Here’s our list of the best kid- and baby-friendly malls with free indoor playgrounds, outdoor playgrounds, and water play parks in Singapore
Singapore has plenty of paid activities for kids and leafy parks abound (with both water play and slides galore), but for all the times when you just want some free indoor play in the air con – or free outdoor play within reach of shopping and lunch – we bring you the ultimate guide to kid- and baby-friendly mall playgrounds in Singapore. Many are currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions, but there are some great ones that have recently reopened for play. Save this list for when you have errands and need to reward your kids afterwards with some free play!
Finally the newest playground to open at a mall, the Great World playground called Great World Playland looks like it’s set to be a hit with kids of all ages! Choose your mode of transport to explore the world – there’s a hot air balloon, galleon ship, or the choo-choo train! Designed for a wider age group (3-10 years old), little adventurers will have a great time exploring, climbing, and sliding, at Great World City! Aside from a long metal tube slide there are climbing nets, a mini floor trampoline and tunnels to explore. We also love that there’s a Kith cafe nearby so mums and dads can get some coffee and watch their little ones play in full view!
Open: Daily, 10am – 10pm (closed during wet weather)
Great World, Level 2, Kim Seng walk 2 Singapore, Singapore 237994, www.facebook.com/greatworldsingapore
City Square Mall
With three playgrounds located at this eco-mall, there are a few options for big kids and little ones! However, currently only the playground at Basement 1 is open – it’s a smaller area for toddlers and located conveniently next to McDonalds and Dunkin Donuts. Currently closed are the revamped Inclusive Playground (features a climbing net, a swinging bridge, and a tall green slide plus inclusive swings and a wheelchair accessible merry-go-round) and City Green Park (a net-play playground) both at Level 1.
Alternatively, older kids can check out the amazing AIRZONE Suspended Net Playground for tons of indoor fun!
The nursing room at City Square Mall is available at Basement 1, Level 2 and Level 4.
Open: Daily, 10am – 10pm.
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, Singapore 208539, Tel: (+65) 6595 6595, www.citysquaremall.com.sg
Forum The Shopping Mall
Hip Kids Club Playground is located on level 2 next to the information counter. There’s a wooden style playground with climbing structures and slides to keep the little ones occupied after a day of shopping. Features like padded flooring, low to ground structures, and circus-like equipment should keep the kids balanced and entertained for a while. Unlike all our other mall playgrounds, there is a small annual fee of $25 and an application form to complete, then you need to book hour-long slots ahead of time. In return you score some pretty sweet discounts at many of The Forum’s kid-friendly stores. Best for toddlers and younger kids.
The nursing room at Forum The Shopping Mall is available at Level 1.
Open: Mondays to Fridays, 11:30am – 5pm; Saturdays, Sundays & PH, 10:30am – 5pm
Forum The Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6732 2469, www.forumtheshoppingmall.com.sg
The playground on level 3 of Junction 8 features a see-saw, in addition to other swinging, bouncing, and balancing rides for wee ones. For the bigger kids, there is a not-very-big-but-pretty-satisfying climbing structure incorporating wavy platforms, tunnels, and slides. Daredevils can try the climbing challenge constructed out of three man-sized polyhedrons.
The nursing room at Junction 8 is available at Level 1.
Open: 10am – 10pm
Junction 8, 9 Bishan Place, Singapore 579837, Tel: (+65) 6354 9282, www.junction8.com.sg
When it’s super hot outside, make a beeline for one of Singapore’s indoor aircon playgrounds. Paragon is a top pick – especially for youngsters under 5 – with its climbing wall, mini- slides and tunnels, plus benches for parents and helpers to perch on nearby. Keep some coins handy for the merry-go-round and vehicle coin rides (unless your kids are blissfully unaware these machines move!).
The nursing rooms at Paragon are available at Level 3 and Level 5.
Open: Daily, 11am – 4pm & 5pm – 8pm
Paragon Shopping Mall, 290 Orchard Road, Level 5, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6738 5535, www.paragon.com.sg
Tiong Bahru Plaza
A new kid on the block is this iconic funky playground on top of the Plaza, shaded and breezy most of the time. Let the little ones run loose in this retro designed area that has some uniquely designed structures like a wide slide, see -saw, trampoline and a disabled-friendly merry-go-round. It’s a little on the small side but nevertheless, it’s something different to your average mall playground.
The nursing rooms at Tiong Bahru Plaza are available at Level 3 and Level 5.
Open: Monday to Friday, 11am to 8pm (closed on public holidays)
Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Road, Singapore 168732, www.tiongbahruplaza.com.sg
VivoCity Sky Park
At the level 3 Sky Park, kids 4-12 years old can enjoy the fun-filled Happy Paddle Boats! Young children can also develop better motor skills through paddling. Small boats are available at $8 and $12 for 10 and 15-minute rides respectively (3 – 12 years, below 45kg and under 1.4m). Adults can ride with their children on big boats at $10 and $14 for 10 and 15 minute rides respectively (for 1 adult & 1 child (<4 years), with total weight below 100kg only).
Unfortunately, the water fountain and other play areas are closed until further notice. Once it reopens, make sure to check out the level 2 outdoor kids play zone with wide low slides and a trampoline for little ones. Ages 6 and up can enjoy the taller climbing structures and swings. Kids can run wild at the rooftop water fountain area here – it is partly shaded but mostly exposed, so bring hats!
The nursing rooms at VivoCity are available at Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Open: Paddle boat rides are available from 4pm to 9pm daily. Walk-ins accepted (no pre-booking necessary!)
VivoCity SkyPark, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Levels 2 and 3, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6377 6860, www.vivocity.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] On the Sky Terrace next to Food Republic sits a small alfresco (covered) playground best for tiny tots to keep busy while mama grabs a bite to eat. There’s padded flooring, too – so it’s good for crawlers.
The nursing rooms at 313 Somerset are available at B3, Level 1 and Level 5.
Open: Daily, 10am-10pm.
313 Somerset, 313 Orchard Road, Sky Terrace on Level 5, Singapore 238895, Tel: (+65) 6496 9313, www.313somerset.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] Located just outside Kiddy Palace and Mothercare on level 3, you will find a padded ground play area (indoors and air-conditioned) for the little ones, and a new space-themed playground for the 2-and-up set. Pop into any of the children’s stores to stock up while you’re there, or Marks & Spencer for some delicious goodies.
The nursing rooms at Marina Square are available at B1, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3.
Open: Daily, 10:30am-10pm
Marina Square Mall, 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6339 8787, www.marinasquare.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] The Nex rooftop playground has both wet and dry play areas. The dry area will keep kids busy with slides and bridges, while the water play sees spray tunnels, water cannons, and a giant tipping water bucket to cool you down. Do note the dry area ends up quite slippery and wet, so be sure to watch your little ones carefully.
The nursing rooms at NEX are available at Basement 1, Basement 2, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3, Level 4 and Sky Garden.
Open: Daily, 11am-9pm.
Nex, 23 Serangoon Central, Level 4R, Singapore 556083, Tel: (+65) 6416 6366, www.nex.com.sg
[Closed for upgrading] There is a small outdoor play area, located on the way in from the car park (right by Marsden Swim School. There are swings, a merry-go-round and a cute little pretend road map for kids to ride around with their scooters or small bikes. Do note it is not shaded so on a hot day, you’ll need to cover up.
The nursing rooms at The Grandstand are available at Level 1 (Pasarbella, within “Rooms of Ease”) and Level 1 (restrooms near Lift 9)
Open: 10am – 10pm
The Grandstand, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994, Tel: (+65) 6463 4610, www.thegrandstand.com.sg
Suntec City Tower 3
[Closed till further notice] This playground has a small play area consisting of a crawling tunnel and a slide along with some cars on springs that bounce up and down, and it’s right next to some Zoo Move animal rides and coin rides (so bring some pennies!). The soft padded area makes this spot a good one for crawlers – the playground is better for 12months to 5-year-olds.
The nursing rooms at Suntec City are available at Convention Centre (Level 1 and 2), Tower 3 (next to Toys R’ Us).
Suntec City Tower 3, Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6822 1537, www.sunteccity.com.sg
There’s no need to make any excuses for including an airport in this list – as we all know, Changi Airport Terminal 3 is essentially a shopping mall with runways. And The [email protected] (billed as “the world’s tallest slide in an airport”, a really competitive category) is the bizness. There are two slides – the 4-storey tall slide which goes from the Arrival Hall (level 1) to Basement 3, or the smaller one that starts on the food and shopping level at Basement 2. The smaller one is free, and gets rather crowded on weekends; the bigger one is a real thrill but the rides must be redeemed (every $10 spent at the airport may be redeemed for one ride at the level 1 info counter). There are height restrictions of 1.3 metres tall and maximum 2 metres tall. Take a ride down the one-and-a-half storey tall slide at Basement 2 for free to see how you like the speed, before you enjoy the larger one. Participants have to be at least 1.1 metres tall. Maximum height allowed is 2.0 metres tall. (There is also a small playground in Basement 2).
The nursing rooms at Changi Airport are available at every Terminal and in Jewel Changi Airport.
Open: Daily, 12pm to 10.:30pm.
Changi Airport Terminal 3, Airport Boulevard, Singapore, www.changiairport.com
Kallang Wave Mall
Managed by the Singapore Sports Hub, the free Splash-N-Surf water play area on the rooftop (level 3) of the Kallang Wave Mall has been open for a few years now. Here there are water sprinklers, waterslides (with different options for children of varying ages who are more or less comfortable in water), a merry-go-round with little bucket seats, fountains, sprays… basically everything fun that can be done with water! Kids can play in a good 50cm of water, which makes it a really decent pool – all with a great view of the downtown skyline!
For the small amount of $2 you can also purchase a tube ride on the lazy river (currently closed till further notice) with your tot. There is also the Stingray wave rider as another option there for a fee. Suitable for kids of all ages for the splash park section. Age restrictions apply for the other activities. Do note that floaties/waterwings are not allowed as they do not consider them as a fool-proof safety device.
There’s also a dry rooftop playground at L3 connected to Kallang Wave Mall, where some see-saw fun, slides and climbing structures can be enjoyed. There is no shade so note an overcast day is best. Otherwise pop downstairs to educate the kids with some sports books (small area allocated for the kids).
Open: Splash-N-Surf is open daily, 8am – 10pm. Pre-booking required.
Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Place, Singapore 397628, www.sportshub.com.sg/kids-water-playground
The Parkside playground is pretty new, having opened just before the Circuit Breaker period and has re–opened in Phase 2. It’s located between PLQ3 and the residences, and is right next to Jimmy Monkey Cafe – perfect for enjoying a coffee and nibbles while the kids go climbing, swinging and running at the playground! It gets pretty hot at midday, but also quickly becomes shaded from about 3pm. Highly recommended for playdates so mamas can chat while the kiddos play nearby!
PLQ Mall, 10 Paya Lebar Road, PLQ Mall, Paya Lebar Quarter, 409057
The playground at Seletar Mall, one of the newbies just built just a couple years back, can be found on level 4. Partially sheltered, there is a good range of play things here, from good old slides to climbing nets and bouncy cars, swings, see-saws, balancing lines and climbing platforms. This accessible, colourful playground is particularly suitable for under-5s.
Seletar Mall, 33 Sengkang W Avenue, Singapore 797653, Tel: (+65) 6341 6252, www.theseletarmall.com
Changi City Point
[Closed till further notice] East Coast mamas will especially enjoy the ‘The 3 House’ – the interactive wet and dry park on the 2nd floor of 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!).
The nursing rooms at Changi City Point are available at Basement 1, Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3
Open: Daily, 10am to 10pm.
Changi City Point Mall, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038, Tel: (+65) 6511 1088, www.changicitypoint.fraserscentrepointmalls.com
[Closed till further notice] The Ninja Trail is mostly a water trail that consists of a wet obstacle course for little ninjas to fight their way through (duck, climb, dodge and slide). The green waterslide is good fun and this course is sure to keep them active for a while. There are also a few spring animals to bounce on, along with swings to enjoy in a dry area.
Compass One Shopping Mall, 1 Sengkang Square, Singapore 545078, Tel: (+65) 6819 0733, www.compassone.sg
[Closed till further notice] This play area was refreshed within the last two years and is on level 6 of Eastpoint Mall. You can find a great hulking structure crossed by strong ropes – perfect for a nautical-themed playground and for little climbing monkeys! There is a ship-like play structure, plus slides, little swings, and more things to climb. But be forewarned, mama: there is very little shade.
Eastpoint Mall, 3 Simei Street 6, Singapore 528833, www.facebook.com/fcm.eastpointmall
I12 Katong (closed for upgrading)
I12 Katong boasts a rooftop Aqua Playground with wet play galore: slides, swings, sprinklers, and tipping buckets. There is also a smaller dry area off to the side, with musical play equipment for little tots.
Open: Daily, 10am-10pm.
112 Katong, 112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802, Tel: (+65) 6636 2112, www.112katong.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] The marine life-inspired playground at the side of Parkway Parade is a cute play area with a dolphin slide, and springers resembling a seahorse and octopus!
The nursing rooms at Parkway Parade are available at Basement 1, Level 1, Level 2 (inside Isetan children’s department) and Level 3.
Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449269
[Closed till further notice] 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 tykes 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!
The nursing rooms at Tampines 1 are available at Level 2 and Level 5.
Open: Daily, 10am to 9:30pm, except Mondays when it’s closed from 4pm for cleaning.
Tampines 1, 10 Tampines Central 1, Singapore 529536, www.tampines1.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] Happy Park is both a dry and wet play area located on level 2. You’ll find some very tall slides for the big kids and a short one for the little ones, along with padded flooring and hills with tunnels for kids to crawl through. This area is mostly shaded. Next you can head to the wet play area on the same level and cool off in the wading pool, small splash area. Nothing too fancy but a great way to freshen up. Wonderland is also on level 2 is an indoor air-conditioned play area designed for the younger kids. Themed like a magical forest with animals, insects and flora structures, it’s a perfect place for the younger ones to enjoy.
Open: Daily, 10:30am – 9:30pm
Waterway Point, 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761, Tel: (+65) 6812 7300, www.waterwaypoint.com
[Closed till further notice] IMM Shopping Mall in Jurong has a dry and wet area. The dry zone is shaded and has small slides and a merry-go-round for the younger tots, while the wet zone consists of 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!
The nursing room at IMM is available at Level 3
Open: Daily, 10am – 10pm.
IMM Shopping Mall, Level 3 Garden Plaza, IMM Shopping Mall, 2 Jurong East Street 21, Singapore 609601, www.imm.sg
Lot One Shopper’s Mall
[Closed for upgrading] The wet playground at Lot One will cool grumpy munchkins off with fountains, spray tunnels and water jets all available for the taking. Do take note, though, 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).
Open: Monday to Friday, 12pm – 2pm and 5pm – 8pm; Saturday and Sunday, 12pm – 8pm.
Lot One Shopper’s Mall, 21 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4, Singapore 689812, www.lotone.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] There is a perfect playground in Jurong for cheeky pixies and elves – Westgate Wonderland, the fantasy garden that has sprung up on level 4 of Westgate Mall. Here, a gigantic watering can rains down on drenched and squealing elves, while water fountains spout liberally from the ground. Bigger kids can shimmy up the playground’s towering tree house while the younger set romps among oversized bluebells, fruits and critters, some of which respond to touch with light and music!
The nursing room at Westgate is available at Basement 1
Open: daily 10am – 10pm.
Westgate Mall, 3 Gateway Drive, Singapore 608532, www.westgate.com.sg
This new neighbourhood mall for Canberra residents – mostly young families with little kids, as it’s a new estate made up of build-to-order flats – is home to Singapore’s third A&W outlet, Starbucks, Ya Kun Kaya Toast and Daiso, plus a rooftop water play area (temporarily closed) and a great outdoor playground behind the mall. The McDonald’s outlet on site also has an indoor playground, but is also currently closed. We can’t wait to check it out once it opens!
Canberra Plaza, 133 Canberra View, Singapore 750133
[Closed till further notice] At Causeway Point, you can take your pick of three playgrounds: there is a safari-themed one for toddlers on level 2 with lions, a giraffe, hippo, monkey, crocodile and a lonely zebra-striped car. There is a second one on the same level for train-crazed children, featuring a good-sized locomotive with slides. Finally, on level 7 is where well behaved kids can be rewarded with water sprinklers, sprays, fountains, water guns, and a great big water bucket.
The nursing rooms at Causeway Point are available at Basement 1, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4.
Open: 10:30am – 10:30pm.
Causeway Point, Woodlands Square, Singapore 738099, www.causewaypoint.com.sg
[Closed till further notice] A popular haunt for families that has reopened in January 2018 following a massive renovation, Northpoint 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.
The nursing rooms at Northpoint City are available at Basement 1, Basement 2, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4.
Open: daily 11am-9.30pm
NorthPoint City, 930 Yishun Avenue 2, Singapore 76909, Tel: (+65) 6754 2300, www.northpoint.fraserscentrepointmalls.com
Sembawang Shopping Centre
[Closed till further notice] Sembawang Shopping Centre lets kids 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.
Open: Daily from 10 am to 10pm (splash area is only open 11am – 2pm and 5pm – 8pm).
Sembawang Shopping Centre, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459, www.sembawangsc.com.sg
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