Check out these fun places to keep the children entertained during the school holidays that don’t come with a heavy price tag – everything listed here costs around $30 or less, and plenty are free!
Art is brought to life with cutting-edge technology at the permanent Future World: Where Art Meets Science exhibition at the ArtScience Museum. You can transform your drawings into real-time 3D animations, and travel from Earth to the stars through the spectacular cosmos LED light display. Also, 16 June to 29 September 2019, a new exhibition, Floating Utopias, takes visitors into the wondrous ways in which inflatable objects have helped to shape our history.
6 Bayfront Avenue
Madame Tussauds Singapore
Originating in London, this popular wax museum features realistic figurines of everyone who’s anyone from all around the world. Why pay for thousands for dollars for a meet and greet when you can spend only $32 (adult, online purchase) to take unlimited pictures with your favourite celebs and more?
40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa
Trick Eye Museum Singapore
Fancy riding a unicorn? Or did you always want to be a ballerina but couldn’t get anywhere close to doing the splits? Don’t worry, this museum has got you covered! One of the most globally recognised optical illusion museums is now in Singapore, offering a range of six differently themed sections to satisfy all your Instagrammable illusion needs at $25 (per adult).
Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44
#2 Get hands-on with art
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 for Art Education 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
#3 See a show
Live theatre is a fabulous learning experience for kids, but it can cost a fortune. This one won’t, though: Us is a fun, laughter-filled musical exploring the story of how two girls’ friendship changes with the arrival of a new member. Tickets start at a comforting $20, available from Sistic.
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#4 Surround yourself with science
The Science Centre needs no introduction as a hot favourite with both kids and adults, but have you checked out the great new exhibits? A definite highlight is DinoQuest, which presents a journey through a world of paleontology. You’ll need a full day here (or buy an annual membership and drop in whenever you like) to fully take in the E-mmersive Experiential Environments, the daily fire tornado demonstration, and Omni Theatre, Southeast Asia’s first 8K 3D dome theatre, showcasing digital movies and live planetarium shows.
15 Science Centre Road
#5 Create 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
#6 Cool off at a water park
Splash @ Kidz Amaze
Singapore’s first indoor water playground lets kids splash about regardless of the rain, lightning, heat or haze outside. The Punggol SAFRA 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
Wild Wild Wet
A long-time local favourite, Wild Wild Wet boasts a dozen or more rides and activities that will ensure loads of fun for young and old. The water park is located in Pasir Ris, with plenty of great food in the vicinity, so you can easily sort some lunch or dinner. It’s easy on the wallet too, with adult tickets for $32 and children at $24 during peak hours; under-threes are free!
1 Pasir Ris Close
#7 Try a job for a day
Crazy about construction? Here, kids can operate a mini-excavator (no kidding!) and bring their ‘Bob the Builder’ dreams to life. Pick up bricks, knock over metal bottles in the outdoors section, or scoop up colourful balls with a digger indoors. Parents can also operate the machinery, and it’s great for helping kids develop fine motor skills, too!
Raintree Cove, 1020 East Coast Parkway, #01-04
Help your kids live their dream job for a day in this indoor edutainment centre, where anything, with enough passion, is possible. It holds a city filled with everyday jobs, where kids can learn through a hands-on experiences what it’s like to be in these workers’ shoes. Plus, this is the first KidZania in the world to boast a Boeing 737 full-wing fuselage, so it’s time to let the little pilots fly!
Palawan Kidz City
31 Beach View #01-01/02
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#8 Follow a sporty pursuit
Bowling is often a really good bonding activity that provokes fun and laughter. At Orchid Bowl, not only are the prices and 5 various locations convenient, but the fact that they take fun bowling to the next level with their rendition of Cosmic Bowling just at $5.50 per game or $28 per hour during peak season. (non-SAFRA clubs)
1 Tampines Walk Our Tampines Hub
#B1-50 Singapore 528523
You don’t have to fly for hours overseas just to experience the thrill of skating on ice. You can do it here in Singapore! There are a couple of well-known rinks for everyone to have their blast of the cold stuff – so, get your gloves and shimmer on and get ready to glide through the holidays.
Priced at only $17 for a first session for kids older than three years and below 110cm in height, this indoor trampoline park is well known for its adrenaline-fused fun and bonding. Not only will your kids be thankful for bringing them here, but you’ll plenty of other parents enjoying themselves too.
8 Grange Road, #09-01 Cineleisure
#10 Try out an escape room
If you’re looking for some bonding time with family and friends, and an activity that gets your creative and intellectual juices flowing, escape rooms have grown in popularity over the past few years in Singapore, with more and more outlets popping up across the island. One well-loved game is Kung Fu Panda X: Revenge of Tai Lung by Xcape. Standard admission is $22 to $32, Mondays to Fridays before 6pm.
161 Rochor Road, Bugis Village
#11 Sample some snow
Many people love Singapore for its tropical heat, but it can get a little too much! If you’re hoping to have a shiver, head to Snow City! This is the island’s first permanent indoor snow chamber, and a must-visit for its educational aspects and games to keep you and the kids busy and entertained. It’s in the Science Centre, so you can combine the two attractions into one great day out.
21 Jurong Town Hall Road
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#12 Lean into a luge
If you’re an adrenaline-seeking family, here’s one activity that will tick a big box. Located on Sentosa, the Skyline Luge & Skyride is a great way to get an amazing view of the whole island from a bird’s eye viewpoint, followed by a gravity-driven ride down a tracked hill.
1 Imbiah Road | 45 Siloso Beach Walk
#13 Find a farm
Take a break from the city and get up close with the animals at Farmart’s Animal Corner. Kids can learn about goats, rabbits, hamsters, birds, frogs and tortoises, and there are also educational farm tours, animal feeding sessions, fresh farm produce on sale, prawning activities and hawker food for sale. Only the latter will cost anything; the rest is free!
#14 Roam with the animals
Best known for its rustic kampong style, The Animal Resort is a family-run gem located in an isolated part of Singapore, so it’s a great getaway from the busy city. It also lets visitors get up-close and personal with the animals – everything from cassowaries to horses and guinea pigs –who are mostly free to roam about. It’s a wonderfully traditional experience in such a modernised country, and with no entrance fee to boot!
81 Seletar West Farmway 5
#15 Pat a puppy or a kitty at a café
We Are the Furballs
If a pet puppy isn’t an option, the first dog-patting café in Singapore is a 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
The Cat Cafe
Love cats? At The Cat Café, you can bring your own kitty to play with the other animals while you enjoy a coffee, or let your kids enjoy interacting with other furry friends they find there. Expect to find a cute kitten crawling up your leg and begging for attention at some point! Note: children must be aged above six to enter.
241B Victoria Street
#16 Wander through an animal park
Butterfly Park & Insect Kingdom
For lovers of our creepy-crawling neighbours, this is just the spot to learn and get a real authentic experience. Established in 1983, the insect paradise will treat you like a real visitor to the wild with a multi-sensory rainforest experience – and bugs and butterflies galore.
#17 Wildlife Reserves Singapore Park
Did you know that Singapore has four different animal parks under the Wildlife Reserves Singapore organisation – not just the Zoo? Even better: two of these parks cost no more than $35 per adult ticket! That’s right, for $30 you can see the huge range of exotic winged creatures in Asia’s largest bird park, Jurong Bird Park, and for $34 you can witness amazing freshwater ecosystems, and one of the largest collections of its kind in the world, at the first and only River Safari in Asia.
2 Jurong Hill & 80 Mandai Lake Road
#18 Go for a gallop
Unlike most horse riding centres, Gallop Stable focuses on giving retired racehorses a new home, allowing every horse a chance at leading a happy life. They currently have two locations, one at Pasir Ris Park and another at Bukit Timah, and hold riding classes or just feeding sessions for anyone who’s willing to care for the horses.
100 Turf Club Road & Carpark C 61 Pasir Ris Green
#19 Make time for a turtle
Started by a father-daughter duo trying to showcase their Guinness Book-worthy collection of reptiles, The Live Turtle and Tortoise Museum of Singapore features beautiful beasts like the Golden Terrapin and the Six Legged Tortoise, with tickets just $14 per adult and $10 per child for non-residents. The museum has a rescue and rehabilitation programme too.
81 Lor Chencharu #01-16 ORTO
#20 Explore Singapore’s parks and islands
This small island boasts over 350 parks and four nature reserves, so you’ll never run out of greenery to spend your family time in. Picnics, cycling, in-line skating, barbecuing, or even just strolling and talking – these are just some of options in these fun-filled green spaces, with each of them having their own quirks. Below are some of the more popular spots to explore.
East Coast Park | MacRitchie Reservoir | Pulau Ubin