Guide To The Hidden Family-Friendly Fun at Tessensohn and Farrer Park

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Tessensohn and Farrer Park might not be the first-place that comes to mind for a family fun time, but there's actually more to this multi-cultural neighbourhood - from play to eat! 

A vibrant and historical district, Tessensohn and Farrer Park offer plentiful of ways to enjoy a day of family fun complete with engaging activities, captivating sights, and delectable culinary experiences! From play at City Square Mall, shopping at Mustafa Centre to leisure activities at Civil Service Club Tessensohn! 

Let's take a look at what families can expect at this unique district! 

*This guide is prepared with information from the Civil Service Club Tessensohn Playbook.

Play and Activities

Did you know that there are plenty of play options and activities that families can engage in Tessensohn and Farrer Park? From being suspended in mid-air to free playgrounds, let's take a look at what you can expect! 


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Enjoy activities such as the Giant Inflatable Soccer Pit, 3D Maze and Big Slide at Airzone, the world’s first suspended indoor playground in a mall that stretches from the atrium to level six of City Square Mall!

Playgrounds at City Square Mall

Not just 1, but City Square Mall is home to 4 playgrounds! The best part, 3 of these are free to play - this includes the outdoor high elements playground, an outdoor play space and the sheltered play area at B1! 

And over on Level 2 of the mall, you will also find Kidodo Playground offering a fun packed experience and numerous play elements to keep the kids wanting more! 

Planet Bowl 

One of the top ten bowling centres in Singapore, Planet Bowl at Civil Service Club Tessensohn is a 20-lane bowling centre frequented by league bowlers and bowling enthusiasts for its affordable rates. 

Kids also benefit from bumper rails and 5 pound balls with 5 finger holes. 

Ground-Up Climbing

At Ground-Up Climbing, families can expect challenging, professional-grade walls that will excite climbers of all levels. The gym features a 15-metre-high outdoor rock wall, top-rope lanes, autobelay lanes, a bouldering gym, and one of the hardest overhangs in town.

There are family classes for all ages and one hour taster sessions for those who want to learn the ropes. Either way, expect great value, after-sales equipment support and activities that take fun to new heights.

Swimming And Wading Pool with Weekend Family Fun

Be energised in the Olympic-sized swimming pool or pampered in the heated jacuzzi for the perfect wind-down weekend! For more privacy, reserve one of the poolside family lounges and relax as the kids play safely in the nearby wading pool! 

That's not all! Every weekend (from 8 am to 6 pm, excluding public holidays), the swimming pool is transformed into a fun pool. Dive in with excitement as giant inflatable floats are joined by paddle boats and water slides!

*The pool is open to CSC Members only, and members of the public can also sign-up to be a CSC Member at just $300 a year. 

Places to Visit

Through multicultural architectural elements, retrace the lives and influences of the early settlers that shaped Singapore.

Little India 

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The wonders of Little India unfold in vibrant scenes. Flavours, aromas and art engage your senses as you explore the traditions and beliefs that enrich the district’s iconic sites. Once home to cattle herders, spice traders, multiethnic migrants and Singapore’s first racecourse, the enclave now bustles with a mix of traditional businesses and lifestyle offerings with a bohemian vibe.

Race Course Road

Taking its name from Singapore’s first ever race course which has since moved, Race Course Road is now an amalgam of well preserved heritage shophouses, housing estates and modern apartment buildings.

Indian Heritage Centre

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Embark on a journey at the Indian Heritage Centre and trace the history of the Indian and South Asian communities in the Southeast Asian region. Apart from the permanent exhibits, the heritage centre often organises family-friendly activities for families too!

Kult Studio & Gallery

Express your creativity and let your mind flow at Kult Studio & Gallery, a multidisciplinary studio specializing in the conceptualisation, curation and execution of interactive experiences using art, design and technology.

Mustafa Centre

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Make a stop at the Mustafa Centre and enjoy great bargain deals on almost every consumer product categories from perfumes, watches, electronics to food and groceries. 

F&B Options

Indulge in a variety of traditional and fusion cuisines that reflect the district’s diverse heritage. From family-run eateries to unique cafes and upscale restaurants, the vibrant culinary scene offers a mosaic of flavours for all families!

Brunches Cafe

Photo Credits: Brunches Cafe Facebook page

Shop vintage collectibles as you savour all-day breakfast or favourites such as Lobster Bisque and Juicy Beef Burger at Brunches Cafe. Reserve in advance if you want to dine in the backseat of a Mini Cooper.

Madu The Bakery

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Madu The Bakery is a quaint bakery along Race Course Road offers delicious and unique bakes made from simple ingredients with a local twist. Enjoy their crowd favourite - the Cereal Prawn Croissant.

Biscotti Bakery 

At Biscotti Bakery, Cindy the head baker has spent the last 15 years concocting a confection of yummy combinations such as cranberry pistachio, orange almond and chocolate biscotti. Handmade using natural ingredients, these tasty bites contain no trans-fat, butter or oil, and are one of the thinnest biscotti around.

Settlers Cafe By Mosanco

Settlers Cafe offering the widest collections of board games in town along with a mouth-watering mixture of easy bites for families to enjoy an eventful meal with lots of fun and laughter too! It is even 24 hours - offering fun at all hours of the day!

More Ideas

If this guide has gotten you interested to visit the district, you can also check out the Civil Service Club Tessensohn Playbook for more play, visit and eat options too! 

Visiting Tessensohn / Farrer Park

The most convenient MRT station to visit the district is Farrer Park MRT Station on the Northeast Line. 

Other bus services in the area are

  • Along Balestier Rd: 21, 125, 130, 139, 145
  • Along Serangoon Rd: 21, 23, 64, 65, 66, 67, 125, 130, 139, 147, 857
  • Along Rangoon Rd: 131, 141


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This article is prepared by

Jiarong Yu
Daddy to 2 adorable little ones. Misses them the moment they are not around, regrets missing them the moment they are around.

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