Play@SG: Spottiswoode Park Estate

Tuck away in a corner of Outram near the old Tanjong Pagar Railway station, is the Spottiswoode Park Estate. Over there, we found a lovely playground that the kids love.

Spottiswoode Playground - Ladybug
A ladybug rocker, how adorable. And safe for toddlers.

The first thing that caught our attention was this ladybug rocker. And if one is not enough, there are two more creepy crawlies around.

I really love the look of these rockers. The only downside, they are a little tall. So younger kids may need help to get up.

Spottiswoode Playground - Slides
Apart from the curve slide, there are 3 more smaller slide for the younger kids.

One thing about this playground, we notice there are a lot of climbing structure. From the photo above, you can see the brown curve climbing structure on the left. Behind that brown curve, is a green and yellow steps with pole. If that is not enough, here are more.

They thought of the younger ones too.

A small ladder for younger kids. The littlest (1.5yo) need help to get up on this.
A small ladder for younger kids. The littlest (1.5yo) need help to get up on this.

This playground seems to be more suited for older kids. There is no simple way to get up except fo this ladder. However, having a higher profile means, the kids can run around under it.

Younger kids may be attracted to this.
Pause and check yourself out after all the running?

If that is not enough, how about a game of hop scotch?

Can you still remember how to play this game?
Can you still remember how to play this game?

This playground is located just behind the multi-story carpark (Blk 108 Spottiswoode Park Road). If you are nearby do drop by and check it out.

Play@SG is our effort to record down the free play areas in Singapore. If you have one to share or link, do let us know!

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Play@SG: Bukit Batok Civil Service Club

In 2011, I blogged about the little indoor playroom at Bukit Batok Civil Service Club (CSC). After a few years, the club gave the play room an overhaul!

After a few years, the previous playground was pretty worn out. Glad that the club overhual it.
After a few years, the previous playground was pretty worn out. Glad that it was overhauled.

So here are some close up shots.

The tunnel that gets you from the one side (stair) to the other (ball pit).
The tunnel that gets you from the one side (stair) to the ball pit. Too bad the net was there, else I will try to put my hand into the little holes of the tunnel to “scare” the kids.

Anyway, on to the other side of the playground.

A look through area, where the littles love to wave to us from. And of course a slide that send you into the ball pit! The littlest love it.
A see-through area, where the littlest love to wave to us from. And of course a slide that sends you into the ball pit! The littlest love it.

If you look carefully at the two pictures, there is a design flaw in this playground though. The kids there, mine included, were bringing the balls to the tunnel and throwing them through the little hole (that explains the plastic bag in the pic). Unfortunately, any balls that goes under the tunnel cannot be reach from other areas. So they are stuck there. I told the kids to stop doing it, but there were still others. I told them nicely to stop throwing. But they wouldn’t listen and their parents are not around. Sigh.

Anyway, apart from the main structure, there are other rockers inside the room.

Rockers and "see-saw" for the little ones and colorful stools for the parents.
Rockers for the little ones and colorful stools for the parents. You can also see the room is very nicely painted.

The little bookshelf from the previous time, is still there.

The books which some kids mess up with.
With the playground around, these books are largely ignored. LOL

All in all, the kids (6 y.o, 5 y.o and 16 months) love the playroom. The littlest can handle the playground easily. So I will say it is suitable for pre-schoolers and toddlers.

Entry to the playroom is free. But this also means that there is no one “looking after” the room during its opening hours. It very much depends on individual social responsibilities to not let sick children in and sanitize their hands. Socks are also not required though shoes must be removed before entering. The area is generally quite clean.

If you are looking for a free area to play, away from the heat or rain, you can consider going to this playroom. Oh and an added note, there is a Children Party Room next to it. Few years back, we held the girl’s 1st birthday party there. A decent size room and more importantly, something to entertain little children while the guests mingle. Booking the party room does not give you exclusive rights to the playroom, but it is still convenient enough.

Play@SG is my effort to record down different free playgrounds and play areas in Singapore. All opinions are our own.

Indoor: Oceans’ Buddies @ Kids STOP

[ Media Invite ]

The kids love sea creatures. Maybe it explains why they love to watch Octonauts. So I was quite happy when we were invited to participate in the Oceans’ Buddies exhibit at one of their favourite indoor playground, Kids STOP.

The Oceans’ Buddies exhibit aims to foster a friendship between children and the ocean so that the children can help protect the ocean, i.e. marine conservation.

Marine Conservation Brief
In the brief, the staff from Kids STOP explain to us, why it is important to not throw rubbish into the sea.

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The Kids STOP staff who was “angry” with people who threw rubbish into the sea.

In the example given, she explain to us that plastic bags appear to be like Jellyfish in the sea. And Sea Turtles, which eat Jellyfish, may not be able to tell the difference between the two. As a result, they could get themselves killed from trying to eat a plastic bag.

Personalise Sea Creatures come “alive”
After the brief the kids were asked to colour their favourite sea creatures to let it come “alive”.

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The girl colouring her Puffer Fish using the pilot FriXion pens provided. The erasable nature of the pen allows the paper with the sea creatures to be reused. It goes well with the conservation theme.
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The boy chose his favourite Manta Ray.

After the kids are done with the colouring, they can bring their master pieces to a machine for it to be scanned and “uploaded” onto the virtual ocean.

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The brief moment where the boy’s Manta Ray and the girl’s Puffer Fish met.

The kids were really happy to see their sea creatures swimming around. Though the Manta Ray is not a very good choice as most times, we could only see the bottom of the Ray, which is not the part the boy coloured. But fortunately , he was the only one who chose the Ray. So we could spot it easily. For the rest of the sea creatures, it will be good to ask your kids to sign off their name on their master pieces so that it is easier for them to find in the “ocean”. The girl was very happy trying to spot her “Loi Loi” fish as it swims about.

Details
The Oceans’ Buddies exhibit is included in the admission fee. There is no need to pay extra for the experience. However, the briefing is held only at a certain time. The morning session brief is at 10am.

Disclaimer: We were invited to view the exhibit. No monetary compensation was received for the post. All opinions are our own.

 

Play@SG: Jalan Selaseh Park

Where is Jalan Selaseh Park? Its near Seletar Hill. We happen to chance on this playground because my SIL chio us for a meal at a Chinese restaurant near there.

As with all parks, the playground over there is a little different. There is a “Spider Web” right in the middle.

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Compare to West Coast Park, this web is smaller and more achievable. The boy (6 y.o) manage to climb to the top.

To the left of the web is a climbing structure and slide.

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For young toddlers, there is the rockers.

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This is one of the rockers around, there were more available.

Or a merry-go-round, that will certainly burn off some calories for the parents.

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There are also two swings on the right of the web. However, there was constantly some kids on the swing, so I didn’t manage to take a picture. The swing is a little different from our usual. It has a flat seat instead of the curved ones. It reminded the girl (4.5 yo) of the wooden swing she stood on in the Malaysia farm. So she stood on that swing too.

The place wasn’t crowded when we reach about 5pm on a Saturday. It got a little more crowded when its closer to 6pm. However, there were many small insects flying around that day. And I got bitten my them. So we didn’t stay long at the playground. So do remember your insect repellent if you are paying this playground a visit.

Play@SG is our effort to record down the different free playgrounds or play areas in Singapore. If you have any to recommend, drop us a comment or email. T.I.A.

Play@SG: West Coast Park (2)

This time round we venture a little deeper to what I call the obstacle play area of West Coast Park.  

This play area is just next to the flying fox, closer to the sea. It’s basically a series of climb structures. Let’s take a closer look.   

It is interesting to note that the orange “log” above will actually turn when the kids attempt to cross. Thereby increasing the difficulty.

 
 
My almost 6 y.o boy could accomplish most of the obstacle while my 4 y.o girl only played with the tunnel. Still they like it a lot and will pretend the tunnel is their fortress and hide inside. We have been to west coast park a few times and they always come back to this area.

Next to these obstacles and behind the flying fox, you will find two “big” swings.  

I really like these swings as the kids can lie down on it and it turns into a hammock immediately. For younger kids, parents can go on top and place the toddlers on their lap easily. We also manage to put the girl and her cousin on the swing together, and they had fun with each other company!

West coast park is such a gem to us these days. Unfortunately, the weather has been erratic. We hope to explore more of this park soon! Have you been to other areas of the park? Let us know!

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Play@SG: 723 Clementi West St 2

A neighborhood playground near West Coast Market.

An overview of the playground, very typical of a neighborhood playground. More uncommon will be the “monkey bar”.


And this periscope that is looking down instead of up. But the kids say it wasn’t very clear. I guess due to the wear and tear.


And hopscotch for the kids to try out.


Your typical rocking horse with the brand of the playground.

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Play@SG: West Coast Park

West coast park is a very big park with many many play areas. Last weekend I brought the kids to explore one section of the big park.

 
The west coast park is very famous for its big spider web, we stumble onto this smaller version at right side (facing the play areas) of the big web. This smaller version is a good training ground for my boy who is still afraid of the big web. I hope he conquer this soon and promote to the big web.

 

Beside the small web is this balance play area. The girl who is not so confident of her physco motor skills tried the balance area from the wider bouncy area to the broad platform at the left. She was happy just to be running around the platform too.

 
The boy started on this balancing beam. It was not easy as you can see some areas are not flat but curved up. He manage to complete the course by himself but at some points, he sat down and move using his butt.

Have you explored this area of the west coast park before? Why not share your experience with us?

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