We know, life can get a bit too much sometimes. But here’s something to perk you up: instead of taking it out on your pillows or wall, how about going on an airsoft shootout, screaming your lungs out several stories above the ground or getting your sweat on? If adult activities that offer unadulterated fun sound fab right now, then you need to bust your ass to one awesome place: HomeTeamNS Khatib.
This recreational hub for HomeTeam NSmen has tons of fun things to do for adults that even the kids will love. There’s a multi-storey indoor adventure centre with challenging obstacle courses and combat arenas for those who want to indulge in their Full Metal Jacket fantasies – both of which are the first of their kind in Singapore. There’s also a great gym in case you feel like you’re not getting enough cardio or strength in (highly unlikely given the energy you need for some of these activities!). And it’s open not just to NSmen but the public at large.
So without further ado, here’s a rundown of fun things you can do at HomeTeamNS Khatib. Children are optional but you might want to lug yours along in case they get jealous!
Imagine yourself gliding through the air one moment, and then spelunking in the deep, dark recesses of a cave the next. This is now wholly possible, thanks to Adventure HQ, a 2,800-square-metre space – about four football fields worth! – of pure adrenaline.
This indoor playground, which is the largest of its kind, is known for its record-setting attractions in Singapore, from the longest indoor Firemen slide to the biggest ropes course. It’s also home to the only aerial attraction in Singapore: the roll glider. With this baby, you’ll be suspended several storeys above the ground, hanging on for dear life as you zip downwards on a twirly metal track.
But, of course, there’s more. Visitors can look forward to a number of interactive climbing walls and ninja courses, for example; plus, there’s a network of artificial caves, complete with realistic features such as stalagmites, stalactites and fossils, so you can channel your inner Indiana Jones (without actually having to witness a human sacrifice).
Anyone is welcome as long as they’re above 1.25 metres tall, below 120 kilograms and have cojones the size of a football. You have three and a half hours per play to prove if you’re man (or woman) enough. Now go!
You might have heard of paintball, but have you heard of airsoft? The first airsoft attraction in Singapore, TactSim has one airsoft arena, which has a target shooting range.
This game emerged from Japan in the 1970s, starting as player versus player (PvP) combat using mock weapons. However, that’s where its similarity to paintball – or “painball”! – ends.
Airsoft, you see, uses air weapons called airsoft guns that shoot out spherical plastic projectiles. As such, it doesn’t just rank lower on both the mess and pain scale, it’s also said to provide a more realistic warfare experience.
The arena at TactSim used to have PvP until the heightened restrictions kicked in. Now there’s a new game mode in town: the Combat Circuit, a challenging, five-station course which tests players’ skills in a number of unique shooting scenarios; these include moving targets, low-light scenarios and a variety of engagement distances. Players are issued a scorecard and can track their position on a leaderboard. To spice things up, TactSim comes up with new challenges and game modes from time to time.
At the target shooting range, players use a Rifle M4 to aim and shoot at targets in a stationary position. You’re tested on your speed, decision and discipline as well as your ability to think like a marksman.
The only catch? You must be at least 18 years old and dressed in long sleeves, long pants and covered shoes to participate in a shootout.
HomeTeamNS Khatib’s Fitness Workz Premium
Tired of playing games? Who says working out can’t be a fun thing to do as well?
HomeTeamNS has Fitness Workz gyms in all its clubhouses, including at Balestier and Bukit Batok, where you can get serious about incinerating calories. However, the one in Khatib – the Fitness Workz Premium – trumps them all. This premium facility has state-of-the-art Matrix machines, steam rooms, personal training services, pool access and weekly classes like Zumba and boxing in its dedicated boxing room.
Fitness Workz Premium is divided into nine zones. Apart from the usual favourites such as the free weights area and cardio zones, there’s also a functional training zone, an area in which individuals train to boost their core strength and movement (think tyre flips, sled pushing and battle ropes).
The gym doesn’t currently accept walk-in guests due to COVID restrictions, but on the bright side, a year’s membership only costs $865 – a steal compared to many other fitness establishments. There’s even a discounted rate ($605) for guests willing to work out only during non-peak hours.
Gym bunnies can also follow Fitness Workz on Facebook for monthly fitness challenges, tips on form and posture, home workouts and more.