- 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
- Check out the list of inclusive leisure/ recreation activities that you can
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 as well as these events here.
Actions to take
- Visit the Enabling Village, which is equipped with accessibility features and various amenities for those
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 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
supermarket with accessibility features. It also hosts various community events for visitors with disabilities. These include arts festivals, pop-up stores
and movie screenings.
Transport is always an important consideration. Information on different modes of
transportation can be found in the Transport section of this
Arts, culture and entertainment venues
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:
Esplanade* – Theatres on the
Bay is dedicated to supporting access and upholding their vision of being an arts centre for everyone.
Their premises are wheelchair-friendly, with features such as wheelchair-accessible toilets, accessible
parking and special seating arrangements for patrons with mobility challenges. It is also guide
dog-friendly and has additional accessibility facilities such as tactile floor markings, lift access, handrails and
more. As part of its PLAYtime! series of theatre productions for children, Esplanade presents
relaxed performances for children with special needs, where special modifications such as such as no surprising or
loud sounds, no complete blackouts and a calming space are incorporated into the performance to make it
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.
*From December 2021, all Esplanade Presents programmes that offer concessions will include a
ticket concession for persons with disabilities (PWDs). This concession for PWDs can also be utilised by one
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.
The National Library Board (NLB) nurtures Readers for Life, Learning Communities and a Knowledgeable Nation by promoting reading, learning and history through the libraries and archives.
Punggol Regional Library
Punggol Regional Library offers a suite of services to create a welcoming start-to-end experience for persons with disabilities. Located in One Punggol, Punggol Regional Library is a warm and inviting space which features technology, programmes and special collections for all patrons. Interested patrons are encouraged to learn more about the library's Accessibility Information.
Accessible Membership provides an expanded scope of library services across all libraries for persons with disabilities, on top of basic library membership privileges.
Accessible Membership is open to persons with disabilities who are beneficiaries of eligible disability schemes and services funded by the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), or who had attended or are currently attending government-funded Special Education (SPED) schools.
Accessible Members enjoy:
a) A longer borrowing period (from 21 to 42 days);
b) A longer renewal period (from 21 to 42 days);
c) Free reservation of items (which costs $1.57 per item); and
d) Priority access to accessible features in Punggol Regional Library.
Find out more about the Accessible Membership and how to apply.
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.
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.
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 these 'toy libraries' which have toys that are specially curated for
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 email@example.com 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
- Booking wheelchair berth seats at cinemas:
- Accessibility information for the following places of interest:
- 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
- Additional resources for Caregivers