From time to time, it is only normal for parents to look for thrilling activities for kids that will also be loads of fun for the entire family. Say goodbye to the typical tourist spots like the Singapore Flyer, ArtScience Museum, or Universal Studios and head to the various water playgrounds scattered across Singapore!
Water parks in Singapore are a great way to cool down while having a fun time with family and friends! Our sunny island is known for its year-long scorching sun, so going to a water park is one of the best ways to keep cool.
Ranging from exhilarating thrill rides to shallow kiddie pools and full-on theme parks, water parks are suitable for all ages, making them the perfect kid-friendly place to spend some time together. They can also be found in all corners of Singapore, so you never have to travel too far to get your waterpark fix.
1. Wild Wild Wet
Wild Wild Wet is one of Singapore’s largest and most enduring water parks. The water park boasts 15 rides and play areas – there is something for everybody, from thrill-seekers to young children.
For the thrill-seeker, you will definitely get your heart pumping on the Torpedo, a water slide where you will experience free fall for six storeys and high-speed bends. Another popular attraction is the Vortex High-Speed Water Slide, an extreme flume ride that features a 360-degree loop, sending you into the pool at speeds of up to 600m/min.
For more kid-friendly attractions, the water park also has a lazy river called the Shiok River. It is a gentle, 335m pool that circles the park, kind of like a merry-go-round on water. Lean back, and go with the flow! Let the little ones expend their energy playing at the Splash Play Kiddie Swimming Pool, a water playground fixed with water jets and sprays for children to splash around in.
Alternatively, the park is also home to Kidz Zone, where there are kid-sized versions of the adult slides, so your younger kids can also get their own version of that exhilarating Wild Wild Wet experience.
The water park is located in Downtown East, the largest leisure mall in the east. With a plethora of food options to fill your stomach after a hot day in the sun, you’ll never go hungry when you’re in the area.
The park is accessible via public transport, or you could always hop onto the free shuttle bus from Pasir Ris MRT.
Members of the public pay S$26 for off-peak hours and S$35 for peak hours. Children (aged 3-12) and senior citizens (aged 55 and above) pay a subsidised price of S$19 and S$26 for off-peak and peak hours, respectively. NTUC members get a 30 per cent discount!
Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Monday to Friday—12:00pm to 6:00pm (Last admission at 5:00pm), Saturday, Sunday, School Holidays and Public Holidays—11:00am to 6:00pm (Last admission at 5:00pm), Tuesday—Closed
Ever wanted to walk on water? Well, now you can at Singapore’s first floating water park. HydroDash is a family-friendly obstacle course on Sentosa island that stretches off the coast of Palawan Beach.
Call it an inflatable playground if you want, this mini fantasy island brings the thrills and splashes in unrivalled ways. The inflatable course caters to both children and adults, and features slides, climbing ropes, trampolines and even a dive jump.
Slipping and sliding off the course into the refreshing ocean water for some cool comfort is expected here, the perfect adventure getaway in the scorching sun!
However, parents should take note that children under the age of five or shorter than 1m are not allowed into the park. Even children between five and six years old are limited to a smaller zone in the park and are not allowed into the main zones.
Although the park is quite popular, the course is so huge that human traffic is rarely an issue, so you can focus on just having fun without bumping into other visitors.
The park offers both a 1h and a 2h day pass. Because the course is quite physically demanding, one hour at the park is enough to tire you out. But for those who are physically fitter, 2h is the way to go.
Children aged 5-6 and their accompanying adults pay S$13 for an hour of play and S$26 for two. Participants older than seven years old pay S$18 for an hour and S$36 for two.
Palawan Beach, Singapore 098498
Monday to Friday—11:00am to 6:00pm, Saturday, Public Holidays and School Holidays—10:00am to 7:00pm, Sunday—10:00am to 6:00pm
3. Adventure Cove Waterpark
Adventure Cove Waterpark, also found in Sentosa, is a water park that offers more than thrilling rides and fast water slides. It boasts 13 rides and attractions, ranging from high-speed slides to close-up experiences with nature's wildlife and lush greenery.
For adrenaline junkies looking for activities to thrill their senses, the park offers six different slides that you can take on floats in pairs, such as the Riptide Rocket. This ride is Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, which means that the ride uses electromagnetic technology to propel you through rollercoaster-like twists and drops faster than typical water slides.
But what Adventure Cove Waterpark offers that no other water park does is its experiences with marine animals in its Rainbow Reef and Ray Bay Encounter.
Rainbow Reef is an attraction that allows visitors to snorkel in a glass tank that aims to replicate the stunning display of a rainbow reef habitat. Home to over 20,000 reef inhabitants and brightly coloured fish, the Rainbow Reef is Adventure Cove Waterpark’s way of bringing the open sea right to your doorstep.
Ray Bay is, as the name suggests, where marine lovers can get up close and personal with manta rays! Wade into a shallow pool with dozens of rays swimming around you where you can swim with them, touch them and even feed them. But, do note that this experience comes at an additional cost.
Adventure Cove Waterpark tickets for children aged 4-12 start at S$27 and adult tickets for those aged above 13 years old pay S$34. For special experiences like the Ray Bay Encounter, children and adult tickets are priced at S$59 each.
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Monday to Sunday—10:00am to 5:00pm, Wednesday and Thursday—Closed
Splash-N-Surf is a water playground with a view overlooking the Singapore skyline from the third floor of Kallang Wave Mall. Equipped with a lazy river and water playgrounds for young children, this aqua park is the perfect family weekend destination.
Young children (aged 3-12) can enjoy a dip in a shallow pool (0.6m) or splash around in the water playground, which has buckets, swings, slides and water fountains.
Access to the playgrounds is free, but parents who want to unwind with their children after a hot day in the sun can pay S$2 per pax for access to the lazy river.
For older children who want something more adventurous and thrilling, the one thing that Splash-N-Surf offers that other water parks do not is its 12m-long Stingray surfing simulator. Catch the waves in a safe environment, right on the rooftop of Kallang Wave Mall.
The list of outdoor activities to partake in at Splash-N-Surf do not just end there. You can also book a session with experienced instructors to experience bodyboarding or skimboarding. The session lasts for an hour and costs S$35. But the experience is only available for those taller than 1.2m.
Level 3 Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397629
Monday to Sunday—8:00am to 10:00pm
5. Splash @ Kidz Amaze
On the lookout for indoor activities for your family outing instead? Hide from the heat and sun at Splash @ Kidz Amaze, Singapore’s first indoor water playground. The sprawling space at SAFRA Punggol houses a giant three-storey indoor playground structure in the centre.
Indoor activities get a good name with this impressive playground equipped with five slides and eight play decks. So fret not! There is definitely a wide range of indoor activities for the entire family.
Parents and children can play together on multi-lane slides or shoot water at each other with the water guns readily provided around this indoor playground. Get ready to be drenched under the giant splash bucket and spraying water jets, and feel the wind as you slide down swirling slides. Toddlers can also join in the fun in the surrounding shallow wading pool.
The indoor playground is decorated with an under-the-sea theme, fixed with colourful bridges and whimsical structures that shoot water. Perfect for whisking children away to an underwater world. No worries that the water will be too cold, because the temperature-regulated pool will ensure the water is at a comfortable temperature no matter the weather outside.
On weekdays, children under the age of 14 pay an entrance fee of S$18 if they are a guest. They do get a subsidised rate if they are a Kidz Amaze or SAFRA Junior Dependent Member (S$10) or a SAFRA Member (S$14) though.
On weekends, public holidays and school holidays, guests pay S$22, Kidz Amaze or SAFRA Junior Dependent Members pay S$12, and SAFRA Members pay S$17. Children below two months old enter for free, while every accompanying adult has a consistent admission fee of S$4.
9 Sentul Cres, Level 3, Singapore 828654
Tuesday to Friday—1:00pm to 7:00pm, Saturday to Monday—10:00am to 9:00pm
6. Aqua Adventure
Aqua Adventure is the newest addition to Singapore’s list of water park getaway destinations. The park is located at HomeTeamNS Bedok and only opened its doors this year in February.
The indoor water park boasts Singapore’s longest indoor waterslide, measuring 114m, called the BlackHole Aqua Tube. Those who prefer to take it a little easier can relax in the park’s Laze Pool, a unique blend of the typical lazy river and wave pool ride.
But this water park is not for the faint of heart. Other than the essential water slides and water rides that make for great activities for kids, Aqua Adventure differentiates itself by catering to the most adventurous. The park is fixed with a high-elements section, the Aqua Course, where you can challenge yourself, balancing across ropes and obstacles, while hanging over the pool below. But you’re not spared from getting drenched even while swinging precariously in the air, the park has creatively incorporated wet elements along the course.
The one-of-a-kind park also has a five-lane climbing wall, a rare find in a water park, called the Clockwork Towers. For competitive souls, race your friends or siblings up the interactive walls to the buzzer at the top to see who can complete the course in the fastest time.
However, parents should take note that the park may not be suitable for their young ones. Despite being a relatively kid-friendly place with various activities for kids, the park has an entry requirement of a height above 125cm, a minimum weight of 30kg and a maximum weight of 120kg. Children aged 12 years old and below must be accompanied by a parent/guardian.
900 Bedok North Rd, Singapore 479994
Monday to Thursday—10:00am-8:00pm, Friday to Sunday—9:00am-9:00pm
Sure, there’s the newly revamped, renamed and relocated Jurong Bird Park, Universal Studios Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, and Singapore Zoo that have their fair share of activities for kids. But needless to say, water parks make for the perfect weekend family outing. From Adventure Cove to Wild Wild Wet, head to these water parks that bring out your inner child as you go down high-speed slides, or give yourself a peace of mind as you let the waves on the gentler rides take you away.
It’s a great fuss-free bonding experience for both parent and child. After a fun day out expending their energy, kids will be sure to sleep soundly that night, perhaps giving parents a well-deserved break as well. What are you waiting for? Start packing your kid’s bags with their floats, goggles, and other swimming accessories and head for your nearest water park!
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