Feb 17, 2015

Singapore's Top 10 Indoor Playgrounds (REVISED!)

Rain or shine, heading down to one of the many Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore and letting the kids release some of that pent-up energy will do wonders for them and us parents too. My last compilation of the top Indoor Playgrounds was in 2012 and since then, new playgrounds have mushroomed while existing ones have opened more branches. 

So here they are, an updated list of top 10 Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore, in alphabetical order, which my monkies have been raving madly about.

1. Amazonia

Boasting an adrenaline-inducing four-tiered wave slide, coupled with a dedicated toddlers' area for those below 3 years of age, this Indoor Playground surely has got the right ingredients to get kids of all ages truly pumped up.

And if that isn’t enough to tire them out, kids can partake in 2 Glow-in-the-Dark games: Spaceball where up to 4 players on each team load up their air guns with foam balls and attempt to shoot target boards located above the opposing team, and 3D Glow Golf where kids can try out the 9-hole putting course under the watchful eyes of Marine animals, Pirates and Dinosaurs!

Website: http://www.amazoniafun.com/

Area: Central

Yay: High fun factor, especially with refreshingly entertaining play features like the 3D Glow Golf, Spaceball and the ultimate Wave Slide.  Also, the cafe is situated right across the main Play area, which makes it easy to watch over the kids.

Nay: The entrance fees. Fun as it may be, the entrance fees and additional charges for the Golf & Spaceball games may be a tad too much for the wallet.

Did you know? The 8-metre slide is the tallest Indoor Playground 4-tiered wave slide in Singapore.

Price: 1-3 years old - $22 for 2 hours | 3-12 years old - $33 for 2 hours | Babies under 1 year old – Free 3D Glow Golf - $8.60 | Spaceball - $5.35

Verdict: 4.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

Address: Great World City, #03-08, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994

Opening Hours: 10am - 10pm daily

2. Cool De Sac 

This is a children’s entertainment play centre like no other. For starters, not only does it have the usual exciting slides and tunnels and a tots play area for kids under the age of 3, the bricks section will make every child (and adult) feel like he is in LEGO heaven!

There are also free crafting materials and a Backstage area where kids can dress up and indulge in some creative role-playing. Even tweens are not left out as there are interactive console games catered specially for the older kids!

Website: cooldesac.com.sg

Area: Central

Yay: The wide variety of educational play stations on top of the usual play structures. Definitely value for money since the rates are for unlimited play time regardless of weekday or weekend.

Nay: There are no toilets or nursing rooms within the premises, although there is a diaper-changing area.

Did you know? The craft activities and role-playing costumes are included in the entrance fees.

Price: Under 3years old: Weekdays - $10.70; Weekends & Public Holidays - $13.90 | 3-12 years old: Weekdays - $21.40; Weekends & Public Holidays - $27.80 | Free for 6 months and below

Verdict: 4.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #02-379/80, Singapore 038983

Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Weekdays) | 9am – 10pm (Weekends)

3. Fidgets

Boasting three outlets in Singapore, each Fidgets branch offers something different for every child. Fidgets World at The Grandstand is the flagship outlet, with a massive 2,600 sq ft indoor playground divided into three zones with play structures and obstacles of different challenge levels. Mister and Miss Ants-in-their-Pants will find an outlet for all energy in Fidgets’ impressive multi-storey play structure — a maze of tubes, slides, obstacles, and even a zip line.

Fidgets City at Marina Bay Sands is a cosier affair with a multi-level play structure that features an exciting three-way slide, and stations for tiny hands to get creative on art and craft. It is recommended for children aged 7 and below. Fidgets Island at Paragon Shopping Centre offers no adrenaline-inducing slides or play structures but instead, art & craft activities like painting, clay-sculpting and paper art. Perfect for parents who wish to shop in peace!

Website: www.fidgets.com.sg

Area: Central

Yay: Lots of climbing structures, and 3 separate areas for babies, toddlers and older kids. Very affordable entrance fees, which allow kids to play all day for a flat fee.

Nay: May be a tad inaccessible if one doesn’t drive, especially for its flagship branch at The Grandstand.

Did you know? Custom designed and manufactured in Australia by world leader Playtec, the structure includes the first automatic and interactive ball washing machine in Singapore reducing over 99% of germs.

Fidgets World: 1-2 years old - $10 for unlimited play per entry | 2-10  years old - $22 for unlimited play per entry | Babies under 1 year old – Free
Fidgets City: 1 and above - $22 for first hour, $10 per hour thereafter | Babies under 1 year old – Free
Fidgets Island: Express Craft: $15 (30-min session) | Classic Craft - $25 (1.5-hour session) | Pick-my-own-Craft - $20 (1.5-hour session) | $8 per block of 30 min thereafter for all craft sessions

Verdict: 3.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

Fidgets World: 200 Turf Club Road, #03-10, the Grandstand, Singapore 287994
Fidgets City: No. 2 Bayfront Ave, #B1-57, the Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972
Fidgets Island: 290 Orchard Road, Level 5 Paragon Shopping Centre, Singapore 238859

Opening Hours: Fidgets World 9am - 6pm daily | Fidgets City 10am – 10pm daily | Fidgets Island 11am – 7pm (Mon-Thur) & 11am – 9pm (Fri-Sun & PH)

4. Go-Go Bambini

Priding itself as being one of the pioneers in the Indoor Playground scene here, the 6-metre high play structure features 4 levels of wild fun for the kids to explore. And the list goes something like this: ballpits, two climbing walls, a ball blower, tunnels, flying fox, slides and much more.

Parents can seek solace in the café which offers free Wifi and two computers for use. Food on the menu boasts an impressive range which includes gourmet burgers, organic coffee, kid’s meals and baby food.

Website: http://www.gogobambini.com/

Area: Central

Yay: The use of jungle theme and bright colours to make the entire place a vibrant and fun environment for kids to enjoy play. And not forgetting that the café serves palatable fare too.

Nay: Just like Fidgets, it may be a tad inaccessible if one doesn’t drive.

Did you know? In addition to its in-house recycling efforts, Go-Go Bambini also contributes to the Alpha Biofuels waste oil recycling programme, which helps to recycle used cooking oil into eco-friendly bio-diesel.

Price: 11 months – 11 years old - $25 unlimited play per entry ($25 for 2 hours on public holidays, $6 for each subsequent 30 minutes) | Babies below 11 months: $5 per entry

Verdict: 4 thumbs up (out of 5)

Address: Blk 8 Dempsey Road, #01-15, Dempsey Hill, Singapore 247696

Opening Hours: 9am – 7pm daily

5. Happy Willow

Happy Willow first set up shop at Fushionopolis, and recently added another place of fun at One KM Mall. Particularly suited for kids aged between 9 months and 9 years, Happy Willow is billed as an enchanting playground where fairies and elves roam the Play Garden.

The indoor play area is divided into 2 areas - a Kids' Den for older kids and a Toddlers' Turf for kids below 2 years old. Besides the usual slides, ballpit and zip lines, kids can snuggle up at the Book Burrow reading corner, or dabble in some arty work in the art and craft corner.

Website: http://www.happywillow.com.sg/

Area: West & East

Yay: The kids loved the whimsical fairy-tale like décor of the Indoor Playground

Nay: Play structures are a little limited due to space constraint.

Did you know? Happy Willow has 2 ball pits; one for older kids, and the other for toddlers – which is a welcome relief for parents with young children.

Happy Willow FUSIONOPOLIS: 9-23 months old - $10 for Unlimited Play | 2 years old and above - $18 for Unlimited Play | Babies 9 months and below – Free (if he/she is accompanied by a paying child.)
Happy Willow ONE KM: 9-23 months old - $10 for Unlimited Play (Weekends & PH $12 for 3-hour play) | 2 years old and above - $18 for Unlimited Play (Weekends & PH $22 for 3-hour play) | Babies 9 months and below – Free (if he/she is accompanied by a paying child.)

Verdict: 3.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

Happy Willow FUSIONOPOLIS: 1 Fusionopolis Way, Fusionopolis, Connexis Tower, #B1-06, Singapore 138632
Happy Willow ONE KM: 11 Tanjong Katong Road #02-01/02 One KM Singapore 437157

Opening Hours: 
Happy Willow FUSIONOPOLIS 9.30am – 6.30pm (Mon-Fri) & 9.30am – 7.30pm (Sat, Sun & PH) Happy Willow ONE KM 10.30am – 9.30pm daily

6. Hokey Pokey

Imagine walking into a toy store and getting to pick whatever educational plaything without a single objection. That is the premise of the two branches of Hokey Pokey at Millenia Walk and Seletar Mall. Its padded play area is strewn with toys, ride-ons, toys, slides, toys, ball pits, toys,  making it perfect for the 6 and under crowd. Imaginations soar with make-believe toys like a kitchen, a castle, game corner, and musical instruments. 

Website: hokeypokey.com.sg

Area: Central & North East

Yay: Finally, an Indoor Playground which is catered with the younger toddlers in mind. The staff do take safety and hygiene very seriously too. There were staff stationed at the various corners of the play areas at all times, and for the 2 hours that we were there, I spotted staff sanitizing the toys no less than 3 times.

Nay: There are no climbing structures or scream-inducing slides here, so older kids might want to look away.

Did you know? 5 mummies had come together to set up Hokey Pokey because they had realised that there were a shortage of play gyms that actually catered to the needs and abilities of younger toddlers.

Price: $26 for unlimited play per entry (2 hours for Weekends & Public Holidays); $8 for an additional hour of play (Admission is for 1 Adult & 1 Child; Additional Adult at $5 per pax)

Verdict: 4 thumbs up (out of 5)

Hokey Pokey Millenia Walk: 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk #02-42, Singapore 03959633
Hokey Pokey Seletar Mall: 33 Sengkang West Avenue, #B1-28/29, The Seletar Mall, Singapore 797653

Opening Hours: 
Millenia Walk 10am to 7pm (Sun – Thurs) & 10am – 9pm (Fri & Sat)
Seletar Mall 10am – 9pm daily

7. Kidz Amaze @ SAFRA

Kidz Amaze may have two playgrounds under its wings but both of them are as different as chalk and cheese. The one at SAFRA Jurong is unlike other Indoor Playgrounds as it isn’t housed over a sprawling site. Instead, it is equipped with an iInteractive three-storey play system which features one of the highest indoor spiral slides in Asia and the tallest interactive foam ball arena. The entire arena consists of themed interactive soft play centres which serve to stretch a child's imagination. For toddlers, there is also a separate and fully equipped play area with a gated entrance.

Over at SAFRA Toa Payoh, the 12,700 square foot facility features a unique scavenger hunt attraction where kids and their parents can explore 3 custom themed zones in search of tangram puzzle pieces. It is also equipped with Singapore’s first Infant & Toddler Play Zone designed by early childhood experts.

Website: www.safra.sg/en/Enjoy/Kidz-Amaze.aspx

Area: West & Central

Yay: It’s big, fun and full of challenging obstacles, especially for older kids. Even parents can join in the mayhem, if their oversized bodies can fit through the nooks and crannies of the play structure that is.

Nay: Smaller children might get lost in the climb to the summit as the ascent might prove to be too challenging for them.

Did you know? Kids Amaze is the only Indoor Playground in this Top 10 list that offers a Family Package for entrance fees.

18 months – 18 years old:  Weekdays - $12.70 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends, PH & Sch Hols - $18 for unlimited play per entry | Less than 18 months old: Free |Accompanying adults: $2.15 | Family package (2 Adults & 2 Children): $38.80

Verdict: 4 thumbs up (out of 5)

SAFRA Jurong: 333 Boon Lay Way, Singapore 649848
SAFRA Toa Payoh: 293 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh, Singapore 310190

Opening Hours: 1pm - 7pm (Mon – Thur), 1pm – 9pm (Fri) & 10am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
Jurong: Closed for maintenance every last Mon of the month.
Toa Payoh: Closed for maintenance every first Mon of the month.

8. The Petite Park

Designed to be an imaginative, challenging, and fun yet safe environment for children to play and explore, The Petite Park offers 2 main play spaces: Active Play & Pretend Play.

The Active Play area consists of colourful play structures ranging from a ball pit, bubble tunnel to a giant inflatable slide. The Pretend Play area features an impressive selection of play toys for toddlers; from train sets & tables, kitchen toys, make-believe food stalls, to music instruments and educational puzzle toys.

Parents can also observe their young-lings from a distance, by getting a rest on the bar stools right outside the playground while enjoying a cuppa or reading a magazine.

Website: http://www.petitepark.com.sg/index.html

Area: East

Yay: A well-padded Indoor Playground, with its play structures and toys well-thought out for the younger children and complete with toys that encourage role-playing.

Nay: Older children above the age of 6 might not find the play structures particularly challenging.

Did you know? The Petite Park is designed for children under 130cm.

Price: 9 months and above:  Weekdays - $18 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends, PH & Sch Hols - $18 for 2 hours and $6 for each hour thereafter | Less than 9 months old: Free

Verdict: 3.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

Changi City Point: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, #02-15/16, Singapore 486038
City Square Mall: #B2-51/52, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539

Opening Hours: 
Changi City Point 10.30am – 9pm (Mon-Fri) & 10am – 9pm (Sat, Sun & PH)
City Square Mall 10.30am – 9.30pm (Mon-Fri) & 10am – 10pm (Sat, Sun & PH)

9. The Playhouse @Rochester

Housed in a grand colonial bungalow, The Playhouse is unlike the other Indoor Playgrounds featured. It is situated beside an extremely family-friendly outdoor café, with a sole purpose – to provide parents some personal time while their kids play freely in The Playhouse under supervision.

No tall spiralling slides here, but The Playhouse is peppered with loads of toys in every corner - a make-believe cooking kitchen play area, an area where dress-up play is encouraged, and even a mini slide with a ball pit. And there’s more. A train table with lots of trains to keep the boys occupied, while the girls can chill at the craft area to complete some colouring or handiwork.

Website: www.rochesterhouse.com.sg

Area: West

Yay: A recent refurbishment also saw its outdoor area being transformed into a fantastic play area filled with slides, water play and a trampoline!

Nay: Children above the age of five will get bored rather quickly.

Did you know? While parents are allowed in the Playhouse, they are not encouraged to stay inside, as the Playhouse’s concept is to allow parents some personal time while being still near their children.

Price: 1 hour Play-pass $8 | 2 hours Play-pass  @ $10 | Unlimited Play-pass @ $15

Verdict: 4 thumbs up (out of 5)

Address: 7 Rochester Park, Singapore 139218

Opening Hours: Tues - Fri 11am - 7pm | Sat & Sun 10am - 8pm

10. The Polliwogs

Now open at four locations, The Polliwogs has a number of incredible amusements to keep every child busy and happy. At the East Coast Park branch, they are encouraged to run amok and go crazy in the indoor play arena or jump wildy in the outdoor Poliwobbly – one of the largest outdoor inflatable structure in Singapore. At Robertson Walk, children can climb the walls or jiggle on the water bed, all these on top of rampaging through the bigger play arena.

Over at VivoCity, younger kids will adore the Toddler area which is one of the best that I have come across among all of the Indoor Playgrounds so far. The facilities for the younger ones are functional and offered more variety to keep them stimulated and busy. Or if your child prefers scampering through various obstacles and firing ball blasters, Suntec City which is the largest Polliwogs yet will be your best bet.

Website: http://www.thepolliwogs.com

Area: East, Central & South

Yay: A big thumbs up for the giant play area for toddlers, which has got to be one of the largest among all Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore. Also, I love the chill area for parents which come with comfortable seating overlooking the entire indoor play area.

Nay: It can get really crowded during the weekends.

Did you know? Free one-hour art & craft and storytelling sessions take place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 4pm (usual admission charges apply).

East Coast Park: 2-12 years old: Weekdays - $18 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends & Public Holidays - $20 for 2 hours | Below 2 years old: Weekdays - $10 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends & Public Holidays - $10 for 2 hours
Other Branches: 2-12 years old: Weekdays - $20 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends & Public Holidays - $25 for 2 hours | Below 2 years old: Weekdays - $13 for unlimited play per entry; Weekends & Public Holidays - $13 for 2 hours

Verdict: 4.5 thumbs up (out of 5)

East Coast Park: 1020 East Coast Parkway, #01-02, Singapore 449878
Robertson Walk: 11 Unity Street, #02-18/19 Robertson Walk, Singapore 237995
VivoCity: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-12 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Suntec City: 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-724 to 727, Tower 4, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983

Opening Hours:
East Coast Park & Robertson Walk 10am – 7pm (Weekdays) & 10am – 8pm (Weekends)
VivoCity 10am – 9pm daily
Suntec City 10am – 8.30pm (Sun-Thur) & 10am – 9pm (Fri & Sat)

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