Running out of things to do with little ones at home? We get it: there’s only so much dress-ups, furniture cubby-houses and hide-and-seek in bedroom cupboards that you can deal with. You’ll be glad to know that there are loads of great things to do with kids in Singapore. Why not bundle them up and take them for a fun day out at one of these kid-friendly spots around Singapore instead? We’ve got indoor and outdoor options alike, so you’re all set, whatever the weather!
If you have young ones to entertain, BOUNCE Singapore is a popular trampoline park located on Orchard Road. Children can look forward to plenty of indoor adventures, with fun trampoline zones including the Free Jump Arena, Dodgeball, Slam Dunk, Big Bag and Performance Area. Older ones who like a challenge will have a blast at X-Park, the thrilling Ninja Warrior-style obstacle course. Let your kiddos burn off all that excess energy while climbing, running and jumping as they tackle the obstacles and learn fancy new jump tricks on the trampolines. The park also hosts parties for all ages, and has just launched a new freestyle party concept, with packages that include one hour of jump time and a party host who can share some fancy bouncing skills. There are yummy kid-friendly eats, too, such as mac and cheese, pizza and chicken nuggets.
Psst… Take advantage of the Student Special and enjoy discounted sessions on weekdays – the first hour is $19 and subsequent hours are $14 (Usually $21 and $16 respectively). Also, complete 10 tricks from the freestyle tips card and redeem a discount voucher for your next visit.
Enjoy a fun day-out at Forest Adventure, an exciting treetop obstacle course at Bedok Reservoir Park. Kids can take on three courses to suit different ages and heights, and the facility is designed to offer the older ones greater independence; tweens and teens can enjoy the courses without adults! For younger ones, the Kids Course (ages 5 to 10 years) is a good place to start. It takes about an hour to complete and includes zooming down two zip-lines. Instructors are on the course to help out with the first few crossings if needed. Slightly more challenging, the Junior Course has 26 obstacles and two zip-lines; those under 10 will need a companion over 14 years of age. When the kids are warmed up and confident, they can head to the thrilling and more extensive Grand Course, which has three zip-lines, more crossings, higher platforms and a fun Tarzan swing to check out.
Psst… If you have a brave little one in your brood, they can tackle the Big Zip, an exhilarating 300-metre zip-line that’ll takes them over the waters of the reservoir.
Little Artists Art Studio
Got a talented young one at home? Through Little Artists Art Studio, children can exhibit their artworks at prestigious venues, such as the National Gallery Singapore, The Arts House at Old Parliament and the Visual Arts Centre. The studio brings to life the dreams of cosmopolitan young art lovers by teaching fine arts to budding artists aged 2.5 to 17 years (there are adults’ programs too). Mediums include painting, sketching, sculpture, digital media and photography. Whether your child’s aspiration is to be a fashion designer, architect or the next Picasso, the studio has over 20 years of experience in helping students enter top schools and institutes around the world. The comprehensive program ranges from Little Blossoms, which begins with the basics, to Budding Artists where kids expand their range into oil painting. Teachers guide students at their own pace to the point where they can take on public platforms and speak confidently about their work and processes, and know the history and techniques that inspired the Masters and themselves.
Psst… Courses range from $120 to $200 per month and all materials are provided.
Enrol the kids in one of the fun cooking classes or camps at Expat Kitchen for an opportunity to get hands-on in the kitchen, learning how to chop, mix, measure and even learning about food handling and hygiene. The cooking studio offers various programmes: themed seasonal baking classes, holiday camps and birthday parties. Holiday camps (for ages 5 to 11) are held twice a year (June and July, November and December). At these camps, children will get to make two delicious dishes – one sweet, one savoury and a thirst quencher. After all their hard work, they’ll get to enjoy their homemade creations. During special occasions such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas, sign the kids up for an interactive class (ages 4 to 8) where they’ll whip up yummy treats such as Easter bunny cupcakes and spooky spider cookies. For birthdays, kids will have a blast at the cupcake and crafting party (age 4 to 8) or mini master chef party (ages 9 to 13).
Get the little ones away from the screens and gadgets and head to Laser Quest for a fun afternoon. Little ones (aged eight and above) will enjoy the game arena that features cool lighting and effects – even the adults will have a blast! The gameplay is straightforward: you can play solo or in teams. Just strap on your combat vest, pick up your laser gun and be ready to battle. Once you begin, a game marshal will roam round to ensure that everyone is playing safely and fairly and having a good time. Besides the fun of shooting lasers and running about freely, the game will also have your kids using their thinking skills and reflexes as they navigate the arena. The venue is clearly a great spot to hold a party, too, and you can customise your celebration to your group, with various fun team mission themes on offer.
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Clip ’n Climb
For a fun indoor workout, take your young ones to Clip ’n Climb at HomeTeamNS Tampines. Featuring colourful climbing walls and themes, the park has 19 different walls to try out, each with a fun theme to experience. Kids will be delighted at the graphics, as they scale “ice walls”, battle “aliens” and go on a wobbly trip to “Spaghetti Junction” where they’ll come across trailing ropes. The park offers walls with different difficulty, ages and levels (minimum body weight: 10kg), so it’s a perfect spot for the whole family. You’ll be glad to know that safety is a top priority here, too; the walls are equipped with TruBlue automatic belay systems that use magnetic braking technology, ensuring that all climbers have a safe and controlled descent.
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S.E.A. Aquarium recently launched a revamped version of its popular Ocean Dreams sleepover programme. Kids aged six and above and their parents can look forward to fresh new offerings and after-hour activities. These include a guided tour, interactive activities and a behind-the-scenes look at the Open Ocean Habitat. Once night falls, witness the unique nocturnal habits of the aquarium’s creatures such as the blue-barred parrotfish, which secretes mucus to spin a cocoon to retreat into. A new edition is Manta Moments, an underwater presentation that features feeding rays and interacting with aquarists. As for sleeping arrangements, enjoy cosy tents with stunning views of the Open Ocean Habitat. The two-day-one-night programme goes at $158 for adults and $138 for children and senior citizens.