The best free playgrounds in Singapore

Venture beyond your go-to neighbourhood playground and let the kids run wild
Singapore Heritage Festival
By Megan Sim |

Forget staying in – give the kids their daily dose of fun (and vitamin D) by letting them loose in these imaginative playgrounds. From illuminated slides 
to orchid-shaped splash buckets, these public playgrounds have us wishing we were seven again.

Things to do

Marine Cove Playground

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This 3,500sqft playground is home to all manners of swings and slides. Older kids can take on wobbly net climbing courses at a three-storey play structure aptly modeled after a lighthouse. For those with toddlers in tow, steer them over to the merry-go-round and grass maze.

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Aeroplane Playground The Oval @ Seletar Aerospace

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Let your kid’s imagination take flight at this aviation-themed playground and recharge at one of the many hipster bistros located at this recently redeveloped district. The playground’s dominant aircraft motif even extends to a control tower-like structure that young ones can clamber up for a better view of planes taking off and landing at the nearby Seletar airport.


Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

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Asia’s largest children’s garden can 
be found right in our backyard. With everything from tree houses and trampolines to a flying fox, it’s a hit among outdoor-loving kids with energy to burn. Take your budding nature enthusiasts on a stroll along the canopy walk and be sure to look out for cocoa, tea and coffee plants.

Kids, Playgrounds

Admiralty Park Playground

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Thanks to a two-year-long makeover, this sprawling urban park now boasts 26 thrilling slides – the most in Singapore – including a massive High Adventure Roller Slide that’s fitted with motion sensor LED lights that are especially pretty after sunset. The park also features an inclusive playground with a wheelchair-friendly swing and a merry-go-round that’s fun for kids with and without special needs.

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Far East Organization Children's Garden

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Have your towels on standby. Kids can scuttle through a passage of arching water jets and even get drenched by orchid- shaped splash buckets at this verdant play area. Situated between the Cloud Forest and Satay by the Bay, this garden cum playground is divided into specific play zones that cater to various age groups – guaranteed to keep the kids out of your hair for an hour or two.

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Toa Payoh Dragon Playground

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Even if you’ve yet to see the iconic site in person, we’re pretty sure you’ve seen it on your Instagram feed. Built in the 1970s, this mosaic-clad dragon play structure is the poster child of retro playgrounds
 in Singapore. Back in the good old days, children would slide down its colourful back. Today, safety hazards have gotten in the way of that, but the beloved playground still holds significant sentimental value as the only dragon playground with a sandpit in Singapore – head on down for a dose of nostalgia. Or to snap that perfect #OOTD.

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