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Let's Play Outside
The Sunday Times
April 13, 2021

The Straits Times has written an article under The Sunday Times, covering massive outdoor playgrounds recently opened in Singapore’s most beloved park,

Como Adventure Grove at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension – prove that there is a special joy in getting sweaty in the open air! 

The centrepiece is a giant cempedak fruit-inspired structure that kids can clamber on – it is sure to be an Instagram magnet.
There are also huge red saga tree seeds that they can roll and hop on.

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Air-conditioned indoor play areas might be all the rage for families with young kids. But the massive outdoor playgrounds that recently opened in two of Singapore’s most beloved parks – Coastal PlayGrove at East Coast Park and Como Adventure Grove at the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ Gallop Extension – prove that there is a special joy in getting sweaty in the open air.

Nestled within the Singapore Botanic Gardens’ newly opened Gallop Extension, Como Adventure Grove is billed by the National Parks Board as a “nature playgarden”. What it means is you feel like you
are playing in the middle of the forest, a respite from the noise and pollution of urban life. All you hear are children laughing and wild chickens clucking in the bushes. My daughters loved running after the butterflies and dragonflies flitting around the shrubs. The play areas are designed to resemble plants, fruits and seeds native to the region. The climbing areas, slides and swings are modelled after the aerial roots of the weeping fig, for example.

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Kids learn through play and there is plenty of information about local flora and fauna to pick up. Besides the playground, we made a stop at the nearby Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum, housed in Gallop House No. 5 (Atbara), Singapore’s oldest surviving black-and-white bungalow, built in 1898. The interactive displays and videos there highlight Singapore’s forest habitats, which means that kids get to learn lessons on both history and botany.