• Pasir Ris Beach Park
This expansive seaside park stretches from Pasir Ris Road to Jalan Loyang Besar and is divided into three sections by two rivers – Sungei Api Api and Sungei Tampines.
It’s a child’s haven – from the three-storey birdwatching tower to the cycling track, as well as a sixhectare mangrove forest to explore. But the park’s best feature is the huge playground with its seemingly endless stretch of play structures. It’s suitable for kids of all ages – your toddler can “get lost” in the baby maze or fly high on the baby swings while your fouryear-old can attempt wobbling across a drawbridge or climbing into a little fire truck to play “pretend fireman”.
For older children, there’s a flying fox, a rope-climbing wall and climbing nets which include a tall pyramid of ropes (they’re tightly woven so it’s relatively safe for children intent on skimming up high), a spinning disc (think a big satellite dish that twirls) and slides of all heights and sizes to keep them busy for hours.
The playground is shaded by massive trees, so you don’t have to worry about it getting too sunny for your little ones. While they play, stretch your legs on the picnic benches around the play area.
If your kids get sweaty from all that fun, go to the beach that borders the park for a quick dip. Better yet, bring small buckets and spades so they can build sandcastles.
No time to pack a picnic lunch? Just buy food from alfresco cafes located within the park – choose from local or Western fare. Or head over to a van often parked near the playground to grab canned drinks and ice cream sandwiches.
End the day with a leisurely pony ride at a nearby stable within the park – this privately-owned facility will give guided rides to your children (starting from preschoolers) for just $10. Want to feed the pony after? You can, for $1. OPENING HOURS Open 24 hours daily. The stable is open Tue-Sun, 8am to noon and 2-7pm. Note: The playground is undergoing major renovation works until next year. A section that includes the climbing nets and obstacle courses is currently closed. But the play area with swings is open.