PHOTOGRAPH: Insight N Access
The year-end break is spilling over with excitement and here’s why Ã¢â‚¬â€œ we’ve combed the island to bring you our top 16 list of fantastic family-friendly activities.
#01-21/22/23, 47 Malan Road, tel: 6262-0750; www.playeum.com
$20 per child (one to 12 years old), with free admission for one accompanying adult, $10 per additional adult.
This hotspot for creative learning is the first of its kind in Asia. Dedicated to creating impactful and open-ended learning opportunities for children aged one to 12 years old, Playeum’s third exhibition, A World Full of Stories, provides unique environments and installations, within which children can create their own stories, as well as immerse themselves in stories from different cultures.
PHOTOGRAPH: Eatplaylove Craft Cafe
#01-07 Aliwal Arts Centre, 28 Aliwal Street, tel: 6444-6400; www.eatplaylove.com.sg
Hourly charge for the Craft Corner is $5 per hour on weekends (or two hours on weekdays), comes with free-flow art materials.
Tuck into Thai-Western favourites like pineapple rice, mac and cheese, or tom yam soup, before getting crafty with the kids at the Crafty Corner. For just $5 an hour on weekends (or two hours on weekdays), kids have access to a free-flow variety of materials to create little works of art, while parents dine in peace. Children will also love working with Shrink plastic (available for purchase), which allows them to draw, cut, bake and create their own one-of-a-kind masterpieces such as badges, pins, or keychains.
PHOTOGRAPH: Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
85 Lorong Tawas, tel: 6265-5808; www.thowkwang.com.sg
Hands-on workshops cost $35 per person (hand-building one artwork), or $50 per person (hand-building and using the potter’s wheel to create two artworks)
Take your little ones on a historical tour and journey through Singapore’s oldest surviving brick-built, wood-firing Dragon Kiln (built in the 1940s). Here, you’ll be able to witness a live demonstration of the potter’s wheel, or join a hands-on pottery session to create your own masterpiece.
#01-01/02 Palawan Kidz City, 31 Beach View, Sentosa, tel: 6653-6888; www.kidzania.com.sg
$25 per toddler (two to three years old), $58 per child (four to 17 years old), $35 per adult (18 years and above).
Combining role-play with real life, this educational theme park offers fun and interactive activities for kids, where little ones aged four and above can work, learn and play in a kid-sized city. Kids can role-play to be whoever they want to be – a surgeon, pilot, museum curator, pizza chef, journalist, fire fighter, ice-cream maker, dentist, and more, including becoming an actor at the theatre – where parents are welcome to watch the kids put on a show.
21 Jurong East Street 31, tel: 6896-3566; www.myactivesg.com/facilities/jurong-east-swimming-complex
$1.50 (weekdays), $2 (weekends) for adults; 80 cents (weekdays)/$1 (weekends) for kids.
Arguably Singapore’s largest public pool with the most comprehensive water park facilities, this amazing playground promises to draw out your adventurous side. Three intertwining spiral water slides – ranging from 5.5m to 17.7m in height (that’s as high as a three-storey house) take centrestage. There’s also a wave pool that comes alive for 15min every hour, accompanied by gentle sprays of water from the rock caverns. When you want to take it down a notch, enjoy a slow ride down the winding lazy river, or relax in the jacuzzi area. Little ones will also enjoy splashing around in the kiddy fun pool.
9 Sentul Crescent, tel: 6585-8710; www.safra.sg/enjoy/family/splash-at-kidz-amaze
Free for kids below 18 months, $20 per child (18 months to 13 years old), $5 per accompanying adult. A family package for two adults and two kids (peak) costs $40.
Designed with the theme “Enchanted Deep Sea”, you can expect to spend hours at Singapore’s first indoor water playground. Spanning 24,000 sq feet, kids can splash away with multiple play decks, five slides, and a themed splash pad. To promote family bonding, parents are encouraged to join in the fun on the slides and at the main play structure with their kids.
#02-20/21/21 *SCAPE, 2 Orchard Link,, tel: 6636-9722; www.trapped.sg
$28 per person, $18 for students (21 years and below). Off-peak rates: Mon-Fri, before 6pm, $22.
Imagine being trapped in a room. To find your way out, you’ve to work together as a team to solve puzzles, discover hidden clues, and uncover mysteries! Choose from different rooms and solve a 5D puzzle to figure your way out as a family. The experience is guaranteed to come with lots of laughter and fun. Check the website for information on which rooms are suitable for younger children, as some may feature props and mysteries that may be frightening to little ones.
Palawan Kidz City, #03-01, 31 Beach View, tel: 6238-8296; www.mosh.com.sg
$22 for kids (three to 12 years old), $28 for adults
This state-of-the-art multimedia theme park uses technology from Japan to provide a unique play-to-learn experience, allowing participants to create imaginary worlds of their own in an immersive virtual environment. Children can let their imagination run wild by creating one-of-a-kind sea creatures, orchestrate fireworks, or even launch a jumbo jet from their little hands.
PHOTOGRAPH: Tag Team
#01-03 Parkland Green, 920 East Coast Parkway; #04-103 Downtown East E!Hub, 1 Pasir Ris Close, tel: 6456-4036; www.tagteaminc.sg
Walk-in rates from $13 per person
Kids and parents can combine forces playing laser tag at Tag Team, located at East Coast Park (indoor and outdoor) or Downtown East (indoor and fully air-conditioned). Engage in multi-weapon battles, where each member of the team uses his own weapon-of-choice from Tag Team’s Laser series. Young ones will have a blast trying out the Laser Rifle, Laser Handgun, Laser Sword, Laser Bow and even a Laser Glove.
#01-11 Orto, 81 Lorong Chencharu, tel: 6754-5188; www.katapult.com.sg
$15 per hour (Mon-Thur full day, Fri until 5pm)
A whole new level of fun awaits you at this amazing indoor trampoline court. Besides trampolining, Katapult also offers slacklining, slam dunk, dodgeball, wall running, and free falling. Older kids can sign up for an eight-week long Beginner Trampoline class, in which they’ll learn foundational trampoline skills such as forward and backward rolls, straight jumps, seat and front drops, shaped and twist jumps. No gymnastic experience required.
PHOTOGRAPH: iFly Singapore
#01-01, 43 Siloso Beach Walk, tel: 6571-0000; www.iflysingapore.com
$119 for The Challenge and $199 for The Adventure (book online two days in advance for “super off-peak” rates of $89 and $169 respectively)
Here’s your chance to really fly and do something amazing with the kids by defying gravity at Singapore’s only indoor skydiving facility. Under the watchful eye of professionals, kids can skydive in the world’s first largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving (reaching almost five storeys high). Try The Challenge (two skydives), or The Adventure (four skydives) package.
PHOTOGRAPH: Brazilian Cultural Centre
100 Turf Club Road, tel: 6465-8887; www.facebook.com/Brazilian-Cultural-Center-Singapore-151340584932646
$160 for four regular lessons; $500 for the five-day SCA Nike Junior Capoeira Camp (or pro-rated at $100 per day). Call for updated camp schedules for December.
A Brazilian martial art and art form that incorporates self-defence, acrobatics, music and percussion, folklore dance (maculele) and culture, Capoeira is a fascinating sport that kids seem to take quite naturally to. Children are split into classes according to their age groups (three to five year olds, and six to 12 year olds).
During the December school holidays, Brazilian Cultural Centre also runs fun, dynamic SCA Nike Junior Capoeira Camps, where participants are introduced to a wide variety of activities including acrobatics, self-defence arts, Muay Thai, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, percussion, soccer, games, arts and crafts, obstacle courses and much more.
PHOTOGRAPH: Urban Ski
#01-46/47/48/49 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, tel: 6238-0575; www.urbanski.com.sg
$130 per session for Kids Club Ranger members (four to eight years) and $80 per session for Kids Club Explorer Members (nine to 13 years). Check website for updated rates on December holiday ski clinics.
Who says you have to travel overseas to ski during the December holidays? Enrol your kids in Urban Ski’s school holiday ski clinics, and watch as they fall in love with the sport – even better yet, join them and learn to ski together as a family. It’s hassle-free as all equipment, boots, poles and helmets are provided, and there is no need to wear thick cumbersome winter jackets. If your kids are already skiers, they can also enjoy participating in Saturday morning play and learn sessions, with activities for young skiers aged four and up.
PHOTOGRAPH: Insight N Access
8 Wilton Close, tel: 9777-0022; www.facebook.com/Insightandaccess
$500 for Camp Create (five to eight years old, Dec 12-14), $700 for Camp Explore (seven to 12 years old, Dec 19-23). Register by Nov 30 and quote “SIMPLYHER” to enjoy $50 off! Call for updated camp schedules.
Located in one of Singapore’s last remaining handful of black-and-white bungalows, the inclusive Resilience Camp Series by social enterprise Insight N Access, encourages learning through exploration. Little campers participate in outdoor activities, including team-building games and hikes along Singapore’s Green Corridor. They also pick up lots of practical life skills along the way by learning to cook their own meals, pitching their own tents, and camping out under the stars at night.
Pulau Ubin (accessible via bumboat from Changi Point Ferry Terminal), tel: 6545-2305; www.nparks.gov.sg
Boat fare costs $3 per trip (add $2 if you’re bringing along your own bicycle).
Step back in time and explore the last of Singapore’s remaining kampongs on this rustic island. With no access to modern public utilities, villagers here rely on wells for water and diesel generators for electricity, and depend on traditional farming and fishing for subsistence. While you’re there, why not spend a night at the resort located just off the main village, or better still, pitch your own tent with the kids and sleep under the stars.
PHOTOGRAPH: Qian Hu Fish Farm Trading
71 Jalan Lekar, Sungei Tengah, tel: 6766-7087; www.qianhufish.com
Long Kang Fishing costs $6 per child (30min); Fish Spa costs $10 per adult (30 min), or $5 per child aged 12 and below (30min)
Children can learn about unique fishes at Singapore’s largest ornamental fish importer and exporter, or try Long Kang Fishing, a fun activity reminiscent of old kampong days when kids used to net fishes from canals and streams. While you’re there, try a Fish Spa and let the resident doctor fishes exfoliate your feet naturally. Your little ones will be tickled watching the tiny Garra Rufa fishes nibble away at your dead skin cells (leaving feet feeling healthy and rejuvenated).
PHOTOGRAPH: Gallop Stables
100 Turf Club Road, tel: 6463-6012; www.gallopstable.com
Group weekday lessons cost $70 per session (45min) for adults and kids seven years and up; private junior lessons for kids four to six years cost $75 per session (30min). Kids aged three and above can take a 20-min pony trail ride for $45. Pony rides in the pony pen cost $10 for three rounds.
Fancy feeding a donkey? Well then, a visit to Horsecity to meet and be charmed by Prince (Gallop Stables’ friendly resident donkey) is a must! Little ones will also love the fun pony rides here. This public riding school accepts children aged seven and up for group riding classes, but younger kids can sign up for private lessons. And best of all? There are no membership fees involved.