When it gets hot and humid in Singapore, and it does, the best thing to do is head for a water playground. A vast number of water playgrounds have sprouted up atop rooftops of shopping malls, and they are all open to public at no cost.
One of the newest ones is the kids water playground and pool at Splash N Surf, located at Kallang Wave Mall. It’s right at the doorstep of the National Stadium at Sports Hub so you’ll be splashing against the background of either the National Stadium, or the Singapore Flyer, depending on where you face.
Within Splash N Surf is the kids water playground (free), the Lazy River ($2) and STINGRAY, a wave riding activity ($35 for non-peak, $40 for peak).
It’s got the usual water fountains and water buckets for little babies to sit in, but the draw is the big slide. There’s no water bucket, which is wonderful news for parents who don’t particularly want to get splashed in public. It’s a decent sized playground and bigger kids can alternate between having their adrenaline rush on the slides, and having a swim in the little pool just next to the play area (it’s only 0.6m deep).
The best part about the water playground is not just that it’s new (which means to say that it’s still very clean and well maintained), or that it’s probably the only water playground with a lifeguard on duty. It’s awesome that there are showers with closed doors within a short walking distance, that come equipped with (and here’s the best part) comfortable warm water. Because it can be quite a shock to the body to be blasted with cold water on a hot day after a swim.
And the showers? I knew you would ask. Clean. Incredibly clean for a public pool toilet. BYO toiletries and towels.
5pm on a weekday is a good time to be there and play around for about an hour. There are plenty of food options nearby available at Kallang Wave Mall and Kallang Leisure Park. The cheapest option would probably be Foodfare at Kallang Leisure Mall, about a 5-minute walk from the playground.
Locker options are not available, and there are a few benches around for caregivers to rest on. The area is non shaded so make sure you slap some sunblock on before you play.
The closest MRT station is Stadium on the Circle Line. Go through Kallang Wave Mall, and head up to the top floor; there will be signs pointing to Splash N Surf. Happy splashing! Or surfing.
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