Many of the Singapore old playgrounds of yester-years have been demolished since the widespread interest in them after a Straits Times report in 2012. We trawled the island to hunt the rest of the heritage playgrounds still around in 2016.
1. Mini Dragon Playground at MacPherson
Location: Between Blk 53 & 54 Pipit Road Singapore 370053
For more information, visit Dragon Playground at MacPherson
2. Dove Playground at Dakota Crescent
Right in the Dakota Crescent’s old HDB blocks is the vintage blue Dove playground still in sand-pit.
Location: In front of Blk 10 Dakota Crescent Singapore 390010
For more information, visit Dove or Pigeon Playground at Dakota Crescent
3. Clock Playground at Bishan
Right beside the bus interchange in Bishan is this mosaic clock playground.
Location: 514A Bishan Street 13 Singapore 571514
For more information, visit Clock Playground at Bishan
4. Iconic Full Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh
The Toa Payoh dragon playground was picked by New York culture blog, Flavorwire.com, as one of 15 amazing playgrounds from all over the world. Good news! It was announced that this dragon playground will be preserved and not demolished.
Location: 28 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh Singapore 310028
For more information, visit Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh
5. Sampan / Bumboat Playground at Elias Mall
Row, row, row your boat. Do you know there is a one-of-a-kind sampan / bumboat design sand playground at Elias Mall Pasir Ris Singapore?
Location: Block 625 Elias Road Singapore 510625
For more information, visit Sampan / Bumboat Playground at Elias Mall
6. Water Melon Playground at Tampines
Tutti frutti. Designed like watermelon slices, this old mosaic playground in Tampines is the last of its kind in Singapore.
Location: 858 Tampines Ave 5 Singapore 520858
For more information, visit Water Melon Playground at Tampines
7. Dinosaur Playground at Kim Keat
T-Rex invades HDB Block! Hidden near the famous Dragon playground in Toa Payoh is a T-rex guarding her eggs with her playful baby dinosaur.
Location: Blk 27 Kim Keat Ave Singapore 730827
For more information, visit Dinosaur Playground at Kim Keat
8. Mangosteen Playground at Tampines
Another fruit inspired playground, this time by the queen of fruits herself! This mangosteen shaped playground can be found right beside the watermelon playground in Tampines Central Park.
Location: Blk 858 Tampines Avenue 5 Singapore 520858
For more information, visit Mangosteen Playground at Tampines
9. Dinosaur Playground at Fu Shan Park
Another prehistoric animal sighted! Apart from the dinosaur themed playground in Kim Keat, there is actually another dinosaur playground in Fu Shan Garden Park Woodlands.
Location: Blk 827 Woodlands Street 81 Singapore 730827
For more information, visit Dinosaur Playground at Fu Shan Park
10. Animals Playground at Toa Payoh
This vintage animals playground is simply made up of stone structures in the shapes of duck, elephant and horse where kids can ride on them. The only pet peeve we had was there were no movable parts in this playground.
Location: Blk 2 Toa Payoh Lor 7 Singapore 310002
For more information, visit Animals Playground at Toa Payoh
11. Dragon Playground Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
Another dragon classic! The old Dragon playground in Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 is the last of the 2 large vintage Dragon outdoor children playgrounds that is still around.
Location: Blk 571 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Singapore 560570
For more information, visit Dragon Playground Ang Mo Kio Ave 3
12. Merry Go Round Tiong Bahru (Update: No longer around)
One of the last (if not last) playground with a traditional merry-go-round that is still in a good condition. This merry-go-round can be found in Tiong Bahru adventure park.
Location: Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168732
For more information, visit Merry Go Round Tiong Bahru
13. Mini Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Location: Blk 240 and 241 Toa Payoh Lor 1 Singapore 310240
For more information, visit Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh Lorong 1
Below are some of the old playgrounds that have been closed off or demolished, mainly due to safety concerns.
- Clock Playground Boon Lay (cordoned off)
- Clock Playground Pasir Ris
- Dove Playground at Bukit Batok
- Elephant at Pasir Ris (site returned to government)
- Merry Go Around at Upper Seletar Reservoir
- Pelican, Rabbit and Tortoise at Dover
- Pineapple at Tampines
- Sparrow at Clementi
- Water Melon at Pipit
So hurry and visit the rest before they are gone. It is a race against time. Leave no regrets.
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