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Leisure & Recreation

While persons with disabilities may have challenges getting around, a growing number of buildings are making themselves accessible with universal design features. Here are some inclusive places to play, shop, or watch a movie and just have fun!

Key points

  • Plan ahead for an outing by checking online if your destination has the necessary accessibility features.
  • Many cinemas, theatres, museums, parks, playgrounds and sports facilities in Singapore are accessible.
  • If travelling overseas is a challenge, consider a staycation at a local resort or hotel.
  • Check out the list of inclusive leisure/ recreation activities that you can participate in.

You can also check out this list of inclusive leisure/ recreation groups that specialise in activities such as horticulture, arts and crafts, music and sports. 

A useful free app to download is the CARElendar mobile app, which aggregates inclusive events and activities suitable for persons with disabilities and their caregivers. You can also check out these events here.

General information

Actions to take

  • Visit the Enabling Village, which is equipped with accessibility features and various amenities for those with disabilities.


When deciding what to do for the weekend, it helps to plan ahead by finding out if a place is wheelchair-accessible or has other features to accommodate persons with disabilities as not all buildings are accessible.

In Singapore, the Building and Construction Authority (BCA) is developing a user-friendly built environment by promoting Universal Design (UD) for buildings and public places where the young, the old, and persons with disabilities can work, live and play.  To encourage the adoption of such designs, the BCA initiated the annual BCA UD Awards to accord recognition to stakeholders for incorporating user-friendly features in their developments.

The Enabling Village near Redhill MRT station is an integrated community space with multiple facilities for persons with disabilities and the rest of the community – the first of its kind in Singapore. These include an ActiveSG gym and NTUC Fairprice supermarket with accessibility features. It also hosts various community events for visitors with disabilities. These include arts festivals, pop-up stores and movie screenings.

 

Getting there

Transport is always an important consideration. Information on different modes of transportation can be found in the Transport section of this website.

 

Arts, culture and entertainment venues

Cinemas

At Cathay Cineplexes, wheelchair users are encouraged to buy tickets at box office counters in advance to secure suitable seats. More information on the number of wheelchair-accessible seats available in each theatre can be found below:

At Golden Village Cinemas, people can check if wheelchair-accessible seats are available when booking online. More information can be found below:

Other useful links:


Performance Venues

The Esplanade has accessibility features such as wheelchair-accessible toilets and tactile floor markings for people with visual impairment. It also has sensory-friendly performances for children with special needs. These have features such as no surprising and loud sounds, and no complete blackouts, so children with special needs will feel more comfortable and relaxed.

Other venues such as the Sports Hub also have dedicated areas for accessible seating; tickets for such seats can be bought by calling 3158 7888 or visiting the Singapore Indoor Stadium box office.

Museums

The National Museum of Singapore and National Gallery Singapore have various accessibility services. Both have free manual wheelchairs available for use on a first-come-first-served basis, and wheelchair-accessible facilities. They also welcome service dogs or guide dogs. Check the respective museums’ websites for more information.

The ArtScience Museum has wheelchair-accessible toilets, lifts and parking spaces.

 

Playgrounds and sports facilities

Persons with disabilities who participate in sports or physical recreational activities are 1.7 times more likely to have a better quality of life, according to the NCSS Quality of Life Study.


Parks

At the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the Botany Centre and entrances are wheelchair-accessible, but some other areas are not due to the hilly terrain. Wheelchairs are available on loan.

Gardens By the Bay also has wheelchairs available for rental at $2 per day. It also has special ramps, lifts, wide pathways and barrier-free routes incorporated in its spaces.


Playgrounds and toy libraries

There are over a dozen inclusive playgrounds in Singapore. These have equipment such as wheelchair-accessible merry-go-rounds which allow children with and without special needs to play together.

Children with special needs can also visit “toy libraries” which have toys that are specially selected curated for them.


Sports

Actions to take

  • Get more information on recreational and competitive sports from the Singapore Disability Sports Council.
  • Visit the ActiveSG gym at the Enabling Village, which is an inclusive gym.


Persons with disabilities keen to learn a sport and play either leisurely or competitively can get more information from the Singapore Disability Sports Council. It is the only organisation in Singapore which offers sports at elite and non-elite levels across all disability groups.

Through the Disability Sports Master Plan, MCCY and SportSG work with partners to provide more opportunities for persons with disabilities to participate in sports, through inclusive facilities and programming, capability building and raising awareness of inclusive sports and Team Singapore para athletes.

The ActiveSG gym in the Enabling Village is the first inclusive gym where persons with disabilities, seniors and the able-bodied can exercise together. It has special gym equipment such as detachable seats for wheelchair users and Braille on the treadmill user panels for persons with visual impairment. You can also find other inclusive sports facilities (gyms and pools) across Singapore here.

If you are interested to find more sporting opportunities or have further enquiries, please write to inclusivesport@sport.gov.sg or join the Disability Sports Programme mailing list.

Another organisation that caregivers can approach is Special Olympics Singapore, a recognised National Sports Association which aims to provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for children and adults with cognitive impairment.

 

Vacationing in Singapore

If you wish to look for accessible accommodation, you may visit travel websites which allows you to filter searches for properties with accessibility features. These include Agoda, Airbnb and TripAdvisor.

For locals in Singapore who find it challenging to travel overseas, or who are looking for a short getaway, Sentosa Island is just a short drive from the mainland. The island has many wheelchair-accessible attractions and hotels, including some in Resorts World Sentosa, an integrated resort which is home to popular attractions such as Universal Studio Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium.

Other useful links:


Resources and Support

  • List of wheelchair-friendly attractions in Singapore: LadyIronChef
  • Guide for wheelchair users arriving in/departing from Changi Airport: All Go Easy
  • Wheelchair-friendly accommodation in Singapore: All Go Easy