6 Great Open Spaces Just For Kids

It's a whole new level of fun at these green open spaces that go beyond your usual neighbourhood playgrounds

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It’s definitely fun time for the kids. (Photo: Gardens by the Bay)

Far East Organisation Children’s Garden

Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive

The Adventure Trail, which has 14 obstacles is over a 130-metre-long. Children complete the course by crossing wobbly bridges, balancing on beams and swinging across the monkey bars.

There’s also the Water Play zone, where kids will have a splashing great time – and never want to leave, so be warned. The water zone is linked to motion sensors that release water when they detect movement. With the background piped-in music, children can run freely and create their own musical fountain show.

Both areas are recommended for children aged six to 12.

Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park

Along Bishan Road and Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1

At this lush 62ha park, flowers line a meandering 3km river enveloped by open lawns, and flanked by gently sloping grassy banks. Soak up the sun as you and the family settle down for a nice, leisurely picnic. Take time to appreciate the wild flowers that grow in abundance here.

The water playground here is also unlike others. Instead of fountains and slides, it features sluice gates within each channel, which kids can manoeuvre to control water flow into the larger drains; younger children will have fun splashing around as the channels fill up with water. The water playground is open from Thursday to Sunday, 8-11 am, and 4-8 pm.

Jacob Ballas Children’s Garden

Singapore Botanic Gardens, 481 Bukit Timah Road

The 2ha garden is so tranquil – think chirping birds and rustling leaves – that even cranky babies will feel soothed. There’s plenty of exploration for toddlers, who can hone their senses by smelling and touching the fl owers, and trying to identify the herbs.

Older kids can learn about the process by which plants make food at the four Magic of Photosynthesis podiums, which resemble a cloud, sun, water and durian. Crank the levers here and watch the sun image light up and the water move up a pipe that represents the stem of a plant.

Big Splash 

902 East Coast Parkway

Forget cycling, in-line skating and building sandcastles. Instead, head over to Big Splash, where new play options await. Check out Kaboodle Kids, a playland fi lled with giant blocks made of foam that kids can use to create a playground uniquely their own.

It is suitable for children of all ages, but they must be accompanied by an adult. Also check out Fish@Big Splash, where kids Let to experience longkang fishing for guppies, koi and goldfish in a shallow, meandering stream. They even get to bring home their catch. Rates are $12 an hour and an additional $1 or $3 to rent a small tank to store your fi shes.

Bedok Reservoir Park

Along Bedok Reservoir Road

Kids will love all the spills and thrills here as they take on the aerial tree obstacle course at Forest Adventure. Suspended 5 m above the ground and spanning 100 m, the course has 16 crossings and a zip line. Instructors are on hand to help with the first few crossings, if required. You can also join your little ones as they swish through the trees and over the water, conquering the obstacles. Suitable for children aged between fi ve and 10, the aerial tree obstacle course is only available on weekends. Fees are $34 for children and $20 for an accompanying adult. Pre-booking is recommended. Call 8100-7420 or e-mail info@forestadventure.com.sg for more information.

Pasir RIs Park

Pasir Ris Park stretches from Pasir Ris Road to Jalan Loyang Besar and can be accessed through Elias Road and Pasir Ris Green.

One of the largest playgrounds in Singapore, Pasir Ris Park offers a rich variety of play equipment suited for a wide range of ages. Highlights at this playground include suspension bridges, rope pyramids, and flying fox installations. Set amidst lush greenery, the myriad of play structures promises many hours of play and exploration for your child.

 

 

Text: Smita Wee/ Simply Her/ April 2016/ Additional Reporting: Shenielle Aloysis

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