Next Gen Playgrounds

Beyond the swing, slide and see-saw, these places are worth playing in.

By Kelvin Low      17 March 2020

When we were kids, a playground that had a swing, slide and see-saw were enough to keep us entertained for hours until our parents and to drag us back home by the ears. While we have already grown out of the playgrounds, kids and adults alike will have fun together at these new next-generation playgrounds.

Whether it be a HDB estate playground or a NParks garden, these playgrounds are a shared social space and play a significant role in building family and community bonds. Here are some of the new places worth having fun at!

Photo Credit: HDB

Military Tank and Truck

Choa Chu Kang

Two distinctive military-themed playgrounds can be found at Keat Hong Garden and Keat Hong Mirage. Children get to climb and “drive” a tank or a truck. The parks also feature a mini obstacle course and a mini hill installed with play cannons for children to fend against make-believe intruders.

Photo Credit: The Oval

Aeroplane Playground

The Oval, Seletar Aerospace Park

The Oval pays homage to its rich history as an air base through many plane-based experiences around the area. This unique aerospace themed playground features plenty of play elements modelled after aircraft and control towers. There is even an “Aeroplane Chess”, a.k.a Ludo board game for everyone to enjoy. It is also served with good eateries nearby and a boardwalk which offers a good view of aircraft flying in and out of Seletar Airport.

Jurong Lake Gardens


Arguably the most comprehensive park in the west, it offers nature trails for inquisitive kids. But for play, it offers many options such as; Forest Ramble, a nature-inspired playground and Clusia Cove, a water playground experience featuring tidal patterns, surface ripples and directional currents. The park also features plenty of space for dogs to play as well as open fields for kids to run about.


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