We’ve traversed the island to find the coolest neighbourhood playgrounds around. So what are you waiting for? Get out there and play!
Block 712 Tampines Street 71
Boats seem to be a recurring playground theme in the eastern part of Singapore, and we were definitely thrilled to find this pirate ship nestled among the HDB blocks in Tampines. The SS Playworld, as it proudly states on its stern, may not look big, but it hides a ton of fun – a spiral slide, cannons that kids can thump on to make booming noises, and a treasure hunt game. It even has a plank that kids can have unruly pirates walk off! Take note though, as it’s in a HDB estate and a bit of a trek from Tampines Central, you’ll need to take water bottles along.
Block 27 Kim Keat Avenue
More dinosaurs in Singapore! Hidden in Toa Payoh, this mama T-rex guards her eggs while her baby is poised for play. While there’s only another small dinosaur-shaped play structure there, the dino-crazed little ones will love running around and under this huge sculpture. There’s also a small food centre and neighbourhood supermarket one block away – so you can pick up drinks if your young ones wear themselves out trying to climb the dinosaur.
Block 221A Jurong East Street 21
Reminiscent of boulders, but in more geometric form, this cool climber is one of the more unique playgrounds we came across. There’s a cool trampoline embedded in the ground, divided into four smaller jumping pads so there’s less fighting for turns. It was a hit with the kids who were there when we visited. There are also two toddler-size slides and a large net obstacle structure for those aged six and up. Find the playground right next to the open outdoor ball court at Yuhua Community Club (90 Boon Lay Way), where you can duck in for shade.
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By Nikki Fung, Young Parents, August 2015