The weather has quite a sense of humour these past few days. While we were packing to head out, the sun will be scorching hot. The instant we were ready to go, dark clouds start looming ahead & deep thunder rumbles in the distant.
That’s it. I decided the weather does not decide whether we stay home or head out. It happened to be drizzling when we left the house so I brought Bub’s raincoat. As expected, the rain stopped immediately the second I left the carpark.
Like our favourite Dr Seuss says,”“The storm starts, when the drops start dropping
When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.”
If you happen to drive, do take the journey to Changi Beach Park. On weekdays, it is the most serene, untouched stretch of white soft sandy beach in Singapore I can think of.
There are two playgrounds with sandpits at Changi Beach Park. They are at the opposite ends of the park so do expect to do some walking (about 10 minutes slow walk, make it 20 if walking with a preschooler) if you want to visit both playgrounds.
There’s an unspoken authenticity about outdoor playgrounds with swings & sand. Running around in sand covered feet, relishing under the sun, taking in the sound of the ocean waves & cool salty breeze is the perfect recipe for happiness.
Playground For Younger Children
One of the playgrounds on the right (facing the beach) is suitable for younger children 2 to 5 years old. It’s also quite close in proximity to planes landing at Changi Airport. Bubs was excited being so close to the planes, complete with 3D sound effects.
Playground For Older Kids
On the other end of the park (left side facing beach) is the more popular playground for 5 – 12 year olds. Although I doubt it is only meant for kids because I always notice teenagers & adults gleefully transforming into big kids themselves.
Bubs was strangely fuelled by a wave of courage to climb the rope pyramid all the way to the top and down the metal tube slide – 3 times!
Bistro @ Changi
This unpretentious beachfront cafe is one of my favourite haunts.
We took a break, snacked on potato wedges & cooled down with a glass of fresh passionfruit smoothie. This was the best picture I could take after Bubs gobbled all his food down like a graffalo.
As the beach is mostly untouched, we could sometimes find stranded creatures on the sand. Once, we found a sea hare stranded on the beach. Sometimes, we find crabs scurrying along the sandy shore.
You’ll find hobbyist fishing here at night. Bubs once went up to one group and peered at their catch of the day.
Where are your favourite beach playgrounds in Singapore? Do share.