Do you have bored teens moping around the house complaining they’ve run out of stuff to do? Here are a few out-of-the-norm activities in Singapore to keep them occupied and out of your hair!
#1 Trampoline Park
Singapore’s massive indoor trampoline park, BOUNCE, has loads of fun stuff on offer. You can jump into big bags, challenge yourself at the Leap of Faith – where you stand on a raised platform then leap out to catch hold of the trapeze or grab bag – or try the X-Park, also known as the ninja warrior obstacle course, which combines elements of climbing, jumping and free-running, before zipping on the aerial runway to the finish line.
#2 Virtual Reality
VR has been a big hit recently, but as exciting as getting your hands on one of these games would be, owning a really good headset can be expensive. Thankfully, Singapore has got locations like Zero Latency and V-Room where you can go and be immersed in a virtual reality world.
Everyone looks forward to driving their first car, so why not get a head start? Happy days: Singapore has several karting arenas, including the KF1 Karting Circuit and The Karting Arena, where you can race your heart out on fun circuits and feel the rush of an F1 driver.
KF1 Karting Circuit
KF1 Arena: 511 Upper Jurong Road
KF1 Circuit: 1 Turf Club Ave
#4 Indoor Laser Tag
For an adrenaline kick that’s loads of fun and great in any weather, head to Laser Quest at either HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok or Tampines, or to LaserOPS on Orchard. Both companies offer a safe, comfortable, painless and affordable indoor laser tag experience.
HomeTeamNS Bukit Batok, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue 7, Level 2
6705 9474 | hometeamns.sg/bukitbatok/laserquest
HomeTeamNS Tampines, 1 Tampines Walk, #03-03, Our Tampines Hub
6705 9410 | hometeamns.sg/tampines/laserquest
#5 Bubble Soccer
We tried this once at a birthday party, and we reckon it’s one of the most thrilling and exciting experiences on offer in Singapore. Participants are strapped inside large inflated bubble balls (with legs outside), and then you start running and bumping into each other, and playing games like Bubble Bump Soccer! Everyone was laughing, huffing and puffing at the end of our session – great fun.
This is a good sport for unleashing your inner child – think running around, hiding and shooting each other with paint to win – and great fun with friends. You can also put your accuracy skills to the test when you play at Red Dynasty Paintball Park.
Red Dynasty Paintball Park
The Cage Sports Park, 220 Turf Club Road
ORTO, 81 Lorong Chencharu, #01-14
#7 Escape Room
Imagine you’re trapped in a room with a group of people and everyone has to work together to crack codes and solve riddles in order to free yourselves – that’s how escape room games are played. Game plots range from horror to anime, so there’s something for everyone. Head to Xcape Singapore to try the huge selection of game plots – and remember to bring friends!
For an online option, there is Ravenous, a new and free virtual escape room game. It’s a fun story-based puzzle game that can be played alone or with friends. The game lasts 30 minutes.
Bugis Village, 161 Rochor Road
#8 Board games
Perfect whether rain or shine, a trip to a board-game café is always a good time! Take your pick from a wide variety of games, from Pop-up Pirate to Pandemic. The café staff are also on hand to explain instructions if you’re new to the games. There are several establishments in Singapore, popular ones include Settlers’ Café and The Mind Café.
#9 High Elements
Calling adrenaline junkies! If heights are your thing, check out Singapore’s first and only treetop obstacle, Forest Adventure, at Bedok Reservoir. Forest Adventure has four different heights and 63 crossings in three age-appropriate courses that are based on height restrictions – Kids, Junior and Grand. Alternatively, head over to Mega Adventure at Sentosa. They have a range of different thrill activities you can try, ranging from zip-lining and free-falling to a high ropes adventure course.
Opening soon, Surf Cove by Wavehouse Sentosa is the place to try this hybrid board-sport that combines surfing, bodyboarding, snowboarding, skateboarding, wakeboarding and skimboarding. Perfect for Singapore’s humid weather – flowboarding requires excellent balancing skills and can be pretty hard to master at first. After you get the hang of it, though, it’s so much fun.
For more useful tips, head to our living in Singapore section.