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!

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: 1E Cantonment Road (Pinnacle @ Duxton)

I have visited a fair bit of neighborhood playground in Singapore, but I realize there are very few that is dedicated to toddlers. And I found one at Pinnacle @ Duxton.

Playground for 2 to 5 is hard to come by.

Naturally, the equipments are lower and milder. I shall let the pictures do the talking.

A giraffe slide that has only two steps, so quite safe for toddlers under supervision.
This elephant rocker is protected at the side. Makes it safer for older toddlers.
This will be more fun for the pre-schoolers.
Another rocker. Toddlers can only do just that?
Finally something more exciting. A climbing tunnel.

Yup, that’s all for the playground. Simple? You bet. But kids still love it. My elder two (5yo and 4 yo) have made request to go back when we are in the vicinity. I don’t really get it as I feel they are a little too old for it. But you know they know the best since they are the ones playing. I have brought them to other playgrounds which I think look fun only to have them tell me it’s not. And true enough there isn’t any kids playing there each time we pass by. So I guess it’s better to leave the verdict of a playground to the kids.

I think the boy likes the playground cause he get to hide under it. How many playgrounds now allow you to do that?
I think the boy likes the playground cause he get to hide under it. How many playgrounds now allow you to do that?

So the hunt for playground continues…

Play@SG: 261 Jurong East St 24

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

I’m a crap crab person. As in I love eating crabs. There was a year where I had so much crab that my cholesterol level shot to an all time high. It came down after I cut down on my crab feasting. However, ever since the kids came along, I hardly have a chance to eat crab. This is because I either have to feed the kids that leave me little time to eat, or I need to finish quickly so I can take care of them.

This year on my Dad’s birthday, my sis suggested having crab for dinner. I was very happy but I doubt I could enjoy my meal much because of the kids. But I was wrong! Why? It’s because there is this playground just next to the “restaurant”. The kids need not cross any road, and you can even watch out from your seat if you choose certain table. But I’m not revealing which “restaurant” it is as it’s not a sponsored post. You can ask Mr Google.

Anyway, back to the playground. The pics should tell the story.

An overview of one side of the playground.
The other side of the playground with the “restaurant” in the background.
Close-up on some of the features of the playground.

Base on the kids reaction, they will probably give a 4.5/5 rating for this playground. They played while waiting for food to be served and went back to play again after eating. I’m pleasantly surprise that even Loi enjoyed it. Cause she is the one who usually gets bored easily at a playground.

For Mummy, this playground rates 5/5. As its relatively clean, not crowded, the kids enjoy and more importantly I got to savor my crab slowly. Lol.
If you are in a need for a crab break, you can check it out!

Blk 261 Jurong East St 24 S(600261)

Do you know of any playground like this? Share with us so we can all benefit and enjoy some peaceful meals. T.I.A.

Play@SG: Imaginarium @ SAM at 8Q

Back in 2012 and 2013 we brought the kids to Art Garden at SAM@8Q. I was looking out for it last year but I didn’t see one. It’s only until this year I realize that they have changed the name. This year the event is called “Imaginarium: A Voyage of Big Dreams”. I’m not sure if there is something else last year, but I’m very glad that I found that they are still holding something similar. And if you haven’t read about how interesting it is, you can find out more here.

We Built this Estate!
 
This exhibit contains many Tetris block that allow the kids to build their own “estate”. You bet my two preschoolers like it here as they build away. The Tetris blocks are good as they give the kids a taste of irregularities and see if the structures they build are sound. It also give rise to “holes” which acts as entrance and exit to their “home”. At one stage, the boy manage to build a bridge and the girl is happy to hide under it and act as a troll. (She is recapping and relating to her previous experience of watching “The Three Billy Goat Gruff”.) Definitely a good exhibit to train their motor skills, logical thinking and creativity.

Let’s Make! Studio

Over here the kids get to fold paper plane, do Pom Pom or even doodle on the wall! Look at how happy the girl is that she can draw on the wall. For the boy, he is not the crafty type, so he was out of there in a flash.

Greenroom II: Interstellar Overdrive

Active kids will enjoy this exhibit. They require you to cycle so that energy is being generated to power up the players or light. In the pic above, Chubby was cycling so that Zai could play on the “drum”. He had some fun hitting and making noise. However, the exhibit is for older kids. My 5 y.o. boy tried cycling on one of the smallest bike, but he could barely make it. It is through our assistance that he manage to light up the bulbs. But definitely a place to let them dispense their energy and learn some science.

Dream House

A house made of sweets and sugary stuff? And a garden to plant and grow sweets? You bet that is most kids dream. Which is not hard to understand why this is the girl favorite exhibit. She enjoyed putting on the sweets and decorate the trees. While the boy enjoy taking them off, especially the golden sweets. Well, he just reminded me on top developing their fine motor skills, it’s also good opportunity to teach them colors.

Kiko’s Secrets

I had wanted to skip this exhibit cause I thought it was a little dark and the girl might be scared. But the boy just rushed in and this surprisingly was his favorite. He likes the creepy crawly that was make out of our everyday things. He finds it amusing when he spot zips on the beetle body. However, the other puzzle exhibit that requires him to choose the pieces from a box and place it on the fish scale proves too difficult for him. Well, even I find it difficult. Cause the pieces are similar only slight difference in size for some. Well, but good cognitive development for the kids.

Imagine-a-doodle 
These drawing are on the walls at the stairway. I find them really nice but a pity I can’t stop to really admire at them cause the boy was always rushing to the next exhibit. However, I did manage to stop them at one and played a few games of “I spy”.

All in all we enjoyed this year exhibition very much. Maybe because the kids are older now and the exhibits are really interactive with the kids in mind. So if you have the time to spare do bring your kids to check it out. It’s free for locals. And maybe because this exhibition has been on going for sometime, I find that it’s actually not so crowded when we went on a Sunday morning. 

Ok, details as follows:
14 Mar – 19 July 2015
10am to 7pm (Last Admission at 6:15pm)
SAM@8Q: 8 Queen Street Singapore 188535
(This is not the main SAM building but at the smaller street behind it)
Free Admission for Citizens and PR. Just flash your IC.

Play@SG: Dinosaurize Me @ Plaza Sing

The boy is a Dino fan. He knows a number of dinosaurs by name and his birthday theme last year was on Dinosaur. However, this lazy Mummy did not take his interest further by borrowing books on Dinosaur for him. As such his knowledge of Dinosaurs are limited. So when I receive an email from Plaza Sing inviting the kids to the media preview of Dinosaurize Me!, I was really happy. I asked the boy and we skipped school just to attend this preview. 

This is the smaller dinosaur bone on display. There is a 3 storey high dino which my iPad can’t capture properly. The event is on going till 14 June.

Dinosaurize Me! is brought to you jointly by PS and Science Center. So you will expect not just Dino bones display but educational shows and workshops.  

The educational Dino show.

Do you know how the paleontologist know how old the dinosaur is when it died? How about how did they find out if the breed of dinosaurs are herbivores or carnivorous? Well, you can find out the answer through the stage show. It was indeed quite educational. This not well read mummy certainly learned a lot that day.

Apart from the show, there are 3 workshop stations and a sand pit. We manage to squeeze in time for two of the workshops and of course the sand pit.

The first wokshop that they went to. They were asked to cut out the spiral timeline, and paste the different Dinosaurs on base on the era they lived in. Well, it was a little tough for the boy as the scissors was quite tight and the paper was thick. He ended up cutting out the dinos and pasting. But he was happy with it and brought to school for his show and tell.
  
This workshop allows you to create dinosaur “fossils” using either clay or plasticine. Well, i recommend you to complete this station first as the clay took a long time to dry. We did this last, so we went for lunch and went back to collect later.
 
The boy had lots of fun trying to fix the Dinosaur bones together. Unfortunately, this need team work to hold the parts up and I think there are missing pieces. Hence, he didn’t get to complete it.

It was a fun day for us, and an achievement unlock for me. As it’s the first time I brought them out all by myself and taking public transport. I’m happy that they have finally reach a stage that is easier for me to manage.

*Disclaimer: We were invited to this media preview. No monatary compensation was received. All opinions are our own.

Play@SG: Ridout Tea Garden

About 1.5 years ago I started the Play@SG series to introduce free playgrounds and play areas in Singapore. Unfortunately, I was over ambitious in trying to put too many info in my post that I find it tough to continue the series. After giving it some thought, I decide to relaunch the series. I will let the pics do the talking while I pen in a few notes.

The playground that has the honor in the relaunch is the playground in the Macdonalds at Ridout Tea Garden. 

The little playgorund that belongs to Macdonalds at Ridout Tea Garden

Ridout Tea Garden is located at Queensway. In the little “Garden”, is this Macdonalds that comes with its own playground. The playground is not big but the tunnels and climbing structure is a little different from our neighborhood playground and closer to those found indoor.
 
Notice the “helicopter” like structure at the top left?
 
Macdonalds with playground are getting lesser these days. And I always associate the “helicopter” structure with Macdonalds playground, hence its not easy to find such structure in SG now. So if you have the time, do pay a visit to this place. Erm… They won’t actually check if you are a diner from Macdonalds.

By the way, this Macdonalds also have a special dedicated corner for kids to hold their birthday party. Having a Macdonalds party was a dream of mine when I was young, not sure about you. 😛 (And nope, Macdonalds did not sponsor this post.)

If this Macdonalds alone is not enough to attract you to Ridout Tea Garden, you might be please to know that there is a nursery by Far East Flora (again this post is also not sponsored by them) behind the Macdonalds. You can bring the kids for a walk inside for some greenery. But do remember your mosquito repellent before entering.

Ok, enough said. The address is as follows:

580 Queensway Singapore 149066

Do drop me a message if you spot any interesting playground. I might just convince Chubby to bring the kids there.

PS: If you are interested in finding more playgrounds or free play areas in Singapore, you can visit Ai Sakura or Gingerbreadmum.