Planning a day out for teens or younger kids, but not sure where to go? There are plenty of outdoor activities in Singapore – and when it’s raining or too hot they can head for indoor fun – adults will enjoy them too! From a high-energy trampoline park and a VR experience to ice-skating and board game cafés, here’s some of the best places to have fun!
Take the leap
If you’ve got a brave teen or two at home, take them for a day out at AJ Hackett Sentosa. Located at Siloso Beach, the site has Singapore’s first and only Bungy Jump Tower. If a leap from the 47-metre tower isn’t enough to get your adrenaline pumping, take a thrilling ride on the Giant Swing – you’ll reach speeds of up to 120km/h! For those non-thrill seekers, they can enjoy the view of the beach on the Skybridge, with see-through sections at 47 metres off the ground.
After all that, take a break at the alfresco dining area (open from 11am), which serves a variety of coastal-inspired cuisine, plus, for the parents, ice cold beers and refreshing signature cocktails. Sink into one of the comfy cabanas or daybeds while enjoying the beachfront view. Enjoy great tunes on weekends where there’ll be a DJ spinning tunes from 1pm. If you’re celebrating a birthday, you can also hire out the area for a party with customised BBQ buffets and free-flow beverage packages.
Jump and jam!
In the heart of Orchard, indoor adventure park BOUNCE has a range of exciting trampoline zones, including the Free Jump Arena, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, Big Bag and Performance Area. The space is also home to X-Park, Asia’s first Ninja-Warrior-like obstacle course. Adults and teens alike will love climbing, jumping, running and zipping through this diverse course that offers various levels of difficulty. Also, join the Saturday Night Jams (7pm to 10pm) and rock out to club-style beats as you tackle the courses. If that’s not enough, adrenaline junkies can test their limits by jumping from a height of five metres at the Leap of Faith! (Tickets $5.)
Psst… Take advantage of the “1, 2, FREE!” promotion that runs until 14 July 2019; book two jump sessions and enjoy a free session on your third visit. Tramp Camps will also be on from June to August (ages three and above). The three-day camp (three hours a day) includes a go at the Leap of Faith.
Climb among the trees
Big and little kids alike will enjoy a trip to Forest Adventure at Bedok Reservoir Park. The family-friendly treetop obstacle course has three courses catering to different ages and heights. If you’re bringing your tweens and teens along, you’ll be glad to know that the facility is designed to offer the older ones greater independence. They’ll be able to navigate most of the course on their own, without Mum and Dad! Those looking for a more thrilling experience can satisfy their thirst for adventure at the Grand Course, which has 44 different obstacles, three zip-lines over water, higher platforms and an impressive Tarzan swing. If that’s not enough to keep you and your teens’ hearts pumping, there’s also the Big Zip, an exhilarating 300-metre zip-line that takes riders flying over the waters of the reservoir. The park is open daily except on Mondays (unless it’s a public holiday), from 9.30am to 6.30pm.
Snag a deal! Entry costs just $39 on Tuesdays and $40 for students on weekdays (excluding public holidays).
Discover a virtual world
A great activity for teens and adults, Sandbox VR offers an immersive virtual reality experience. You’ll go on thrilling missions in fantastical worlds, from fighting zombies in a haunted mansion and tracking down lost treasure on a pirate ship to transporting yourself to the future and defending Earth from an enemy invasion. The centre offers the latest in VR gadgets, including cool haptic suits and full-body motion-capture technology. Each game lasts an hour, and begins with 15 minutes of training and setup, followed by 30 minutes in VR. After the game ends, there’ll be a 15-minute debrief where you’ll be able to view video footage from your experience. In addition, the link to the video will be sent to you so you can view it at your convenience and share it with others after you leave. There are also fun photo-taking props in the lobby to use before and after the game.
Entry is $32 before 6pm on weekdays, $42 after 6pm from Monday to Thursday, and $45 after 6pm on Friday, weekends and public holidays.
Go on a winter adventure
Yes, you can experience snow in the tropics – at Snow City Singapore. Aside from tubing and snow play, you can also try skiing and snowboarding in this winter wonderland. Learners can enrol in the Ski/Snowboard Fun Start Introductory Programme, where you’ll learn the basics from internationally certified instructors from the SportQuest Snowsports Academy; lessons can be taken privately or in a group. More good news: you won’t need to lug along your winter wear as jackets, pants and gloves are provided. So suit up and take to the slopes!
Psst… If you are someone who likes to take challenges to new heights, head over to The Cliff (this one is located outdoors!). Enjoy the thrill and excitement of scaling its towering 15-metre walls. From simple routes to more technical climbs, there’s something for everyone. Challenge yourself physically and mentally while building confidence and resilience – and be sure to book in advance to secure a spot.
Relive your childhood
Head to the arcade for a walk down memory lane. Get your hands on the wheel of an exhilarating racing game, take out the targets in a fast-and-furious shooting game, and don’t miss out on other old-school favourites like air hockey, basketball and that exasperating claw machine. There are also video game cafés such as Play Nation and St Games Café, where you cosy up on a sofa for a session of console games (Wii, PlayStation, X-box, you name it), from the likes of Super Mario to Guitar Hero.
Give your brain a workout
We’re pretty sure you’ll have heard of the Escape Room concept, in which you and your friends or your team find yourselves trapped in a room with a series of puzzles to solve and goals to complete. There are various game themes to choose from – such as zombies, Halloween and even Avengers – at many outlets across Singapore, including Roomraider SG, Trapped Escape Room Singapore and Xcape Singapore.
Glide and twirl
Are you always in awe of those elegant ice skaters at the Winter Olympics? Give it a shot yourself at one of Singapore’s two ice-skating rinks, Kallang Ice World and The Rink at JCube. If you’re serious about making it a hobby, sign up for lessons with a certified skating coach; you can choose to have one-on-one lessons or learn in a group.
Sing your lungs out
An old stalwart of indoor entertainment, karaoke is alive and well in Singapore, with venues like Manekineko, Voice Booth and more offering a huge selection of songs in different languages – you’re sure to find at least one favourite tune. With comfy sofas and finger snacks, you’ll be all set for the afternoon or evening; and don’t forget to keep those throats hydrated.
Don’t get bored – get a board!
For some R&R, why not head to a board-game café? There are several cafes of this kind in Singapore (including Settlers’ Café , The Mind Café and Battle Bunker), with hundreds of board games to choose from. Don’t fret if some are new to you – just ask the staff to give you an explanation or lesson! From silly games such as Pop-up Pirate and Ugly Doll to strategy-based games like Pandemic and Jenga, there’s something for everyone.
Who doesn’t love a game of laser tag? Strap on a vest, pick up your gun and get your game face on as you hunt down your opponents in the arena. Most laser-tag arenas offer various missions, either as individuals or in a group. Scores are updated live and can be seen on a scoring board after the session. Popular places include Laser Quest at HomeTeamNS at Bukit Batok and Tampines as well as LaserOPS.
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