(Updated 11 May 2016)
Water playgrounds are a great way to work off children’s boundless energy and keep cool at the same time! Here’s a round-up of our top 5 free water attractions in Singapore!
1) Marina Barrage Water Playground
Built across the mouth of Marina Channel, Marina Barrage creates Singapore’s 15th reservoir, and the first in the heart of the city. Not only is it a source of water for Singapore, it also helps to alleviate floods and it is a lifestyle attraction. For parents with kids, no trip to Marina Barrage is ever complete without a run around the water playground. The place is huge, with a large wading area for kiddos to run around and have a splashing good time. After drying off, head to the rooftop of the Marina Barrage for a family picnic and watch dusk set over the spectacular Singapore city skyline. All-in-all, this is a great place to spend the weekend with the family.
2) Lower Seletar Reservoir
One of our favourite ABC Waters site, Lower Seletar Reservoir has a family bay and water play area that is part of the overall ABC Waters design plan. While daddy takes a leisurely jog around the reservoir, the kiddos can take the chance to have fun with the water fountains which uses water that has been cleansed and treated from the surrounding rain garden.
3) Splash-N-Surf at Sports Hub
This brand spanking new, state-of-the-art sports complex has something for everyone, regardless of your age or level of athleticism! While adults can take part in water sports such as canoeing or kayaking in the newly developed Kallang Basin, the little ones can enjoy the Water Play Area & Kids Pool which are uniquely designed with whimsical “aquatecture.”
4) Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park
Divided into two sections by Marymount Road, the Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park is a favourite recreational spot for many residents in the area. While the River Plains is the more well-known and widely photographed half, the Pond Gardens doesn’t lose out in terms of facilities and looks either! One of the best kept secret is the innovative Water Playground which is quite unlike the other playgrounds that we featured here because there are no sprouting water fountains and wading pools. Instead, children manoeuvre sluice gates to control water flow and learn to appreciate and value water while interacting with it. Do take note of the playground’s operating hours though – it is only open on Thursday – Sunday; 8am to 11am and 4pm to 8pm.
5) Gardens by the Bay
Amidst the lush natural setting of Gardens by the Bay, there is an interactive Children’s Garden with integrates both nature and adventure for children of all ages. There are fun water tunnels to explore, water jets to dodge and splash buckets to play with. The water play area is also linked to sensors which detect the movement of children to create a corresponding sequence of interesting water effects. A must visit!
6) WaterWorks at Science Centre
One of the permanent exhibitions at the Science Centre is the WaterWorks, which was set up with the support of PUB. Learning does not stop even when kids play at the WaterWorks as it has been specially designed as an interactive water playground that teaches children about water through hands-on exhibits. Admission to the WaterWorks is part of the Science Centre ticket but during off peak days, Singaporeans and PRs can get free entry!
By Brooke Coventina