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Birthday party venues for kids

You know what’s better than being the birthday kid? Being the birthday kid at these party venues, says Will Chin


For the pint-sized Indiana Jones: Forest Adventure

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Don a fedora and crack the bullwhip! If your child is an aspiring Indiana Jones who craves for adventures in the great outdoors, then Forest Adventure may be the place to hold the ultimate birthday party. With 16 obstacles – a few at high altitudes – the Kids Course ($865/30 children; $40/additional child) ends with an exhilarating whiz down a zip line that sends kids straight to the party. The package even comes with 20 themes to choose from, a birthday cake, two instructors and a t-shirt for the birthday kid who survives the adventure of a lifetime. Rare archeological treasures not included.


For the little Miranda Kerr: Curly and Spike Store

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Every child wants to look and feel special on his or her birthday. Touted as the hippest styling salon in town for your little ones, Curly & Spike Store promises to glam your child up to become the next superstar on the red carpet. Of course, other kids can join in the fun, too. The salon will hold pampering parties – think manicure, pedicure and makeover sessions – complete with posh photoshoots to show off their cool new looks ($650/ten children; $30/additional child). If a more princess-y look is desired, Curly & Spike’s two stylists can also give her the royalty treatment. Now here is the VIP pass even the parents do not want to miss.

Combat Skirmish

For the aspiring Arnie: Combat Skirmish

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. The package ($600/18 children; $35/additional child) includes one hour of combat mayhem in the Indoor Maze/Tunnel, face painting and party souvenirs. The birthday kid will get a custom-made Combat Skirmish ID Tag because, hey, every good soldier needs one. The best part about Combat Skirmish is that you don’t even need to head down to Sentosa for the ultimate birthday shootout. Hold the party at your condominium’s playground and they will bring the battle to you.

ToTT Bake&Go Birthday Package
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For the future Jamie Oliver: ToTT

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Buying a cake is convenient, yes, but where’s the fun in that? Over at ToTT, birthday parties are all about making your own cookies, cupcakes and, if the birthday kid so desires, pizzas. The Bake&Go Birthday Package ($32/child; minimum six kids) comes with birthday banners, goodie bags, invitation cards and the all-important toques for the kids. Supersize things to the LiL’ ToTT Hands-On Baking and Cooking Party package ($55/child; minimum 16 kids) and the menu will include everything from homemade burgers to molten chocolate lava cakes. Professional chefs from ToTT will even be on standby to turn the kids into the next Junior MasterChefs.

Kids, Playgrounds

For the petite Dora the Explorer: Kidz Amaze

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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.