It's summer all year round in Singapore so there's really no reason why you shouldn't pay a visit to one of these public pools – there's basically one in or close to every neighbourhood – for a dip to cool off. Besides lots of fun family friendly facilities (did someone say Jacuzzi?), these pools boast super affordable entry fee that costs less than a hawker centre meal. Who says you need to stay at a five-star luxury hotel or have a fancy country club membership to cool off in style? We unveil some of the best public pools you'd want to check out asap.
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Head up to Kallang Wave Mall's rooftop – and don’t forget your swimsuit and sunblock. While Splash N Surf has a water play area open only to kids, there’s a lazy pool that allows both children and adults to laze in, for a grand sum of two bucks. You and your kiddo can also learn to half-pipe surf at the Stingray and master riding on the boogie board and kneeboard – unfortunately that'll cost you a little more, prices start from $30/hour and up.
Unless you live somewhere along the North-East MRT line, this public pool is gonna be quite out of the way but it's definitely worth the trek, especially if you've got active kids who loves to slide. The most eye-catching feature in this swimming complex is the 8 colourful giant slides – there are both open-top and tube slides – that sends the young (or the yound-at-heart) splashing straight into the pool. There's also a relaxing jacuzzi and kiddy pool – fitted with a small slide for the toddlers – to check out. There are two Olympic-sized pools and you can sign up for one of its group swimming lessons conducted regularly throughout the week.
Located on level 6 of Our Tampines Hub, this breezy rooftop facility gives ritzy infinity pools a run for their money. There are a total of six pools: a training pool, a ten-lane competition pool, a multi-purpose pool (you know, for water polo and synchronised swimming events and stuff), a Jacuzzi pool for chilling, an interactive pool and a wading pool. The last two are meant for the little ones – the garden-themed kiddy pool even has flower pot misting spouts and a kid-sized waterfall to get really drenched in.
A perennial favourite among the Westies, Jurong East Swimming Complex was the first public pool in Singapore to offer a lazy river (complete with a float, no less), wave pool and fun slides to the masses. Since its opeing in 2000, this swimming complex still hasn't lost its appeal – the tower of three spiralling water slides are perpetually packed, along with the wave pool and lazy river that gently lulls you along the perimeter of the facility. If you're there to do some real swimming, there's also a competition pool somewhere in the complex.
Slides are always popular with both kids and adult and Pasir Ris Swimming Complex has two of them to play with. There's also a competition pool, a training pool, two kiddy pools fitted with fun water features and a Jacuzzi where you can park yourself to keep an eye on your kids and yet not miss out on all the fun. Additionally, this swimming complex is one of the 'greenest' pool of the bunch, the entire building is fitted with energy-saving features such as rainwater harvesting system – the collected water is used to water surrounding plants, of which it has many – and even vertical green walls that's as Instagram-worthy as it is practical (it's said to reduce ambient heat gained).