With hidden gems just waiting to be explored out west, a Jurong trek might be worth your while after all!


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Jurong is usually not the first thing that pops into our heads when we’re planning a day out with the family. After all, what’s there to do in that ulu part of Singapore, besides visiting the Bird Park and Science Centre

Plenty, in fact! Shocking we know, but after thorough investigation, we can confidently say that the west side is packed with places just waiting to be explored. The best part? Because this part of Singapore is fairly untouched, in fact, many of Jurong’s attractions are pretty well-preserved. 

From rustic parks and beaches to exciting kid’s attractions, we comb the area for the best fun it has for families. Scroll through the photo gallery to find out what Jurong’s best-kept family amusement secrets are! 

#1 Homerun Baseball

#01-01, 200 Pandan Gardens
Opening hours: 1pm to 11pm (Mon-Thur and PH), 1pm to 1am (Fri), 9am to 3am (Sat) and 9am to midnight (Sun).
Price: From $10.
Junior is going to love channelling his inner Alex Rodriguez at one of the batting cages at Homerun Baseball. Your mini-baseball fan can spend hours here, practising his swinging and batting skills as the automated batting system shoots ball after ball his direction. Did we mention it’s indoors and fully air-conditioned? Don’t forget to get in on the action as well, because swinging a bat works your core, arms and shoulders, plus, it burns up to 300 calories in an hour. (Photo: Homerun Baseball)

#2 Tuas South Beach

Tuas South Avenue 4
This hidden gem is so unknown to many that it doesn’t even have an official name, and is usually referred to as the “secret” beach in Tuas. To reach it, you first you have to get yourself to the farthest end of Tuas, then cut through a field and trek 300 metres. There, you’ll come face-to-face with a small stretch of paradise facing Jurong Island. Pack a picnic and don’t expect anything more than just the sand and the sea ― the area is that rustic. But it’s a lovely and quiet place to unwind, plus it has an abundance of open spaces and fresh air, perfect for little ones to run freely. (Photo: www.theinfluencermedia.com)


#3 The Rink

#03-11 JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1
Opening hours: 9am to 9.30pm (check calendar for public skating sessions)
Price: From $12
Missing the lovely chill of that wintry holiday you just returned from? Relive the good memories at The Rink, Singapore’s first and only Olympic-sized ice-skating rink. Bring along some winter wear (i.e. scarf and gloves), rent a pair of skates and cut through the ice to show off your expert moves. Newbies will also have loads of fun, we promise. Nothing like sliding on ice and falling on your bum repeatedly to get everyone chuckling! The Rink also hosts regular Bumper Cars on Ice and Disco Night on Ice events. (Photo: The Rink Instagram)

#4 Zovb Balls

#01-100, 18 Boon Lay Way
Opening hours: 10am to 6.30pm daily
Price: From $35
Ready for a gravity-defying ride of your life? At Zovb Balls, you and the brood can jump into giant balls and get into fun activities, such as playing human bowling, and tackling an obstacle course. You can even walk on water! For the less adventurous, and younger kids there’s also BLOOP, bubble suits that you wear and play games like bubble soccer, captain’s ball, dog and bone and sumo wrestling. Gosh, it sounds so fun, we’re heading there now! (Photo: Zovb Singapore)

#5 Jurong Eco-Garden

Cleantech One, 1 Cleantech Loop
Spread out over four main zones ― the Summit Forest, the Wildlife Corridor, the Stream Ravine and the Freshwater Swamp Forest ― Jurong Eco-Garden is a great place to disconnect from the “real world” and explore nature. The garden boasts 5 hectares of lush greenery and is home to a variety of butterflies and migratory birds. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some monkeys and bats! There’s also a composting station that shows how horticulture waste is converted into resources ― a very eye-opening experience for both the young and old. (Photo: www.tripadvisor.com.sg)


#6 Science Centre

15 Science Centre Road
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm daily
Price: Free during off-peak times (weekdays during school term, excluding public holidays and school holidays); From $4 on other days.
At any given day, a trip to the Science Centre will always be rewarding not just because it’s fun, you’re updating your science knowledge. Get lost in a mirror maze, learn about volcanoes and earthquakes and find out what fire has in common with cannons, explosives and car engines. Later, meet the stonefish ― one of the world’s most poisonous fishes ― at the marine alcove. By the way, keep your eyes and ears peeled for their mid-year and end-of-year "blockbuster" exhibitions as well. They are usually super-fun too! (Photos: Science Centre)

#7 KidsStop

Science Centre Singapore, 15 Science Centre Road
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm
Price: From $4.
Designed to engage children between the ages of 18 months and 8 years old, KidsSTOP has various themed zones, each offering interactive activities. Junior can learn more about dinosaurs as he digs for their remains in a massive sand pit, or understand how wind energy works as he stands in a tornado booth. There’s even a supermarket where kids can pretend play they’re grocery shopping and even take turns at being the checkout operator. (Photo: Kristian Berntzen).

#8 Singapore Discovery Centre

510 Upper Jurong Road
Opening hours: 9am to 6pm (closed on Mondays)
Price: Free admission for Singaporeans and PRs. From $6 for tourists.
Head to the Singapore Discovery Centre to give junior a crash course on his beloved Lion City. You can tour the Military Academy, learn more about our NSmen at the Army Museum of Singapore, plus, experience a simulated bomb explosion and learn what to do in such an event. There’s also a 4D simulator ride, a crisis management game you can play and a digital dance studio where you can learn Malay, Chinese and Indian dance routines. Before you leave, remember to squeeze in a paintball session as well as a quick round of pedal-boating at the Discovery Lake. (Photos: Singapore Discovery Centre)

#9 Westgate Wonderland

3 Gateway Drive, Westgate Shopping Mall
Opening hours: 10am to 10pm daily
Price: Free.
One of Singapore’s biggest rooftop mall playgrounds, Westgate Wonderland boasts a fantasy garden theme and is split into various sections to cater to different ages. Little rock climbers can try to conquer the bouldering wall, then scale a 10m-high tree house using climbing nets or a suspension bridge and slide all the way down. Very young kiddos can swivel on charming pumpkin swings and play with spinning flowers. Bring along a change of clothes because there’s also a wet play zone with a giant watering can and fountains that play peekaboo. (Photo: Capitaland)

#10 Amped Trampoline Park (Jurong East)

Level 2 Sports Hall, 200 Jurong East Avenue 1
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm (Monday), 10am to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday), 9am to 10pm (Saturday) and 9am to 9pm (Sunday).
Price: From $12 an hour
Your Energizer Bunny will get to jump to her heart’s content at Amped Trampoline Park. Don’t worry, surfaces are well padded, so your peewee can go as crazy as she wants bouncing from one end of the room to the next and then heading straight, bum-first, into ginormous foam pits.

#11 Jurong East Swimming Complex

21 Jurong East Street 31
Opening hours: 8am to 9.30pm
Price: 80 cents/child, $1.50/adult on weekdays; $1/child, $2/adult on weekends and public holidays.
Though the entrance fee is the same as other public pools, your ticket gives you access to a toddler pool, complete with water jets and slides, as well as a wave pool that has simulated waves for 15 minutes every hour. It even has a lazy river, where you can hire $2 rubber tubes to float around in. (Photo: ActiveSG)

#12 Jurong Railway Line

48 Sunset Way
While the Jurong railway station and most of the 14km railway track was demolished in 1987, there are still bits of this now defunct line that are worthy of exploration. The main attraction is of course the beautiful steel truss bridge that crosses over the Sungei Ulu Pandan River. Since you won’t have to worry about any oncoming trains, the kids can play hide and seek between the poles and survey every nook and cranny to their heart’s content. This is also a very Instagram-friendly spot! If you’re feeling adventurous, you could poke around a nearby tunnel. Just a few hundred long, it abounds with vegetation and little streams that junior will love jumping into. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

#13 Jurong Bird Park

2 Jurong Hill
Opening hours: 8.30am to 6pm daily
Price: $19/child and $29/adult
One of Singapore’s biggest tourist attractions, the Jurong Bird Park offers a 20,2000 sq m hillside haven for more than 5,000 birds from 400 species, many of which are threatened. Star attractions include the Waterfall Aviary, home to more than 600 birds, plus a 30m-high waterfall, the Flamingo Lake, Pelican Cove and the Penguin Coast. Also not to be missed ― the exciting live bird shows that run throughout the day and the bird-themed water playground which has a giant tipping bucket, a Flying Fox and even arcade games. (Photo: Jurong Bird Park)

#14 Chinese and Japanese Gardens

Along Yuan Ching Road and Boon Lay Way
While the Chinese and Japanese gardens are currently being developed into Jurong Lake Gardens, which is estimated to be completed this year, both are still open to visitors. The former, which boasts northern Chinese imperial-style architecture, has a seven-storey Pagoda from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Jurong Lake District. There’s also a large bonsai collection housed within a traditional Suzhou-style courtyard. The Japanese-themed garden, showcasing a landscape style originating from the Muromachi and Momoyama periods, is perfect for long strolls. Follow the winding path along the Garyuchi pond and you might be lucky enough to meet several species of birds that have made the garden their home. (Photo: NParks)

#15 Snow City Singapore

21 Jurong Town Hall Road.
Opening hours: 10am to 6pm daily
Price: $12/child and $15/adult for an hour of play
If you adore the cold, check out Snow City, Singapore’s first permanent indoor snow centre. The kiddos will have a blast exploring the arctic snow playground, placing their hands on intricate ice sculptures, and zooming down an exhilarating 60m-long snowy slope. Up to 150 tons of special “snow” (liquid nitrogen combined with water) ― produced on site with a specially-designed snow gun ― covers the sub-zero environment! (Photo: Snow City)


#16 The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum

1 Chinese Garden Road.
Opening hours: 10am to 7pm daily
Price: $3 to $5
Set within the Chinese Garden, The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore is home to 500 hard-shelled free-roaming reptiles, as well as fishes. As you pet and feed them, you’ll learn the difference between the graceful, speedy Mata-mata and the muscular 60-year-old Asian Turtle of Fortune. Other residents also include the red-eyed Elongata Tortoise and the majestic Alligator turtle. If you’re really lucky, you might even be able to observe how their eggs hatch in the world’s only private tortoise and turtle farm! (Photo: The Live Turtle & Tortoise Museum of Singapore)

#17 Jurong Central Park

Junction off Jalan Boon Lay & Boon Lay Way
Jurong Central Park offers something other parks in Singapore don’t ― a life-sized board game! The park recreates favourite childhood board games, such as Snakes and Ladders, using greenery, sculpted terrains, play equipment and a dice tower. This is a must-see. The family-friendly park is also great for nature lovers who will spend all day discovering aquatic plants, wildlife species and dragonflies that live in the park’s ponds. (Photo: NParks)

#18 Jurong Hill Park

60 Jurong Hill
Take a short 10-minute walk up the hill from the base at Jurong Bird Park and you’ll find Jurong Hill Park ― a serene spot that’s perfect if you need to get away from busy-ness of city life. Its distinguishing feature is a three-storey spiral tower which you can climb for stunning views of the surrounding industrial towns, Jurong Port and Jurong Island. Once the kiddos are done running up and down this spacious tower, check out the Garden of Fame. It’s home to 27 trees planted by dignitaries who visited in the 1970s, including the reigning Queen of England and her consort, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh. (Photo: Anymap)