Retro rides at nostalgic carnival

The roller coaster at the Wonderland Amusement Park, a theme park in Kallang in the late 1960s to 1980s.
The roller coaster at the Wonderland Amusement Park, a theme park in Kallang in the late 1960s to 1980s.PHOTO: ST FILE

Fun rides at Community Play Day aim to evoke memories of a theme park that was located at the Singapore Sports Hub

Spin around in a classic teacup carousel, board a Viking ship or ride around in a trackless train - these are some of the fun rides at the Singapore Sports Hub's Community Play Day this weekend.

Themed Good Ol' Wonderland, the quarterly sports carnival aims to evoke memories of Wonderland Amusement Park, a theme park that was situated at the present site of the Singapore Sports Hub in the late 1960s to 1980s.

Entry is free, though you need to buy coupons to go on the rides and play traditional carnival games such as fishing and ping-pong.

Young ones will enjoy attractions such as a bubble playground, where a bubble show will be held tomorrow at 7.15pm and on Sunday at 3pm.

Other highlights include the Glowing Zumba workout, where participants are daubed in glow-in- the-dark paint. Sessions start at 8pm on both days and are held at the OCBC Arena Hall 1.

Veteran local boxer Syed Abdul Kadir, 69, will be going to the carnival this weekend to reminisce about his teenage memories of the original Wonderland Amusement Park.

  • BOOK IT / SINGAPORE SPORTS HUB'S COMMUNITY PLAY DAY

  • WHERE: OCBC Arena, 5 Stadium Drive

    WHEN: Tomorrow and Sunday, 10am to 9pm

    INFO: Go to www.sportshub.com.sg/CommunityPlayDay. Coupons can be bought at the carnival and prices start at $5 for a coupon. There are three tiers of coupon bundle deals that start at $27 for six coupons.

"The roller coaster was one of my favourite rides," says the president of the Singapore Amateur Boxing Association. "It wasn't too high, which was good because I have a fear of heights."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 16, 2017, with the headline 'Nostalgic carnival'. Print Edition | Subscribe