These kid-friendly estates have the most amazing playgrounds
Proximity to good schools is often a key consideration whenever families with kids are thinking to move to a new place. However, many may have forgotten that having out-of-this-world playgrounds near their new house would be an additional bonus. Whether your children are undergoing “terrible twos” or PSLE, these playgrounds at kid-friendly neighbourhoods are bound to get them going “Mommy, just five more minutes!” And to top it all off, they are all free.
Before you make the move...
Before we share the list of kid-friendly estates, let's get the boring stuff out of the way. The housing market, contrary to playgrounds, can be a complicated and challenging maze to meander. Therefore, we took the liberty of fashioning a table of quick facts for second-time housing applicants.
|Housing type||Build-To-Order flat (BTO)||Resale flat||Executive condominium (EC)||Private condominium|
|Current residence||No restrictions. You have the options of moving into any of the other three housing types.||
You have the options of getting another resale flat or upgrading to an executive or private condominium.
However, you will not be eligible for priority privileges if you decide to apply for a BTO flat.
You may upgrade your residence to a private condominium.
You are not eligible for BTO flat unless you have sold your EC at least 30 months prior to the BTO application.
The same rule applies if you are intending to get a resale flat; you need to sell your EC at least 6 months prior.
|You may move to another private condominium.
If you are intending on getting public housing, the same property ownership rules for EC apply.
|Eligible housing grants||Step-Up Grant||
Half-Housing Grant, Additional Housing Grant, Top-Up Grant, Proximity Grant
|Family Housing Grant, Half-Housing Grant||N/A|
HDB or bank loan
|HDB or bank loan||Bank loan only||Bank loan only|
|Caveat||There's an average waiting period of 3-5 years before you get the keys to your home.||
You will need to pay for Cash Over Valuation fees.
EC projects fall under the private sphere, but the Minimum Occupation Period of 5 years applies.
|Very expensive and there's a monthly maintenance fee.|
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, Bishan
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With the extension of Bishan Park to Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1 and Sin Ming Avenue, there are more play date options than ever. While the original part of the park has flourished as a hot spot for rollerblading and dog play, the new wing offers a running stream for fishing and pond gardens for a splashing good time.
When your juniors are running low on energy, the family can wind down nicely with a scrumptious dinner at GRUB.
Pinnacle@Duxton, Cantonment Road
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The premium housing estate that kick-started the designer BTO flat trend has taken playgrounds to new heights. Whether your kids are frolicking on the
Marine Cove, East Coast Park
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There is no shortage of kid-friendly activities for the little ones at East Coast Park. But one of the latest play zones to join the fray is Marine Cove, which houses quite a comprehensive range of facilities that would appeal even to older kids. Think climbing meshes, rock walls, swings, merry-go-rounds and
Snakes & Ladders, Jurong Central Park
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Why settle for the board game when you can play life-sized Snakes & Ladders with your kids? Over at Jurong Central Park, the playground comes designed with demarcated number grids, slides (which act as snakes) and other traditional installations for some friendly, interactive competition.
Battleship playground, Sembawang Park
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In Sembawang, there is the naval base, and then there is the battleship playground. Fashioned out of wood planks, ropes and chains, the latter reminds us of a
Palawan Pirate Ship, Sentosa
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In the event you are taking advantage of Sentosa Cove’s freefalling prices, Sentosa Island has a few worthy playgrounds to keep the kids busy. One of them is the newly reopened Palawan Pirate Ship, which now grants free admission.