, and climbing up a tower to slide down in a tube are all great ways for kids to burn off some energy.

Seletar Aerospace Park’s Oval

The Seletar Aerospace Park is a place that the whole family may enjoy. Let the kids play on the aviation-themed playground at The Wheeler’s Estate once brunch. It features a variety of coastal shores like swings, slides, a plane, and even a “control tower.”

Park Carpmael

This slender recreation area in Joo Chiat is located between homes and is a great place to burn some energy. The Walhalla Playground is one of the city’s 15 vertical playgrounds, and youngsters (and kids) are welcome to challenge it. It also has a fireman’s pole, a rock climbing wall, and rope bridges. However, keep in mind that the playground can only accommodate 30 children.

Park Admiralty

There are 26 different slides to choose from in the three main play areas: Junior Play, Adventure Play, and Family Terracing Play walking distance . Take a wild ride down one of them. It is open to both young and young-at-heart people.

How many inclusive playgrounds are there in Singapore?

There are 13 inclusive playgrounds  throughout the island.

Swings, see-saws, and merry-go-rounds are a staple of our childhood recollections. But for a long time, able-bodied, “normal” youngsters were the only ones who could have those experiences. The news Singapore is not an exception to the world is changing. 

Wheelchair swings, accessible swings, and merry-go-rounds to more thoughtful items (like wheelchair-heights and tables) and sensory elements like bells and drums for kids with visual impairment, playground equipment is available. We have therefore identified playgrounds with inclusive components on our lovely island. They might not be perfect (yet), but we are certainly happy to live in a nation where all children, regardless of their skills, are taken.  

Park in Ang Mo Kio, Bishan

Although Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park’s expansive grounds are in and of themselves, we adore it even more since it has a fantastic inclusive playground. A wheelchair-accessible swing with all the necessary safety measures, two additional accessible swings, a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, and wheelchair-height play structures are all part of the inclusive playground.

West Coast Park

West Coast Park is a perennial favourite among families. On top of the typical slides, swings, and see-saws are the well-known pyramid climbing structure, ropes obstacle course, and Viking ship. The inclusive playground has wheelchair-accessible ramps, inclusive swings, and a merry-go-round with soft, cushioned flooring.

Pasir Ris Park.

A Pasir Ris Close wheelchair-accessible swing and a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round are all available, with a tonne of activities for kids with able bodies to enjoy.

Canberra Park

Singapore’s first all-inclusive playground, Canberra Park in Sembawang, debuted in 2015. Plus, at 600 square metres, there is something for everyone. A ramp and handrails, panels with bells and drums for children impaired, and wheelchair-accessible swings are just a few of the deliberately included amenities in Canberra Park. 

Tiong Bahru Plaza

Tiong Bahru is very roomy, has a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, and has plenty of space for wheelchairs to manoeuvre around equipment. We particularly adore the swing that resembles a saucer-shaped basket, the plush flooring, and the shade cloths that keep kids safe from the sun.

Supportive Village

Singapore’s first community centre devoted to including people with impairments in society is called The Enabling Village. An inclusive Sentosa Cove Village playground is, of course, a component of this area. It incorporates thoughtful wheelchair accessibility and engaging play features.

Marine Cove.

The playground at Marine Cove is a must-see if you haven’t been there before. Every child, especially those with special needs and additional mobility requirements, will find something to enjoy thanks to the variety and abundance of entertaining features. The interactive devices, such as the talkies and digital “Neos” game towers, have been positioned at wheelchair-accessible heights.

Ghim Moh Playground for All

This playground in Ghim Moh has great inclusive features and is between HDBs. Our favourite is the Aero Glider, which many children compare to a see-saw. The best part is that it includes a gently sloping access ramp, making it ideal for wheelchairs. A wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round is also present, and much of the interactive play equipment has wheelchair height.

Indoor Playgrounds

The indoor play centres  list provides facts on the cost, operating hours, and contact information for (nearly) all the indoor playgrounds in Singapore for families looking for information. 

1. The Joy of Toys offers limitless playtime starting at $18

The indoor playgrounds Slides and ball pits come to mind when you think about indoor playgrounds. But over at The Joy of Toys, you’ll find a sizable living room-like area crammed to the gills with “old-school” wooden toys, including dollhouses, kitchen sets, and railroad tracks, in addition to building blocks and puzzles. Perfect for developing inclusive play equipment, cognitive development and fine motor skills in young children.

2. Amazonia:

Singapore’s indoor playgrounds: Amazonia

The entryway to Amazonia doesn’t do a great job of stealing one’s breath away when it comes to initial impressions. But this enormous indoor playground is concealed behind its tiny entrance. After undergoing a recent makeover last year, Amazonia now has an interior Coastal PlayGrove with an ice-age theme that makes the room appear lighter.

3. From $10, Kidz Amaze Safra Jurong

Kidz Amaze Safra Jurong is one of Singapore’s top indoor playgrounds.

Kidz Amaze in Safra Jurong is yet another wonderful indoor playground. This indoor playground, which has five stories and a conical design with a hollow centre that provides you with a bird’s-eye perspective of the activities on rope bridges each level, is most likely Singapore’s tallest jungle gym.

4. Bouncy Paradise: 

Bouncy Paradise, which is 20,000 square feet in size, is a spectacle that will leave even adults’ jaws dangling. A 20-lane rainbow slide, a 2,000-square-foot ball pit filled with inflatables of all sizes, a 20-metre length of trampolines, and suspension bridges, human claw machine with snacks and toys as rewards are all available.

5. Kidtopia: 

Perhaps the most spectacular of the bunch is Kiztopia in Marina Square. Kiztopia, an 18,000-square-foot arena with 18 separate PLQ Mall play stations, guarantees nothing less than non-stop excitement.

A ball pit moat with an inflatable boat and banana boat for parent-powered rides, as well as high-rise play structures with trampolines, scalable rock walls, foam obstacle courses, and spiral slides, are to be Heights Park anticipated.

Naturally, it includes all the City Square Mall extras, such as a train that runs around a track, a hinoki wood cube pit, VR basketball, dress-up stations, and pretend play areas like a grocery shop and a bakery.

6. Better Play, a playground with a Montessori design  at $21 for two hours

The cosy indoor playground is into two sections: one for young children up to six who are just starting to crawl. Your children may study and have fun at the same time in the serene 180 Kitchener Road play area at Better Play.

7. The Polliwogs: 2 hours for $20.

The Polliwogs in VivoCity and Clarke Quay Central is a throwback to the 1990s with its vintage-looking play equipment and log scramble understated decor. There are webs, rope tunnels, wave slides, ball pits, climbing walls, mazes, and even a space where you can shoot air balls.If you’re lucky, your kids could get to participate in their pre – schoolers impromptu activities, which might involve designing a full-fledged treasure hunt. 

Outdoor playgrounds

1. Playground at Pasir Ris Park

The Pasir Ris Park Playground is a large, well-shaded Outdoor playgrounds with areas for children to play. It is one of Singapore’s best outdoor playgrounds, with everything from swings to net tunnels. It is not far from Pasir Ris Beach, on Elias Road. You can also go cycling close to the park once you’ve finished visiting the outdoor play feature playground. Learn more about the playgroundS at Pasir Ris Park.

2. Jurong Lake Gardens’ Forest Ramble

Jurong Lake Gardens are numerous play spaces, including trampolines, swings, and climbing walls. It is like swamp animals moving and is excellent for getting kids up and active. The Butterfly Maze and Children’s Discovery Area are next to it. For the family, it is only enjoyable.

3. Marine Cove Recreation Area

It should be no surprise that East Coast Park’s Marine Cove Playground has a nautical motif. The 3,500 square metre playground has circular swings and funny mirrors for younger kids to enjoy. The row of eateries and cafés nearby conveniently offer a location to grab a bite after working up a healthy appetite.

4. Marsiling Park.

Marsiling Park , which is a Disregarded control tower, features an intriguing butterfly playground where small children can play. In addition, the park features both a Ribbon Escape playgroundS and a regular playground. The park’s surroundings’ views of the water are enjoyable. 

5. Children’s Playground for the Far East Organisation in Gardens by the Bay

East Coast Park Service Road are Both wet and dry play spaces may be found in the Gardens by the Bay Children’s Playground. The wet play area and flower-shaped showers shift the liquid playground for children. Try the treehouse-themed parched Playgrounds with its string suspension bridges if water play disc swings is not your thing.

6. Playground at Admiralty Park

There are 26  at Admiralty Park Playground , including the longest and highest in a public playground. Kids of all ages can have a tonne of fun there.

7. Playground at Woodlands Waterfront

For older children, the high ropes course at Woodlands Waterfront is fantastic. Twines of the Playgrounds across Singapore at places like Tampines Green Forest Park and West Plains, Bukit Batok, but the one at Woodlands water playground Waterfront is the original and arguably the most difficult. Younger children who cannot or do not wish to ascend.

8. Playground at West Coast Park

The West Coast Park Playground was included in our list of Singapore’s top outdoor playgrounds because of its concept, “Play Centre in the West.” There are numerous play areas for children of all ages in the gardens. The West Coast Park has exciting activities for children ages two to twelve, including the well-known red climbing rope pyramid and the little red fire engine.

9. Playground at Sembawang Park

The Prince of Wales and Repulse, two British ships lost in World War II, are honoured in the park’s Battleship  Playground. Kidz Amaze can explore the craft on its top deck’s thanks to the Playgrounds debuting in July 2013. Even the spot where a torpedo “struck” the skill has a hole in the hull.

10. Komodo Adventure Grove.

The COMO Adventure Grove is at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension. They can climb over a  chempedak fruit and a tower made of weeping figs. Children may play their way back into a connection with nature at this outdoor Adventure Playground in Singapore.

11. The Children’s Garden at Jacob Ballas

A portion of the Singapore sand pit  Botanic Gardens designated for kids 14 and younger is called the Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden. Around the Children’s Garden are play places to discover and enjoy. Kids can use the slides to descend once they reach the top by hopping in them.

12. Playground in Jurong Central Park

Jelutung Harbour Park is next to the Jurong Point shopping centre, which provides a lot of room to spread out. Game boards are the garden’s and the playground’s numerous distinctive features. On the game boards, families can play Snakes & Ladders and Ludo, using the die tower to determine how many squares to go.

Why were playgrounds built in Singapore?

One of the world’s playground concentrations is in Singapore. As the focal point of many neighbourhoods, playgrounds represent a  fond memory for inhabitants. As a result, the show includes a playground many Singaporeans are familiar with from their formative years, thus preserving a communal memory. The curators think that Bukit Batok West Ave 7 playgrounds may foster community, foster connections, and reflect our hopes for the future.

Singapore Botanic Garden constructed its first public playground at Dhoby Ghaut in 1928. The show also included images from that period and recordings of oral history interviews with locals who talked about their childhood recollections of playing there.

As housing demand continued to climb in the 1960s, the city’s Housing & Development Board (HDB) started public housing in the shape of high-story apartment buildings,  satisfying the local population’s fundamental housing demands.

The dragon, tree house, and pelican playgrounds naval base are just a few examples of Khor Ean Ghee’s iconic designs that are all highly important to that period. Then there are other examples like the 1987 dragon boat, the 1989 watermelon playground design, the 1990 Humpty Dumpty, and so forth. The exhibition also emphasised the primary building materials at the time for playgrounds, including concrete pipes, terrazzo, mosaic tiles, and rubber tires.

The SS547 playground safety standard, established in Singapore in 1999, provides guidelines for the design, security, and upkeep of playground equipment.

Traditional Downtown East playgrounds gave way to more contemporary ones with plastic flooring and a piece of interchangeable playground equipment, including monkey bar ladders, slides, and swings.

How many dragon playgrounds are there in Singapore?

There are four Dragon Playgrounds are there in Singapore

The Housing & Development Board first added locally made playgrounds to Singapore’s housing complexes in the early 1970s (HDB). The primary iconic dragon playground

equipment for this pioneer generation was merry-go-rounds, swings, see-saws, and slides.

The HDB started constructing playgrounds that reflected Singapore’s culture and identity in the late 1970s. One such climbing equipment design was the well-known dragon playground created in 1979 by HDB’s internal designer, Khor Ean Ghee. 

1. Playground for Full Dragons Toa Payoh Lorong 6

The well-known of the four dragons may be in Toa Payoh Lor. (opp SAFRA Toa Payoh). The only one with a sandpit is this one.

The Toa Payoh Lorong  playground was chosen as one of 15 great playgrounds from around the world by the New York culture blog Flavorwire.com. 

2. Toa Payoh Lorong 1’s Mini Dragon Playground

A version of the Toa Payoh  dragon may be nearby in Toa Payoh Lor 1. Younger children will benefit more from the slide and merely the stairs on one side. Visit Mini Dragon Playground Toa Payoh Lorong 1 for more images.

3. Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 Full Dragon Playground

Further north, on Ang Mo Kio Avenue, you may discover another dragon. The outdoor slides and the entire playground are mosaics.

4. Pipit Road in MacPherson, Baby Dragon Playground

A bit to the east is the final dragon, which is likewise a dragon that resembles Toa Payoh Lor. Hurry and take your youngsters before they are lost forever; while the famous Toa Payoh structure with slides playground will remain  unaffected, the rest may not.

What makes the playground special?

“Summer is here, and with it come outings to the neighbourhood playground for playful fun. We can all agree that kids love to swing and slide, and the neighbourhood playground will meet these necessities. What, though, makes a great Wonderland-themed playground? What games and equipment will keep your kids interested so they can make the most of their playground time?

Motion

A play area should entice children to move by letting them run, jump, toss, throw, hop, slide, swing, climb, etc. Swings, activity panels, and balance exercises Clemenceau Avenue with movable elements are examples of play equipment that should contain moving parts.

Embracing Nature

A nice play area should embrace the surrounding environment. The presence of a lot of green space is essential for activity, and natural features like sand and water sprays provide youngsters with a dynamic setting in which they may practice their manipulative abilities.

Overhead Occasions

It is a lighting hours tube slides term used to describe anything that requires children to use their upper bodies. Play equipment such as monkey bars, monorails, chain ladders, and a lot more promote the development of the upper body.

Multigenerational

The entire family should enjoy a nice play area. Everyone ought to be eager to use the facilities. An ideal environment features benches, picnic tables, and shade structures. 

Friendly rivalry

Competition among their classmates in a pleasant setting will stimulate kids. Additionally, search for sensory play space and additional locations for classic games like tetherball or basketball.

Accessibility

Everyone should have access to play areas. Ground-level play, possibilities for multisensory play (sight, hearing, touch), and a safe surface for everyone are all swing sets features of a play area.

Capsule Playgrounds

Playgrounds—often purposefully positioned in the middle of each estate—became one way to encourage a new sense of community by serving as places where neighbours could gather, regardless of race or age. According to Rachel Eng, an assistant curator at the National Museum of Singapore, Khor was instructed by HDB’s head architect to design “something special that is found anywhere else in the world.” To highlight the cultural significance of this physical environment, the museum held an exhibition in 2018 that looked at a century’s worth of local playground development from 1930 to the present.

The climbing frames of playgrounds in Singapore “hold a unique position in both our physical geography and communal memory,” continues Eng. They now stand for Singaporeans’ shared history, local communities, and even the country’s identity. The nation, which is less than 300 miles in size, is allegedly one of the top cities in the world for playground density.

Even while many of these Banyan Tree Playground buildings aren’t specifically Singaporean, their designs represent the earlier time when the resilient and youthful country was changing. The author Justin Zhuang conducted interviews with locals, including Khor, in 2012 as part of a project to document local recollections. He also created a Google Map showing active playgrounds. Khor’s dragon was one of 50 vital Singaporean icons—alongside laksa, the Merlion, and “hanging clothes on bamboo poles”—during the city-50th state’s anniversary festivities. 

Singapore is known for its never-ending construction, and with new HDB flats comes a demand for more Banyan Tree Playground @. Additionally, HDB has a program called Build-a-PlayGround that allows inhabitants of a housing estate to collaborate and create their grassland. The first completed project in Sembawang, a town in the north, pays homage to the area’s past as a fishing hamlet by including netted climbing platforms and pillars that resemble the stilts that held up houses. It is not quite two years old, but like Khor’s climbing ropes, dragons and sampans, it already serves as a symbol of the neighbourhood and a pillar of identity.  

Themed Playgrounds

The playground at Wonderland

The Wonderland Playground, a playground with an Alice in Wonderland theme, is tucked away near Dawson Vista. Numerous items from the well-known children’s book, including tea cups, hats, mirrors, and a Cheshire cat perched on a tree limb, may be found on the small Circle Green Park playground. 

Playground at Bumboat

River as they transported merchandise from larger ships to the shore. Even while it is less frequent now, you can still see it in some spots. One is situated close to Elias Mall.

The mosaic playground, created decades ago to tunnel slides mimic a bumboat, is perched on a sandpit. The two-part construction has a climbing pole and concrete slope on one side and a tire-climbing structure that leads to a set of stairs on the other.

Playground at Yishun N8 Park

The Yishun Ring Road, next to HomeTeamNS Khatib and close to blocks 809 and 810, lies the Yishun N8 Park, which has several fun playgrounds. 

The other sand playground contains playsets that resemble tree huts for experiences. Children slide down after the trail, which connects the colourful sand toys of tree houses with a rope bridge. The play structure comes in three identical sets: one for older children, one for children at a lower level, and one with cargo nets. The playground also contains low-hanging hammocks, climbing nets, tiny trampolines, and tunnels for kids to explore.

Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh

In the 1970s, architects created the famous Dragon Playground near Toa Payoh Lorong 6. This Toa Payoh Crest playground is inside a sandpit and a steel-ringed dragon with a climbable head for children to explore. Children can have fun on the massive slides and even create imaginary dragon rides.

Playground at Woodlands Glen

Children at Woodlands Glen will be racing toward ants and grasshoppers rather than away from them! However, the enormous grasshopper and the larger-than-it-should-be are only playing structures, so do not be alarmed.

Children can ascend the grasshopper via a short flight of steps or one of the two fireman poles, slide down into a ‘patch’ of thick grass, and then climbing pyramid to a treehouse by navigating the patch. They can tube slide from the treehouse. They have an ant for the little ones.

The playground at Fu Shan Garden

A typical playground with family slide, climbing structures, and spring rockers are available at Fu Shan Garden. Children can crawl beneath or slide over a nest of antique dinosaur statues hidden amid the unassuming residential neighbourhood.

Playgrounds at Keat Hong with a military theme

Two playgrounds with military themes are found in Keat Hong Mirage and Keat Hong Quad, the sites of the Snow City former training facilities for the Singapore Armed Forces, as a tribute for the forces that guard Singapore.

You may discover a white tank construction for youngsters to play at Keat Hong Quad. Children can climb inside the climbing skills tank to investigate the nets within.

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