Interview: Doug McKeag
A pared-down 'Jack and the Beanstalk' with live music that puts a dark twist to a familiar children’s fable? We find out more from the artistic producer of Dandi Productions, the company behind the show
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
Events and activities for kids
What the Ladybird Heard
Based on the picture book by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks, this show invites little ones aged three and above to join a bunch of animals to prevent two robbers from stealing the farmer’s prize cow. Expect live music, puppetry and plenty of opportunities for the kids to get involved.
Sara Goes Gardening
Go on a guided tour with Sara the Botanicosaurus and her friends to learn about all the different plants at the garden, including aloe vera, lemongrass and garlic. Find out why they’re good for the body, and how to grow them at home. Register at www.nparks.gov.sg/events.
Budding IT pros learn video-game design, robotics, animation and digital art at this five-day technology and creativity camp run by the Children’s Technology Workshop. Don’t worry, its not all geeky fun. The kids will also get to run around away from the computer. How’s that for mind-body balance?
Art Boot Camp
Let your kids immerse themselves in creative fun as Art Boot Camp offers exciting art classes and unique vacation workshops of various themes.
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