It took me quite a few weeks after we first moved to Singapore to realise that Holland Village is more than just an amazing hawker centre and a collection of charming eclectic shops. Definitely more.
Tucked away at the bottom of the local HDB housing estates that dot the Holland Village area is a smattering of playgrounds perfect for young kids (and active toddlers). Not only are the playgrounds free and the grounds springboard, many of them enjoy a healthy amount of shade depending on the time of day you visit.
Some of our favourite playgrounds are those along Holland Avenue. The walkways that run around the bottom of the housing estates are relatively flat – perfect for a bit of bike riding – and are off the main road so relatively safe to let the kids explore and run around.
Most of these playgrounds tend to have the standard playground fare – slides, swings and stairs (oh and space to run!). If you prefer your playground to be quiet, mornings tend to be better and generally offer more shade. Again the earlier you go, the longer the shade will last plus you’ll get a good play session in with the kiddies before the inevitable afternoon rain hits.
Slides and stairs for climbers!
Starting at the corner of Holland Avenue and Taman Warna and walking away from Holland Road, you’ll find 2 really good playgrounds at the bottom of the HDB buildings to your left (pictured above).There is also another good playground on the opposite side of the road (to your right behind the bus stop) that is good for young children. If you feel like walking a bit further, there is also another playground right at the bottom of Holland Avenue (on the left) just before the corner at Commonwealth Avenue.
Originally from Australia, Sarah Fennell landed in Singapore via Hong Kong, where she spent 3 years eating Dim Sum and doing laps of the Peak Trail (in between having a baby and changing nappies). Since arriving in early 2011, Sarah set out to explore the Lion City in search of the perfect cappuccino (for her) and playground (for the toddler). All this exploring – combined with her moderate addiction for online media – lead to the Little Notebook blog, Sarah’s very own corner of the web, where she shares her ideas for enjoying family life in Singapore. In between blogging and child wrangling you’ll find Sarah writing for various online publications – like right here at Sassy Mama!