While the rest of the water parks on this list are run by the Singapore Sports Council, Wild Wild Wet at the Downtown East complex in Pasir Ris is a commercial – hence, pricier – affair. It is the best water park in town, with a big wave pool, a good range of slides (the halfpipe is our favourite), a lazy river and a jacuzzi area with a waterfall – though nowhere to swim laps. It’s got a different personality, too – the women’s changing area is called Bikini Bay, while the men change in Muscle Bay. The kids area, Professor’s Playground, is the best of its kind in town, with countless levers to pull and buckets to topple. There’s a hawker centre outside as well, if you want a post-swim feed. Downtown East, 1 Pasir Ris Cl (6581 9128). Pasir Ris. Mon-Fri 1-7pm, except Tuesdays; weekends and public holidays 10am-7pm. $16 adults; $12 children below 12.
Sengkang Swimming Complex – BEST VALUE
Though it’s an hour’s travel from downtown, the huge Sengkang water park has to be the best-value swimming complex in Singapore, and the best of the Sports Council-run pools with slides. Your $2 gets you a 50m pool, jacuzzi, a great kids’ splash-and-slide area and eight longer slides, all with lots of space for non-swimmers to laze around. The slides aren’t of the standard of Wild Wild Wet, but they’re still fun (see inset). Outside there’s a McDonald’s, shops serving food and swimming gear, and the standard-issue massage chairs you’ll find at most of Singapore’s public pools. 57 Anchorvale Rd (6315 3574). Sengkang. Tue-Sun 8am-9.30pm (closed Mondays, except public holidays). $1.50 weekdays; $2 weekends.
Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex
Another watery warren that takes a while to get to, the pretty Choa Chu Kang Swimming Complex nevertheless has something for everyone. There’s a standard waterslide, wave pool, lazy river, toddlers’ pool and modest splash area for the little ones, as well as a 50m pool, whirlpool and spa. 1 Choa Chu Kang St 53 (6767 8606). Yew Tee. Daily 8am-9.30pm. $1.50 weekdays; $2 weekends.
Jurong East Swimming Complex
Jurong East is the most central of the water parks (though it’s at least ten minutes’ walk from the MRT), and there’s a good amount of fun to be had, with a tower of three spiralling water slides, a wave pool and lazy river (though again, neither quite as good as those at Wild Wild Wet), as well as the standard 50m lap pool with a shaded stand by the pool. 21 Jurong East St 31 (6896 3566). Jurong East. Tue-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat 6.30am-9.30pm; Sun 2.30-9.30pm (closed Mondays, except public holidays). $1.50 weekdays; $2 weekends.
Jurong West Swimming Complex
Though it’s way out west, just one MRT stop from the end of the East West Line, the Jurong West complex has the advantage of two 50m pools – one of them sheltered – meaning there’s plenty of space for bobbing or swimming laps, even if it rains. There’s also a lazy river, a decent-sized kids’ splash area and a solitary flume. As with the other parks listed here, at Jurong West you will also find loungers and a covered stand if you just want to lounge around reading a good book. 20 Jurong West St (9364 8965). Pioneer. Wed- Mon 8am-9.30pm (closed Tuesdays, except public holidays). $1.50 weekdays; $2 weekends.