Whether it’s a rainy day in Singapore, you’ve got a pair of budding Picassos on your hands or you prefer the idea someone else cleaning up after a colourful crafts session, take your kids along to one of these brilliant arts and crafts spots on the island.
Eat, Play, Love
We’ve just discovered our new fave café for taking the little ones along to in the Arab quarter which lets the kids get creative while the adults enjoy some Thai-Western food or an afternoon coffee. Enter Eat, Play, Love – a treasure trove of craft for kids aged three years and up. Dextrous two-year-olds could have a go with the help of Mum or Dad, too. The craft corner, with access to as much art material as your mini-Picasso desires, is $5 for an hour (or two hours on weekdays).
28 Aliwal Street #01-07 Singapore 199918. (12pm – 10pm. Closed on Tuesdays.)
Whether your little one is into music, baking or crafts, this colourful indoor playground hosts classes from $16. There are three across the island, and they’re always full of chuffed kids covered in paint/flour/general goo.
B1-57 of The Shoppes, Marina Bay Sands (10am – 10pm). 200 Turf Club Road, 03-10 The Grandstand (9am – 6pm). And Level 5 of Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road (11am – 7pm Mon – Thurs, 11am – 9pm Fri – Thurs)
Art Boot Camp
This insanely creative spot has three campuses across Singapore and boasts an amazing array of art classes for all ages throughout the day. Just check out the online schedules and head to the class that suits your little one the best. Plus, they’ve got classes for adults after six, so the whole family can get creative at the same time.
200 Turf Club Road, #02-01, 460 Alexandra Road, #03-03, 20A East Coast Road (All 9am – 7pm).
This indoor playground offers arts and crafts classes for free as part of their entrance fee, with different sessions throughout the week to head along to. It’s safe to say that after a few hours of tearing around at The Polliwogs, your kiddies will sleep well.
11 Unity Street, #02-18/19 Robertson Walk and 1020 East Coast Parkway #01-02 (weekdays 10am – 7pm and weekends 10 – 8pm)
This spot near Clarke Quay is set up for big art classes, with hands on teachers and packages available if you want to send your little one to a few sessions. At the end of each class, these guys will frame your child’s work (and even stick the masterpiece onto a key ring if you so wish!)
#02-25 UE Shopping Mall, (weekdays 11 – 6.30, weekends 9.30 – 5.45)
Loong Hua Arts & Craft
For arts and crafts that are a little different, head to Loong Hua, who offer cool classes in sand and glass art, among other things. It’s also next door to Fidgets, so you can leave an older child to their art while the young’uns run around the indoor playground.
Paragon 5th floor, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (11:30am – 7pm daily)
Impressions Design Studio
The whole family can get involved at this centre in Cluny Court, with all sorts of activities on offer, from ceramics and pottery to glass infusing. They also offer charity sales on a regular basis.
#02-25 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road (Monday – Saturday 9am – 7pm, Sunday – 11am – 6pm).
The Arts House
This successful arts centre in Singapore also offers classes and camps for youths at their Little Arts Academy. They’re decked out for sessions for kids for all ages and abilities, plus they also offer music, drama and more.
1 Old Parliament Lane, Singapore 179429
Popular in the States, Abrakadoodle promise to give your child ‘high quality’ arts and craft classes, so if you’ve got a serious little artist on your hands, this might be the one for you.
YOHA@Jurong, 200 Jurong East Ave 1 #01-09 and Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd #02-13 and 5000F Marine Parade Road, Laguna Park, #01-24 (9am – 5pm)
Not quite arts and crafts, but if you’ve got little ones that love to get messy and creative, Slappy Cakes gives everyone the chance to make their own pancakes at the table. The children absolutely love it (and so do we!).
200 Turf Club Road (Old Turf Club in Bt.Timah), #01-20/21, Singapore 287994 (weekdays 10am – 9.30pm, weekends 8am – 9.30pm)
Jay Jay Jolly
This friendly spot was recommended to us by helpful Sandra on Facebook, who tells us they stock all sorts of cool stuff, including magnetic paint.
131 East Coast Road #02-01, Singapore