If you’re looking for activities and things to do with the kids, especially during the school holidays, look no further. We have a fun lineup of plays, trampoline parks, cooking classes, adventure zones and walks for children, no matter their age – some are even free. Get them to climb walls instead of you!
It’s never too early to introduce your young ones to the wonders of the theatre! Wild Rice is staging a new musical, Peter Pan in Serangoon Gardens, in November and December this year. It tells the story of Wendy and her brothers who go on a magical journey with Peter Pan. On their way to the enchanting Neverland, they meet fairies, mermaids and pirates, including Captain Hook.
Directed by popular local actor Ivan Heng, the family-friendly production will feature some of Singapore theatre’s finest, such as Pam Oei as Peter Pan, Siti Khalijah Zainal as Captain Hook and young talents from First Stage, Wild Rice’s theatre training programme. The show will be held at the new Ngee Ann Kongsi Theatre at Funan mall (Level 4). Tickets start from $30.
Psst… Get a 25% discount with the American Express Card Members Family Package; it comes with tickets for two adults and two children (16 and below).
If you have young ones to entertain, BOUNCE Singapore is a great place to go. At this popular trampoline park in Orchard Road, children can look forward to plenty of fun, with a variety of trampoline zones including the Free Jump Arena, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, Big Bag and Performance Area.
The kiddos will love climbing, running and jumping as they tackle the various obstacles. Older ones (or those above 125cm) will enjoy trying out X-Park, the thrilling Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course. The park also hosts parties and gatherings, with packages that include an hour of jump time and a party host.
Psst… As part of the park’s new freestyle initiative, kids also get to learn fancy new tricks on the trampolines. Just approach a host for tips and moves, from simple to more advanced ones such as wall-running. What’s more, jumpers that finish all the set tricks can look forward to fun goodies. (Currently, it is a complimentary two-for-one entry voucher!)
Enjoy a fun day-out at Forest Adventure, an exciting treetop obstacle course at Bedok Reservoir Park. There are three courses to suit different ages and heights, and tweens and teens can enjoy the courses without adults.
For younger ones, the Kids Course (ages five to 10 years) is a good place to start. It takes about an hour to complete and includes zooming down two zip-lines. Instructors are on the course to help out with the first few crossings if needed. Slightly more challenging, the Junior Course has 26 obstacles and two zip-lines; those under 10 will need a companion over 14 years of age. When everyone is warmed up, head to the Grand Course, which has three zip-lines, more crossings, higher platforms and a fun Tarzan swing to check out. There’s also the Big Zip, an exhilarating 300-metre zip-line that’ll take you over the waters of the reservoir.
Psst… British Club members and SAFRA card holders can enjoy a 10% discount. Also, students can enter the Grand Course for $40 on weekdays and $39 on Tuesdays (excluding public holidays).
Enrol the kids in one of the fun cooking classes or camps at Expat Kitchen for an opportunity to get hands-on in the kitchen, learning how to chop, mix, measure and even learning about food handling and hygiene. The cooking studio offers various programmes: themed seasonal baking classes, holiday camps and birthday parties. Holiday camps (for ages 5 to 11) are held twice a year (June and July, November and December). At these camps, children will get to make two delicious dishes – one sweet, one savoury and a thirst quencher. After all their hard work, they’ll get to enjoy their homemade creations.
During special occasions such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas, sign the kids up for an interactive class (ages 4 to 8) where they’ll whip up yummy treats such as Easter bunny cupcakes and spooky spider cookies. For birthdays, kids will have a blast at the cupcake and crafting party (age 4 to 8) or mini master chef party (ages 9 to 13).
Get the little ones away from the screens and gadgets and head to Laser Quest for a fun afternoon. Kids aged eight and above will love the game arena, with its cool lighting and effects – even the adults will have a blast! The gameplay is straightforward: you can play solo or in teams. Just strap on your combat vest, pick up your laser gun and be ready to battle. Once you begin, a game marshal will roam round to ensure that everyone is playing safely and fairly and having a good time. Besides the fun of shooting lasers and running about freely, the game will also have your kids using their thinking skills and reflexes as they navigate the arena.
The venue is clearly a great spot to hold a party, too, and you can customise your celebration to your group, with various fun team mission themes on offer.
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Clip ’n Climb
For a fun indoor workout, take your young ones to Clip ’n Climb at HomeTeamNS Tampines. Featuring colourful climbing walls and themes, the park has 19 different walls to try out, each with a different theme to experience. Kids enjoy the different graphics, as they scale “ice walls”, battle “aliens” and go on a wobbly trip to “Spaghetti Junction” where they’ll come across trailing ropes.
The park offers walls with different difficulty, ages and levels (minimum body weight: 10kg), so it’s a perfect spot for the whole family. You’ll be glad to know that safety is a top priority here, too; the walls are equipped with TruBlue automatic belay systems that use magnetic braking technology, ensuring that all climbers have a safe and controlled descent.
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Fire Station Open House
Every Saturday between 9 and 11am, you can visit your local fire station’s open house. Learn more about what firemen do every day, their different roles and how they protect us. Kids can even have their picture taken on the “Red Rhino” while wearing a fire jacket! Sign up on the SCDF website for a free visit.
For outdoor play, Marina Barrage has a huge lawn perfect for kite flying, picnicking, or good old bat and ball games. After enjoying the beautiful backdrop of the Singapore skyline, head to Gardens By The Bay on the way home to enjoy more parks, trails and outdoor attractions.
Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve
This ecological gem in the north of the island is great for nature lovers and budding scientists. Trek along the many trails, while taking photos of crabs, shellfish, birds, spiders and monitor lizards.
Singapore Botanic Gardens
The Botanic Gardens offers a popular escape from the chaos of the city. With trails to follow, multiple gardens to visit, tours to go on, and picnics to be had. The park also often hosts free movie screenings and performances at the Shaw Foundation Symphony Stage.