From a huge water play area to the Sengkang Riverside Park, Sengkang Grand Mall for shopping and restaurants and the Sengkang Swimming Complex for swimming pool fun, here’s our complete family-friendly guide to Sengkang!
If you find yourself in Sengkang with the kids, here’s our guide to all of the top things to do in the Sengkang neighbourhood! Although Sengkang might seem like a random destination in the northeastern part of Singapore (though not as far as Punggol!), there are many hidden gems that can make for a fun day with the kids. From the Sengkang Swimming Complex which features a huge water play area for kids to the Sengkang Public Library and a super fun playground with slides and swings at Sengkang Riverside Park, there’s lots to do for a fun family afternoon!
Things to Do in Sengkang
Sengkang Riverside Park & Playground
Don’t you just love how many green spaces and parks we have in Singapore? Many of which have exciting outdoor playgrounds for the kids, just like the one at Sengkang Riverside Park. This park is much larger than meets the eye since it’s actually divided by the Punggol Reservoir. There’s a fab playground that kids love with swings, slides, merry-go-rounds and even a sand pit! Kids can have a go at the mini excavator sand scooper and enjoy plenty of sensory play. If you’re up for a mini nature walk, follow the path along the river towards Anchorvale Community Club until you reach the bridge that features the Sengkang Floating Wetland and leads you to the opposite side of Sengkang Riverside Park. Keep an eye out for the roosters that roam freely around the park!
If your family loves to cycle, there’s a park connector cycling path that runs through Sengkang Riverside Park, that passes by Waterway Point and eventually leads to Punggol Point Park. This path is popular among fitness enthusiasts, so you’ll be riding alongside avid runners, cyclists and brisk walkers. Just be sure to bring lots of water, lather on sunscreen and make a trip here in the early morning or late afternoon when the sun isn’t so hot, as there aren’t a lot of shaded areas where you can cool off.
Sengkang Swimming Complex
Okay, this is probably one of our favourite parts of Sengkang — the huge water playground at Sengkang Swimming Complex! Nestled within Anchorvale Community Club, this public swimming pool complex features two Olympic-sized pools for avid swimmers who want to get their laps done.
There’s also a giant water play with slides, fountains and even a water bucket — be careful not to get rained on! Let your troubles melt away as you soak in the jacuzzi while the kids play and just enjoy cooling off from the heat. Do note that the big colourful slides on the right of the picture above have been under maintenance for a long time, but we certainly hope they’ll open it again. Meanwhile, kids can ride the long, red tube slide to meet their adrenaline rush! There’s also an ActiveSG Gym in Anchorvale Community Club, so you can get your workout done and hit the gym while you’re there.
Sengkang Maze Garden: family activity
Up for a challenge? Take the kids to the Sengkang Maze Garden, where you can get up close with nature and put your instincts to the test. It’s not a huge maze, so it will probably be more fun for younger kids to wander through. The winding paths and green bushes might confuse them for a bit, but it will be a fun family bonding activity to figure out your way out of the Sengkang Maze Garden. Best of all, it’s completely free! Do note that it’s tucked away in an HDB area and isn’t close to any major malls, so it’s just something fun to do if you happen to be in the area.
Sengkang Public Library: storytelling programmes
We know that spending time in the sun is good for the kids. But let’s be honest — sometimes it’s just too hot to spend the day outdoors. That’s why we love the number of air-conditioned public libraries scattered around Singapore. The Sengkang Public Library features calming shades of white and blue that mimic the waves of the ocean.
Kids will love the wide range of books that they can pick up on their own at Sengkang Public Library, thanks to the kid-sized bookshelves, and they can even flip the chairs upside down to transform them into a mini rocking horse! We also love the free storytelling programme they have for kids aged 4 to 6 years old. Click here to get more info about their library programmes. If your kids are older, you can enjoy some peace and quiet and disappear into a book of your own while they read and explore.
Read more: Best Public Libraries for Kids
Water play at Compass One
On the fourth floor of Compass One mall there’s a fun free water playground for kids to cool off in.
There are wet play and dry play elements to this playground designed for children from 2 to 8 years old. Look out for water sprinklers, a slide and water fountains so bring your swimmers and pack a hat as there’s not much shade.
Compass One mall is also where Sengkang Public Library is located and there are plenty of restaurants here too (more below).
Where to Shop in Sengkang
Sengkang Grand Mall
Sengkang Grand Mall is one of the trending places to check out at the moment, since they opened their doors not too long ago! Sengkang Grand Mall is a super spacious mall has plenty of F&B outlets like COLLIN’S, Fong Sheng Hao, JINJJA Chicken, Kenny Rogers ROASTERS and more! If you’re looking to shop for your kids, they also have Mothercare and The Entertainer, so you can pick up toys, kids’ clothes, and other baby essentials you might need.
Located in Sengkang West, The Seletar Mall is popular with neighbouring residents. Though it isn’t as big as Compass One, you’ll find a little bit of everything here. There’s a NTUC Fairprice Finest on B1 (because grocery stores are essential!), a small indoor playground for kids called Sunshine Childhood Playland and quite a few restaurants like O’Coffee Club, where kids eat free!
Rivervale Mall is a lesser known mall in Sengkang since it’s tucked away in Sengkang East (near Rumbia LRT station). It’s a smaller neighbourhood mall with NTUC Fairprice, McDonald’s, KFC, Subway and more. There isn’t a playground here, so it wouldn’t be our first choice to take the kids, but it’s great if you’re in the area and need to pick up a few things from the grocery store.
This is one of the most popular malls in Sengkang, since it’s connected to the Sengkang MRT station. There’s a fun water playground on the fourth floor of the mall, as well as the Sengkang Public Library and plenty of popular food and retail outlets like Cotton On, Kiddy Palace, POPULAR, iStudio and more. This is a one-stop mall with everything under one roof.
Where to Eat in Sengkang
Eat 3 Bowls at Compass One: Taiwanese restaurant
Okay, this one is at the top of our list because we love Taiwanese food! This newly opened Taiwanese restaurant in Compass One has popular all-time favourites like Braised Pork Rice, Taiwanese Cold Noodles, Oyster Mee Sua, and Hashbrown Egg Crepe Roll. With each bite, you’ll be transported to Taiwan as the spices and hearty flavours truly resemble food that you’d find in Taiwan (tried and approved by a Taiwanese himself). Do note though that their outlet is quite small (and often crowded!), so they don’t have high chairs available for younger ones.
Kopitiam Square Sengkang: outdoor food court
If you’re looking for a quick, budget-friendly bite, head over to Kopitiam Square Sengkang, located right next to Compass One. This spacious outdoor food court has over twenty stalls to choose from, so you’ll find anything from Thai food to Chinese food, Western food and more. They even have a mookata stall, if you have time to cook your own food!
Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop: fast food
Want to dine with a view? Head over to Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop located in Sengkang Riverside Park. This beautiful, spacious outlet has indoor and outdoor seating (bring mosquito repellant if you plan to sit outdoors!) and serves up delicious local and Western fare like Laksa Prawn Spaghetti Hawaiian Pizzas or Roasted Tom Yum Leg Sedap Lemak.
Lepak One Corner by Yassin Kampung: halal restaurant in Sengkang
If you’re looking for a halal restaurant in Sengkang, head over to Lepak One Corner by Yassin Kampung. We love the chill, cosy ambience and warm lighting that creates a peaceful environment for a meal with kids. Here, you’ll find halal Chinese food like Fishball Noodles and Chicken Rice, as well as classic Mee Soto, Mee Rebus and more. Just note that this halal restaurant is located among HDB buildings, so it might be difficult to find. But it’s about a five-minute walk from Sengkang Swimming Complex!
Lepak One Corner by Yassin Kampung, 326 Anchorvale Road, #01 – 01, Singapore 542326, Tel: (+65) 6920 8808, yassin.com.sg/site/locate-us/sengkang
Rasa Rasa Sengkang: halal restaurant in Sengkang
Rasa Rasa Sengkang is a casual, halal restaurant with three outlets in Singapore. They have more than 800 choices of food and drinks and outdoor seating if you prefer to take in some fresh air. From Chilli Crab to Cereal Oats Prawn, Sambal Lala, Nasi Goreng Kampung and more, everyone in the family will find something they love to satisfy their hunger after a fun day out in Sengkang.
Getting Around Sengkang
Sengkang is divided into two parts: East & West, though most of the kid-friendly spots are in Sengkang West. Getting around Sengkang is pretty easy, though we’ll admit that the LRT lines can be confusing if you’re visiting for the first time. So, here’s a handy map that highlights the top kid-friendly spots to check out for a fun family day out!
Enjoy your day out in Sengkang!