These past two weeks, the hottest outdoor playground in Singapore is undoubtedly the massive one at Marine Cove, East Coast Park. It is so popular that I heard - and seen on Instagram - that the playground is crowded with kids (and parents).
But let's not let the East monopolise the playground scene because there are also plenty of fun outdoor playgrounds for kids in the western part of Singapore, and these include huge climbing structures, tall slides, a tank and even a Snakes-and-Ladders life-sized boardgame!
So if you are planning to wait for the playground at East Coast Park to become less crowded before going down, why not head down to these outdoor playgrounds located in the West in the meantime? Your kids will have as much fun all the same!
1. West Coast Park
The King of Playgrounds in the West has got be West Coast Park, home to SEVEN different types of play areas which cater to different age groups - from the toddlers to even teenagers. Standing at the core of the park is the Adventure Play Area with a giant spiderweb-like structure that allows kids (and adults) to scamper up to dizzying heights.
The little ones do not get left out too - there are two non-sand areas which cater to the youngest of toddlers.
Address: Parallel to West Coast Highway
Besides sporting a huge 8-hectare area for kids to run themselves silly, Jurong Central Park is the first park in Singapore to have life-sized board-game features in a park - Snakes and Ladders playground and Ludo Garden. The pavement around the playground area is marked with numbers and visitors can move around just like on an actual game board.
But how does one move on the boardgame without dice? The answer: use the dice tower built in the park which generates random die number for game play!
Rules for the Snakes and Ladders playground is just like its namesake board-game: landing on a ladder will see one climbing across the obstacle to reach a higher board space while landing on a snake will allow one to descend to a lower board space via a slide. It just could not get more fun than this - and a fantastic way to bundle boardgame fun with physical activity!
Address: Jalan Boon Lay junction with Boon Lay Way
3. Alexandra Linear Park
How often can one find FIVE playgrounds along a stretch of ONE park? The Alexandra Canal Linear Park is one of the most unique parks in Singapore, thanks to it being built on top of a covered canal. It starts from Queenstown MRT Station, passing by Strathmore Estate all the way to Tanglin Road.
And if that sounds like an awfully long distance to bring your kids, it actually isn't - it is only a 1.4km stretch, which is easily doable for a nice stroll.
Comprising of 5 playgrounds - a Rope Bridge Playground included - the park also hides the bonus of a Water Terrace and Skate Park!
Although some of the 5 playgrounds along the park are the usual playgrounds that one can find near most HDB estates but put them collectively together, these band of 5 serve as a good incentive to bring your kids on a morning's worth of leisure stroll and get some exercise going for the family.
4. Zhenghua Nature Park
Located in Bukit Panjang, Zhenghua Park stretches for about 2.5 km along the BKE, linking the Bukit Panjang Park Connector to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. Serving as a green buffer for the reserve, the nature park is also home to a playground for kids.
The playground is situated some distance behind Block 248 Bangkit Road, and it adopts a more rugged theme with climbing structures and slides to keep the little ones happy. In addition, the entire playground is built on a huge sandbox for children to engage in imaginative play.
Granted that the playground equipment is pretty normal compared to other playgrounds in the list but if you are looking for a pleasant retreat (read: playgrounds free from overcrowding with kids) from the hustle and bustle of the usual playgrounds, this will be your best bet.
Address: Bangkit Road Entrance, Behind Block 248 Bangkit Road
5. Westgate Wonderland
Adopting a Fantasy Garden Theme, Westgate Wonderland is Singapore’s largest thematic outdoor playground featuring three zones - one dry play area each for those aged below 5 years and for older children, and a wet play area for all.
Flowers that respond to touch with musical sounds and lights are just but one of the many interactive elements found in the playground. Older kids can scale a 10-metre high tree house and come whizzing down via a meandering tube slide. At the heart of the water play area, a large watering can with an active spray nozzle towers over the children, making all them drenched and deliriously happy. Mini water fountains are also planted all around, increasing the splashing fun factor.
The magical surroundings come alive at night with special lighting and sound effects. That, and the presence of a Changing Room located just beside the wet area is music to parents’ ears too.
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #04-00, Westgate, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm daily
6. Keat Hong Quad (Choa Chu Kang)
Sembawang has the Battleship play structure and now, Choa Chu Kang has its own Tank play structure. I can already foresee plenty of kids clambering on the tank to play!
Internally, the tank has rope nettings within to encourage even more climbing and scurrying, something which I think kids will never say no to.
Oh, and it also has a Vertical Playground too!
This Vertical Playground looks entirely different from the rest of the other public ones. While the rest are encased in see-through grills, this new playground is covered with grey metal meshing and sports a colour different from the usual orange.
The playground also has a swing netting, as well as a play area for younger children.
Address: 815C Choa Chu Kang Avenue 1, Singapore 683815
7. Bt Batok East East Playgrounds
The newest outdoor playgrounds to open in this list, the Play Tower at Block 283 Bukit Batok East Ave 3 boasts a splendid climbing design where kids have to climb up through a tower via a spiral netting at one end of the structure. After crawling through a slanted wooden bridge and navigating through a series of platforms and climbing ropes, the slide awaits.
If you have extra time to spare, take a short stroll to Block 266 at Bt Batok East Ave 4 where kids will be able to play on the newest Vertical Playground to open in Singapore!
Bukit Batok East Playground
Address: 283 Bt Batok East Ave 3. Singapore 650283
Bukit Batok East Vertical Playground
Address: 266 at Bt Batok East Ave 4, Singapore 650266
8. Firefly Park
Surrounded by five thematic gardens, Firefly Park at Clementi Ave 4 consists of two playgrounds for toddlers aged two to five years old and kids aged six to 12 years old.
The play structure has a tall slide, complete with a high walkway which children will relish in climbing up. Add a cool obstacle course and mini rock climbing wall to the mix and the kids will pretty much play themselves silly. Oh and do I spy a set of old-school swings too?
Address: 304 Clementi Ave 4, Singapore 120304
Originally, there was a huge children's playground at Jurong Lake Park too. However since April 2016, it has closed due to the development of the new Jurong Lake Gardens. The first phase is due to open in 2018 so until then, do share if you know of any other cool outdoor playgrounds in the West!