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Published July 22nd 2017
Laze around the Lazy River or zoom down the slides
A short walk from Chinese Gardens MRT station is Jurong East Swimming Complex.
For the bargain price of SG$2.00 (SG$2.60 on weekends) you and your family can enjoy a fantastic array of water based attractions. It's even cheaper for locals. You do need to pay a small fee for extras such as tubes for the slides and for locker hire. However, you'd be hard pressed to find a better deal than this to entertain the kids.
Our family group of 10 ranged in age from 76 – under 2 years and there was something here to keep everyone entertained for the better part of a day. There is even a restaurant on site so you can grab a bite to eat and a drink to recharge the batteries.
The three water slides are accessed by climbing a large tower. There are height restrictions here and there are staff to monitor and control traffic on the slides which makes it very safe. These are the sort of slides that in many parts of the world you would play significantly more to enjoy than it costs you here.
Whilst the water slides are great fun for older kids and adults, the lazy river was a major hit with the younger ones and the Grandparents. Who wouldn't love lying back and letting the 'current' take you drifting along? The water is warm, the facilities crystal clear and the temperature just perfect for lazing about.
The very small kids in our group were in awe of the kiddy pool and spent ages paddling along under the watchful eye of mum and dad. It was lovely to see the smiles on their faces as they splashed around.
If you are feeling more energetic the centre also boasts a wave pool and competition pool and a Jacuzzi for soothing the body.
Being a public swimming complex managed by Sport Singapore, Jurong East Swimming Complex is mainly patronised by locals, but we were made to feel very welcome by all the staff we encountered. The centre is open every day except Mondays.
If you are a budget savvy foreigner looking for a way to enjoy an affordable day in Singapore with your family I would encourage you to consider living like a local for the day and enjoying a wonderful aquatic centre, just a short train ride from Orchard Road.