4 fun things to do with the family in Sembawang

June 20, 2016
  • Sembawang Shopping Centre Splashpark
    1 / 7 Sembawang Shopping Centre Splashpark

    What are some family-friendly activities you can do in Sembawang?

    Get wet at Sembawang Shopping Centre Splashpark, a rooftop water playground on the third floor of the mall, which features 13 water features, including water shooters, jets and three slides that link it to the dry play area.

    Suitable for children between the ages of three and 12, the water play area is open daily from 11am to 2pm and 5 to 8pm. Entry to the 352 sq m park is free.

    There are changing rooms with toilets and shower facilities.

    Free shuttle buses to the mall run from Yishun and Sembawang MRT stations.

    For more information, call 6757-8000 or go here

    For a dining option outside the mall, check out You Huak Restaurant (22 Jalan Tampang), a popular zi char eatery known for its white beehoon or bai mi fen.

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  • Sembawang Park and Beach
    2 / 7 Sembawang Park and Beach

    Located at the end of Sembawang Road, this seaside park has one of the last few natural beaches in Singapore. 

    Popular with families, anglers and kayaking and camping groups, it is also a favourite spot for bird-watchers.

    Eagles, kites, kingfishers, orioles and white-bellied sea eagles have been spotted in the area.

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  • Sembawang Park and Beach - Children's Playground
    3 / 7 Sembawang Park and Beach - Children's Playground

    After a two-year upgrading exercise completed in 2013, the park now boasts a large children’s playground modelled after a battleship (above), with adventure play equipment including a rock climber, tunnels, a suspension bridge and a caged tower that leads to a spiral tube slide.

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    4 / 7 Sembawang Park and Beach - Children's Playground

    Other amenities include a fitness area, petanque court and an extended beachfront promenade.

    In late 2014, a dog run about the size of 21/2 basketball courts was built at the park.

    There is also Beaulieu House, a restaurant which overlooks the Johor Strait.

    Set in a colonial-style mansion, it serves a mix of Chinese and Western fare.

    A short distance away are two other dining venues: Woody Family Cafe, which offers Western fare and Peranakan-inspired fusion food, and biker-themed restaurant Handlebar.

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  • Canberra Park
    5 / 7 Canberra Park

    There are smaller swings for toddlers as well as those for children with disabilities, which have seats with full back support and a lap bar for safety.

    When The Straits Times visited earlier this week, the swings were in high demand, with children waiting their turns.

    Housewife Wendy Ching, 31, is at the park every evening because her two-year-old son Levin loves to play on the swings.

    “This park didn’t have much for kids in the past, but after the revamp, it’s a lot more fun,” she says.

    The park was officially opened in 2006, but underwent a $2.2-million upgrade in 2014.

    Construction took more than a year, with equipment supplied by local company CT-Art Creation and made mostly by Playworld Systems, a manufacturer of fitness and playground equipment in the United States.

    It re-opened in March last year.

    The park’s playground is said to be Singapore’s first inclusive one, with wheelchair-friendly features such as a ramp and handrails and panels with bells and drums to cater to the visually handicapped.

    (Photo: Kevin Lim/ST)

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  • Canberra Park
    6 / 7 Canberra Park

    With hoardings still surrounding this park, it may be hard to locate it.

    But go towards the sounds of children shrieking with excitement across the road from Block 325 Sembawang Crescent and you will soon locate the 1.5ha adventure park.

    Apart from an amphitheatre, BBQ pits, bicycle and fitness stations and cycling and jogging paths, the park also has a large playground that houses the most number of swings in Singapore.

    Called the Swings of Differences, these are inclusive contraptions that cater to different age groups and abilities.

    (Photo: Kevin Lim/ST)

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  • Sembawang Hot Spring
    7 / 7 Sembawang Hot Spring

    This is the only hot spring in mainland Singapore, and admittedly, it does not look like much.

    It is basically a couple of taps channelling hot water from deep within the ground.

    Still, many people come with buckets to fill with spring water, which is rich in minerals and believed to be good for health.

    Some come for the fun of boiling eggs in the water, which is about 70 deg C.

    Whether you are here to soak your feet or cook some eggs, it could make for a diverting short trip  but you have to bring your own basins, pails and towels. There are no toilets on site.

    The spring is located near the junction of Sembawang Road and Gambas Avenue, along Jalan Ulu Sembawang.

    It can be accessed by entering a gate along Gambas Avenue and walking down a path for about 100m.

    A deserted brick house, believed to be part of a former bottled drink factory, marks the site, which was discovered in 1909 by Chinese merchant Seah Eng Keong.

    Facilities are non-existent at the moment, but some developments may soon spring forth.

    In April, it was reported that the Ministry of Defence (Mindef) has agreed to return to the State the land that the hot spring is on.

    Ms Kartini Omar, National Parks Board‘s senior director of parks development, said the agency is working with the Urban Redevelopment Authority, Singapore Land Authority and Mindef on the feasibility of using the area as a park.

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times.

    (Photo: Lianhe Zaobao)

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