Thursday 27 June 2019

Playdate at Jurong Lake Gardens Forest Ramble Playground

We arranged a play date with the boy's buddy (you know, the one who is only 7 days older) at the new playground at Jurong Lake Gardens. It has been at the top of my to-go list ever since it opened this year.

The playground, also known as Forest Ramble, is located between North and South carpark but from experience, the North carpark is nearer to the playground.

Do note that although it is an outdoor playground, it is closed every Monday for maintenance.

Forest Ramble consists of 13 play areas and each area is designed to get kids to mimick an animal's behaviour in nature. The area is also aptly named according to the animal that inspired it.

For example, the most prominent play structure in Forest Ramble is a tree house playground known as Snake Play due to the slides!

Climbing up and sliding down the slides at Snake Play
Feels very organic and even has trellis with climbing plants that I'm assuming will eventually climb to the top and provide additional shade for the play structure
Jumping off the slide
There is a slide for climbing UP rather than sliding down!
I think the designers observed that a lot of children love climbing up the slides so rather than dissuade them, they decided to encourage them!

The kids spent a lot of time playing at Snake Play after they had explored the other play areas beside it.

Navigating the ropes course at Monkey Play
See-saw made of wood at Squirrel Play. Very unique!
Learning how to balance on a log just like a squirrel at Squirrel Play
Jumping and balancing on bouncy boards
Climbing into a play structure that looks like a bird's nest
Little maze at Crab Play
(careful don't bump your head!) 

In the middle of Forest Ramble, near the water play area, there are toilets, bathing stalls and a nursing room. There are water coolers for you to refill your water bottles as well.

Water play area near the toilets
(I personally don't find this hygienic and refused to let the kids play here for more than 5 minutes)

We walked on to explore the other part of Forest Ramble where the flying fox and swings are found!

Bouncing on trampolines at Frog Play
Selfie with the baby under an umbrella because it was simply too hot!!
Climbing into the bird's nests at Heron Play

The kids loved the flying fox, which was smaller than the ones at West Coast Park but just as fun!

Helping my boy to get on and pushing him

Another unique feature of Forest Ramble is the four-way see-saw and swings of every kind!

Four-way swing/see-saw at Butterfly Play.
Best played with two opposing children of equal weight (such as the boy and his same-age buddy)
Left: Big swing that can accommodate more than one child;
Right: my girl enjoying the regular swings. 

For those who enjoy lazing around, there is also a hammock area where you can chill, enjoy the scenery and read a book.

Hammock area

The kids played non-stop for almost 3 hours and yet we did not manage to finish exploring the whole of Forest Ramble (we missed out exploring Sound Play and a merry-go-round). They were so exhausted by the time the daddy came to pick us after his work!

Obviously that meant that we also did not have time to visit Clusia Cove, a water play area with sand about 10-minute walk from Forest Ramble!

It's a good thing that we live nearby; we will definitely be back! šŸ˜„


This post is part of my MadPsychMum Fun in Singapore Guide to all things exciting for kids! 
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