Young kids, Old Dragon

A few Sundays ago, we pop by Toa Payoh’s Dragon playground with our friends from CheekieMonkies. Someone from NTU is doing their thesis project and they have decided to document the old playgrounds of Singapore 🙂

Not many families bring their young kids to the old playgrounds anymore, that could explain why Daddy Kelvin and Andy were involved (Read our Old Playgrounds exploration from 2011).

While the old men yak about their childhood memories and heritage, the kids are more interested on the slides 🙂

Daddy wonder what were the questions posed to the kids?
How would they relate to 30-years old playgrounds?
Would the kids prefer old or new playgrounds?
How would today’s kids define their own childhood memories?

It is not all serious business, kids are free to roam around the Dragon’s lair 🙂
Remember how Xin use to hate the sand, she has grown more adventurous.

Video : With six kids around (+1 dozing Diva), Toa Payoh Playground is never QUIET !

Surprisingly, recording was very smooth, and we did not have any NGs :p

Look at the video above, kids even stockpile their own ammunition on the top of the Dragon! They will then ambush those walking below !

Thank you team NTU, for approaching our families. Besides sharing our passions about old playgrounds, the kids had fun in each other’s company.

During our two hours recording, we spotted at least 5 different groups (including families) dropping by the Dragon. Seems like our Old-School playgrounds are still getting a lot of attention 🙂

More Photos can Stories can be found at the links below :
– Lorong 6 Block 28 Toa Payoh Playground
Project Playground (when young kids meet old playgrounds)
– photos – Toa Payoh Dragon with CheekieMonkies
– photos – 8 playgrounds around Singapore

** updated 2013Apr10 – Team NTU’s Final video is up 🙂

Singapore’s oldest playgrounds

Reposting our Playground Memories from our old blog. In 2011, we covered 7 old-school playgrounds over a period of two months. Sadly some playgrounds has since been torn down….

** updated 2013Dec **
We are featured on Channel U’s 100% Singapore !
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Daddy found this interesting article on Friday’s (07-Jan-2011) Straits Times Life section. He saw seven 30+ years old Playgrounds!

We got inspired, and ## Project Playground (PP) was born.
Sengkangbabies will be roaming these prehistoric playgrounds, before they are gone for good! Sadly, in Singapore, everything is build, tore down, and rebuild again in accelerated speed 🙁

Our Old-playground project is not only dedicated to the kids, but also to everyone who is young-at-hearts 🙂 Yes, you!! The boys and girls born in the 70s and 80s. Feeling Nostalgic already?

#Playground 1Dragon – Ang Mo Kio Ave 3 Blk 570

Kids start climbing the stairs and the Dragon’s guts.

Video : Exploration, slow and fast boys

Boys, do you realise this playground is nearly as old as your Daddy?

On hindsight, Daddy should arrange smallest one behind..

Sliding with Sengkangbabies are never boring ! Yi got angry keke.

Video : Even Daddy could not resist the slides !

How many kid have fond childhood memories of Dragon?

When will people start taking care of their own playgrounds and backyards?

The other newer playground.

Legend !

Credits. . This is how it all started 🙂

1) Photo from Alvin Luke Tan –>

2) As part of 2011 M1 Singapore Fringe Festival (arts), School of Hard Knocks had showcased their “playgrounds-collection” captured over the last few years.

Quoted from their Facebook Wall
~~ The playground was our school, imagination was our friend, lifes lessons were learnt through the bumps and bruises we gathered from knocking against those colourful, rock hard mosaic tiles ~~


3) The original playground blogger Justin Zhuang –>, click to start navigating with his GPS playground map.

Follow our links to explore Singapore’s oldest playgrounds.

Project Playground #, the oldest playgrounds :
#1 – Dragon Ang Mo Kio – (how our Project was born)

#2 – Elephant Pasir Ris –

# School of Hard Knock Playground exhibitions at Esplanade Tunnel
#3 & 4 Seal Dakota Crescent, and Adventure playground Jalan Tua

# Some other playground blogs we found along the way

#5 – Dragon Toa Payoh and Dinosaurs

#6 – Pelican at Dover

#7 – Merry-Go-Round at Tiong Bahru Park

#8 – Watermelon and Mangosteen at Tampines

More photos of Old playgrounds!
# Our fanpage has 100s of FUN photos
# Our Flickr album

** In our humble opinion, RememberSingapore is the most comprehensive about old Playgrounds 🙂