Check out these fun places to keep the children entertained during the school holidays. No more last-minute cancellations for rain or trying to avoid the unforgiving sun. And fun activities don’t have to come with a heavy price tag – everything listed here costs $30 or less!
1. Future World: Where Art Meets Science
Art is brought to life with cutting-edge technology at this new permanent exhibition, where it’s even possible to transform your drawings into real-time 3D animations. Travel from earth to the stars on a fascinating journey of exploration and don’t miss the spectacular LED light display, which gives the illusion of moving through the cosmos.
ArtScience Museum at Marina Bay Sands
2. Science Centre
The Science Centre needs no introduction as a hot favourite with both kids and adults, but have you checked out the great exhibits added during 2016? You’ll need a full day here (or to buy an annual membership) to see the colourful Butterfly Vivarium, The Tinkering Studio and E3 (E-mmersive Experiential Environments), as well as the daily fire tornado demonstration, Omni Theatre and Snow City. Phew!
15 Science Centre Road
Sounds of the Earth – Sound Tunnel, Playeum
3. Hideaways – Creating with Nature
Playeum is 100 percent kid-centric and its latest exhibit, Hideaways, aims to develop creativity through experiential learning. Children can discover the ecosystem around them through a hands-on journey that encourages imagination and creative problem-solving. See them concentrate hard as they build insect homes and animal habitats, create musical instruments with recyclable materials, and more.
Block 47 Malan Road, #01-23 Gillman Barracks
4. Keppel Centre for Art Education
Solve tactile puzzles, save a magic forest in the Art Playscape, build a house at the Project Gallery and pretend to be an art curator; these hands-on play activities at the Keppel Centre will stimulate imagination, curiosity and critical thinking skills. Rain or shine, this is a wonderful afternoon beyond your own four walls!
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road
5. See a Show
Live theatre is a fabulous learning experience for kids, and these two productions will delight the kids and your hip pocket: the much-loved children’s farmyard favourite Charlotte’s Web (until 11 December; KC Arts Centre – Home of SRT) and the ballet classic The Nutcracker by Singapore Dance Theatre (7 to 11 December; Esplanade).
Tickets from Sistic
6. Splash @ Kidz Amaze
The opening of Singapore’s first indoor water playground is great news for water lovers, who can now splash about regardless of rain, lightning or haze. Punggol SAFRA’s new complex includes an Enchanted Deep Sea theme, interactive walls, five slides and birthday party rooms with direct access to the water fun.
SAFRA Punggol, 9 Sentul Crescent
Crazy about construction? Here, kids can operate a mini-excavator (no kidding!) and bring their ‘Bob the Builder’ dreams to life. Operate the excavator to pick up bricks and knock over metal bottles in the outdoors section, or scoop up colourful balls with a digger indoors. Parents can also operate the machinery (we foresee dads having just as much fun as little ones), and it’s great for helping kids develop fine motor skills, too!
Raintree Cove, 1020 East Coast Parkway #01-04
8. LilliPutt Mini Golf
This is a fun spot for the whole family, with 18 mini-golf holes modelled on Singapore landmarks – from the iconic Esplanade, to the much-loved hawker centre and the quirky Haw Par Villa. Look out for special effects too, such as the MRT train that takes off when your golf ball lands in a carriage!
902 East Coast Parkway, #03-05 Block B, Big Splash
9. Farmart Centre
Take a break from the city and get up close with farm animals at Farmart’s Animal Corner, where kids can learn about goats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, frogs and tortoises. There are also educational farm tours, animal feeding sessions, fresh farm produce on sale, prawning activities and hawker food available. Free entry.
67 Sungei Tengah Road
10. We Are the Furballs
If a pet puppy isn’t an option, the first dog petting café in Singapore is the place for young animal lovers to experience a pooch up close. Gentle and with relaxed temperaments, the six furry balls of happiness at the café – Duchess, Bui, Slinky, Lulu, Mochi and Yuki – are sure to put a smile on children’s faces. Note: Minimum age of entry is 10 years, and there are regulations regarding adult supervision.
#07-07 Bugis Plus, 201 Victoria Street