You don’t have to spend lots of money for your kids to play. Singapore has many pockets of places where kids can play. For FREE!
As part of my National Day celebration, I am posting in the #funforfreeSG National Day Blog Train, where Singapore Mom Bloggers introduce you to 31 different fun and free places your kids will enjoy in Singapore.
Today is my turn to share and I want to bring you to the Aqua Playground on the rooftop of I12 Katong, a 3-year-old mall in the East Coast area.
My daughter loves this playground. The combination of playground swings and slides with water raining down on you is just too tantalizing for my then 6-year-old. She begs to go to this playground every opportunity she gets (which is quite often given that we live near by).
At one stage, we had swimmers and towels packed in my car and bag just in case we dropped by the wet playground on our way to or from the movies, supermarket, bookstores or food court.
We even had regular playdates here. My daughter and her friends get excited as soon as they see the water park. There’s water spraying, gushing, pouring, raining and showering from bright, colorful and inviting contractions in every directions!
Still, the rest of the playground is intact and the water is so inviting that even moms and dads join in the fun. Make sure you have a change of clothes and towel to dry off after the wet play.
The only draw back is that a large part of the playground is exposed to sunlight. So, do lather your young ones with sunscreen or put them in rash guards or long sleeve swim suits if you are visiting during the hottest part of the day. The best times to go are mornings before noon and in the early evenings before dinner.
The playground is open from 10am to 10pm for children aged 5 to 12. And it is absolutely FREE!
TIP: Bring along a waterproof camera if possible because the playground is a hotspot for big smiles, lively action in our young kids – these are great photography opportunities to capture your kids in action!
There are no lockers or benches to sit on. A shawl or wrap works well to counter the heat of the foam flooring. Put your clothes and precious items such as wallets, phones or cameras in waterproof bags and bring some plastic bags to store your wet clothes after.
Food is not allowed, but do pack some light snacks like raisins or biscuits they can pop into their mouth to help your kids recharge – they are going to be very hungry when they finally stop running around.
With Golden Village next door, the water works are turned off once a month (usually end of the month) for movie screenings at the wet playground. Popular movies like Rio, The Lion King and Cars were screened.
This Aqua Playground is located on the 4th floor of I12 Katong (112 East Coast Road, Singapore 428802), at the the intersection of East Coast Road and Joo Chiat Road. Click HERE for directions to I12 Katong.
TOMORROW, Madeline will be sharing about one of her family’s favourite places to shop in the West. Long before there was a clustering of numerous malls in Jurong East, there was IMM.
Madeline is a research psychologist and mum to a chatty 4-year-old girl and a chillax 7-month-old boy. She is passionate about child psychology and hopes to make a difference in the lives of children living in Singapore. Also an avid traveller and advocate of breastfeeding, Madeline regularly documents her overseas trips and nursing room reviews with incredible detail on her blog, MadPsychMum.