A reader recently asked where they could bring their kids for some sand play, besides the beaches in Singapore. As I was crafting a reply, it dawned upon me that there aren’t as many sandbox playgrounds as yesteryears. Most of our favourite sandbox playgrounds have been refurbished with rubber mats and plastic playground structures.
Other than heading to the beaches, here are some of our favourite sand play spots:
West Coast Park
Located parallel to West Coast Highway, West Coast Park is a children’s haven to run around, do obstacle courses, fly kites and sand play! There are several playgrounds suited for children of various age groups. We can literally an entire day at the West Coast Park.
Location: 71 West Coast Highway.
Labrador Nature Reserve
It’s a tranquil place to stroll together as a family, watch boats and vessels at sea, and let the kids hang loose at the playground area. Besides playing sand, Hannah enjoys the slides and the maze area. Feeling adventurous? Try the Labrador Nature and Coastal Walk. There’s a DIY guide you could download from the National Parks Board website.
Location: Labrador Villa Road.
Tiong Bahru Park
Our all-time favourite! This place has playground, sandbox and terrapins! Tucked away among the quaint and charming old estates, Tiong Bahru Park is a hidden gem for family outings.
Location: Bounded by Henderson Rd, Tiong Bahru Road and Lower Delta Road.
Pasir Ris Park Playground
While growing up, my cousins and I would always head to Pasir Ris Park playground for some weekend fun. I remember the spiderweb structure that we’d climb and the suspension bridge that freaked me out!
Location: Stretches from Pasir Ris Road to Jalan Loyang Besar and can be accessed through Elias Road and Pasir Ris Green.
Remember Singapore has a list of the retro playgrounds (some with sandboxes). I still see the iconic mosaic tiled dragon playground in Toa Payoh with sandbox. I’m not sure if the mosaic dove playground at Dakota Crescent still retains the sandbox. The mosaic clock playground near Bishan Bus Interchange brings back fond memories as I remember passing that playground on my way from school every day.
Any sandbox playground or park that your family enjoys visiting? Please share with us!