Outdoor fun – Sembawang Park

Sembawang Park is a tranquil park located in the north of Singapore. First developed in the 1970s, it is one of the older parks under the National Parks Board that was slated for a facelift recently.

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A while back, I brought C down to Sembawang Park to check out the new play structure that was built as part of the revamp. Unfortunately G was down with a fever that day so couldn’t come along.

We headed directly for the play area, which was located a short walk away from the carpark. As we headed up the slope, the unique structure came into view. From a distance, it looked like a huge battleship beached on the sand! There were several fine details that completed the design: propellers, gun turrets and a rudder.

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Can you see the rudder and propellers?

Spot the gun turrets

Spot the gun turrets

Various activities were cleverly incorporated into the structure. The ship mast held a red climbing net, kid-sized hand grips and foot-holds on the hull (barnacles?) formed a mini climbing wall, and a port-hole at the side gave access to the upper decks where the entrances to the slides were located.

The nautical theme continued with a large pendulum swing in the front of the boat, shaped like a life buoy.
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C had a blast although the structure was built for slightly older kids (the porthole was a challenge to get into because it was too high for her – I had to help lift her up). It was definitely a good workout for her- running, climbing, jumping and sliding.

Unfortunately the trip was cut short due to the weather, but we will definitely be back. C has set herself the target to be able to climb into the porthole by herself the next visit 😉

Have you brought the kids outdoors today?

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