The best free water parks in Singapore

Keep cool and splash around at these water parks for free
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By Tiffany Chow, Sofiana Ramli and Cam Khalid |
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While the weather has been a bit unpredictable lately, if the sun is shining (and the kids are angsty), take them out to cool down at these free aqua playgrounds around the island. We've checked out where to go for the best sprinklers, bubblers and water fountains that are great for kids (and adults). Best of all, as they are in public spaces, so there's no admission fees! Just like these best public pools too

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Bugis Junction

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The OG of free water play areas, the Bugis Junction's street level water play area has been a rite of passage for most little ones in Singapore. While there's no fancy slides or cute animal statues to interact with, the fun lies in playing around attempting to avoid the impromptu water jets. Added bonus: There's a McDonald's right next to the fountain and we all know how joy that $1 vanilla cone can bring. 

Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
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Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

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Most people head to Lower Seletar Reservoir for the views and trails but the park that looks out to the water is one of the most underrated ones in Singapore. Facilities and amenities include a fishing jetty, a People's Association Water Venture outlet that provides kayak rentals, and a water park. Run through the fountains and splash through the wading area with mini rivers and water mills.

 

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Palawan Pirate Ship

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Who doesn't love a free water playgorund right in the middle of Singapore's most scenic beaches? Formerly known as the Port of Lost Wonder, the kids will love exploring the various water slides and fountains on this gigantic pirate ship. All children will have to be accompanied by an adult so the parents can climb aboard and splash around as well. 

Vivo City
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VivoCity

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You may need a map to navigate your way around VivoCity, but one thing’s for sure: this sprawling mall has everything under one roof. Or on its roof itself. Kids can splash around and cool down at the sprawling rooftop pools overlooking Sentosa while parents can take a breather after a shopping spree. You can also rent paddle boats (from $8) for the younger kids to tackle the knee-deep waters. 

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Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

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Sited within the lush greens of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Jacob Ballas Children's Garden is a wonderland for the tiny tots. The fun really starts at the entrance where the water play area catches your eye the minute you step into it. Safe for the little ones, water sprouts at low levels, so there are none of those in-your-face surprises. However, the lack of shade does call for a proper lather of sunscreen and a hat.

 

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Kallang Wave Mall

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Rooftop

Make sure to slap on some sunblock and enjoy a splashing good time at this water park, which overlooks the city skyline. The play area is equipped with water jets, colourful slides and a 60-centimetre-deep pool. Although friendly and helpful lifeguards are on duty, parental supervision is required at all times. Amenities include shower facilities and lockers. 

Opening times: Daily 8am-10pm.

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Far East Organization Children's Garden

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This outdoor playground has one mission: to get everybody drenched. There are water tunnels, stepping springs and various jets your pint-sized terrors – or your mischievous side – can use to hose everyone else down. Even toddlers can get in on the aquatic action, with a safe play zone you’ll feel comfortable letting them roam around in.

Opening times: Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun 9am-9pm. Closed on Mondays.

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Westgate

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Level 4

It's called Westgate Wonderland for good reason. This massive playground bears a ‘fantasy garden’ theme and is split into dry and wet sections. Kids (2-12 years old) can roll around in the small water section and be showered by an enormous watering can that sprays water every once in a while. Parents will be happy to note that there's a free blower room for children to dry off. Avoid the last Monday of every month, when the area is closed for maintenance. 

Opening times: Daily 10am-10pm.

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IMM

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Level 3

It may be a small water play area up in the mall's Garden Plaza section, but the eclectic spread of installations leaves kids with a lot of options. Engage in a friendly battle with rotating water guns, or patiently wait under little buckets to get drenched. There's only one dry bench for waiting parents, but with the changing rooms just nearby, they won't have to take the little ones far.

Opening times: Mon-Fri 10.30am-9.30pm (closed every Thu from 7pm and first Wed of every month for maintenance); Sat & Sun 10am-9.30pm.

 

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Marina Barrage Water Playground

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With water gushing up from almost 30 sockets, you're guaranteed to get soaked when you run through this fountain. If your family doesn’t fancy a wet cool-down on a hot day, they can wait underneath the shaded seating area right beside the fountain and enjoy the great view of the Marina Bay skyline. Cap the day off with a picnic on the Green Roof, where your kids can dry themselves under the sun. 

Opening times: Mon, Wed & Fri 12.30-9pm; Tue, Thu, Sat & Sun 9am-9pm.

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112 Katong

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Level 4

This aqua playground features wet slides, swings, water sprays, bucket machines and two gigantic mushroom fountains. The floors are padded with rubber, ensuring that children don't slip as they run through the play area. And after a day of play, parents can clean the kids up at the outdoor shower stalls.

Opening times: Daily 10am-10pm.

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Changi City Point

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Level 2

Located near the Koufu food court, this water park is dominated by its interactive water elements and the three treehouse trail, comprising of a small park built in a “tree-house” at Level 2. There's a quieter courtyard area with a koi pond on Level 1 and Basement 1 for parents with babies looking for a little respite from the crowds. 
Opening times: Daily 10am-10pm.

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Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

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Take a walk along the green space or simply leave your car at car park B (enter from Ang Mo Kio Ave 1) to get to the water park at Pond Gardens. The park is designed to include a series of water channels and draining systems. Kids can control the flow of water by manoeuvring sluice gates – it's sure different from going nuts over the usual water fountains.

The park is especially great for the (really) little ones, as the two main drains are big enough for them to splash around in without having to worry about water getting up to their ears. Tired adults can also sit on the movable plastic structures and let the cool water flow over their feet.

Opening times: Daily 24hrs, but the water is only turned on from Thu-Sun 8-11am, 4-8pm.

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Punggol Waterway Park

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Not too far away from Punggol MRT station, this water play area is situated in the park's recreation zone. While this water playground doesn’t boast the largest array of powerful water jets, its gushing fountains and water cannons are more than enough to satisfy. Make sure to run through the orange-ringed structure (pictured) and be prepared to get soaked. There are also toilets nearby and plenty of benches under shaded areas for parents to chill or if you fancy a spot of bird watching. It can get a bit crowded at times, though, so be warned.

Opening times: Daily 24hrs.

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nex

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Level 4R

There is plenty of room for kids (and the young at heart) to run around on the spongy, wave-print turf of nex's rooftop KidzPlay @ SkyGarden. There's a variety of ways to get wet – from mist machines to a massive centrepiece bucket that creates a torrential waterfall when it tips over. There's a changing room at the corner of the water park, but bathrooms are a drippy walk across the SkyGarden. 

Opening times: Mon-Fri 1-8pm; Sat & Sun 11am-8pm.

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Sembawang Shopping Centre

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Level 3

If the kids can't decide whether they want to go to a water park or a dry jungle gym, head to Splash Park at Sembawang Shopping Centre. Features of the water park include mist machines, water guns, a swirling windmill and slides that lead from the wet area to the (somewhat) dry section. There are also free lockers and a kids shower area. 

Opening times: Daily 11am-2pm, 5-8pm.

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Tampines 1

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Level 5

This animal-themed water park on the rooftop of this heartland mall will surely make the kids go wild with its sealion and polar bear slides and hippopotamus fountains. In case it gets too hot, cool down and move to the shaded areas. Shower facilities are also available.

Opening times: Mon 4-9.30pm; Tue-Fri noon-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-9.30pm.

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Lower Seletar Reservoir Park

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Take the kids for a pre- or post-dinner walk along the park to the Family Bay Area. There, kids can entertain themselves in the open area with water fountains, a wading area with rocks for walking across, and water mills. Parents can supervise from the sitting area that surrounds half the water park. Even if you miss the scenic view of the Lower Seletar Reservoir as the sun sets, the whole water park brightens up with coloured lights at night.

Opening times: Daily 24hrs.

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Lot One

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Level 5

With both dry and wet playgrounds, there's lots of space for kids to run around. The water park is animal-themed, with the pipes around it modelled after giraffes, frogs and elephants. Shower facilities are available.

Opening times: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 5-8pm; Sat & Sun noon-8pm. The dry area is open daily 10am-9pm.

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Waterway Point

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Located right next to Punggol MRT/LRT station, Waterway Point's Happy Park is dotted with massive lilies and leaf sculptures. Plus, there's a good ratio of wet/dry areas so you don't have to remain constantly soaked the whole day.

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