For this post I partnered up with other mums in Singapore to bring you the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore. Meet Jolene, Elena and Xin Mei. Together we share the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore that our children love.
Thea loves indoor playgrounds in Singapore. I however prefer taking her to outdoor playgrounds. The weather is amazing most of the time and I like it when she spends the time outdoors. However it is not always possible. When it gets too hot or it’s raining we do go to indoor playgrounds.
Thea prefers Pororo Park and Waka Waka, hence these two are the ones that we keep returning to.
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE: WAKA WAKA by Vaiva & Thea
Waka Waka playground… I like its name, however I have mixed feelings about this safari themed playground.
On the one hand it’s way overpriced for what it is, inconveniently located and full of bigger kids screaming and running around as if they were being chased by an invisible monster. On the other hand my daughter loves it and cries when we have to leave.
There are three main play areas:
- A toddler play area for the tiny tots below 90 cm.
- Waka Waka’s main play area called Safari Play area (in the photos below) where kids can crawl, bounce, jump and slide in the multi-leveled maze-like structure. Thea adored it and I couldn’t get her to come out.
- A play area with a rope adventure course called the Adventure Cove. I must admit it looks fun and challenges coordination skills. Adults can join too, however I haven’t tried it (yet). Please note additional charges apply to access this play area.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOUR KIDS DO THERE?
For an extra fee kids can use large bottles of paint in the Art section and unleash their inner Picasso’s. My daughter also loves the bouncing castle and usually quickly makes new friends to jump around together.
Now, there is not much to do for parents other than follow and supervise their kids or relax in an on-site cafeteria called the Lion Den’s while their kids are having a blast. I usually follow my daughter around as she is still little. However when she is older I hope to join the other parents working on their laptops in the Lions Den.
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INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE: KIZTOPIA by Jolene @jjloves86
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This afternoon, I decided to bring her to @kiztopiasg for some fun again! At ????????????????????????????????, the crew work hard to keep the park clean and safe for the kids. On top of their hourly disinfection of common surfaces and cleaning intervals between sessions, ???????????????????????????????? is also closed weekly for thorough cleaning.
For ticketing and booking of play sessions, visit www.kiztopia.com. Learning through play is always fun!
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE: JOY OF TOYS by Elena @boo_bigboss
I first headed to Joy Of Toys with my son, Tobias, when he was 19 months old because I realised that he might not be ready for the adrenaline that the usual indoor playgrounds bring children with the slides and ball pits. Joy Of Toys allow children to be engaged for hours with a wide variety of toys from acclaimed brands and manufacturers specialising in wooden toys.
We went on a Friday morning when it was pretty empty (due to Covid restrictions, only 5 or 12 children are allowed into the Toddler and Main Play Space respectively at any time. You can monitor the crowd status before heading down with the Crowd-Meter on their website.)
There are two main play areas:
- Main Play Space which is divided into Structured Play and Open Ended Play.
- Toddler Play Space
We headed straight for the Main Play Space (we paid $22 and it allows us to stay in the space for the whole day!) and this space looks really inviting for both the adults and Tobias because this boy who has always been the child who tends to get overwhelmed by indoor playgrounds, warmed up to the Main Play Space immediately and went straight for the Brio train railway tracks.
Main Play Space (Structured Play)
The structured play area which is on the left of the picture above focus on puzzles, building blocks and musical instruments.
What I thought was really cute was the chairs were perfect for our children’s (seated) height when they are playing with the puzzles. There was also a good variety of puzzles which would be suitable for older children.
Main Play Space (Open Ended Play)
Tobias really loved the Open Ended Play section so much that he did not want to leave even after spending the whole day there!
The Open Ended Play area include Doll Play, Food Play and Miniature Play.
We spent the most time at the food play area where both Tobias and I spent role playing – such as me as the cashier, him as the customer.
Food play area comes in the form of a cute little bakery, supermarket and dining space. By the afternoon where it was more crowded, it was really fun to look at all the children coming together to role play – there was a boy who was the chef, barbequeing the food while the rest sit at the dining table “eating” and another child doing the dishes in the kitchen.
Area for Parents
One thing I liked about Joy Of Toys is that there are so many places which allow for parents to relax or even catch up on some work with a cup of coffee.
The space right in the middle of the Main Play Space comes well equipped with a handful of sofas and puzzles for adults to entertain the adults while the children play, a very refreshing idea especially after having scaled countless obstacle courses in indoor playgrounds with Tobias.
The space just outside of the play space have a few seats for parents to have their cuppa while still having an oversight of their children in the Main Play Space.
In short, all of us went home very happy that evening – the adults well rested, Tobias well stimulated with lots of fun.
We headed back to Joy Of Toys again a few times after that because the location is just so good for us (we don’t drive) to take public transport, it is strategically located in The Central which sits right on top of Clarke Quay MRT station. We might just be heading back again soon! You might just see us there the next time you visit Joy Of Toys. 😉
Ticketing information and crowd meter can be found on their website at http://joyoftoys.com.sg.
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE: T-PLAY by Xin Mei @theNoodlesFamily
T-Play at HomeTeamNS Khatib is a fun and educational Peranakan themed playground that is suitable for little Todds and Kids alike. This vibrant Peranakan Adventureland features a myriad of colours and images which uniquely represents the Peranakan Cultures.
The most eye-catching feature you can spot upon entering the playscape is the iconic Toa Payoh Dragon Playground feature which is also armed with a huge spiral slide. My 3YO loved this feature so much that she went up and down the slide all by herself five times over.
Another key highlight which my LO really enjoyed is the fun foam ball shooting arena and sport pitch where she had a short game of soccer with some of the other kids there. There’s also a ninja course which ends with a 3-storey slide where your LO and his/her friends can have a friendly competition to race to the end too (first one to hit the button wins! LOL)!
And in case if you’re wondering if this play arena is suitable for younger kids (e.g. 1-2YO), fret not, the toddler play area has a giant ball pit and an interactive trampoline which our little friends will surely adore as well.
Not to mention, T-Play has also thoughtfully curated a nice sitting area for parents who prefer taking a breather on Netflix while the young ones tire themselves out. All that lacking to round up this local heritage experience is the presence of a small cafe serving some good ole Kopi and Kaya Toast:)
Overall, I’ll give this playground a 4.5/5 stars rating.
More information: https://www.hometeamns.sg/tplay/
INDOOR PLAYGROUNDS IN SINGAPORE: PORORO PARK by Vaiva & Thea
Pororo- theme indoor playground was the first one that we went to when we moved to Singapore. It was love at first glance for Thea (maybe not so much for me). The highlight was back then and still is the Pororo train. Yes, they have an actual train that goes round in circles at certain intervals and offers lots of fun for the little ones. Note only children are allowed on the train.
WHAT ELSE CAN KIDS DO IN THIS INDOOR PLAYGROUND?
In addition to the train there are several play areas arranged by theme and age of children. When Thea was just over a year old she loved the Hinoki Pit. It’s a lovely sensory play area with aromatic Hinoki wood which comes from South Korea. I like this sensory play attraction too as it is kind of calming and stimulates multiple senses of the little ones at once.
Due to small Hinoki wood parts children under 3 should be supervised by parents or guardians. Basically it’s meant for children who are 1 and above.
As the name suggests it is a play pretend grocery shopping. Children who are 18 months and above can go shopping for variety of plastic veggies and fruit and ‘cook’ them in a nearby kitchen. I like that they focus on healthy foods rather than plastic cupcakes, tarts and junk food.
SHARK BALL POOL
What kid does not love a ball pool? Especially when it’s a shark one? And when you can even feed the giant shark the balls you are rolling around in?
PORORO EXPRESS TRAIN
As mentioned above this one is the highlight for most of the kids. Please not height and age restrictions apply. It’s suitable for children above 18 months old and not taller than 1.3 m. Pororo Park staff straps kids to their seats and the train does not move fast so it’s a safe and enjoyable ride. I’ve never seen a kid cry while on it.
There is this little hut that is Pororo character’s house. It’s pretty spacious for adults to enter and offers a music wall to play with. I guess it’s more fun for children who know who the characters are and watch the cartoons. My daughter doesn’t so for her it’s just a random fun little hut.
POBY’S JUNGLE GYM
The second best thing after the Pororo express is this large maze like structure with plenty of opportunities to climb, slide, jump and crawl to ones heart content. It is the best when there are no big kids who run around and abruptly push the little ones out of their way.
This is literally tiny however the tiniest bundles of joy and teetering tots get to enjoy a couple of activities too. It’s aimed for children from 0 to 36 months who can explore some toys and mini attractions.
TONG TONG’S LITTLE THEATRE
This is an area for Pororo & Friends shows and dance. We haven’t participated in any so I can’t say much about it other than the aircon is really strong in that area and gets really chilly without a sweater.
In addition to attractions children can celebrate birthdays and have snacks and sugar loaded drinks in a cafeteria. I was disappointed to see that the heavily advertised Pororo juice is just a colourful liquid loaded with sugar wrapped in an eye catching plastic. I think there is a lot of room for improvement in terms of what kind of food and drinks are served there.
Also beware of the mine field once you exit the playground. There is this tricky place that you have to wade through to exit. It is called Rody’s Store which sells a variety of Pororo theme merchandise and that’s the place where kids practise their negotiation skills and test their parents’ patience.
If you have any questions let me know. Meanwhile have fun!
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