Water play at NEXThese days, virtually every other new mall boasts a kid-friendly play area of some form, as more retailers are recognizing that a happy kid generally makes for a happy parent shopper! It’s good business sense for investors and great news for us parents! With the weather so erratic nowadays, it’s nice to know there’s somewhere your child can go to safely let off some steam if the rain leaves you stranded somewhere unexpectedly.

From the (non-exhaustive) list of indoor play spaces below, you’ll find that there is fun to be found islandwide. Some of these playgrounds are sheltered, others are not, but they’re all completely FOC and fun for your kids (and you)! We’ve also listed a couple of outdoor playgrounds that are worth the trip if you’re up for an adventure in the neighbourhood!

NORTH

Northpoint
Check out the huge rooftop water playground, designed to provide a fun and interactive experience for children with its water features, ground sprays and specially imported multi-play structures.

Where: 930 Yishun Avenue 2 (rooftop)

Sembawang Shopping Centre
Kids will enjoy a visit to the rooftop which includes a sheltered dry playground as well as a wet play area. The Splash Park has all sorts of colourful water toys such as spray guns, ground level water jets and frog-shaped fountains that will definitely keep your little ones of all ages entertained!

Where: 604 Sembawang Road (rooftop)

Causeway Point
One of the newest ‘kids on the block’, this sheltered play area has a train-like structure with different kinds of steps and slides. Excellent for children aged two and above!

Where: 1 Woodlands Square, level 2

SOUTH/CENTRAL

Vivocity
There are not one, but TWO play spaces in Vivocity – one, a giant rooftop lagoon in the Sky Park perfect for toddlers to splash and wade about in and, two, a Play Court on level two with lots of interactive features to engage the kids.

Where: 1, Harbourfront Walk, Level 2 and rooftop

Free water play at NEXNEX Serangoon
KidzPlay is a rooftop playground with both wet and dry attractions that kids will enjoy. The water outlets shoot out jets of water at regular intervals, guaranteed to cool you down on a sunny afternoon!

Where: 23, Serangoon Central (rooftop)

City Square
Right at the entrance to the mall, you’ll find a delightful wooden playground, nostalgic of the good old days, including a few climbing structures and something that’s rare in playgrounds these days – a tyre swing!

Where: 180, Kitchener Road, Level 1

Playground at Somerset 313313@Somerset (right)
The playarea here is pretty simple, with just a few activities for the kids, but the bonus is that it’s right next to the food court, so parents can eat while keeping an eye on their little ones. Or simply promise them the treat of some play time as soon as they’re done with their meal!

Where: 313, Orchard Road, Level 5

Marina Square
While this indoor playground is fairly small in comparison to its counterparts, it has definitely won the stamp of approval from many parents and their little ones! A cubby house and kid-sized car will keep toddlers happily occupied here.

Where: 6, Raffles Boulevard, Level 3

EAST

Tampines 1
Very recently opened on the shopping centre’s rooftop, this wet-and-dry wildlife-animal-themed playground is not just fun for the kids (aged 2-12), but also seeks to educate them on wildlife conservation as well.

Where: 10 Tampines Central 1 (rooftop)

Katong 112
Another recent opening is their wet playground on level 4, a huge draw for kids with its wet slides, fountains, swings, water showers and huge buckets that dump water on the ground. There’s also a huge space with rubber floors, perfect for running around without fear of slipping!

Where: 112 East Coast Road, level 4

Changi City Point
The Arena@L3 includes an outdoor amphitheatre, wet playground and a tree-house trail for children. The wet playground is definitely a favourite with the kids, and can reportedly keep them entertained for a couple of hours!

Where: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Level 3

WEST

IMM Building
On the rooftop, you’ll find both an open-air wet splash park and a sheltered dry play area. Spray guns, fountains and water jets galore in the wet park, and an exciting treehouse will ensure your kids have a lot of fun here!

Where: 2, Jurong East Street 21 (rooftop)

Lot One Shoppers’ Mall
Their rooftop playground has both wet and dry areas, including a unique spray tunnel for the kids! Do note that the dry play area opens daily from 10.30am to 10.30pm, and the wet play area opens on weekdays from 12pm to 2pm and 5pm to 8pm, weekends from 12pm to 8pm.

Where: 21, Choa Chu Kang Avenue 4 (rooftop)

Compiled by Dorothea Chow, pictures by TNAP