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12 Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore for FREE Fun!

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Looking for a playground near you? We count down the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore (all FREE) and share their top features, from slides to swings to zip lines

Wondering where to take your next weekend adventure with the kids in tow or planning what to do over the holidays? We round up the best outdoor playgrounds in Singapore. Check out our video below to see our top 12 picks…just be sure to bring along a face mask, plenty of hand sanitizer and practice safe distancing (keep to groups of not more than 2 people).

We’re lucky to live on an island filled with fab parks not to mention tons of indoor playgrounds perfect for when the weather gets too hot (or rainy). Is there anything better than watching your kids soar to new heights on a swing or beam with pride after climbing to the top of a pyramid on an outdoor playground? And then there are the myriad benefits of outdoor play, from risk-taking to socialisation to the mood-boosting effect of sunshine…

NB: Some playgrounds may have sections closed for renovation (eg West Coast Park has the large climbing structure under repair) and all water play has been suspended by NParks due to the pandemic. Always check NParks website before heading out for the latest playground updates.)

Read more: Ultimate Guide to Summer in Singapore: Activities + Things to Do

Jump to each outdoor playground by clicking the links here:

Coastal PlayGrove (ex Big Splash East Coast Park)
PLQ Parkside Playground
Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park Playground
Admiralty Park

Battleship Playground @ Sembawang
Bishan – Ang Mo Kio Playground
COMO Adventure Grove Playground

FEO Children’s Garden @ Gardens by the Bay
Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden
Jubilee Park Playground @ Fort Canning Park
Jurong Lake Gardens

Marine Cove Playground @ East Coast Park
The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park
Pasir Ris Park
Tiong Bahru Train Playground
West Coast Adventure Park Playground
Woodlands Circle Green Park Playgrounds

NB: Before heading down to parks, you can always visit SafeDistParks.nparks.gov.sg for the latest updates on visitorship levels.

Keep scrolling for all the deets (including how to get there), and let us know your faves!

Best Outdoor Playgrounds in Singapore

Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park playground with slides

Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park Playground

Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park playground has bright yellow swirling (non-metallic) tube slides to whizz down, and a smaller green playground geared towards preschoolers with its short slide, easy climbing structure and shaded min-den. Also look out for the small balancing obstacle course where kiddos can try to navigate from end to end while hanging on the ropes! When the kids have finished playing, take a stroll along the stunning elevated boardwalk that leads towards the summit point at the peak of Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park.
Location: Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park playgrounds are along Bukit Batok Central road (take the stairs if accessing from the road or the bus stop) in front of Block 225 Bukit Batok Central.
Closest Car Park: there is ample parking at Bukit Batok Central near Block 225.
Nearest MRT: 10 minute walk from Bukit Batok MRT station.

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Coastal PlayGrove (old Big Splash)

Coastal PlayGrove is the newest NParks FREE playground to open at the former Big Splash East Coast Park. Coastal PlayGrove boasts the tallest outdoor play feature in town – it’s 16 metres high – with fun climbing net challenges for older kids (13 yrs+), a nature playgarden with sandpits and teepees, and a water play area (currently off-limits due to pandemic). There are two slides, the first slide is 7.3 metres tall but the second slide is a whopping 11.9 m tall with a little loop in it (both for 13 yr olds and above).
Location: Coastal PlayGrove playground is located at Area B of East Coast Park, close to the Road Safety Park.
Closest Car Park: Drivers can park at Car Park B2.

PLQ Parkside Playground

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PLQ Parkside playground near restaurants such as Jimmy Monkey Café, Salvo, Poke Theory (Image: PLQ)

The Parkside playground is pretty new. 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 climb, swing and run at the playground! It gets pretty hot at midday, but becomes shaded from about 3pm. Highly recommend for playdates so mamas can chat without worry and the kiddos play nearby!

Location: PLQ Parkside Playground is located at PLQ right next to Jimmy Monkey cafe.
Closest Car Park: PLQ Mall
Closet MRT: Paya Lebar. Just find your way to PLQ Mall or PLQ Residences and you’ll find the playground nearby!

COMO Adventure Grove playground

COMO Adventure Grove Playground

The COMO Adventure Grove playground is inspired by the distinctive parts of trees found within the Botanic Gardens. A 10m banyan tree structure made with steel posts hand-painted to look like bark texture, takes pride place at COMO Adventure Grove playground. Climb to the top of the 5.8m banyan tree tower via netted ropes for ace views, have a go on the swings and hammocks! Then zoom down two long tube slides at 4m and 2.1m long, designed for speed and thrills!

Location: The Singapore Botanic Gardens COMO Adventure Grove playground is located at the Gallop Extension. To reach the COMO Adventure Grove, from the entrance of Gallop Extension, follow the signs, taking the path that leads past the OCBC Arboretum.
Closest Car Park: There is a small car park on site at the Gallop Extension to access COMO Adventure Grove playground. If you are driving along Tyersall Avenue from Holland Rd, choose the car park on the left which is the closest parking to Como Adventure Playground.

Admiralty Park

Whizz down slides at Admiralty Park Playground
Whizz down one of the 26 slides at Admiralty Park Playground

With a whopping 26 slides – as well as swings, climbing structures, a zip line, and separate areas for toddlers and big kids – Admiralty Park in Woodlands is hands-down one of the coolest playgrounds in Singapore. You could easily spend a few hours here (we certainly have!), and there are also convenient amenities like kiddie sinks and toilets (BYO hand sanitizer, though!), nice wide paths for scooting, and a Sakura Buffet adjacent to the parking lot (in case the kiddos get hungry).

Location: Admiralty Park is close to the junction of Woodlands Avenue 5 and Riverside Road, beside Republic Polytechnic
Closest Car Park: Admiralty Park West, enter via Riverside Road
Closet MRT: It’s a 15-minute walk from Woodlands MRT. The 169, 903, and 911 buses all stop near the park.
NParks website

Battleship Playground at Sembawang Park

Reflecting the rich naval history of Sembawang (parents will love gawking at all the gorgeous black and white houses in the ‘hood en route!), this super cool battleship-themed playground rates for its expansive sand pit and challenging climbing activities (there are lots of ropes and ladders – perfect for aspiring pirates!). Facing the Straits of Johor, Sembawang Park has a small beach (currently closed) and you can see Malaysia in the distance (just careful for roaming charges!)

Location: Sembawang Park is located at the end of Sembawang Road
Closest Car Park:
The park has two parking lots, one by Tuah Road and one by Sembawang Road. Each is a few minutes’ walk to the playground in the center of the park.
Closest MRT:
Sembawang MRT/LRT station is about 7 minutes away by car/30 minutes on foot. The 882 bus stops right at the park.
NParks website

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

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NParks is on a roll with all their playground revamps! Newly re-opened in January 2019, this spacious playground nestled between the Kallang River and a little pond features lots of sand, six big kids’ swings, a climbing frame and two tunnel slides. There’s also a pirate-ship structure that’s fun for littlies. Thumbs up for the fact that it’s mostly shaded, too! NB: There are actually multiple playgrounds within the park; the inclusive playground is on the eastern side of the park. Water play suspended due to pandemic.

Location: The playground is in the middle of the western section of the park; the closest landmark is GRUB Restaurant at 510 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1, Singapore 569983
Closest Car Park:
Bishan Ang Mo Kio Carpark B is close by to GRUB.
Closest MRT:
Ang Mo Kio MRT is a 30-minute walk away; many bus lines stop nearby the park, though.
NParks website

Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

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Gardens by the Bay (Image: Michell Tam)

The Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay (currently closed during the pandemic) serves up a combination of a both a splash pad and a [blessedly shady] adventure playground with treehouses, rope walks, and a 130m nature trail. This is definitely one to bring your swimsuit and a towel along to, as it offers the perfect antidote to a hot day of exploring Gardens by the Bay. NB: The park is closed every Monday; opening hours are Tuesday – Sunday from 9am to 7pm (last admission at 6pm).

Location: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. The playground is located next to the Cloud Forest Dome; click here to see it on a map
Closest Car Park:
The Main Entrance Parking lot is about a five-minute walk away.
Closest MRT:
Bayfront MRT is about a 20-minute walk away. The 400 bus also stops outside Gardens by the Bay.
www.gardensbythebay.com.sg/en/attractions/far-east-organization-childrens-garden

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

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There is so much to love about this corner of Singapore Botanic Gardens, from the classic giant treehouse slides (set in a giant sand pit with lots of lush shade), to the kid-friendly fare at Food for Tots, to all of the new additions that were opened in 2017, including (but not limited to) a zip line, an accessible trampoline, and an educational canopy walkway. In fact at four hectares, Jacob Ballas is officially the largest children’s garden in Asia!
NB: Opening hours are 8am to 7pm (last admission is at 6:30pm – entry is free of charge), and it’s closed on Mondays!

Location: 481 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769
Closest Car Park: There’s one on-site with limited spaces; there’s additional parking across the street at NUS and Evans CCAB Sports Complex
Closest MRT:
It’s an easy 10-minute walk from Botanic Gardens MRT. There are also heaps of bus services that stop nearby on Bukit Timah Road.
NParks website

Jubilee Park

Jubilee Park climbing nets

Newly-opened in 2019, Jubilee Park in River Valley is conveniently located right next to Fort Canning MRT Station and within walking distance of the CBD, Orchard and Clarke Quay. Highlights include multiple swing sets, a see-saw, a log scramble and sand pits, a “treehouse” and climbing nets, and two big slides (one of which is long and tall enough to be a bit scary for toddlers). Do note that there is no shelter from the sun and the playground can get extremely hot and sunny at midday. Happily there’s lots of kid-friendly food in nearby Robertson Quay!

Location: Corner of River Valley Road & Clemenceau Avenue
Closest Car Park: Fort Canning Jubilee Car Park is right there, although it has limited spaces. There is plenty of parking across the street at Liang Court, however.
Closest MRT:
Fort Canning MRT Station is adjacent to the playground.
NParks website

Jurong Lake Gardens

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Jurong Lake Gardens playground is very kid-friendly! (Image: NParks)

The nature inspired playgrounds at Lakeside Garden are what we’re most excited about! With structures to climb on, swing from, and slide down – there’s so much for kids of all ages. Officially it’s for kids ages 5- 12 years, but younger kids will have fun at the playground and there’s Clusia Cove, a water play (currently off-limits due to pandemic) and sand play park, as well as Fusion Spoon cafe for yummy casual Western and Asian food. Do note that Forest Ramble and Clusia Cove are closed on Mondays.

Location: Jurong Lake Gardens, 100 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618662
Closest Car Park: Jurong Lake Gardens North Carpark
Closest MRT: Lakeside MRT
Read all about Jurong Lake Gardens here!

Marine Cove Playground at East Coast Park

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East Coasters rejoiced when this huge new playground opened in East Coast Park in 2016. There are both big kids and toddler areas, and all manner of cool climbing structures, swings (including multiple accessible options), and slides. The highlight is the 8-meter high lighthouse tower that’s accessed by various rope ladders (and features 3 slides to get down). We also give a thumbs up for the handy kids’ toilets and showers on the premises; and have a feeling your children will love the adjacent McDonalds… Fair warning though, it can get very crowded on weekends!

Location: 1000 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449876
Closest Car Park:
East Coast Park Carparks C2 & C3
Closest MRT: Eunos at Still Road – but it’s not that close! The 401 bus stops right by the playground, though
NParks website

Seletar Aerospace Park

Seletar Aerospace park

If your kiddo is obsessed with airplanes, Seletar is perfect for its combination of airplane-themed play equipment and the opportunity to watch aircraft landing and taking off at the adjacent private jet airport. On top of all that, you’ve got some great dining options and plenty of open space at the nearby Lower Seletar Reservoir. Click here to read all about the perfect family day out in Seletar!

Location: The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park (right behind Wheeler’s Estate), 2 Park Lane, Singapore 798386
Closest Car Park: The Oval @ Seletar (free!)
Closest MRT:
Jalan Kayu MRT is a 20-minute walk away. The 102, 103 and 117 buses also stop nearby on Seletar Aerospace Drive.

Pasir Ris Park

Pasir Ris Playground (Image: Michell Tam)

This one’s for the nature lovers! Pasir Ris is a firm fave due to the combination of its idyllic waterfront setting, its huge range of equipment – including a climbing pyramid, rope bridge, zip lines, long slides, swings and more – and other nearby attractions within the park like fishing and pony rides. Not only is there lots of well shaded playground equipment for all different ages, but it’s really spread out, meaning kiddos are less likely to be playing on top of each other (plus they’ll get worn out running from one attraction to the next – bonus!).

Location: Pasir Ris Road near Elias Road
Closest Car Park:
Pasir Ris Carpark D (click here for location)
Closest MRT:
Pasir Ris MRT is about a 20-minute walk away. The 403 bus stops across from the park near Pasir Ris Way.
NParks website

Tiong Bahru Train Playground

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This old school adventure playground is a total classic! Kids of all ages will go crazy for the tilting train that features a series of climbing tunnels (it can be a bit scary for kiddos under 3, though). You’ll also find multiple slides, swings, a flying fox, and a spinning merry-go-round. Be sure to BYO buckets and spades, mama, as there’s lots of nice sand for digging and sand castle building, too. The playground is in the middle of Tiong Bahru Park, which is fairly compact but has a lovely gazebo, some big steps for climbing, and a few paths that are perfect for scooting.

Location: The park is at the intersection of Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road
Closest Car Park:
Tiong Bahru Park Carpark; click here for location.
Closest MRT:
Tiong Bahru MRT is a 10-minute walk away. Multiple bus lines also stop at the park.
NParks website

West Coast Park

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(Image: Michell Tam)

This playground is huge with lots of different subsections to play at – kiddos highly rate the giant climbing pyramid at its centrepiece (currently under renovation). There’s also a cool obstacle rope course in another play area, an inclusive playground, and no less than four flying foxes. You’ll also find plenty of sand for digging, and other toddler-friendly features like swings. The park also has a nice wide open expanse for kite flying! Consider yourself warned that there’s a McDonald’s nearby (decent for coffee!).

Location: 70 West Coast Highway
Closest Car Park:
West Coast Park Carpark 3; click here for location.
Closest MRT:
Haw Par Villa is about a 30-minute walk away. The 175 and 176 buses stop by the park.
NParks website

Woodlands Circle Green Park

Circle Green Park in Woodlands Circle is a stretch of greenery and playgrounds sandwiched among HDB blocks. If you simply drove past you’d never guess that it’s home to one of the biggest net playgrounds in Singapore! It’s about 3 storeys high with a massive slide, bridge and climbing nets, so it’s best suited for older kids. There are also two other playgrounds nearby that are great for younger ones. For food, walk down for about 10 minutes to Woodlands Mart (768 Woodlands Ave 6, Singapore 730768) where there are two food courts, a few convenience shops and a McDonald’s.

Location: Woodlands Circle
Closest Car Park: There are a number of multi-storey carparks in the area, the nearest ones being Woodlands Mart, and Blocks 737A, 739A and 728A.
Closest MRT: Admiralty is about a 15-minute walk away.

Tag us on @sassymamasg to let us know which ones you like best — or if there’s something we’ve missed! Happy exploring, mamas!

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