Head to Seletar for family fun! With Wheeler’s Estate and other cafés (including one in an aircraft hangar), the aviation-themed playground at Seletar Aerospace Park, and Seletar Airport for plane spotting!
Seletar (pronounced ‘selita’ or ‘se-lay-ta’ in case you didn’t know) has something for everyone! The Oval at the redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park has a great playground for kids, there are restaurants like Wheeler’s Estate and Summerhouse, plus there’s plane spotting with Seletar Airport nearby, and cycling and birdwatching around Seletar Reservoir. With a real off the beaten track feel, Seletar makes a fun family day trip for something different on the weekend.
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1. Play at the Seletar Aerospace park airplane-themed playground
This wonderful Seletar Aerospace park playground right outside Wheelers Estate features two play areas suitable for toddlers and older children. From a colourful propeller plane play structure, to air traffic control tower slides to a helipad merry-go-round and swings; the Seletar Aerospace park playground is bang on theme being next to Seletar Airport.
The smaller jet plane is suitable for younger kids and the swings have bucket seats. An interesting feature of the Seletar Aerospace park playground is the Giant Aeroplane Chess game that one can play on the ground. After expending their energy on the swings the kids will enjoy running around the open lawns of Seletar Aerospace park that surrounds the playground.
2. Go Plane Spotting beside Seletar Airport!
On the fringes of the Seletar Aerospace park near the Hyde Park gate is the Seletar Airspace. The long stroller and wheelchair friendly boardwalk, parallel to Seletar Airport is a lovely spot to watch private jets and hangers. With lots of little benches that look like origami paper airplanes placed along the manicured walkway one can admire the airplanes from afar. You may be able to catch a few planes take off but usually, this is a tranquil oasis to relax and unwind.
3. Go for a walk amongst the greenery of Seletar Aerospace park
Take a relaxing walk through the lush green estate of Seletar Aerospace park. The beautiful black and white bungalows that dot the grounds were former RAF personnel residences but today house restaurants. There is a lovely log play structure in the shape of a plane. The kids can climb up for a pretend play session – taking turns to become passengers and pilots.
Where: Seletar Aerospace park
4. Visit Hampstead Wetlands Park
Located close by Seletar Aerospace park playground is the newly opened Hampstead Wetlands Park. This former marshland area now has a garden and pond with observatory decks for birdwatching.
Where: Hampstead Wetlands Park, 1 Baker St, Singapore 799977
5. Stroll or scoot along the Seletar Reservoir
Close by to Seletar Aerospace Park is Lower Seletar Reservoir. There are wooden viewing platforms and boardwalks for walking along. Further along there is a large kids’ water play area complete with water jets and fountains for little ones to cool off (note: this may be closed during the pandemic). Take your binoculars and look out for birds and monitor lizards. There is fishing in designated areas and kayaking clubs if you fancy a paddle.
Where: Lower Seletar Reservoir, bounded by Yishun Ave 1 and Lentor Avenue
The Oval, Park Lane defines a sprawling cluster of black and white ex-Royal Air Force bungalows that have been spruced up and turned into lovely colonial style restaurants and cafes, reminiscent of Dempsey. The surrounding streets conjure up old England with names like Oxford Street and Piccadilly Street.
1. Wheeler’s Estate
Wheeler’s Estate (sister of Wheeler’s Yard in Balestier) has a stunning expansive lawn overlooking Seletar Aerospace Park where the kids can play at the nearby Seletar Aerospace Park playground. There is alfresco dining over weekend brunch (open from 9am), plus dinner (open from 3pm) of Australian style steaks, fish and chips, burgers, and pizzas.
Wheeler’s Estate 2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386, www.wheelersestate.com
2. 5 by Sans Facon
French food seems the order of the day at Seletar Aerospace Park! 5 by Sans Facon is a new French restaurant set in a black and white colonial building. Dine on Duck confit, open-face sandwiches, and steak frites in a tranquil alfresco setting.
5 by Sans Facon, 5 The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 797863, www.facebook.com/5bySansFacon
Wildseed opens at 9am for dogwalkers and families and is another option for brunch within Seletar Aerospace Park. This cafe is part of The Summerhouse, and offers freshly-roasted coffee, floral cakes and pastries, hearty weekend brunches (Eggs Benedict and Big Pan Breakfasts), and casual, all-day fare.
Wildseed, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, www.wildseedcafe.sg
4. Young’s Bar & Restaurant
Young’s Bar & Restaurant is situated at The Oval in Seletar Aerospace Park and offers laid back Modern European cuisine; think truffle fries, Hawaiian pizza, and breakfasts as well as high teas.
Young’s Bar & Restaurant, 3 Hyde Park Gate, The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park Singapore, Singapore 799531
5. The Summerhouse
The Summerhouse offers weekend brunch, drinks and dinner. Set on the second floor of an ex-RAF commander’s black and white bungalow in The Oval at Seletar Aerospace Park, The Summerhouse offers authentic French farm-to-table cuisine. Looking for a different dining experience? Check out their Garden Domes, an immersive dining experience amidst the lush edible garden.
The Summerhouse, 3 Park Lane, Singapore 798387, www.thesummerhouse.sg
6. Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café is an ode to bicycles with hanging bicycles and assorted cycling paraphernalia. Head here for brunch with plane spotting as a view as Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café is right next to Seletar Airport. On the menu is a mix of Western, Japanese, and local dishes.
Soek Seng 1954 Bicycle Café, 80 #01-01 MAJ Aviation Building, Seletar Aerospace View, 797563, www.facebook.com/SoekSeng1954BicycleCafe
7. Hangar66 Cafe
Looking for something different? Why not dine in an aircraft hangar? This airplane-themed cafe is where you can chow on casual Western fare while plane spotting private jets at Seletar Airport.
Hangar66 Cafe, #01-01, WOA Aviation Hangar66, 66 Seletar Aerospace View, Singapore 797509, www.facebook.com/hangar66cafe
How to get to Seletar Aerospace Park
Car: It’s a 30-minute drive to Seletar from town (or less if the roads are clear).
Bus: Take Bus 117 at the Bus Interchange from Punggol MRT. Alight at the Seletar Aerospace Drive for a short walk to The Oval.
Where: The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace Park, 3 Park Ln, Singapore 798387
And there you have it. A little adventure in Seletar awaits.