Last week, we recommended some of Singapore’s best outdoor playgrounds. But what if you don’t want to risk them getting sunburnt, or if you and your little ones need to hide out for a bit to cool off? Well, this being Singapore, there are no lack of indoor playgrounds for your kids. There are usually little café areas for parents to grab a coffee or quick bite while resting and keeping an eye on the active children. This week, we recommend three indoor playgrounds that are conveniently located right smack in the middle of the city area!
Based on a popular Korean cartoon, Pororo Park is part of a chain of indoor playgrounds that has expanded from Korean to China and Singapore. The titular character Pororo is an inquisitive penguin that lives in on an island perpetually covered with snow and ice with his companions, the dinosaur Crong, fox Eddy, robot Rody, polar bear Poby, beaver Loopy, penguin Petty and more. At Pororo Park, the playground is Pororo and friends themed, with accompanying merchandise, shows and even mascot characters that meet and greet visitors.
Pororo Park is situated in Marina Square, just opposite Suntec City in the central part of Singapore. It is designed for children aged 1 to 9, and there are different areas catering to different ages. The toddler area is pint-sized, but provides enough toys for entertaining for a while. The ball pit and jungle gym are bigger and provide fun opportunities for children to develop and train their motor skills while having fun. There’s also a child-sized replica of Pororo’s house, which little fans of the cartoon series will love exploring. Don’t miss the musical performance at Tong Tong’s Little Theatre, and take advantage of the photospots dotted around the playground to get some shots with statues of Pororo and friends!
Address: 6 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square, #02-29, Singapore 039594
There are three Polliwogs branches in Singapore: at Eastpoint, Suntec City and VivoCity. Polliwogs Town is where the quirky characters Larry, Rocky, Poco and Bobby live. Each Polliwogs branch has a different theme, and they also each have differentiated features, but all of them have a toddler play area in addition to a huge jungle gym structure. Climbing walls, tunnels, nets, slides, bridges, ball pits and more await at Polliwogs. The VivoCity branch, which has an aqua theme, has a fantastic trampoline that is sure to provide oodles of fun for children old enough to jump to their hearts content. The Suntec branch has a garden theme, with a big bouncy castle, while the Eastpoint branch, which only opened this year and is still spanking new, has a space theme.
While Polliwogs is a great place to let your kids run around and indulge in active play, there are also guided activities conducted by the Polliwogs staff every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 4pm. Called the Serious Fun Discovery, there is a different theme every month. Participating in Serious Fun Discovery is free, but the usual entry fees apply.
Addresses: 3 Simei Street 6, Eastpoint Mall, #04-07, Singapore 528833
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall Tower 4, #02-724 to 727, Singapore 038983
1 HarbourFront Walk, VivoCity, #03-12, Singapore 098585
Cool de Sac
Another indoor playground situated at Suntec City, Cool de Sac offers not only active play but also creative play. Kids can burn off some physical energy at the slides, which have well-padded stairs and mats, making them suitable for young children who can walk independently. Older children can also explore the treehouse, with a suspension bridge, rope ladder and fireman’s pole. One unique aspect of Cool de Sac is the zipline station, where children can have a go under supervision of the staff.
The real draw of Cool de Sac, however, is the creative play. At the Arts zone, visitors are free to express themselves with any of the art supplies provided. Budding builders will love the Blocks zone, where tonnes of bricks are freely available, waiting to take on whatever shape your imagination can think up. The Backstage zone provides hand and face painting, as well as costumes!
If all that isn’t enough, the Tweens zone has video game consoles for those too cool for the aforementioned activities. Meanwhile, babies and toddlers have their own safe Tots area, away from the hustle and bustle of the other zones.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #02-379/80, Singapore 038983