Beat the heat with our picks of the best spots in Singapore for FREE water play!
Is there a better way for the kiddos to beat Singapore’s relentless heat than cooling off in the water?! Although one of our faves, Palawan Pirate Ship, has now closed down there are still plenty of great outdoor water play options for kids of all ages to splash around in. Most of them are part of Singapore’s best parks and playgrounds, so kids can really work up a sweat before getting wet. From the impressive water fountains at Gardens by the Bay to the first waterpark in the heartlands at Nee Soon East, we’ve rounded up the best parks in Singapore for free water play so your little ones can splash away to their heart’s content (and your wallet can stay safely in your bag)!
Lead image of Oasis Waterpark courtesy of PAP Nee Soon
The water playground experience of Clusia Cove at Lakeside Garden is cleverly designed with tidal patterns, surface ripples and directional currents that mimic water movement of coastal shores. Kids can wade in and control the water flow using the sluice gates, muck about in the cool pools and follow the channels that lead to rockpools. There’s also a closed-loop water recycling system that treats water naturally without chemicals. There’s a café onsite, too, called Fusion Spoon for casual Western and Asian dining – perfect for a lunch break after all that play!
Read more about Lakeside Garden Jurong here!
Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 8am – 10pm
Jurong Lake Gardens, 100 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618662
If flying kites, running amok and leisurely family picnics on the grass are not quite enough to keep your rugrats happy, your adventure bunnies will love the fountains and shallow pools of the water playground at Marina Barrage. Older ones can test their skills by predicting which fountain will spray water next.
Open daily: Monday, Wednesday and Friday 12:30 – 9 pm, Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 9am – 9pm
Image courtesy of Kyle Lam via Flickr
The water play area here isn’t large, but it’s a nice spot for little ones to cool off after scooting along the Park Connector and checking out Punggol Waterway. There are plenty of water jets encircling the splash pad, and a series of bright orange arches spraying water that kids will enjoy running through. Bring sand toys and enjoy some sensory play in the sandpit next to the water play area. There are toilets and vending machines nearby, and plenty of shaded benches.
Punggol Waterway, 10 Sentul Crescent, Singapore 828851
Image courtesy of HDB
Residents living in the Yishun area can now enjoy the largest community water park in the heartlands – Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East.
Spanning an area of 5,600sqm, the water park consists of three main areas of water play including a 3.5metre high circular water curtain. Kids will love running through the mist cloud and dodging the water jets, as well as wading through the shallow pools and playing with the water wheels.
Snacks are easily accessible thanks to vending machines and drinking fountains, and there are plenty of benches and umbrellas shading the area. There are shower facilities for when you’re ready to dry off and head home, and you’ll even find nursing rooms with hot water dispensers!
Open daily: 9am – 10pm
Oasis Waterpark @ Nee Soon East, Blk 307 Yishun Central, Singapore 760307
This lovely water park is located right next to Seletar Reservoir. Kids can wade down the ‘stream’ and play under the two water fountains, before ending up in the pond which flows down to the main fountain area. Enjoy the breeze coming off the water while the kids play, and wander along the jetty to check out the views of the reservoir.
Open daily: 9am – 9pm
Lower Seletar Reservoir Park Water Play, Yishun Ave 1, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore 769139
Image courtesy of CPG Consultants
Located at the Pond Gardens in the upper half of Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park (closer to Upper Thomson Road), this water play area is one of the most engaging we’ve seen. It’s less about running through fountains and spraying water jets, and more about kids learning how to control and direct water (while still having loads of fun!). Little ones can open and close sluice gates, follow streams down gentle slopes and play with the moveable barriers along the channels. There are toilets nearby for changing, and you can grab some lunch at nearby GRUB when the hunger pains strike.
Open Thursdays to Sundays, from 8am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm.
Opposite Blk 223, Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 560223
Possibly the best-known water park in Singapore? This one is particularly great if you have kids of different ages, as the bigger ones can run riot in the main part while the little ones can play in the dedicated baby and toddler area. Indulge the kids by alternating between the adventure playground and the water play, or make a day of it and throw in a visit to the cooled conservatories as well. Toilets and showers are close by and there are plenty of cafe options too.
Open Tuesday to Friday, 10am – 6:30pm, weekends and PH 9am – 8:30pm
Far East Organization Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953
Image courtesy of Blub Creative
*CURRENTLY UNDERGOING A REVAMP*
We can’t wait to see what NParks has planned for this space! Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden at the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a great place to while away a day with the kids (read all about it here) so we’re super excited to see the revamped water play area when it reopens in October.
Closed on Mondays. Open 8 am to 7 pm (last admission at 6.30
Jacob Ballas, Botanic Gardens, 481, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259769