Having lived by Kallang Basin for a decade, watching (and hearing) the Singapore Sports Hub being built from scratch, we decided to take advantage of the Open House this weekend – as did a lot of other people – wow the crowds. Unfortunately, we missed any specific activities arranged for the open house (we didn’t think we were THAT late), with all of the major complexes closed to get ready for the evening activities. But we still had the opportunity to appreciate a very impressive complex.
For those of us living on Tanjong Rhu Road, I expect it will bring our neighbourhood to life – especially anyone who’s been living in the area for more than 10 years, when there was nowhere to go. That was definitely one of my earlier frustrations living here, but all that has changed. The Kallang Wave Shopping centre alone has a lot of promise – with lots of healthy eating options getting ready to open in the coming weeks. While we wait for these to open, I must say I’ve never seen Kallang Leisure Park so full – and that renovation isn’t even close to being complete either… Lots of change coming in the area!
The Singapore Sports Hub is fabulous and there are lots of ways families with young kids can enjoy the facilities without attending any sporting events. Rumour has it there’s an 888 metre walking track around the venue – which is going to be very popular with the legions of walkers in our community. There is a playground and exercise area, beach volley ball, kayak hire (and lessons for those aged nine+), swimming lessons and water activities (like scuba and snorkelling lessons, plus water aerobics sessions), lawn bowling, giant chess, and more. Another great activity for kids is the skate boarding park – open 7am to 10pm – a space designed for skaters, roller bladers or BMX bikers. Great for the slightly older kids.
It’ll be interesting to see how this evolves.
The Kallang Wave Shopping Centre ensures you can easily spend a full day in the area with kids, and it gives you a place to take a break from the heat as well. Here’s a list of shops and restaurants opening, but one activity that caught our attention was the indoor climbing wall – apparently the largest indoor climbing wall in Singapore. Here’s some additional information and if you’re keen on climbing, or want to give the kids a chance to try it out, they are offering free try outs until the end of July at 10-12pm, 1-3pm and 4-6pm. I am hoping Steve takes the boys over today.
All of this is next to Kallang Leisure Park, and while it’s going through a massive renovation as we speak, the activities – which we wrote about in an earlier blog – remain, including ten pin bowling and ice skating. That makes this entire area a great option if you’re looking to fill a day, with places to escape the rain or heat if needed.
So come and check it out. I know we’ll be spending a lot of time over there – even if we’re just scooting or riding bikes around the area. For those with little ones who need to move, we would’ve loved to have this open when our boys were toddling. We spent a lot of sweaty hours in the area when they were little, with hardly any facilities at all – so a great, big, safe place for those with active kids.