School holidays or not, when the kids have to play, it's best to take them out of the house once in a while. While it's a no-brainer to allow the kids more screen time to keep them occupied, it's a slippery slope you don't want to start on. Instead of keeping them homebound, let them run riot in an indoor playground. Rock climbing, trampoline arenas and obstacle courses sign them for a day of madness (and fitness) at one of these outdoor playgrounds.
Play among nature at Jewel Changi Airport’s massive indoor wonderland. Burn your energy by weaving through various mazes, bouncing on nets, sliding down an art sculpture, and admiring the stunning views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley from above a glass bridge. Alternatively, take a breather at a misty garden, take a selfie with the many animal topiaries, and stop and smell the roses at a floral fantasia. Enjoy free admission to the Canopy Park at Jewel Changi Airport from now until March 31. Check out our ultimate guide to Canopy Park here.
Escape the hot and humid Singapore weather to experience the cold and snow at Snow City. Gather the family and dress up in matching winter gear – don't worry, these are available for rent – and stomp around in the snow. Slide down a 60m snow slope, take photos with life-sized snow sculptures in the artic playground or get toasty in an igloo home. Enjoy one-for-one admission to Snow City from now until March 22.
A huge hit with the kids and kidults since the late 80s, the iconic Nerf brand opens the 18,000-square-feet dedicated Nerf entertainment centre that encourages active learning and team bonding. Get your heart pumping at multiple indoor themed activity zones that test your agility and creativity through active play, teamwork and more. And if all that shooting and dodging flying pellets got you working up an appetite, refuel at the food and beverage areas. There are also retail stalls with exclusive Nerf merchandise for you to expand your arsenal.
The massive indoor playground at Marina Square is an interactive play space for children 12 and below. Kiztopia offers an environment where kids can play and learn valuable skills as well. Let them loose at the bouncy castles and trampoline arena, pick up cooking, driving and more at the role playrooms and even bring home the goodies they have made in the kitchen.
One for the kids – make a splash at this indoor water playground that stretches out to 23,000 square feet. It has five slides and eight play decks, all interconnected by climbing structures. Big buckets of water topple at random over a few areas, so expect most children to cluster around that splash pad to get dunked. You probably don’t want to leave your toddler under that waterfall. Head instead to a separate wading area, specially for those aged 18 to 36 months, where water jets gently spray streams at you.
The concept here is simple: to stimulate children’s curiosity and imagination through – what else – art. The centre is divided into several zones, including a museum and workshop. But the highlight is the Art Playscape: in it, visual artist Sandra Lee constructs The Enchanted Tree House, a fantastical play area inspired by the pages of a children’s book. Her illustrations – of giant sea monsters, lush forests and imaginary creatures – literally spill onto the floors, walls and ceilings. Besides the permanent installations, the Keppel Centre for Art Education regularly hosts programmes, from storytelling sessions to craft workshops to kid-friendly discussions on art.
Let the kids try the grown-up world for size and fake it – hopefully – until they make it. Featuring scaled-down ‘real-world’ venues, the edutainment centre allows kidults to run the city and test out career paths such as firefighters, dentists and radio broadcasters.
Take your kids on an artistic adventure at the museum's permanent exhibition, Future World – Where Art Meets Science. Together with digital art installations by teamLab, a trip here will light up your kids’ creative bulb where they can watch their 2D crayon creation transform into animations, create thrones out of colour-changing blocks, and go down an interactive slide.
Let the little ones climb to their hearts’ content at this multi-activity play centre. A range of rock walls are available, including two speed-climbing auto-belaying walls. Those as young as five can try to balance on the two-storey indoor high elements obstacle course, with the help of a parent, who are encouraged to climb with their younger kids. But the highlight at Let ’em Play is Singapore’s first augmented reality rock climbing wall. Challenge another player to hit as many bats as possible, climb a set route or pass a ball back and forth – all while hanging onto the wall, of course.
Everyone's welcome to bounce, prance and run around SuperPark Singapore, an all-in-one indoor activity park from Finland, located at Suntec City Mall. The double-storey 40,000 square foot play space features over 20 exciting adrenaline pumping games including tube slide, indoor flying fox, and a trampoline zone. On top of that, three brand new game experiences have also been added to the line-up such as iWall, SuperClimb, and a kid-friendly Ninja Track. It even has a skate and scoot section for skating enthusiasts to hone their skills.
There isn’t a moment of stillness at Bounce Singapore, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. This addition to the trampoline scene has three areas designed for different interests and various levels of difficulty, so young tots, older teens, adults and even fitness enthusiasts are catered for. Got a pre-schooler in the house? Specifically designed for kids aged three to five, KinderGym is equipped with a safe, multi-sensory environment to give them their jumping fix.
Get amped at Singapore’s first indoor trampoline park, where an hour of non-stop jumping will have your kids sweating and burning energy – without you panting after them. With more than 5,000 sq ft of interconnected bouncing platforms, a foam pit and parkour walls, there’s no limit to the tricks the children can perform: backflips, splits and all kinds of crazy spins in the air. Just be sure to book a slot before you arrive.
This indoor and outdoor play space doesn't come cheap but it's popular for its interactive elements and well-designed spaces (this is the Shangri-La after all). The little ones will have a blast making their way through everything from a sandpit, to going down slides and climbing nets, getting lost in ball pits and mazes, playing outside in the free-form pool or water play zone, or living out their pirate dreams climbing the very realistic pirate ship structure.
They say everywhere can be a playground – that's certainly the case for Airzone, the world's first indoor suspended net playground. Occupying the mall atrium space between different floors in City Plaza Mall, be prepared to explore the multiple play areas where you can dive in a ball pit, crawl through a maze, climb to the top (it's six storeys high) and try out the slides or just hang out on the suspended nets.
It's not too young to introduce art to the kids. The Artground in Goodman Arts Centre offers many art-centric and art-related programmes that help nurture creativity and curiosity in children aged 12 and under. Besides the actual playground aspect of it – think interactive art installations that the little ones can actually touch and climb – other activities kids can get involved in over the weekends are gardening, performing arts (music, dance and drama) as well as arts and craft activities.
Playeum has a nifty motto: 'They’ll change the world tomorrow. Let them play today.' And it's part children's museum and part play space. The centre hopes to spark creative thinking among kids aged one to 12, and is divided into four main spaces. The Main Space, features movable foam objects and wooden toys, is mostly for toddlers, while the Play Maker Space is home to household and recycled items that older kids can use as materials to build their own toys. Who says indoor play can't be creative too?
Let the young ’uns run riot at Cool De Sac, a spacious indoor playground in Suntec City. Suitable for kids aged six months to 12 years old, the playground is split into play stations that cater to different age groups and interests. Budding sculptors will enjoy tinkering with the craft materials at the arts section, while the more active tykes can scale treehouses and tumble through tunnels at the main play area or if your tween insists on console games, they've got a few that work on hand and eye co-ordination. You can choose to explore the areas with your little ones, or just keep an eye on them while nursing a cuppa (or a cold beer) at the in-house café, Bistro Cool.
Themed around popular Korean animated series, Tayo The Little Bus, this indoor themed park in Downtown East is the first outside South Korea and covers 10,000-square-feet-space and has indoor playground areas, a toddler area for the young 'uns. a sensory play space, a mini road circuit and even a function room for parties. Let the kids have a fun time zipping around on their own manual rides where they get to navigate the "roads" and the garage, car wash and gas pump kiosk for the little ones to zip around and pretend play in mini manual rides. Here, children will also get to learn various road signs and basic road safety rules, enabling them to better understand real-world situations in a fun and engaging environment.
For those in the dark, Pororo is an intrepid penguin (who dreams of flying) from a Korean cartoon – and this indoor theme park is dedicated to the character and his friends. Let your children run amok here: they can hop on an actual train with Eddy the fox as he takes you on a tour through the grounds, peek into Pororo’s icy home and dive into a ball pit. And while the big kids can climb and duck through jungle gyms, tinier tots have a dedicated toddler’s area with foam mats and soft toys.
Go Go Bambini is one of the oldest indoor playgrounds in town. But a recent overhaul under new owners includes lots of wood elements, high ceilings and glass for natural light to flood in. The spacious area includes mazes of tunnels to crawl through, a floor piano and rock-climbing foam walls, one of which even lets children jump right into a ball pit underneath. There’s also a separate toddler area where the little ones can play masak-masak and tumble around in their own mini ball pit.
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The main attraction of this jungle-themed indoor playground (from $22, free for babies below 12 months) is the four-wave slide, the highest of its kind standing at 8 metres tall. Another striking feature is the 10-metre high adventure climbing maze filled with long tunnels, suspension bridges, trampoline and obstacles, and its part of the main play area suitable for children aged three to 12 years old. Right beside the bistro, which serves full meals in addition to finger food, is the toddler area. And as expected, it’s filled with plenty of toys from foam blocks to the ubiquitous ball pit.
What sets Amazonia apart is its play rooms: glow-in-the-dark mini 9-hole mini golf course and spaceball shootout where you can engage in a friendly competition with your children. Additionally, Amazonia provides personalised party planning for children of all ages in their 4D party rooms.
New Zealand's indoor climbing theme park Clip 'n Climb has set up base at HomeTeamNS Tampines' space located at Our Tampines Hub, a community and sports centre. You won't find any run-of-the-mill climbing stations here, though. Test your limits and scale over 19 colourful themed walls that range from easy for the rookies to difficult for the more experienced. The best part? The park utilises an automatic belay system, which means you and your friends can climb the different walls at the same time without having to take turns belaying one another. But don’t let its quirky looks fool you, each station stands at 8 metres and are designed to be mentally challenging, featuring different types of grips and obstacles. Experience a twist in rock climbing at the Dry Ice wall where you’ll be given ‘ice picks’ – a pair of wooden sticks – to scale the structure and maneuver yourself to the top.
This edutainment centre uses hands-on activities and facilities to introduce the wild world of science to those aged 18 months to eight. And, as you’d probably guess by now, gravity’s a big part of it. Enter The Big Dream Climber. This fantastical two-storey-high wall features elements plucked from the mind of the Mad Hatter: hanging doors, flying fish, giant gears and huge leaves greet kids at every corner. And if they manage to scale the wall, they’ll arrive at the Music Zone, where they can go nuts on drums and organs, constructed from PVC pipes.
There’s no lack of indoor playgrounds in the east, but the Polliwogs branch in Eastpoint Mall is worth checking out if you’re keen on some hands-on playtime with your children. The newest and third addition to the Polliwogs family, this 5,000-square-foot, space-themed outlet’s main attractions include a three-storey-high spiral slide – accessible by climbing through rocket-shaped tunnels – and other speedy slides for the thrill-seekers. Or, challenge your kids to an airgun shoot-out with foam balls. Toddlers below two have a special play zone designed just for them. It’s separate from the main section and features a miniature version of the fairground favourite, spinning teacups.
Future high-flyers will be thrilled at the options available at this 4,200-square-foot transportation-themed playground. The main play area, best suited for older children up to 12, has tunnels, obstacles, suspension bridges, spiral tube slides and two trampolines for them to hop around amid cushioned walls emblazoned with decals of planes. The toddler area, meanwhile, has mini slides, a ball pit, foam blocks and larger-than-life, Lego-like stackable blocks designed to train motion coordination. Parents can either keep an eye on the kids from a distance, or, if you’re super chill, leave the nannying to the staff on the ground.