Let your kids run wild at these 14 incredible outdoor playgrounds in Singapore

by Christabel Tan

Running out of kid-friendly activities to do on the weekend? Sick of heading down to your neighbourhood playground for the umpteenth time? We’ve rounded up 14 of the best outdoor playgrounds for your next family outing. Take a breather as your kids climb, run, jump, hop, and slide to their heart’s content.

I don’t know if playground-hopping is a thing, but let’s make it happen. Which one is first on your list?

Central

COMO Adventure Grove

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Situated at the Gallop Extension within Singapore Botanic Gardens is COMO Adventure Grove. Inspired by the trees and lush foliage of the gardens, the playground enables children to connect with nature through play, discovery, and exploration.

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Slide, scale, or hop around structures resembling fruits and trees, including a giant Cempedak Play Area and Saga tree “pods”. The 5.8-metre tall Banyan Tree Tower features “roots” and “branches” that extend across the area, filled with obstacle courses like climbing ropes, swings, and tube slides for the adventurous.

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???? Singapore Botanic Gardens: 5 Gallop Rd, Singapore 258960
???? 7am–7pm (Daily)

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

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The Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden is the first and biggest garden in Asia dedicated to children, with the theme ‘Life on Earth Depends on Plants’. Equipped with a farm, orchard, and even a forest with its own stream and ponds, the garden serves as an ideal environment to learn about nature and ecology.

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Photo: Singapore Botanic Gardens

Children can choose to be an “Adventurer”, “Naturalist”, or a “Gardener” for a day with curated trails, interactive stations, nature play areas, treehouses, and many more. They can play, learn, and explore their way through the expansive garden before sitting down for a meal at Little Spot, a family-friendly, eco-conscious cafe with an all-day brunch menu.

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???? Singapore Botanic Gardens: 481 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore 259769
???? 8am–7pm (Daily), Last admission at 6.30pm

Adventure Playground at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Photo: Meng Foo Choo/google images

Adventure Playground is one of three playgrounds in the 62-hectare Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park. Decked out in red, blue, and yellow is the main play structure, a “pirate ship” outfitted with slides, climbing poles, and interactive panels.

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Watch as your kids attempt to conquer the climbing pyramid and concrete rock wall with tube slides and climbing ropes. As for younger children, they have a dedicated area with swings, a merry-go-round and teeter-totters (mini seesaws) to themselves.

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???? 510 Ang Mo Kio Ave 1, Singapore 569983
????24 hours (Daily), Lighting hours from 7pm–7am

Tiong Bahru Park Playground

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If you’re looking for an IG-worthy playground, Tiong Bahru Park is where it’s at. This haven for fans of Thomas the Tank Engine is equipped with a tilting train, flying fox, mini-maze, swings, and a sandpit for sensory play. The quirky tilting train is, of course, the centrepiece. Kids can climb aboard and navigate the locomotive’s carriages with multiple entry points, ramps, and tube slides, making for a topsy-turvy experience unlike any other.

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???? Tiong Bahru Park, along Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road
???? 24 hours (Daily), Lighting hours from 7pm–7am

Wonderland Playground at Dawson Vista

Photo: Playpoint Asia

Go down the rabbit hole into the world of Alice in Wonderland at the whimsical Wonderland Playground. This immersive neighbourhood playground boasts plenty of colourful play structures, like a Clock Trampoline, Mushroom Adventure, and a Magical Tree dotted with references from the story.

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Kids can play pretend alongside Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee and indulge in tales of fantasy under the friendly Cheshire Cat. This may not be the largest playground out there, but it certainly gets top marks for creativity and design.

???? Dawson Vista, 78 Dawson Road, Singapore 141078
???? 24 hours (Daily)

Toa Payoh Crest Playground

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Unlike the many heritage-style playgrounds in Toa Payoh, the swampland-inspired Toa Payoh Crest Playground consists of different levels and unique play structures. A large part of the playground is built on a slope, with padded stepping stones, climbing ropes, and tube slides for kids to embark on a fun “swamp-crossing” adventure.

???? In front of Block 131, Lorong 1 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319759
???? 24 hours (Daily)

East

Marine Cove Playground

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No family day out at East Coast Park would be complete without a visit to Marine Cove Playground, one of the largest in Singapore. The park’s coastal identity and marine environment serve as inspiration for this playground by the sea, which spans a massive 3500 sqm.

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A three-storey play tower modelled after a lighthouse stands tall in the centre, surrounded by various play zones with elements like slides, climbing net courses, and a rope bridge. Children of different abilities are encouraged to play together at the specially designed inclusive and interactive play zone.

???? Marine Cove, 1000 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449876
???? 24 hours (Daily)

Tampines Green Forest Park

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Photo: Tampines Town Council

The playground in Tampines Green Forest Park, otherwise known as the “Adventure Playground”, plays host to an exciting high-element obstacle course. Though daunting in height and appearance, the tower structure can be scaled by both kids and adults looking to take on the challenge. Otherwise, stick to the more tame and toddler-friendly interactive play structure with a large sandpit.

???? 879A Tampines Ave 8, Singapore 521879
???? 24 hours (Daily)

Coastal PlayGrove

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Located at the former Big Splash site is Coastal PlayGrove, home to Play Tower, Singapore’s tallest outdoor play feature, as well as a vertical net play area, and some of the tallest outdoor slides you can find. The rope-based obstacles in the Vertical Challenge are suitable for youths aged 13 years and above, offering stunning views of East Coast Park from the peak. Younger kids can splash around in the inclusive water play area, or explore the immersive Nature Playground.

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???? 902 East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449874
???? 8am–10pm (Tues to Sun), Closed on Mon

North

Battleship Playground at Sembawang Park

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It’s all hands on deck at the Battleship Playground in Sembawang Park. This majestic maritime-themed playground pays tribute to Sembawang’s naval heritage. Modelled after a warship, the main play structure comes complete with propellers, turrets, an upper deck, and many other interesting elements to explore. Furthermore, the additional rope climbing structure and pendulum swings off to the side are sure to keep the little ones entertained.

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???? End of Sembawang Road
???? 24 hours (Daily), Lighting hours from 7pm–7am

Yishun N8 Park Treehouse Playground

Photo: Playpoint Asia

A visually arresting sight awaits at the Treehouse Playground at Yishun N8 Park — colourful treehouses on stilts. There are several playhouse sets of varying height, connected by net bridges and slides on a natural landform. Other play features include built-in trampolines, tunnels, and “hammock” swings to chill at.

???? 809 Yishun Ring Rd, Blk 809, Singapore 760809
???? 24 hours (Daily)

Admiralty Park Playground

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Slide lovers are in for a treat at the record-setting Admiralty Park Playground. It boasts a whopping 26 slides, the most number of slides in any park across Singapore. Don’t miss out on a thrilling ride down the longest and tallest tube slide. There’s even a family slide, the first of its kind. It’s wide enough for four people to slide down together — talk about family bonding.

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Swings and slopes aside, the playground also features swings, suspension bridges, a flying fox, and even inclusive wheelchair-accessible play equipment. The diversity of play options available encourages interactions between groups and different generations, making the playground a space catered to both the young and the young at heart.

???? 31 Riverside Road, Singapore 730000
???? 24 hours (Daily), Lighting hours from 7pm–7am

West

Playground & Butterfly Garden at Bukit Gombak Park

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The key feature of the small nature-inspired Bukit Gombak Park Playground is a slide, which is integrated into the natural sloped terrain. It can be accessed by scaling a slope or climbing up a flight of stairs. Other play structures include a wooden obstacle course and balancing beams set amongst trees and shrubs. Trek up the 400-metre hill to find the enthralling Butterfly Garden, a scenic spot filled with butterfly-attracting plants and different species of butterflies.

???? Beside Blk 394, Bukit Batok West Ave 5
???? 24 hours (Daily), Lighting hours from 7pm–7am

Forest Ramble & Clusia Cove at Jurong Lake Gardens

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Nestled within Jurong Lake Gardens is Forest Ramble, the largest nature playgarden in the heartlands. There are 13 different animal-inspired adventure stations to roam around. For instance, the Snake Play area features a tree-like structure with slides for kids to climb, mimicking a Paradise Tree Snake slithering up a tree.

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Leap around the Squirrel Play area, consisting of log seesaws, rope obstacle courses, balancing logs and springboards, and ramps connecting to a wooden structure akin to that of a squirrel’s nest.

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Afterwards, take the kiddos on a learning journey to the neighbouring Clusia Cove, a unique water playground with tidal play and sand play pools. Interactive learning and water play are intertwined, featuring water movements that mimic surface ripples, tidal patterns, and directional currents.

Website
???? Jurong Lake Gardens: 100 Yuan Ching Road, Singapore 618662
???? Forest Ramble: 8am–10pm (Tue to Sun, PH), Closed on Mon
???? Clusia Cove: 8am–7pm (Tue to Sun), Closed on Mon

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