What is it?
The Gallop Extension is an 8-hectare addition to the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It comprises of two conserved colonial buildings that have been refurbished into the Botanical Art Gallery and Forest Discovery Centre, the COMO Adventure Grove, Mingxin Rambler’s Ridge and OCBC Arboretum.
The new playground can be found in the middle of this new extension and getting there is through winding paths through the plants and trees. It is a beautiful and accessible walk.
This playground is inspired by the distinctive parts of trees found within the Botanic Gardens. Children, under 12, can swing, slide, run and climb on structures resembling the aerial roots of the Weeping Fig, scramble over the warty surface of a giant Cempedak or roll and hop around the pod and seeds of a Saga tree. The aim is to help introduce children to nature through play. It looks like a lot of fun!
Where is it?
In the Gallop Extension of the Botanic Gardens, 1 Cluny Road Singapore, 259 569
25-minute walk from Botanic Gardens MRT station
20-minute walk from bus stop at Napier/Holland Road
10-minute walk from bus stop along Holland Road (after Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
When is it open?
COMO Adventure Grove 7am – 7pm
Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum 9am – 6pm Closed every last Monday of the Month
Botanical Art Gallery 9am – 6pm Closed every last Thursday of the Month
Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge 7am – 7pm
How much is it?
Free. Including entrance to the Forest Discovery Centre and Botanic Art Gallery. Singapore is fabulous for free things to do!
Don’t go during a storm! We got very wet when a storm broke just after we arrived. The Ramblers Ridge is closed during storms for safety.