Don’t let the heat and humidity get your little ones all hot and bothered, take to the water instead! Thanks to the year-round heat in S’pore, there are a ton of fun water parks and play areas on offer around the Island. If it’s looking like another hot one pack up the kiddies and head to one of our fantastic reco’s for some splashing good fun!
VivoCity SkyPark (FREE!)
Reward well-behaved littles with a post-shopping splash in the rooftop water play area at VivoCity. The huge free-to-use knee-deep water area (it looks kind of like a swimming pool) is a nice, if rather hot, spot for kiddos to paddle. On level 2 of VivoCity there is also an awesome outdoor play area, perfect for water babies to run around in under the fountains, while wild toddlers can get weary on the playground equipment. It can get really sunny here so slather on the sunscreen mamas!
Vivocity Level 3, 1 HarbourFront Walk, Singapore 098585. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Jacob Ballas Children’s Gardens (FREE!)
A long-time favourite with the teeny tots, Jacob Ballas is a fun spot for tinies to frolick under the water fountains, jump in the puddles and just get wet! Crawlers are also welcome here with low-to-the-ground water spouts. With limited shade in the mornings, again, it’s best to slop on the sunscreen before you get there.
481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769 (entrance via NUS Bukit Timah Campus Carpark). Open 8am – 7pm Tuesday – Sunday (closed Mondays!).
IMM Water Play Park (FREE!)
Heading west, IMM Shopping Mall has a flower-themed water play area on the third level of the Garden Plaza, complete with watermills and spraying flowers. With the clever use of rubber floors, there is no slipping over for wet babes. Older children can take great pleasure in controlling the water fountains, just watch out mama – you might get wet too!
IMM Shopping Mall, Level 3 Garden Plaza, IMM Shopping Mall, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601. Open daily 10am – 10pm.
Science Centre Singapore
Singapore’s fabulous Science museum actually has two amazing water play areas – one right by the entrance (that you could use for free as you don’t need to pay admittance to enter), and one inside that’s even more fantastic. If you head there on a weekday afternoon you’ll likely have the whole thing to yourself as the school groups that choke up the place don’t generally venture out to the water areas. Bring your swimsuits as some of the play areas are “full-immersion”!
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081. Open daily 10am-6pm.
Marina Barrage Water Playground (FREE!)
If flying kites, running amok and leisurely family picnics on the grass are not quite enough to keep your rugrats happy, your adventure bunnies will love the fountains and shallow pools of the water playground at Marina Barrage. Older ones can test their skills by predicting which fountain will spray water next. The Gallery Café is a good source of refreshments if ice creams are in order! Just watch out though, because this one can get super slippery!
8 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore 018951. Open all day every day.
112 Katong (FREE!)
We love the water park on the 4th floor of the new 112 Katong Mall. It’s a sprawling space, with plenty of shade in the morning, and enough water slides, fountains, swings, water showers and huge buckets of water to satisfy your child’s water loving ways. Appealing to everyone from tiny tikes to school-aged children, a session at this free water playground is guaranteed to wear the kids out and might even get junior to willingly take his afternoon nap.
112 East Coast Road (corner East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road), Singapore 428802. Open from 10am to 10pm daily.
North Point Shopping Mall (FREE!)
Another popular haunt for families, North Point Mall has a 5,400 square foot wet/dry playground on the centre’s roof (seems to be a common theme in the newer shopping malls here but not one we’re complaining about!) that will have your water babes squealing in delight. There are dinosaur-themed water features, water jets, tunnels, fountains and multi-play structures, plus a small playground for those kiddies who prefer to stay dry.
Northpoint Shopping Centre, 930 Yishun Avenue 2, Singapore 769098. Open 11am-9.30pm daily.
Changi City Point Mall (FREE!)
East Coast mamas will especially enjoy the ‘The 3 House’ – the interactive wet and dry park on the 2nd floor of the new Changi City Point Mall. Ideal for younger tots, there are swings, gentle fountains and mini pools for cooling off in, and a playground with climbing equipment (best for older siblings as the ropes course can be tricky!).
Level 2, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038. Open 10am to 10pm daily.
Tampines 1 (FREE!)
Fans of Jungle Junction will love the jungle-themed water playground at Tampines 1 Shopping Mall – we promise you’ll have a whale of a time! Water slides, mini pools, swings and scavenger hunts are perfect for little tikes to burn maximum energy, while animals (that would be grown-ups dressed in animal costumes) roam the grounds keeping the kids entertained. It is jungle-themed after all!
10 Tampines Central 1, Tampines, Singapore 529536. Playground open daily from 10am to 9:30pm, except Mondays when it’s closed from 4pm for cleaning.
NEX Shopping Mall (FREE!)
Another great free water playground, here you’ll find an abundance of sprinklers, fountains, giant buckets of water (watch out!) and a whole lotta H2O. Padded floors are perfect for kids who want to run around, whilst a dry playground will keep smaller ones occupied if the water play is a little too much for them. The word is out with this one however, so it can get super busy on weekends. It’s probably best to leave the tinies at home (or visit during the week when the big kids are at school).
Skygarden Level 4R, NEX Shopping Mall, 23 Serangoon Central, Singapore 556083. Open from 11am – 9pm.
Sembawang Shopping Centre (FREE!)
A bit off the beaten track for those mamas living centrally (perfect for those living in the north) the kids can run wild in the 15,000 square foot open air wet playground (whoa!). That’s a ton of water pistols, propellers, buckets of water and fountains to keep your kiddies out of mischief. Although the playground is open all day, the splash area only gets wet between 11am and 2pm and again from 5 to 8pm daily. Pick your time to make sure you get there when it’s wet! A small playground is also on offer for the little ones.
Sembawang Shopping Centre, Level 3, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459. Open daily from 10am to 10pm.
Lot One Shopper’s Mall (FREE!)
The wet playground at Lot One will cool grumpy munchkins off with fountains, spray tunnels and water jets all available for the taking. Take note mama that the water play area is only available from 12 to 2pm and 5 to 8pm on weekdays and from 12 to 8pm on weekends. We admit it’s not exactly around the corner from most S’pore dwellers, but is a fun way to try something different (you can always catch public transport there and really make it an adventure for your busy bunnies).
21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Choa Chu Kang, Singapore 689812.Open daily from 10am to 10pm.
As if spending a morning at the frankly, rather awesome Singapore Zoo was not already enough fun, tikes can splash around on the watery wonderland that is the Wet Play Area at the Zoo. Perfect for preschoolers, kindergarteners and school-aged children, it’s super fun and a great way to cool off during a sweaty Zoo visit. Just keep an eye out for the jumbo water bucket – it’ll drop a ton of water on your little one’s head!
80 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729826. Open daily 8.30am – 6pm.
Jurong Bird Park
Similar to the Zoo but much quieter, the bird-themed water park here is splashing good fun. Toddlers can wade in the shallow pool or play under the water sprays, whilst the 5+ crowd gets sopping wet under the giant water bucket. Pssst: Check out our full Sassy Mama Field Trip article about Jurong Bird Park here!
2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925. Open daily 8.30am – 6pm.
Sunhat, check! Sunscreen, check! Swimsuit, bucket and spade and a dry change of clothes? Check, check, check. OK mamas and kiddos, you’re ready to get WET!