Get kids into nature, jump like frogs on lilypad trampolines, play in tidal pools and more at Jurong Lake Gardens
Jurong Lake Gardens, just the third national garden park in Singapore after Gardens By the Bay and Singapore Botanic Gardens is an awesome place to take the kids for some outdoor play! Situated in the heartlands around the beautiful lake (where you may spot otters), this huge Jurong park encourages families to explore nature (something we at Sassy Mama are 100% for!). The Lakeside Garden Park comprises a whopping 53 hectares of the 90-hectare park (the rest will be opening from 2021 onwards). Lakeside is centred upon the concept of “Biophilia”, our innate emotional connection with nature (much like the Nature Playgarden at Hortpark).
Check out all the fun in store for kids at Forest Ramble (huge slides, rope courses, see saws and swings), which encourages kids to imitate animals scurrying, slithering and climbing! There’s also a water play area with tidal pools and sand play at Clusia Cove.
UPDATE: Clusia Cove water play area remains off-limits during the pandemic (as are many other NPark water play areas). Forest Ramble is closed on Mondays for maintenance except for Public Holidays.
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The nature inspired playgrounds at Lakeside Garden are what we are 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 a water and sand play park as well as a cafe.
Forest Ramble: There are 13 different adventure play areas to explore at Forest Ramble, which is the main play area for kids. Everything here is nature-inspired based on the actions and motions of the animals that inhabit the freshwater swamp.
Jump on wooden trampolines balancing precariously on springboards, wobble on log seesaws, and make your way through rope obstacle courses in the Squirrel Play area.
There are Adventure Bridges to navigate, and an Otter Play zone with a scramble of logs for kids to balance on and test their motor skills.
Look out for the Frog Play area where kids can hop from one green “lily pad” (small trampolines set in the ground) to another, like a frog.
The Monkey play zone features ropes to climb on while the Ant play zone sees bright blue blocks to get building with.
Heron Play is where you can make like a heron and swoop across the skies using one of the two gliders within Forest Ramble.
The Birdwing Play area is all about swing time! There are nine swings in different designs – from bucket swings to hammock swings.
At Crab Play area get ready to scurry into tunnels, a wooden maze and hideouts where kids can pop their heads out of little transparent bubble windows much like a crab pops out of the sand.
Snake Play is where kids can imagine being a Paradise Tree Snake and slither down the fantastically long winding slides that resemble a snake coiling around a tree. Make sure you dress the kids in leggings or long shorts as the slides are all metal (and go early before they heat up too much from the sun!).
Inclusive Play: Forest Ramble has elements of inclusive play built into it as well to enable children of all abilities to play together in nature. These inclusive play elements include a swing, merry-go-round, and musical play panels which are wheelchair-accessible.
Clusia Cove is where you’ll want to head when it gets too hot for the kiddos after they’ve worked up a sweat from navigating the Forest Ramble. There’s a café onsite, too, called Fusion Spoon for casual Western and Asian dining. The water playground experience of Clusia Cove 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.
Grassland: Birdspotters,look out for the many rivers and streams where birds may be seen as well as the picturesque Grasslands area — 3.5-hectares dominated by tall grasses with bird hides located within. Can you spot any Grey Herons or Oriental Pied Hornbills?
Gardening allotments: There are 300 gardening plots, Singapore’s largest allotment garden space where members of the community can grow fruits and veggies.
Water sports: The PAssion [email protected] Jurong Lake Garden is where dragon boating, kayaking, pedal-boating take place.
ActiveSG Park: There’s even a lap and training pool and a 24-hour gym, plus an outdoor fitness area where outdoor yoga sessions will take place.
Dog Run: Let your furrkids roam free and make new doggy pals with play mounds for dogs to explore.
Want to get a good peek at where to head before you go? Check out NParks interactive map.
Open: Jurong Lake Gardens is free to enter. It’s open 24 hours daily. However Forest Ramble and Clusia Cove are closed on Mondays.
Opening hours are Tuesday to Sunday, 8am to 10pm.
Forest Ramble & Clusia Cove, Jurong Lake Gardens, 100 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618662, www.nparks.gov.sg/juronglakegardens
Image credit: NParks