One year ago, around this period, Singapore and Malaysia dried up; cars that depended on rain to wash were left dirty, people refused to stay outdoors for more than five minutes and air-conditioners all over the two countries broke down as fast a MRT trains breaking down in Singapore.
It’s that time of the year again. Is the dry season coming soon again? If so, let’s be prepared by planning where we should go during the weekends—and where else should we go except water parks to fight off that hot sun? Speaking of which, do you know that other than commercial attractions like Wild Wild Wet! or Adventure Cove Waterpark, we can also enjoy water parks in heartlands such as Choa Chu Kang for only $1.50 or $2.00 (or even free if you’re a Singaporean or a Singapore PR)?
Yeah. Here is the list and its reviews! As a Singaporean, how could I not have visited them? They’re cheap, they’re cool and most importantly, they’re in the heartland. I love heartland.
P.S. If you’re a Singaporean or Singapore PR and have not been to one before, just go to any of the swimming complexes and register yourself for a free $100 credit that you can use to enter the pool. After that, just scan your IC and you’re in! For foreigners, merely tap your ez-link card. For $1.50 (weekdays) or $2.00 (weekends). It’s not free but I’m sure the transportation might be more expensive!
Jurong East Swimming Complex
The pioneer swimming pool that makes swimming fun, this is the first government-aided swimming pool that turns a pool to a water park. Whoever is the genius who proposed this idea deserves a medal! After so many years, this still remains one of the best: the wave pool is so popular that people used to travel all the way from Tampines just to experience it. And if you can’t visualize how it works, here’s an example:
Imagine you swimming in a clean sea with children going “wooooohoooo” as the wave comes. Priceless for that first visit.
Opening hours: 8.00am – 9.30pm (closed on Monday)
Address: 21 Jurong East Street 31 Singapore 609517
Jurong West Swimming Complex
While this is less elaborate than Jurong East Swimming Complex, this place has a sheltered swimming pool. That competitive pool almost makes you feel like a professional swimmer! Dive into this pool to experience a Michael Phelps moment, and then experience your childhood at the slides just next to it.
Opening hours: 8.00 am – 9.30 pm (closed on Tuesday)
Address: 20 Jurong West Street 93 Singapore 648965
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
This is akin a small brother of Jurong East Swimming Complex. If you’re at the car park, you’ll see that the slide goes all the way OUT of the complex and then swings back in. How cool is that? While it lacks a lazy pool like Jurong East Sports Complex, it has the coveted wave pool.
Opening Hours: 8.00am – 9.30pm (closed on Mondays except public holidays)
Address: 1 Choa Chu Kang Street 53 Singapore 689236
Sengkang Swimming Complex
If you love slides, this should be where you go. The moment you enter the premises (after telling your friends that you want to makan McDonald’s later), you’ll be greeted with so many slides (actually, there’s only eight lah and they almost the same lah) that your first instinct is just to run towards it. Boys and girls, remember that no running is allowed in the area.
And with so many new residents in the area, it’s no surprise that it’s crowded like crazy during peak hours. But then again, who cares about crowd when it’s just $1.50 or $2.00?
Opening hours: 8.00am to 9.00pm (closed on Mondays except public holidays)
Address: 57 Anchorvale Road Singapore 544964
Pasir Ris Swimming Complex
If you live in the east and do not want to go to Wild Wild Wet!, this is your alternative. While it might not be as big as other water parks, it gets the job done: slides and Jacuzzi. And just take a look at the entire premises from afar; it looks so beautiful that if you’ve travelled from Jurong just for this place, that view itself is worth it.
Opening hours: 8.30am – 9.30pm (closed on Wednesdays except public holidays)
Address: 120 Pasir Ris Central Singapore 519640
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