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10 Completely Free Indoor Playgrounds in Singapore for Babies & Children! (Shopping Malls Included)

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Joanne Poh

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Anyone who grew up in Singapore in the ’80s or ’90s has hazy memories of playing catching and hopscotch, with only a bit of concrete ground and a very basic playground as a backdrop.

How things have changed. Today, indoor playgrounds are the gold standard for babies and children in Singapore. Indoor playgrounds in Singapore feature everything from trampolines to ball pits.

Unfortunately, many indoor playgrounds also charge over $20 per entry or hefty hourly fees. What is this, cover charge at a nightclub? Forget about them and consider these free indoor playgrounds instead.

 

10 indoor playgrounds in Singapore 2019 (including malls!)

Free indoor playgrounds are few and far between. Only two in the list below are absolutely free, with no terms and conditions.

So, we’ve included indoor mall playgrounds as they also provide free play areas that are sheltered and air-conditioned. Playgrounds in shopping centres are better for older children as they are usually not cordoned off.

Free indoor playground T&Cs
The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre
Pip’s Playbox at Esplanade
Amazonia at Great World City Mall Babies under 1
Parents need to spend min. $10 on F&B.
Kidzland (The Forest) at Turf Club Babies under 1
1 free accompanying adult.
Marina Square Level 3
Paragon Level 5
Suntec City Level 3 (East Wing)
IKEA Smaland (Alexandra and Tampines) Only for 1 hour
City Square Mall Basement 1
Waterway Point Level 2

 

The Artground at Goodman Arts Centre

 

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The Artground is a charity organisation that aims to organise arts-oriented activities for kids. They have a dedicated indoor play space for children on their premises at Goodman Arts Centre.

This is no standard HDB playground in eyeball-searing primary colours. The playground is a work of art and features a small rock wall, a slide that bleeds rainbows and more. Mummy bloggers are definitely going to want to put this on their Instagram feed.

The current exhibition is the Wild Rumpus put together by visual artist Adeline Loo. It aims to be an imaginary world of creatures, with different textured walls and materials for sensorial play.

Address: 90 Goodman Road Block J #01-40 Singapore 439053

Opening hours: 9.30am to 5pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays; 9.30am to 6pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

 

Pip’s Playbox at Esplanade

 

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Whether you’re a regular concert-goer or only show up at the Esplanade for after-work drinks, Pip’s Playbox gives you another reason to visit the arts venue.

Pip’s Playbox is a dedicated children’s space on Level 4 that features a loft, an arts and crafts space, a reading corner and an outdoor play area. As would befit an arts centre, it is also beautifully designed. One interesting thing about Pip’s is that the books that they have are by local authors and illustrators.

Address: 1 Esplanade Drive Level 4 Singapore 038981

Opening hours: 11am to 6pm daily (closed for cleaning from 2pm to 3pm)

 

Amazonia at Great World City Mall

 

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Amazonia is the kind of place we all wish existed when we were kids. It claims to be an Integrated Family Entertainment Centre and occupies a whopping 10,000 feet.

Other than a bistro where exhausted parents can gulp down a coffee, they’ve also got a toddler play area, a jungle play gym, 3D glow golf and a space ball room (seems to be a big, dark room plastered with glow in the dark artwork).

Babies under 12 months get free admission, although parents are obliged to spend at least $10 (before GST) on F&B. So nip on over before your kid gets too old, as toddlers between 1 to 3 years old have to pay $22 to enter.

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade #03-08 Great World City Mall Singapore 237994

Opening hours: 10am to 6pm on Mondays and Wednesdays; 10am to 9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am to 9.30pm on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays

 

Kidzland (The Forest) at Turf Club

 

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The Forest in Kidzland is free for babies before 1 year old and 1 accompanying adult, but the rides inside are payable. For instance, the Carousel costs $5 per ride and The Beach, a sandy play area, costs $5 for every 30 minutes.

But if you don’t want to pay, your little one can still explore the padded playground, go through colourful tunnels and roll around in a sea of balls.

Address: 200 Turf Club Road, Level 2 Unit #02-14, 287994

Opening hours: 10.30am to 8.30pm from Mondays to Thursdays; 10.30am to 930pm on Fridays, 9.30am to 9.30pm on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

 

Marina Square Level 3

Strategically positioned just outside Marina Square’s Kiddy Palace outlet, this is a respectable indoor playground featuring (what looks like) a firetruck with a pole kids can slide down, as well as other equipment like a slide and wobbly spring rides.

Address: 6 Raffles Blvd, Singapore 039594

 

Paragon Level 5

The playground on Level 5 at Paragon seems to have been set up so parents can keep their kids occupied while they go off and shop at Prada.

The play area on level 5 features some pretty nice slides and tunnels, but the real highlight is the coin-operated mechanical rides, which are unfortunately not free.

Address: 290 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238859

 

IKEA Smaland (Tampines and Alexandra)

 

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Stop your kid from trying to climb up the loft beds at IKEA Tampines by depositing him or her at the indoor playground, enticingly named Smaland The Magic Forest. Your kid has to take a queue number before being admitted, which makes it seem more like a theme park than a playground.

One major advantage is that there are staff supervising the kids, so you can simply drop them off and do your shopping. There’s a ball pit, colouring area and more, but note that your child needs to be between 90 to 120cm tall to enter. The catch is that you can only drop off your children there for a maximum of 1 hour.

Address of IKEA Alexandra: 317 Alexandra Rd, Singapore 159965

Address of IKEA Tampines: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764

 

Suntec City Level 3

Suntec City’s garden-themed playground sure is popular amongst kids whose parents need to get shopping done, as evidenced by the weekend crowds.

It’s located on Level 3 of the East Wing opposite the Evergreen Stationery shop and is equipped with the usual slides and springy rides.

Address: 3 Temasek Blvd, Singapore 038983

 

City Square Mall Basement 1

There’s a huge outdoor playground at City Square Mall, but at the basement, there is also a small-sized indoor playground that has a cute treehouse, a slide and spring rides.

It’s conveniently located next to Dunkin Donuts and Mizu Cafe, so while you watch over the children, you can grab yourself a bite.

Address: 180 Kitchener Rd, Singapore 208539

 

Waterway Point Level 2

As one of Singapore’s fastest-developing new residential areas, Punggol is now bursting with young families. And lucky for them, they get to enjoy the playground on level 2, quirkily themed after Alice In Wonderland.

You’ll find bunnies, mushrooms, Alice, the Madhatter, and a mini treehouse. While your children play, you can window-shop at Kiddy Palace and Cotton On Kids nearby.

There’s also a rooftop playground at Waterway Point that offers stunning views over Punggol Waterway and features both dry and wet areas.

Address: 83 Punggol Central, Singapore 828761

You don’t need to always pay for fun. Agree? Share your favourite playground in the comments!

 

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Joanne Poh

In my previous life, I was a property lawyer who spent most of my time struggling to get out of bed or stuck in peak hour traffic. These days, as a freelance commercial writer, I work in bed, on the beach, in parks and at cafes, all while being really frugal. I like helping other people save money so they can stop living lives they don't like.