The beautiful Jubilee Park is one of the only playgrounds in River Valley – kids love it for the sprawling playground nestled at the base of Fort Canning Park, and you’ll love how close it is to good coffee!
A hop and a skip from Fort Canning MRT will land you at Jubilee Park. A much-needed addition to the River Valley area, this playground sits on the Western slopes of Fort Canning Park amid ancient, heritage-listed trees. If you need to caffeinate before you hit the park, Dutch Colony (home to arguably the best coffee in Singapore) and Starbucks are just across the road at UE Square. As with many playgrounds in Singapore this one has no shelter from the sun, so the best times to visit are mornings (shaded until almost 10am) and early evenings. Our kids love scouring the slopes next to the playground for saga seeds (those beautiful, shiny, heart-shaped red seeds) and chasing the local roosters. It’s also worth taking a stroll around the rest of Fort Canning park, as there are lots of beautiful new gardens, great views from the top, and even a lighthouse!
Where to find it: Jubilee Park is located at the junction of River Valley Road and Clemenceau Avenue, right by Fort Canning MRT station on the Downtown Line.
Kids will love the round of swings, situated over a sandy circle. A variety of sizes and styles suit all ages, and a separate set of inclusive swings are located next to this, which allow wheelchair users to swing, too.
A log scramble is great for climbing and balancing, and includes log and rock stepping stones so the younger ones can also get involved. Woodchips soften the landing for those who are wobblier on their feet. Nearby, whole families can climb onto the hydraulic see-saws, and parents and helpers can utilise the many benches while kids dig in the sand (BYO bucket and spade!).
A “treehouse“ (lead image) can be accessed by a rope bridge, and there is a large expanse of grass for running around and burning off any residual energy! Large climbing nets allow kids to feel like Spiderman and are suspended over colourful plants.
NB: These climbing nets have since been modified and kids can no longer climb up the higher sections.
There’s a cute little toddler slide further towards the Clarke Quay end that’s perfect for the 2-year-old set. For the bigger kids there are long slides built into the natural slope of the park (just watch out for slide burn – ouch!).
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