Wow, it took me more than a year to finally get down to blogging about Westgate Wonderland! Oh well.. Better late than never?
Westgate Wonderland opened with much hype more than a year ago. It was splashed all over the local newspaper as this amazing new playground that was unbelievably FREE. Everyone heard the news and swarmed there when it first opened, and there was a looooong queue just to get the kids in to play.
But this is Westgate Wonderland today.
Okay, to be fair, I was there on a weekday. I have since avoided this place like a plague on weekends, I’m sure it’s still pretty crowded on weekends.
Westgate Wonderland Toddler’s Area
When you first enter, you will see the toddler’s area.
There were some foam animal structures for babies and toddlers to climb around.
There were some activity boards, which few kids seemed interested in, despite the attention given to build little shelters over them.
The most interesting thing at the toddler’s area was this flower bell. If you tap on the lady bugs, it will chime!
MY played at the toddler’s area for just a while, but decided he wanted to go join his brother at the older kids’ area soon.
Westgate Wonderland Older Kids Play Area
The older kids’ play area was what everyone was raving about. There were two main structures: A treehouse and a flower pot.
You will notice that this is not like your usual shopping centre playground. The play structures here were very similar to indoor playgrounds‘ active play structures. But indoor playgrounds charge a premium for entry whereas this is absolutely FREE!!
Just look at those slides!
Needless to say, my boys who were indoor playground junkies, loved it here!
The side of the Treehouse was a rock-climbing wall. It was not very tall and 4 year-old MF easily reached the top.
I also spotted these flowers with buttons on it, but I’m not sure if it was spoilt? Nothing happened when I tried pressing them.
Since it was super hot when I was there, I didn’t let the kids play for too long and chased them to the water play area,
Westgate Wonderland Water Play Area
The water play area at Westgate Wonderland was partially sheltered, thank goodness. The kids were glad to run around the water to cool off.
They had so much fun!
MF decided to venture out to the unsheltered area after a while.
There were those buckets of water that would pour down on the kids occasionally. So WATCH OUT!!
What I liked most about the water play area here was that there was a blower room!
And it was FREE to use!!
Westgate Wonderland Overall Review
Indeed, Westgate Wonderland is, without a doubt, currently the BEST free shopping centre playground in Singapore.
When I was there, I overheard parents saying, “Why would people still pay for indoor playgrounds when they can come here?” Well, let me answer them.
- This playground is quite big. Kids may run out on their own and you wouldn’t realize it. If you have a toddler on one end and an elder child on the other end, you can only keep an eye on one of them.
- It is crazy HOT in the afternoon.
- When it is not hot, it is insanely CROWDED. Which again, makes it difficult to keep track of your kids.
- It is not accessible when it is raining or hazy.
So yes, people will still pay for indoor playgrounds. But as far as FREE shopping centre playgrounds are concerned, this is currently unmatchable.
Other Great Activities for Kids in Jurong East
> Westgate Kids Club
> Mind Games (Westgate)
> JEM Playground
> Diggersite (J Cube)
> DREAM Outdoor Playground (next to J Cube)
> IMM Playground
> Singapore Science Centre Observatory
> KidsStop Singapore
Information on Westgate Wonderland
Address: Westgate Level 4, 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Closed on the last Monday of every month from 10am to 12noon for maintenance.) Please also check their website for maintenance dates.
Access by MRT: Jurong East (Westgate is directly connected to Jurong East MRT)
Official Websites: Westgate Wonderland Homepage
My Singapore Shopping Centres Playground Page
To find other playgrounds in Singapore shopping centres, visit my Singapore Shopping Centres Playground Page.