Here’s our ultimate guide to the best indoor play in Singapore, mama!
From trampolines, to real-life jobs, to your classic jungle gyms and slides, indoor play in Singapore can take many forms. With a slew of new openings in 2016 – including Singapore’s largest indoor water park, a child-size metropolis on Sentosa, multiple trampoline parks and much more – we thought it was high time to give you the scoop on any and all forms of indoor play in Singapore, mamas. Have fun!
Singapore’s first dedicated, purpose-built trampoline park, Katapult offers 14,000 square feet of jumping fun for kiddos and adults alike. Highlights at the Yishun complex include freefalling 3 metres onto an airbag (Katapult’s the only park in Singapore to use the same one utilized for Olympic training), and an Olympic trampoline for wall running. Throw in Slam Dunk lanes and over 30 interconnected trampolines, and it’s truly a gravity-defying experience!
With a handy location at Liang Court and a shiny new spot at I12 Katong on the East Coast, The City is all about creating realistic situations where children can learn and have fun while practicing real-life skills through everything from budgeting with play money to learning how to recycle. With a miniature supermarket, coffee shop, police station and doctor’s surgery, little ones will truly get a kick out of playing in “real world” scenarios. Tots under 1 year old are free with a paying child; for everyone else it’s $18-$22 for unlimited free play on weekdays.
The City, 177 River Valley Road, #03-04A Liang Court, Singapore 179030, Tel: (+65) 6250 6507; 112 East Coast Road, #03-31 I12 Katong, Singapore 428802, Tel: (+65) 6444 1520, www.thecity.com.sg
Happy Willow (CLOSED)
This adorable playroom with locations in Buona Vista and the East Coast has a little more charm than your average soft play, with colourful murals, “book burrow”, climbing wall and dedicated “Toddler’s Turf” area. There’s free Wi-Fi for mamas who dream of getting a little quiet time to surf the net (and munch on some cake) while junior hits the Play Garden, and great party rooms. Suitable for children of all ages from 9 months onwards.
Happy Willow One-north, 1 Fusionopolis Way, Fusionopolis, Connexis Tower, #B1006, Singapore 138632, Tel: (+65) 6466 6300, Happy Willow OneKM, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-01/02 OneKM, Singapore 437157, Tel:(+65) 6341 6468, www.happywillow.com.sg
More of a toy space than a soft play, we love that Hokey Pokey is spotlessly clean and organized (perhaps because it’s run by a team of mamas!). There’s a ball pool, soft play for babies and toddlers, and more educational toys to complement the usual selection of plastic bits and bobs, along with costumes for dress-up and a great play kitchen. Good for very little ones as it’s quite peaceful. Call ahead though as they often host parties and you wouldn’t want to arrive and find yourself disappointed (speaking of which, their legendary dessert tables – pictured above – are always a big hit!).
We love this bright, airy space at Big Splash that’s very much what kids make of it; with giant foam blue building blocks that encourage imagination (and a bit of engineering savvy), it’s almost like a LEGO set come to life. It’s not a huge space and things can get a little crazy so it’s probably best for kids aged 3 and up, although we have seen babies enjoy the blocks as well during quieter periods. There are no rules, just have fun!
Kaboodle Kids, 902 East Coast Parkway (Big Splash), Block B, 02-05B, Singapore 449874, Tel: (+65) 6247 7020, www.kaboodlekids.com.sg
Following a much-anticipated grand opening in 2016, KidZania Singapore offers a multitude of kids’ role-playing activities that mimic adult jobs (pilot, firefighter, doctor, shopkeeper, courier delivery — over 60 real-world professions in all!), spread out over two huge floors of indoor aircon space. This is a miniature kids’ city where everything is on their level – staff run each activity but the kids are meant to take charge (parents cannot enter the activity stations and but are able to participate at certain role-playing activities”). KidZania is super popular and best suited to kiddos aged 4 and up; we recommend plotting your visit ahead of time with a map, mama, to avoid queues and strategize your must-visit activities.
KidZania Singapore, Palawan Kidz City. 31 Beach View #01-01/02 Singapore 098008. Tel: (+65) 1800 653 6888, www.kidzania.com.sg
This unique, very much hands-on “children’s centre for creativity” at Gillman Barracks is not a children’s museum, and it’s not an indoor play centre, yet it seems to have some of the best qualities of each. Catering to kids ages 1-12, it’s designed to engage and encourage a range of interests through open-ended play via installations, hands-on exploration, creative interactions, workshops and a rotating slate of exhibitions. Playeum is divided into different “zones”, including a soft play area for babies and toddlers, a “dark room” for experiments with light and shadows, a hands-on workshop where kids can make their own creations with recycled materials, and much more!
With something for kiddos from 6 months of age all the way up to 12 years, T-Play at the amazing 4,200 square feet HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok is one of the most interactive transportation-themed playgrounds in Singapore. Designed entirely in Sweden, highlights include ball pits, trampolines, a variety of slides and all manner of interactive play centres. T-Play also offers a variety of fab birthday party options, starting from just $330, with cute themes like “Choo Choo” and “Vroom Vroom”!
Sassy Mama readers can get $50 off birthday party packages when they quote SMTPLAY50 at the time of booking! This includes both peak and off-peak periods! Email [email protected] to book; valid through 30 September, 2017. Terms and conditions apply, mama!
T-Play, HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, No. 2 Batok Avenue 7, Singapore 659003, Tel: (+65) 6705 9494, www.hometeamns.sg/t-play
Red Bean Park (CLOSED)
This new kid on the block has got a little bit of everything: an amazing 300 square metre jungle play gym, mini obstacle courses to wear out little ones and keep their minds sharp, an Angry Brids play area, a kids’ hair salon, and enrichment classes designed in concert with Josiah Montessori and Our Music Studio. Oh, and did we mention there’s an on-site nail studio for mamas while you wait? We love the super central Tanjong Pagar location, too!
This rainforest/dinosaur-themed soft play is fab for kids’ parties (they can even serve them up a full dinner), and comes complete with a 3D Glow Golf putting course (naturally). Mama will probably be forced to go down the terrifyingly-high slide, but can retire to the café or relax in the toddler area which is conveniently fenced off from the rest of the “fun”. Not cheap at $33 a pop for over-3s who are non-members, but you can save a bit when you buy a package. Saturday afternoons are a bun-fight, so probably best to pack off daddy with the kids while mama has a little browse in Zara downstairs.
Amazonia, Great World City Mall #03-08, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994, Tel: (+65) 6235 4522, www.amazoniafun.com
What’s blue and bouncy and awesome fun for the whole fam? AMPED Trampoline Park, that’s what! Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, it’s suitable for all ages — even moody teens will love this place. It’s pretty no-frills (no aircon, for instance), but very well-organized as you book your time slot online (and fill in a waiver to say that if you fall on your head it’s not their fault), preventing it from getting too crazy. When you arrive, pop your socks on, collect your coloured bracelet and get ready to jump around!
AMPED Trampoline Park River Valley, 46 Kim Yam Road, The Herencia, Singapore 239351 (Unit #02-11), Tel: (+65) 8228 5961, Jurong East, 200 Jurong East Ave 1, Yo:Ha, Singapore 609789 (Level 2 Sports Hall), Tel: (+65) 8126 3801, www.ampedsingapore.com
This new ocean-themed indoor playground is getting raves from mamas for its colourful and engaging play spaces, including a ball pit, bouncy castles, tunnels and jungle gym. Babies under 11 months get free entry and unlimited play is available on weekdays, but be sure to check their website in advance, mamas, as it’s super-popular for birthday parties on the weekends.
Aquarius Cove, 29 Carpenter Street, Level 5, Singapore 059923 (Located directly opp. Clarke Quay MRT
Exit E & Clarke Quay Central), Tel (+65): 6532 5550, www.aquariuscove.com
Sassy Mama fave the Infant and Toddler Atelier from Blue House International School opened up a new location at UE Square (tucked away in the lobby of Shell House, just across from the shopping mall) last year to complement the original location in Bukit Timah. Aimed at kiddos 6 months to 3 years, the newer location has unique features like a wind tunnel, a ceiling rainbow of colourful umbrellas, and a custom built light pod and magnet wall, all in a beautiful, sun-drenched space with floor-to-ceiling windows. Very un-mall-like! Both classes and drop-in sessions are guided by Reggio Emilia-trained experts.
Blue House Infant and Toddler Atelier UE Square, 83 Clemenceau Avenue #01-35/36 UE Square (lobby of Shell House), Singapore 239920, Tel: (+65) 6235 2126, Turf City, 2 Turf Club Road, #02-05/08, Blue House Nursery & International Preschool, Singapore 287988, Tel:(+65) 6462 6547, www.bluehouseatelier.com
A trampoline import from Melbourne, BOUNCE features a massive, multi-national team of super enthusiastic young staffers (sooo many high-fives upon entering) along with three dedicated areas based on interests and level of ability. Highlights include the “Leap of Faith”, the popular Slam Dunk area, a dedicated area for children, and the super-fun “X-Park” obstacle course.
BOUNCE, #09-01 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695, www.bounceinc.com.sg
This cute little indoor playground in Hougang has got a huge ballpit that’s a big hit with the kiddos, along with slides, swings, a balance beam, and your always popular mazes, tubes and tunnels. They offer pretty good membership perks, and both adults and infants under 1 get free entry with a paying child.
Bouncing Kids, Blk 206 Hougang St 21 #01-K2 Kovan Hub , 530206, Tel: (+65) 6285 3595, www.bouncingkids.com.sg
This new spot is exclusively dedicated to younger kids (ages 5 and under) to ensure they can play in a safe and gentle environment. It’s not so much an indoor playground, but a parent-accompanied space where children can learn through play, exploration, seeing and thinking at the various interactive tables set up throughout the space. It’s a unique experience and we like the emphasis on positive interactions and encouragement.
Busy Tables, 35 Rochester Drive, #03-22, Singapore 138639, www.busytables.sg
Kids love airports, so if you’re scratching your head to come up with a new adventure, why not combine a trip to watch some planes, with a visit to Canopy Playground? It’s also great to know about if your flight ever gets delayed and you have some time to kill (it’s open ‘til 10.30pm!). Suitable for kids aged 18months to 12 years old, there’s something for everyone and it’s a bit of a bargain at $6 per 30 minutes of play.
Canopy Playground, Changi Airport Viewing Mall, Terminal 1, Level 3
This American import at Suntec City is much more than just soft play (though the Treehouse is pretty awesome). With everything from nail- and face-painting to a LEGO zone and dedicated areas for both ‘tweens and the under-3 set (ideal for crawling babies and toddlers), Cool de Sac backs up their claim that they’ve got stuff to keep the entire family entertained (Bistro Cool is aimed at mums and dads with plenty of kid-friendly fare).
Cool de Sac, #02-379/80 Suntec City Mall, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6332 1259, www.cooldesac.com.sg
Billed as the largest indoor play area in Singapore, this is the perfect place to take slightly older kids to as tinies might be a bit overwhelmed by all the action! Highlights include the glowing ball pool, enormous play structure and climbing wall, rope course and “ball ‘o city” where foam balls are shot from vacuum canons. Check out their little workshops in cooking and art if you’re looking to kill even more time.
eXplorerkid E!hub @ Downtown East, 3/F, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599, Tel: (+65) 6589 1668, AMK Hub, #04-02 AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3, Singapore 569933
This is soft play super-sized, perfect for getting little terrorists out of the house on rainy days and burning maximum energy as they slam themselves repeatedly into padded walls and throw themselves from great heights. It’s slightly hellish for mama with its grim, strip-lit interior, so take yourself off to the little adjacent café to soothe your nerves with their (surprisingly good) coffee and watch your little ones from the TV screens instead. Best for ages 3+ as tinies can get trampled on busy days (rainy weekends are a stampede). Also, with exclusive use of the party room for two hours and hosts to keep the kids under control, plus add-on options for arts and crafts or baking (and with free wifi in the café for grown ups!) you can see why this one is always a crowd favourite for birthday parties! Turf City is the main location but there are additional outlets at Marina Bay Sands, Paragon and JEM.
In broad terms this permanent exhibition as Marina Bay Sands is described as “Singapore’s largest digital playground” and an interactive exploration of the “intersection betweenart, science, technology and culture”. Created in collaboration with the Japanese art and technology collective teamLab, FutureWorld takes up nearly a quarter of the museum’s total gallery space. It feels less like an art exhibit, and more like a hands-on interactive play space, for both kids and adults, with everything from a giant glowing “ball orchestra”, to create-your-own-electronic-hopskotch, to multiple places where you can see your own drawings animated on a big screen. There’s also a giant slide, because why mess with the classics?
Future World at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, Tel: (+65) 6688 8868, www.marinabaysands.com/artsciencemuseum
This playground is officially part of the Forum Mall’s Hip Kids Club ($15 for a one year membership). While geared toward kids ages 0-12, the playground is particularly suitable for little ones. All the equipment is low to the ground and there is nothing (well perhaps maybe just the circus tent!) that Mama has to climb into. Complete with climbing frames, balance beams, a circus tent, ride on bikes, a slide, rubber floors and a ball pit this playground is perfect for toddlers.
Hip Kids Club, Level 2, Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6732 2479, www.forumtheshoppingmall.com.sg/hip-kids-club/#kids-about
Go Go Bambini probably has the nicest mama café set up of all the soft plays in Singapore, so if your kiddo is old enough to entertain themselves crawling and climbing about, you can have rather a civilized time for yourself reading the newspapers and mags laid out for you. If you’ve got a teeny toddler, you’ll need to keep a close eye on them as the 2-and-under section gets “crashed” by the older kids, so mama will need to play policeman. Also hosts playgroups and is great for kids’ parties.
GoGo Bambini, #01-15 Dempsey Road, Block 8, Singapore 247696, Tel: (+65) 6474 5492, www.gogobambini.com
Imaginarium is an ongoing series by Singapore Art Museum that aims to make contemporary art accessible for children while promoting artists from around Southeast Asia. Some exhibits are hands-on and interactive, while others are fragile paintings and installations that don’t seem quite as suitable.
Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Road, Singapore 189555, Tel: (+65) 6589 9580, www.singaporeartmuseum.sg
Hands-on and interactive, the Keppel Centre’s four galleries—Art Corridor, Art Playscape, Project Gallery, and Children’s Museum—each showcase commissioned artworks (changed annually), and invite children to play, make, and curate. Some areas are more successful than others (we love the feeling of entering a “living painting” in the Art Playscape above), and we’d like to see it better tied to the artwork on display in the actual gallery, but there’s nothing wrong with inspiring creativity in kids, and it’s free with museum entry.
The National Gallery of Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957, Tel: (+65) 6271 7000, www.nationalgallery.sg
Known for its excellent language, writing and drama classes for children in Nursery all the way up through Secondary school, Julia Gabriel’s also got some fab parent-accompanied classes, including the adorable PlayNest for 6-18 month-olds and PlayClub/Bilingual PlayClub for kiddos 18 months to 3 years old. While not an indoor playground, it nonetheless offers wonderful opportunities for indoor playthrough music, movement, storytime, arts & crafts and much more!
Julia Gabriel Centre, 583 Orchard Road, #04-00 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, Tel: (+65) 6733 4322, www.juliagabriel.com
Kiddy Fun (CLOSED)
Once you arrive at Kiddy Fun, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised by the fact that it’s a little bit different from your run-of-the-mill soft play, with pastel colours, mechanised climbing equipment, a balloon-blow space (we’re not quite sure how to describe it!) and lots, lots more (including cafe area which helpfully is actually right next to the play area so you can supervise while seated). Just be sure to take Lift 4 (next to Giant), or you’ll be doomed to wander in the bowels of Turf City for all eternity (screaming toddler dragging behind you).
Kiddy Fun, #04-04/05 Turf City, Singapore 297994, Tel: (+65) 6463 7028, www.kiddyfun.com.sg
We love the two massive SAFRA spots in Toa Payoh and Jurong – among the largest indoor playgrounds in Singapore – but what we’re really psyched about is the first-of-its-kind in Singapore indoor water playground at SAFRA Punggol Club that’s just opened. With five slides and a themed splash pad, Splash @ Kids Amaze is just for kids 18 months to 13 years, and spans an amazing 24,000 square feet.
Kids Amaze SAFRA Jurong, 333 Boon Lay Way Singapore 649848, Tel: (+65) 6686 4333; Splash @ Kids Amaze, SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Crescent, Punggol, Singapore 828654, Tel: (+65)6585 8710; SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 Singapore 319387, Tel: (+65) 6259 4000, www.safra.sg
KidsSTOP at the Childrens’ Science Centre in Jurong is probably one of our all-round favourite kids’ indoor play centres in Singapore. It scores big for kids because there are so many different areas to play in – from uncovering dinosaur fossils in the palaeontology sand pit to donning pilot jackets and pretend-flying the airplane, to doing a bit of karaoke. It scores big for mamas (and papas) because there are no queues for exhibits (hurrah!).
KidsSTOP, 21 Jurong Town Hall (Beside Science Centre Singapore), Singapore 609233, www.kidsstop.edu.sg
This cosy brand new spot on Orchard Road emphasises imagination and role play (take climbers and ball pit lovers elsewhere, mama). Kiddos can dress up in costumes, go “fishing”, pick fruit off trees, and even harvest vegetables from a lovely garden on their way to preparing food in a fully stocked kitchen. Perhaps more suitable for slightly older toddlers (2+) as there are lots of items babies might want to put in their mouths!
Little Planet Playland, The Centrepoint, 176 Orchard Road, #02-21, Singapore 238843, Tel: (+65) 6268 6595, www.littleplanet.com.sg
One of the many things we love about Singapore are all the shopping mall playgrounds readily available. And with Paragon being a really great playground for mama, we’re pleased that they offer something to keep the kids busy too. Mama does the mall and the kids do the indoor playground, simple equation but gets ‘em every time.
Paragon Indoor Playground, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (Just outside of Mothercare, #05-25/29), www.paragon.com.sg
This is Singapore’s first play space designed to encourage play between children with mainstream abilities and children with learning disabilities such as autism. All toys are donated and FREE to play with on the premises, which we love because we all know that kiddos’ favourite toys are the ones that they don’t have at home! There’s a mini ballpit, a play kitchen, building blocks, musical instruments, and much more. The library will also include toys designed for children with special needs — for instance items with larger buttons and switches for children whose motor skills are less developed.
Pasir Ris Elias Community Club, Level 2, Activity Room 1, 93 Pasir Rise Drive 3, Singapore 519498, Tel: (+65) 6583 1220, www.facebook.com/eliascc
One of Singapore’s most popular all-around indoor play spots, The Polliwogs recently closed their Robertson Walk and East Coast Park locations, much to our sadness. Fret not, though, mamas, the Suntec City and Vivo City locations are still going strong, and membership play passes remain valid at these locations.
The Polliwogs Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #02-724 to 727, Tower 4, Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038983, Tel: (+65) 6887 4860, Vivo City, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-12 Vivo City, Singapore 098585, Tel: (+65) 6376 8097, www.thepolliwogs.com
At a glance this place looks like a really messy, smallish overloaded nightmare… Which is why your kids will LOVE it! There are toys everywhere (really, everywhere). You’ll need to sign up for a membership to use the facilities, but it’s worth it for how often you’ll come if you live nearby. We’re tempted to create a drinking game based on how many rules you can break each time you visit (slurping from our illegal water bottle of course!), and you get bonus points for spotting the soft toys that have hanged themselves off the side of the plastic castle. There’s no café either, so you’ll have to hit up Starbucks downstairs if you need a caffeine fix.
Royce Kids Gym, Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road, #02-20/21, Singapore 179030, Tel: (+65) 6720 1111, www.roycekidsgym.com
Founded by a Reggio Emilia-trained educator who used to work at Blue House, members-only club Tanderra unsurprisingly has a pretty amazing indoor play space of its own. There are four separate play ateliers aimed at kids ranging from 6-18 months all the way up to one for 7-to-12 year-olds, and, best of all for weary mamas, you can drop your kids off for supervised play of 1-4 hours, all under the watchful eyes of trained childcare experts. There’s also a gorgeous playground suitable for kids of all ages. Bear in mind that you need at least a 2-week trial membership to play at Tanderra, mama!
Tanderra, Block 73 Loewen Road, #01-21, Singapore 248843, Tel:(+65) 6509 3468, www.tanderrasingapore.com
You might not have known that as well as the fab public swimming pool at Delta, there’s also a great Candy Land-themed soft play for littlies, as well as an opportunity for role-playing with a mini home, café, supermarket and workshop complete with themed toys. With high quality toys from the Early Learning Centre and Melissa & Doug, this is a great easy option for getting the tiny tykes out of the house. Plus, only $12 for unlimited play – hurrah! Check their website to make sure they don’t have any exclusive bookings before you head over.
Tickle Tickle Delta Sports Complex, 900 Tiong Bahru Road, #01-01, Singapore 158790 (entrance via Alexandra Road if you’re driving), Tel: (+65) 6472 4770, Hougang Sportshall, 93 Hougang Avenue 4, #01-04, Singapore 538832 (Near Hougang Swimming Complex). Tel: (+65) 6556 9560, www.tickletickle.sg
And lastly, how about if you fancy embracing the wet? Well, the open door playground that’s located at level 2 of VivoCity is… awesome. It’s a nice and big playground with a wet and dry play area as well as a large slide, jumping water fountains, climbing structures and tunnels to name a few things. Let the kids go nuts, because that is what everyone else seems to be doing. What’s also great about it is that you can nip into Cotton On Kids (conveniently located right next to it) to stock up on some dry after-wet-play-clothes for your little one.
VivoCity Open Door Playground, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Level 2, www.vivocity.com.sg
Perfect for wearing the little ones out before you get on a long flight (or keeping them occupied while mama runs errands around the mall), SingKids is a Japanese import with a location at Changi Airport, perfect for getting wiggles out before a flight. The space isn’t huge, but it gets the job done. And there are plenty of other kid-friendly activities nearby, too!
SingKids Changi Airport Terminal 3 B2, Airport Blvd, Singapore, www.facebook.com/singkidssg
Built specifically for anyone 3 years old and above (yes, toddlers too!), Zoom Park Singapore is located just a bus ride away from Jurong East MRT Station. Indoor activities include a trampoline dodgeball court, a swinging fidget ladder, high-performance trampoline mats, parkour walls, slam dunk courts, tumble tracks for more seasoned gymnasts and a 17-metre lateral rock wall (with a nice, super-soft foam landing area below).
Zoom Park Asia, 200 Pandan Gardens, #01-14, Singapore 609336, Tel: (+65) 6334 4615, www.zoomparkasia.com
Brought to you in partnership with Katapult, The City, Happy Willow, Hokey Pokey, Kaboodle Kids, Kidzania, Playeum and Red Bean Park. Lead image courtesy of Katapult.