Escape the heat at these places – for FREE!
1. Waterway Point
At basement two of this mall, which opened in January, is a hybrid amphitheatre and water-play area called The Cove. Here, children can play with water shooters that mimic rain. There is a family and kids zone on level two where children can play to their heart’s content. Wonderland, an Alice In Wonderland- themed play area, for example, has play features in the shape of a giant bunny and caterpillar. It is open from 10.30am to 9.30pm daily. Bookworms will love Singapore’s largest Times bookstore on level two.
83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761
2. Kallang Wave Mall
The rooftop of this mall at the Singapore Sports Hub is home to a kids’ water playground. Open from 8am to 10pm, it has a water-play area featuring four colourful slides of various heights and a 0.5m-deep kids’ pool, suitable for families with young children aged three to 12. There are lifeguards on duty. The play area can also be accessed from Gate 1 at the National Stadium, which is next to the mall.
1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628
3. Square 2
The temperature at this mall, directly accessible from Novena MRT station, is a crisp 22 deg C. This makes it among the colder malls here and a perfect oasis in the hot weather. According to its website, there are more than 200 speciality shops and food outlets. On level two are fashion stores with labels by budding Singapore designers, designer brands and accessories, while level three houses Singapore’s first Korean- themed shopping enclave where you can get Korean cuisine, fashion, beauty products and services.
10 Sinaran Dr, Singapore 307506
4. Quayside Isle at Sentosa Cove
Relish the cooling sea breeze at this dining and retail destination in the luxury waterfront precinct. There are many restaurants here, such as the new French restaurants Jean Dore and Bistro French Quays. Quench your thirst with fresh fruit juices or chill over a cuppa at Joe & The Juice cafe. It offers juice classics such as Stress Down drink (from $6.90 a cup) comprising strawberry, apple and ginger that will cool you down.
31 Ocean Way, Jalan Sentosa, Singapore 098375
Westgate Wonderland on level four is an 11,000 sq ft outdoor fantasy-themed playground billed as the largest thematic outdoor playground at a mall here. For children aged two to 12, it immerses them in a garden with gigantic insects, musical flowers, a 10m-tall tree house and an enormous watering can that sprays water. There are dry and wet areas.
3 Gateway Dr, Singapore 608532
6. Changi Airport
The airport is a cool 23.5 deg C, so no worries about breaking out into a sweat here. Plus, it is always open. Apart from watching planes land and take off, you can take a ride on a four-storey slide – billed as the world’s tallest airport slide – at Terminal 3. You can redeem one ride for every $10 spent in a single receipt at the airport. Open from noon to 10.30pm daily, this slide will have you speeding down at 6m a second. Those who want to go on it have to be at least 1.3m tall.
Airport Blvd, Singapore
7. Changi City Point
On the second level of this mall is the 3 House Playground, with wet and dry play areas. The wet playground features water sprinklers and water shooters.There are also shower facilities.
5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
8. Sembawang Shopping Centre
On the third level is a rooftop splash park playground with water features such as spray guns. There is also a dry playground.
604 Sembawang Rd, Singapore 758459
9. I12 Katong
On the fourth level of this mall is an aqua playground with water sprays and swings.
i112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802
10. Jurong Regional Library
The Jurong Regional Library houses the largest comics collection among the public libraries and has an early literacy section with books and educational aids for kids.
21 Jurong East Central 1, Singapore 609732
By Benson Ang, Shape, 20 April 2016
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