Best places to bring your kids to in Singapore
Introducing the top places around town you can bring the little people to, whether they’re princesses-in-waiting, budding scientists or if you just need them out of your hair
School holiday camps for kids
School's out and the holidays are here! Forget tuition – we show you how to educate your kids in the school of life
Best hotels and resorts for families
When it comes time for a family vacation, there’s no need to sacrifice style for comfort. Here are our picks for the best family-friendly hotels in town
Top 10 things to do for kids and families
Stumped for ideas to do as a family? We round up ten activities, including farm visits and skydiving
An exhibition introducing the weird and wonderful world of contemporary art to kids
Events and activities for kids
Singapore Science Festival
Budding scientists can explore the wonderful worlds of biology, physics and chemistry in events taking place across Singapore. The three-day X-periment! Carnival gives children a chance to see what goes on behind the scenes at universities, research institutions and companies, while Sidewalk Astronomy lets them peer into the night sky. The Science Buskers Festival showcases the skills of enthusiasts, and the STAR Lecture ($10) has a professor show the audience the extraordinary things they can do with a lightbulb, a telephone and a motor. Free unless otherwise stated. Various venues and times.
Flowery Fun Times
Characters and scenes from nursery rhymes come to life in Gardens by the Bay, where Mary and her Little Lamb, Humpty Dumpty, and Old MacDonald, among others, are dotted around fields of lupins, delphiniums and foxgloves.
ACT 3 Holiday Workshops
Catering to everyone from tots to teens, ACT 3 Drama Academy hopes to foster in them a love for the stage through a range of activities. Younger participants get to bond with their parents over storytelling and movement workshops, while older ones can take part in roleplaying, learn various character transformation techniques and even stage their own productions. See www.act3international.com.sg for details.
Masak Masak 2015
The annual festival returns to encourage kids to have fun while learning about our history – take your pick from playgrounds, interactive installations, performances, film screenings and other family-friendly activities. Suitable for children aged three to seven.
Child-friendly venues in Singapore
Singapore's first and only tree top adventure course offers a rope course built in the trees, with various obstacles such as ladders, swings, nets, trapezes and tunnels. There are separate courses for adults and kids.
Curly and Spike
Even kids are getting style-conscious these days. Encourage your child’s inner diva from an early age with a visit to Curly and Spike. Run by JWT Kids Gym, this kids-only hairdressers-cum-beautysalon not only trims wayward locks back into shape, but also offers manicures, pedicures and even massages (for all those stressed kids?) amidst a vivid and fun interior. Prices on request.
TOTT, or ‘Tools of the Trade’, is Singapore’s (and Asia’s) largest shop specialising in culinary related products, services and activities. This 36,000 sq ft venture houses a bistro, a cookbook corner, children’s play area, a ‘Bake & Go’ counter, a 12-counter cooking studio and a 64-seater demo studio. While supervisors assist children in baking 30-minute cakes, adults can peruse the goodies: from NordicWare and Jamie Oliver merchandise to private and corporate courses.
Playing police and thief in the yard is so 1985. If combat is what your tiny brave one seeks (and, let’s face it, who doesn’t want to play a shoot-‘em-up with friends), then Combat Skirmish is the laser tag boot camp worth attending.
Kidz Amaze, Toa Payoh
No, SAFRA is not just for army boys. SAFRA Jurong has an interactive three-storey play system that features one of the highest indoor spiral slides in Asia and – wait for it – mounted turrets that shoot foam balls ($396/20 children; $16.50-$36/additional child). If the birthday boy or girl prefers to crawl through tunnels, explore themed zones and solve puzzles, then SAFRA Toa Payoh has it all. Here, kids can learn something about the world we live in, so it’s both fun and educational (same price as SAFRA Jurong). And no worries if the birthday kid is just two months old. SAFRA Toa Payoh even has an Infant & Toddler Play Zone designed by early childhood experts for your tots to roll around in total safety.
Sentosa Palawan Beach Amphitheatre
This open-space holds daily animal shows