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7 Indoor Play Areas At Malls In Singapore To Drop Your Kids At While You Shop

Indoor playgrounds at malls in Singapore

It’s been a long week, and you’re craving some me-time. As you go about running your errands, the last thing you want on your list is having to juggle shopping bags and energetic young children at the same time.

To make things easier for yourself, leave your young ones at these kid-centric drop-off points in malls, where they can have fun with climbing structures and take part in enrichment activities. You can now go for retail therapy in peace – and the kids won’t have to endure the boredom of tagging along. It’s a win-win!

1. My Little Giant – Big Box

My Little Giant Playground - ball pit ground floor

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Where there are so many mega malls at the no-longer-ulu Jurong, it’s only natural that there’s a massive playland for the young ‘uns too.

My Little Giant - kiddy car rides

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Introducing My Little Giant, a 3-storey playground at factory outlet mall Big Box – conveniently right next to Jurong East MRT. This huge space gives kids lots of freedom to roam about with kiddy cars, tunnels, and trampolines.

My Little Giant - giant slide to ball pit

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Plus, all sorts of slides can be found in this indoor playground – from slow, spiraling ones to steeper slopes that have your child whizzing down into a huge pool of balls. In total, there are 3 humongous ball pits onsite.

my little giant - Cassia Seed Play ball pit

The other ball pit has a little digging area in the middle with fake soil.
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Outside this active play area are a carousel, kinetic sand play table, and arcade games. Admission for these activities are charged separately from the playground, but there are promotion packages if you’re going for both outdoor and indoor play.

Address: 1 Venture Avenue #01-12, Big Box, Singapore 608521
Below 3 years old: Mon-Thurs: $10 | Fri-Sun, PH & Eve of PH: $15
3-16 years old: Mon-Thurs: $18 | 3-16 years old: $25

2. Little Planet Playland – The Centrepoint

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Little Planet Playland isn’t just another playground – it is a miniature farm, fishing area, kitchen, cafe and castle all combined into one. For the kids with wild imaginations, this pretend-play playground’s a dream come true.

little planet playland - grocery shopping

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Besides playing with kitchen sets and fishing rods, your little ones can also get artsy at the art and craft area.

Address: 176 Orchard Road #02-21, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Telephone: 6268 6595
Opening hours: Sunday-Friday: 10AM-7PM | Saturday & PH: 10AM-8PM
Rates: Weekdays: $25/child (unlimited play) | Weekends and PH: $25/child (2 hour play)
Age requirement: Suitable for children up to 12 years old.

3. MindChamps Childminding Service – Paragon

Mindchamps Childminding service paragon - chef

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Retail therapy along Orchard Road sometimes feels…not-so-therapeutic when you’re keeping an eye on your kid all the time.

Lucky for you, there are kids activities conducted every Saturday by teachers from MindChamps Childminding Service @ Paragon. And these aren’t just fun and games – their 30-minute storytelling, gym, and cooking sessions are sure to give your children a fulfilling learning experience.

Check out their activity schedule here.

Address: 290 Orchard Road #06-19/20 Singapore 238855
Opening hours: 11AM-5PM (Saturdays only)
Price: $18 (60 minutes) | $27 (90 minutes) | $36 (120 minutes)
Age requirement: Service is open to children aged 2-7 years old. Only children aged 3 and below need an accompanying adult.

4. eXplorerkid – Ang Mo Kio Hub

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Think play areas for kids, and eXplorerkid is probably the first place that comes to mind. After all, it’s one of the largest indoor children playgrounds in Singapore.

Your agile, adventurous little ones can look forward to the Mega Play area – a 3-storey obstacle-course featuring maze-like tunnels, bridges and slides. Scrambling up and down these bouncy structures are good for burning off all that excess energy!

explorer kid - glowing ball pit

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But the highlight of eXplorerkid has to be their glowing ball pit with transparent balls taking on different bright tones as the neon light changes hues.

While there seems to be a lot of action going on at the playground, rest assured that eXplorerkid has play guides to check on the safety of the children.

Note: Socks must be worn at all times by all visitors. Price includes 1 adult entry per child.

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 #04-02, Ang Mo Kio Hub, Singapore 569933
Opening hours: Mon-Fri: 12PM-9PM | Sat, Sun, PH and School Holidays: 10AM-10PM
Members: Off peak: $9 (unlimited play) | Peak: $20 (unlimited play)
Public: Off peak: $20 (unlimited play) : Peak: $30 (unlimited play)
Age requirement: Children below 12

5. Cookie & Monkey Kids Lounge – Vivocity  

Vivocity Cookie and Monkey play area

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Vivocity is one huge shopping paradise – but that also means an extra effort to not lose the little monkeys as you comb through the stores.

That is, unless you leave them at Cookie & Monkey Kids Lounge, which offers drop-off services for kids 2 years and above. With alphabet playmats, toys and a TV in their vibrant play area, the kids are bound to be busy having the time of their lives here.

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Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-105
Telephone: 6222 2868
Opening hours: 11AM-9PM
Rates: $15 for 1st hour, $12 for every subsequent hour
Age requirement: At least 2 years old

6. Pirate Land – The Centrepoint

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From a ball pool to make-believe marketplace, Pirate Land is another huge indoor playground that will keep your kids busy with their hands and feet. This one has a nautical theme to it, with wooden pirate ship structures and a sand-like pit – perfect for your young treasures to feel like mini island explorers.

pirate land - sand pit playground

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Fans of Bob the Builder would also be excited to spot mega-sized Lego blocks right upon entering the playland. And for this tech-savvy generation, it is only fitting to have interactive activities such as hitting balls on a touch-screen to keep those kiddos entertained.

pirate land - kids play on-screen hit the ball game

Screen-based ball hitting game
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At the end of your shopping spree, head back to Pirate Land for a bonding session of parent-child laser tag or a race car battle!

Address: 176 Orchard Road #03-09/10, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843
Telephone: 98796972
Opening hours: Weekday: 1030AM-8PM (unlimited play) | Weekend: 1030AM-9PM (3 hours)
Members: $23.50
Non-members: $28.90
Age requirement: Kids 5 and above can be dropped off.

7. IKEA Småland – Tampines & Alexandra 

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Having vases and glass bowls broken due to kids crashing into them isn’t the best idea, and so comes IKEA Småland – a play area specially for your energetic kiddos. This children-only area has a ball pit, simple rock wall, TV, and tables for some doodling.

Toilets are also within the play area, so there’s no need for them to wander out at any point.

In the meantime, parents can shop around IKEA and return to pick up the kids after a maximum of one hour.

IKEA Alexandra
Address: 317 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159965
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 10AM-10PM (last admission 9PM) | Fri & Sat: 10AM-11PM (last admission 10PM)
Price: Free
Note: Height of kid must be between 0.9m to 1.3m. 
IKEA Tampines
Address: 60 Tampines North Drive 2, Singapore 528764
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs: 10AM-845PM | Fri, Sat, Eves or PH: 10AM-945PM (Last admission: 45 minutes before closing daily)
Price: Free
Note: Height of kid must be between 1m and 1.2cm.

Bonus: Library programme rooms with free storytelling sessions

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Not to worry if the above malls aren’t the places you frequent. Many malls have public libraries, and they’ve got regular storytelling sessions to keep the young ones happily occupied.

Each session is 1.5 hours, and completely free!

For the schedule of programmes, click here.

Indoor playrooms in shopping centres

Supermums and superdads, take a few hours off parenthood with the help of these drop-off points. Whether it’s an enrichment activity or energy-sapping workout, your kids will be guaranteed a fun-filled time while you unwind with a good dose of retail therapy.

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Cover image adapted from: Pirateland