Want to cool off from the heat and have a good swim with the kids? There are many water playgrounds to choose from in Singapore, and families living in the northern part of Singapore are spoiled for choice!
Here are water playgrounds you can find in the north of Singapore.
FREE WATER PLAYGROUNDS
1. Northpoint Water Playground
Northpoint water playground is one of the newest water playgrounds in the North.
Located at the 4th floor of Northpoint City, you can access it via the series of escalators starting from Level 1 next to McDonald’s / MOS Burger.
There is a simple wet playground for toddlers and a larger one with slides for older children.
Parents can shower their children at the common showering area which has 3 showerheads (both a fixed showerhead and a removable showerhead like the ones we use in our home bathroom).
However, for parents concerned about personal privacy, there is no cubicle except a handicapped toilet to change your children’s clothes so many parents simply change their children’s clothes in public view.
There is also a small dry playground mainly for babies and toddlers at the far end of the water playground. The playground is open to children below the age of 12.
Address: Level 4, Northpoint City 930 Yishun Ave 2, Singapore 769098
Nearest MRT: Yishun
Water Activation Hours: 10.30am – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm daily
2. Jelutung Harbour Park
The Jelutung Harbour Park water playground is unique as it is located in the middle of a circular cluster of HDB blocks.
It follows a nautical theme and even has a rotating flagpole fountain that could get an unsuspecting parent wet.
There is only one handicapped toilet cum shower next to the playground which tends to be occupied especially when many parents are showering their children after water play.
There are several playgrounds and exercise areas nearby should you like to explore dry options.
Image source: Kampung Sembawang
Address: 493 Admiralty Link, Singapore 750493
Nearest MRT: Sembawang
Water Activation Hours: 9.30am – 9.30pm
3. Sembawang Shopping Centre
The water playground (and dry playground) is located on the top floor (3rd storey) of Sembawang Shopping Centre.
Image source: Playpoint
There are slides connecting the water playground to the dry playground, and many tippling buckets of water that will surprise unsuspecting parents too. The playground is open to children under 12 years old.
There is a common shower area (no cubicle) and limited seating area here. Good news is that there is a free daily shuttle bus service from Sembawang MRT and Yishun MRT for families taking public transport.
Address: Level 3, Sembawang Shopping Centre, 604 Sembawang Road, Singapore 758459
Nearest MRT: Sembawang or Yishun
Water Activation Hours: 11am – 2pm & 5pm – 8pm
4. Lower Seletar Reservoir Park
The water playground at Lower Seletar Reservoir Park has beautiful scenery of greenery, the reservoir, the North-South MRT line in the backdrop and a boardwalk leading to the middle of the reservoir.
This playground is suitable for babies, toddlers, older children and even adults to enjoy the meandering ‘river’ to the fountain circle which also serves as an amphitheatre.
Just a note of caution, the floor especially at the fountains may be slippery and the flooring at the ‘river’ is rough especially for babies with thin soles (you may want to let your baby wear socks or booties).
There are no shower facilities, only a toilet nearby with a water cooler.
Address: Yishun Ave 1, Lower Seletar Reservoir Park, Singapore 769139
Nearest MRT: Khatib
Water Activation Hours: 9am – 9pm
WATER PLAYGROUNDS AT PUBLIC SWIMMING COMPLEXES
Although these water playgrounds do not have free entry, families can still access them at an affordable rate. Individuals who have unused ActiveSG credits can utilise these credits to purchase swim passes at certain rates.
1. Woodlands Swimming Complex
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Woodlands Swimming Complex has a small water playground together with a wading pool, a teaching pool and a competition pool.
Address: 3 Woodlands St 13, Singapore 738600
Nearest MRT: Marsiling or Woodlands
Operating Hours: Fri to Wed: 8am – 9.30pm, Thur: 2.30pm – 9.30pm
Weekly maintenance: Thursday – Half day (8am to 2.30pm)
2. Yishun Swimming Complex
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Like Woodlands Swimming Complex, Yishun Swimming Complex also has a wading pool, a teaching pool and a competition pool.
However it does not have a typical water playground, instead it has a few slides which are more suitable for older kids. Sometimes the slides may be under maintenance.
Address: 351 Yishun Avenue 3, Singapore 769057
Nearest MRT: Yishun or Khatib
Operating Hours: 8am – 9.30pm
Weekly Maintenance: Wed – Half day (8am – 2.30pm)
WATER PLAYGROUNDS AT CLUBS
To access these water playgrounds, you may need to be a member of these clubs (or a guest of a member). Some clubs allow the public to enter for a fee.
You generally get better shower facilities and other membership perks that may make your membership fee worthwhile.
1. SAFRA Yishun
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SAFRA Yishun revamped their water playground in 2017 to a pirate-theme and parents are loving it! Parents can sit at the umbrella-shaded tables near the wading pool, or join the kids in the pool.
SAFRA’s shower facilities have hot water and hair dryers, so you can shower in comfort. The rates are $1.15 (Concession), $2.20 (Normal) on Mondays to Fridays, and $1.70 (Concession), $3.30 (Normal) for Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays.
Children below the age of 5 enjoy FREE entry into their pools.
Address: 60 Yishun Ave 4, Singapore 769027
Nearest MRT: Yishun or Khatib
Operating Hours: Mon 11am – 9.30pm, Tue – Fri 7am – 9.30pm, Sat, Sun, PH 8am – 9.30pm
Maintenance: On Mondays before the official operating hours.
2. Orchid Country Club
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Orchid Country Club’s funpool is open to both members (free) and NTUC members (members can buy a UCM pass for $3 for weekdays and $5 on weekends, each pass includes entry for 2 children below 21 years old. For additional adult, add $3 each up to 2 adults).
The funpool has slides and fountain streams for children to play in. It is also designed with curves to evoke creativity and fun.
If you take public transport, you can take the free public shuttle from Yishun MRT. Parking at Orchid Country Club is also free.
Address: 1 Orchid Club Road Singapore 769162
Nearest MRT: Yishun (free shuttle bus) or Khatib
Operating Hours: 7am – 9pm
3. HomeTeamNS Sembawang
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HomeTeamNS Sembawang is nestled deep in the outskirts of Sembawang, not too far from the Jelutung Harbour Park water playground.
Members can access not only the adult and kids wading pool, but there is also a wet play area with a little boat nearby.
HomeTeamNS members can bring in up to 4 paying guests. SAFRA members can bring in up to 3 paying guests. Children below 5 years old get free admission.
The public can access the pool and wet play area only on weekdays by paying $3 per adult and $1.50 per child (free for children below 5 years old).
Address: 301 Canberra Road, Singapore 759774
Nearest MRT: Sembawang
Operating Hours: 9am – 9pm daily
WATER PLAYGROUNDS AT ATTRACTIONS
1. Rainforest Kidzworld
Rainforest Kidzworld is located deep inside the Singapore Zoo. It is a perfect place for families to gather and rest after a good walk through the zoo.
Kids can interact with animals too at the Buddy Barn and get up close with animals via the daily Keeper’s Chitchat sessions:
- 10.30am – 12pm, 1.30pm – 3pm, 4pm – 5pm at Buddy Barn
- 10am at Falabella Stables
- 11.30am and 3.30pm at Goat Enclosure
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By Jules Chan
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