Friday, November 15, 2013

Top 5 Playgrounds in Singapore

Updated: 15 November 2013

​Playgrounds are a common sight in Singapore and almost every neighbourhood has one. Majority of our playgrounds however, have similar and recurring themes with many of them featuring the same old slides and playhouse sets.

There are however, some hidden gems within our heartlands that dare to be different and push play and imagination to another level to give your children an exhilarating playtime experience.

Here is our list of the top 5 playgrounds in Singapore:

NUMBER 5

Number five on the list is Montreal Green’s playground located at the junction of Sembawang road and Canberra link. The playground has a range of features, including the basic slides and play boxes, swings and rope bridges. Unlike many modern playgrounds, there is a sandpit for kids to build and sculpt to their imagination. The park is clean and with two separate playgrounds and a swing set, there will be no lack of activities for your kids here.

Getting There: The play ground is located at Canberra Link in Sembawang, a short walk from the closest MRT Station. 

Nearest Train Station: Sembawang MRT Station

Servicing Buses: Take service 167 from Sembawang Interchange and alight at the second stop.

NUMBER 4
In fourth place is the hidden gem located at Hindhede Nature Park, which is a short trek from Bukit Timah Nature Reserve. The journey itself is fun and gives an opportunity for you and your kids to be close to nature. Sticking to the nature theme, the playground has many climbing features from rope domes to swinging bridges. Like little Tarzans, your kids will be able to swing, climb and hang from the various rope features throughout the playground. Do remember to bring ample refreshments to keep everyone hydrated.

Getting There: Located at the end of Hindhede Drive, there are limited parking spaces available at the foothill of the reserve. To minimise impact to the reserve, especially on weekends, you may like to take the public transport instead.

Servicing Buses: You can take any of these bus services 170, 67, 75, 171, 173, 184, 852 and 961. Alight along Upper Bukit Timah Road, opposite Bukit Timah Shopping Centre and Beauty World Centre, or along Jalan Anak Bukit, opposite Courts furniture store, and walk to the end of Hindhede Drive.

NUMBER 3
Coming in third are the three separate play areas in Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. The first is a water playground which means that it would be a good idea to pack an extra set of clothing when visiting this playground.

The second play area is deemed an adventure playground, with logs and tree-houses and slides for your children to climb and slide down from. The play area is big and offers ample room for your kids to run about.

The last area is a giant sand pit with soft sand and is catered to the younger children. The highlight of the place is a digger which your child can operate to dig on the sands.

Getting There: The park is located along Bishan road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. It consists of two separate parks and stretches from the junction of Bishan and Ang Mo Kio to Upper Thomson Road.

Nearest Train Station: The park is in between both Ang Mo Kio and Bishan MRT Stations, they’re both about a similar distance if travelling on foot. 

Servicing Buses: You can catch Services 132, 133, 136, 165, 166, 169 and 262 from Ang Mo Kio, or services 50, 55, 58 and 410 from Bishan

NUMBER 2
Tucked away in Tiong Bahru Park and coming in at number two on the list, this giant train themed playground is set in the middle of the park and can be seen from any entrance. The train and its cabins are held aloft the sandpit by climbing structures and slides. The topsy-turvy train has ample room for more than fifty or so children to play in.

There’s even a mini maze for the younger children to explore and run around in, while parents can easily keep their eye on them as the hedges of the maze do not grow past waist level.

Getting There: Located at Tiong Bahru Road, the park is located within walking distance of Gan Eng Seng Secondary School. 

Nearest Train Station: A short walk from Tiong Bahru MRT Station

Servicing Buses: Bus services 16, 32, 33, 63, 64, 120 and 851, the alighting bus stop is conveniently situated just outside the park. 

NUMBER 1
Coming in at number one is Alexandra Canal Linear Park’s rope playground. The rope playground is a big hit with children of all ages and consists of rope bridges and tunnels for endless climbing fun. The ropes are strong enough to support adults so parents can get in on the fun too if you are tempted. Afterall, you can never be too old for a good climb!

There are five playgrounds in total, beginning with the rope playground; you can make your way down the path towards Queenstown to a few other unique playgrounds including a trampoline, a gondola bridge and a pair of squiggly tubes that works like telephone lines and carry sound from one end to the other.

Getting There: The rope playground is a short walk from Block 83, Stathmore Avenue in Queenstown.

Nearest Train Station: Walk along Strathmore Avenue from Queenstown MRT Station and you’ll be able to locate block 83. 

Servicing Buses: You can take bus services 51, 111, 145, 186 or 970 and alight at Queenstown MRT Station.

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