Playgrounds are perfect for encouraging active play in toddlers and preschoolers. They promote gross motor skills development (all that climbing, crawling, stair scaling, sliding and running) and they provide an enjoyable form of physical activity. Children need active play every day. It is vital to their physical and social development and is even more important given most of us in Singapore are living in apartments with no outside space.
Paragon Shopping Mall on Orchard Road has a lovely little playground suitable for young children. It’s located up on the 5th floor, along with a number of children’s clothing stores, a couple of toy and book stores, Mothercare and Toys R Us (6th floor), and is completely shaded and air-conditioned (double bonus!). You’ll also find a couple of slides and tunnels and a few ride-on horses (all on padded floors).
The best part about this play area is it’s ability to entertain the toddler(s) when you need to get to the shops. The entire 5th floor is dedicated to all things babies and children. The Early Learning Centre has toys set up at their front entrance for kids to play with, there are a couple of ride on carousels (my son loves the Thomas ride the best) and if you desperately need a break there is a café on the 5th floor as well. Not a bad way to spend a quiet morning in Orchard Road.
It is possible that you can get to the shops and entertain a toddler as well. Go Mama!
Paragon Shopping Centre, 5th Floor, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
Tel: (+65) 6738 5535
When: Open daily from 10am.
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!