Watching your kid have fun can be a blast, and can make for good bonding activity between parent and child. But who really wants to deal with coming back home, sweaty, and with a whole bunch of mosquito bites you certainly didn’t ask for? And then, of course, there’s the disappointment of not being able to bring them there when the weather is bad.
This is where indoor playgrounds come into play – not only is it away from the hot, humid heat of Singapore, it’s also air-conditioned, and free of nasty insects. Basically, indoor playgrounds have all the benefits of a playground, without the cons of the usual outdoor playground. Sounds good, right?
Here are 11 indoor playgrounds in Singapore parents are going to love!
This is also known as That One Ball Pit At IKEA. Anyone who has grown up with IKEA knows of this particular ball pit.
Heck, you might’ve even grown up playing in IKEA’s ball pit! It has seen many changes over the years – from being just a giant ball pit area that sees throngs of children and their parents queuing up for it, to being a full-on themed forested playground with logs to hide in, spider webs to climb, a TV, and of course, a ball pit for your children to have some ball-pit related fun.
So while you and the partner can go shop for furniture, or enjoy a nice cuppa of coffee, the kids can have their own fun too. The best part? It’s free.
Småland, admission is free, applicable for children between 90cm – 120cm, opens daily from 10am – 10pm, there are two IKEA outlets in Alexandra and Tampines.
IKEA’s ball pit doesn’t offer enough excitement for your children? Take it up a notch at Airzone, where its ball pit is literally suspended in the air. Made of bouncy (but safe!) netting, watch your children unleash all their bound up energy (that would be otherwise a mess to clean up at home!) by playing around in the ball pit, going to the giant ball pit, then making their way to the giant slide, at a dizzying 30 metres!
(And yes, no need to be jealous – adults are allowed too, as long as you weigh below 120kg!)
Airzone, admission fee is SGD20 per one hour session, no limitations on age, opens daily from 11am – 9pm, Level 2 City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539.
An interactive transportation-themed playground spanning a whopping 4,200 square feet in Bukit Batok’s HomeTeamNS, watch as your children zip around airport check-in counters, and ‘roads’, then making their way up to the very top of the playground, before skidding all the way down from the plane ramp-like slide.
T-Play, admission fee goes from SGD16 per child for non-members, applicable for children aged 6 months – 12 years old, opens daily from 1pm – 7pm (Mon – Thurs), 1pm – 9pm (Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat – Sun & PH, including school holidays), Level 2, 2 Bukit Batok West Ave 7, Singapore 659003.
4. Waka Waka at Annex @ Furama
A safari-themed indoor playground for children from ages 5 to 14 (although we don’t think a 14-year-old would really want to go…) watch your children hobble on the challenging obstacle courses, balance precariously on the rickety wooden blocks and tires, and skid down the tall, winding slides at a break-neck pace.
All the space for them to expend their energy, and you don’t even have to break a sweat!
Waka Waka at Annex @ Furama, admission fees vary by height and start from SGD18 for children 90cm and below for unlimited play time during non-peak days (Mon – Fri), opens daily from 10am – 7pm (Mon – Fri), 9.30am – 8pm (Sat – Sun), Waka Waka, 407 Havelock Road, [email protected] #05-01, Singapore 169634.
5. Splash @ Kids Amaze
An indoor water-themed playground, you’ll never have to say no when your child uses the puppy eyes on you, begging to go for a swim when it’s raining and thundering heavily out.
With five gigantic slides, multiple play decks, themed sea creature spring rockers, your child will never have to wait for their turn to ride the slides, or get bored of the array of fun play activities within the playground.
Splash @ Kids Amaze, admission fee starts at SGD16 for non-members on non-peak days (Mon – Thurs), applicable for children from 12 months – 13 year olds (although parents are allowed to accompany their children via the family package!) opens daily from 1pm – 7pm (Mon – Thur), 1pm – 9pm (Fri), 10am – 9pm (Sat – Sun), 9 Sentul Crescent, Level 3, Singapore 828654.
6. Tayo Station
Looking a little like the bus interchanges in Singapore, Tayo Station is a 10,000 square feet indoor playground that allows your children to zip around in mini, child-sized vehicles of their own!
Not only that, Tayo Station is completely immersive (and educational!) and will have the staff there teach your children all about road safety, as well as prop road signs, and many other things that make for a fun experience.
Plus, there’s even a ‘sand’ pit made of Hinoki wooden cubes to emulate sand play. Aromatic, clean, and widely known for their health and skin benefits (plus, they won’t get all over your children’s clothes!). Watch as your children excavate, dig, and play to their heart’s content without having to worry about the sandy aftermath.
Tayo Station, admission fee goes from SGD16 for toddlers below 2 years old on weekdays for unlimited playtime, opens daily from 11am – 8pm, Market Square @ Downtown East, E!Hub, Level 3 #03-112.
7. The Artground
In contrast to the usual bright (rather affronting) colours you’ll typically see at playgrounds, The Artground features more toned down, pastel rainbow colours to adorn the playground.
From a section that has a floor chalk board where your child can let their imagination go absolutely wild (and, a proper outlet if your child has been drawing on the walls!), to interactive art pieces, an outdoor plant area, alongside giant merry-go-rounds and rainbow slides. There is sooo much for your child to do – and learn!
The Artground, admission is free for the ground level, opens from 9.30am – 5pm (Wed – Thurs), 9.30am – 6pm (Fri – Sun & PH), closed on Mon & Tues, 90 Goodman Rd, Singapore 439053.
8. Cool de Sac
Not to be mistaken for cul-de-sac, but cool-de-sac, this place truly has everything – it has your usual fanfare like slides, structures to climb, bridges to cross, and play spaces to build their lego structures.
But hear this – there’s even a ‘backstage’ corner for your child to try on a myriad of costumes (think Disney princesses and shining knights in armours!) to truly act out your child’s wildest fantasies for a day. Heck, there’s even a makeup station stocked with face paint and temporary tattoos to further unleash their dramatic side!
Cool de sac, admission fee is free for toddlers below 6 months old, and SGD12.80 for toddlers from 7 – 35 months old, applicable for children from new born babies to 12 year olds, opens daily from 10am – 8pm (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 9pm (Fri – Sat), 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983.
A huge playground with a pretty bomb looking merry-go-round (which sort of makes us wish we were kids again!), giant slides, and forest-themed tree tops to climb, an arts-and-craft area to paint and doodle, a Lego station, an indoor sandpit, and even a child-friendly arcade area, if your child isn’t the active, outdoorsy kind!
Kidzland, admission fee starts from SGD16 on weekdays for the forest indoor playground, and other stations vary in price, no age limit stated, opens daily from 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat – Sun & PH), The Grandstand, 02-14, 200 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287994 (inside PasarBella, near North Carpark).
10. Sandy Dandy
Located right in the heart of Singapore in Orchard, this is where you can drop your kids off to sandy paradise while you do your shopping.
A place that is all about sandpits – no more small sandpits where your child has to be crammed with other equally eager children, no pesky insects, no scorching sun – this is a place where your child can let their imagination go wild as they play with the toys provided, dig, play, sift the sand, and build their own sand castles.
P.S. Don’t feel assured leaving your child to their own devices? There is a built-in café with free wifi so you can watch your child from a safe distance, and be entertained yourself.
Sandy Dandy, admission fee is goes from SGD20 per child for unlimited playtime on weekdays, applicable for children from 3 years – 14 year olds, opens daily from 10.30am – 6.30pm, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884.
11. My Little Giant
An indoor playground that doesn’t exclude the adults from joining in on the fun, challenge your child to a game at the arcade area, wade through the giant ball pit areas, climb onto towering structures, slide down winding, ginourmous slides, and hop on the neon-lit carousel!
My Little Giant, admission fee from SGD10 per child on weekdays, applicable for children from the ages of 3 – 16 year olds, opens daily from 11pm – 10pm, 1 Venture Avenue, 608521.