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BEAT THE HEAT

10 free places to stay cool

With this sweltering weather upon us, how do we stay cool? The Sunday Times susses out things to eat and where to go

1 WATERWAY POINT

Where: 83 Punggol Central

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

At basement two of this mall, which opened in January, is a hybrid amphitheatre and water-play area called The Cove. Here, children can play with water shooters that mimic rain.

There is a family and kids zone on level two where children can play to their heart's content. Wonderland, an Alice In Wonderland- themed play area, for example, has play features in the shape of a giant bunny and caterpillar. It is open from 10.30am to 9.30pm daily.

Bookworms will love Singapore's largest Times bookstore on level two.


2 KALLANG WAVE MALL

Where: 1 Stadium Place

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

The rooftop of this mall at the Singapore Sports Hub is home to a kids' water playground.

Open from 8am to 10pm, it has a water-play area featuring four colourful slides of various heights and a 0.5m-deep kids' pool, suitable for families with young children aged three to 12. There are lifeguards on duty. The play area can also be accessed from Gate 1 at the National Stadium, which is next to the mall.


3 SQUARE 2

Where: 10 Sinaran Drive

Open: 11am to 10pm daily

The temperature at this mall, directly accessible from Novena MRT station, is a crisp 22 deg C. This makes it among the colder malls here and a perfect oasis in the hot weather.

According to its website, there are more than 200 speciality shops and food outlets.

On level two are fashion stores with labels by budding Singapore designers, designer brands and accessories, while level three houses Singapore's first Korean- themed shopping enclave where you can get Korean cuisine, fashion, beauty products and services.


4 QUAYSIDE ISLE AT SENTOSA COVE

Where: 31 Ocean Way, Sentosa Cove

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

Relish the cooling sea breeze at this dining and retail destination in the luxury waterfront precinct.

There are many restaurants here, such as the new French restaurants Jean Dore and Bistro French Quays.

Quench your thirst with fresh fruit juices or chill over a cuppa at Joe & The Juice cafe. It offers juice classics such as Stress Down drink (from $6.90 a cup) comprising strawberry, apple and ginger that will cool you down.



PHOTO: KOH MENG HUA

5 WESTGATE

Where: 3 Gateway Drive

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

Westgate Wonderland on level four is an 11,000 sq ft outdoor fantasy-themed playground billed as the largest thematic outdoor playground at a mall here.

For children aged two to 12, it immerses them in a garden with gigantic insects, musical flowers, a 10m-tall tree house and an enormous watering can that sprays water. There are dry and wet areas.



PHOTO: CHANGI AIRPORT GROUP

6 CHANGI AIRPORT

The airport is a cool 23.5 deg C, so no worries about breaking out into a sweat here. Plus, it is always open.

Apart from watching planes land and take off, you can take a ride on a four-storey slide - billed as the world's tallest airport slide - at Terminal 3. You can redeem one ride for every $10 spent in a single receipt at the airport.

Open from noon to 10.30pm daily, this slide will have you speeding down at 6m a second. Those who want to go on it have to be at least 1.3m tall.

There is also a special event, The Great American Vacation, at Terminal 3 that runs until April 3. Open from noon to 11pm daily, this showcase tells visitors more about the United States and offers exclusive travel deals to go there.

The event also has three carnival rides for kids and adults can ride a Harley-Davidson in an immersive virtual-reality experience.


7 CHANGI CITY POINT

Where: 5 Changi Business Park Central 1

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

On the second level of this mall is the 3 House Playground, with wet and dry play areas. The wet playground features water sprinklers and water shooters.There are also shower facilities.


8 SEMBAWANG SHOPPING CENTRE

Where: 604 Sembawang Road

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

On the third level is a rooftop splash park playground with water features such as spray guns. There is also a dry playground.


9 I12 KATONG

Where: 112 East Coast Road

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

On the fourth level of this mall is an aqua playground with water sprays and swings. It is currently closed for minor improvements, but will re-open on Friday.


10 JURONG REGIONAL LIBRARY

Where: 21 Jurong East Central 1

Open: 10am to 9pm daily

The Jurong Regional Library houses the largest comics collection among the public libraries and has an early literacy section with books and educational aids for kids.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 27, 2016, with the headline '10 free places to stay cool'. Print Edition | Subscribe