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It’s hotter than ever in Singapore at this time of the year and there’s no better way to cool down than to splash about in the water. These wet-and-wild water parks are equipped with rides, slides and other fun stuff to keep you and the kids entertained.
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Splash on: Choa Chu Kang has a highly coveted wave pool, as well as a winding lazy river that lets you bask in the sun without getting (too) wet. There’s also a water playground, competition and toddler pools, a whirlpool, as well as a Jacuzzi.
The treat: In the instance that the kids want to get wet but you don’t, you can escape to the Citibella Beauty Club & Atelier, to get anything from ear candling to a lymphatic drainage massage done.
1 Choa Chu Kang Street 5| Tel: 6767 8606 |Open: Tue–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80-2.00
Jurong West Aquatic Centre
Splash on: Jurong residents are a lucky lot because they’ve got two water theme parks to choose from. The Jurong West Aquatic Centre is great for both serious swimmers (there’s a sheltered pool and an open Olympic-sized one) and adventure seekers. The three-storey tube slide that overshadows the giant, Savannah-themed water playground takes a bit of climbing to get to but is a lot of fun.
Best value: For less than a quarter of what you’d pay at Wild Wild Wet!, you can have (almost) as much fun. And they have no qualms about you bringing your own beach toys for the kids to mess around with.
Address: 20 Jurong West Street 93 | Tel: 66805530 | Open: Mon, Wed–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80–1.50
Jurong East Swimming Complex
Splash on: Closed till 31 July, this one’s got a giant wave pool ― a vigourous rocking body of water that’s menacing at first glance but so much fun. There’s also a wave pool, a river ride (a natural favourite), a jacuzzi, slides, as well as a children's area.
Flip out at: Their three slides in blue, pink and yellow that almost intertwine with the other. They’re something you’d expect at Wild Wild Wet! but not a neighborhood recreation centre. There’s also a KFC here for when you get peckish.
Address: 21 Jurong East Street 31| Tel: 65635052 |Open: Mon 2:30–9:30pm, Tues–Sun 8am–9:30pm| Admission $0.80–1.50 per entry
Splash on: Possibly the newest kid on the block, this neighbourhood recreation centre has a whopping eight colourful slides. These include rollercoaster slides, a pair of winding tubes and slides for children who don’t meet the 1.2-metre height minimum for the big slides. There’s a water playground too, and for adults there’s an oversized Jacuzzi, which fits up to 10 people.
Right time and place: Besides being situated in a multi-million dollar recreation centre equipped with a gym, dance studio and two Olympic-sized lap pools, Sengkang Swimming Complex is also a stone’s throw away from weekend destinations such as Punggol Park and Jalan Kayu (known for its roti prata). Out of all the water parks in Singapore, Sengkang opens the earliest in the day (7am) — perfect for restless kids who are raring to go at the crack of dawn.
Address: 57 Anchorvale Road | Tel: 63153575 | Open: Tue–Sun 7am–9pm| Admission $0.80-2.00.
Wild Wild Wet!
Splash on: The biggest water theme park in Singapore is home to attractions like the ubiquitous wave pool, Southeast Asia’s first raft slide, the Ular-Lah and Waterworks, which come in covered and open-top versions. Go at it lying down and feel your body tackle the slide’s sharp twists and turns at top speed. There are also rides catering to young children, such as the shallow splashing pool Yippee!, which is perfect for toddlers. Children more confident in the water can explore the Professor’s Playground, which is filled with little turrets and water cannons for the adventure-hungry kid.
Water watch: This water park may cater to more adventurous souls, but it also goes an extra mile to provide for concerned parents too. Complimentary life jackets and tubes are available, as are baby carriers that allow parents to have their babies snuggled up close to them while both enjoy a water experience together.
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close| Tel: 65819128 | Open: Mon, Wed–Fri 1–9pm, Sat–Sun 10am–9pm| Admission $11-16
Adventure Cove Waterpark
Splash on: On the sunny Sentosa Island is Adventure Cove Waterpark, an aquatic wildlife park with endless splashes of fun and dollops of thrill. Promising something for everyone, there are adrenaline-pumping Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic coaster, lazy Wave Pool and Adventure River that passes through 14 breathtaking scenes.
The treat: For those who are not in for a blistering sun beating down on you, you can still enjoy the coolness of the waters while strolling amongst colourful marine life. Sea Trek @ Adventure gives an underwater experience with gentle giants and thousands of other marine animals.
Alternatively, you can escape to The Bay Restaurant; a two storey restaurant offering local favourites. Choose to dine alfresco style in the classy terrace overlooking the lively waterpark with aqua-enthusiasts.
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway | Tel: 65778888 | Open: 10am-6pm daily | Admission: $26-36
Splash on: Perched on Westgate’s rooftop is Singapore’s largest thematic outdoor playground featuring dry and wet playing areas. Free. Stretching imagination of children - sound, touch and sight - Westgate Wonderland follows a fantasy garden theme with oversized flora and fauna, boasting special lighting and musical effects at night. There are allocated play zones for different age groups as well.
Right time and place: If you want to stay chilled and hide away the tropical heat, you can head down for shopping or feasting.
Address: #04-00 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive | Tel: 69083737 | Open: 10am-10pm daily | Free
Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay
Splash on: Where education meets play, a world of adventure awaits at the Children’s Gardens at Gardens by the Bay. Catering to kids from one to twelve, themes of nature and adventure are weaved into interactive play delights, water play features, and educational programmes. Kids will be amazed by the majestic 7.5 m tall tree house and The Water Play which will respond to movements with water effects through sensors.
Take a chill pill: Within the Children’s Garden is Children’s Garden Cafe, serving adorable bento meals for kids and adults. Parents can unwind while watching their kids frolick from the cafe’s alfresco dining area.
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Dr. | Tel: 64206848 | Open: 10am-7pm (Tue-Fri), 9am-9pm (Sat-Sun) | Free