While at the Shangri-La...
This indoor and outdoor play space doesn't come cheap but it's popular for its interactive elements and well-designed spaces (this is the Shangri-La after all). The little ones will have a blast making their way through everything from a sand pit, to going down slides and climbing nets, getting lost in ball pits and mazes, playing outside in the free-form pool or water play zone, or living out their pirate dreams climbing the very realistic pirate ship structure. Split into age-friendly areas: the Explorer Zone (ages 4 and above) and the Toddler Zone (ages 4 and under), there's something for everyone, including the parents, making this a great space for some quality family time.
Walking (and jumping) on air
They say everywhere can be a playground – that's certainly the case for Airzone, the world's first indoor suspended net playground. Occupying the mall atrium space between different floors in City Plaza Mall, be prepared to explore the multiple play areas where you can dive in a ball pit, crawl through a maze, climb to the top (it's six storeys high) and try out the slides or just hang out on the suspended nets.
If you're worried about the net breaking and disaster that may ensure, you don't have to. The nets are strong enough to hold two buses and there are safety nets everywhere so go on, take the big leap into the ball pit. And if all else fails, know that you've helped your kid to overcome any fear of heights he/she had.
Keep 'em curious, keep 'em artistic
It's not too young to introduce art to the kids. The Artground in Goodman Arts Centre offers many art-centric and art-related programmes that help nurture creativity and curiosity in children aged 12 and under.
Besides the actual playground aspect of it – think interactive art installations that the little ones can actually touch and climb – other activities kids can get involved in over the weekends are gardening, performing arts (music, dance/movement & drama) as well as arts & craft activities. Though it's open for a limited age group, parents can join in on the fun too. And because the installations change tri-annually, this can become a semi-regular outing.
Exploring in the great indoors
Let the young ’uns run riot at Cool De Sac ($12.80-$28.70), a spacious indoor playground in Suntec City. Suitable for kids aged six months to 12 years old, the playground is split into play stations that cater to different age groups and interests.
Budding sculptors will enjoy tinkering with the craft materials at the arts section, while the more active tykes can scale treehouses and tumble through tunnels at the main play area or if your tween insists on console games, they've got a few that work on hand and eye co-ordination. You can choose to explore the areas with your little ones, or just keep an eye on them while nursing a cuppa (or a cold beer) at the in-house café, Bistro Cool.
Personal transport, included
Themed around popular Korean animated series, Tayo The Little Bus, this indoor themed park in Downtown East is the first outside South Korea and covers 10,000-square-feet-space and has indoor playground areas, a toddler area for the younrg 'uns. a sensory play space, a mini road circuit and even a function room for parties.
Let the kids have a fun time zipping around on their own manual rides where they get to navigate the "roads" and the garage, car wash and gas pump kiosk for the little ones to zip around and pretend play in mini manual rides. Here, children will also get to learn various road signs and basic road safety rules, enabling them to better understand real-world situations in a fun and engaging environment.
Penguins and play go well together
For those in the dark, Pororo is an intrepid penguin (who dreams of flying) from a Korean cartoon – and this indoor theme park is dedicated to the character and his friends.
Let your children run amok here: they can hop on an actual train with Eddy the fox as he takes you on a tour through the grounds, peek into Pororo’s icy home and dive into a ball pit. And while the big kids can climb and duck through jungle gyms, tinier tots have a dedicated toddler’s area with foam mats and soft toys.
Indoor play with a side of creative thinking
Playeum has a nifty motto: 'They’ll change the world tomorrow. Let them play today.' And it's part children's museum and part play space. The centre hopes to spark creative thinking among kids aged one to 12, and is divided into four main spaces.
The Main Space, features movable foam objects and wooden toys, is mostly for toddlers, while the Play Maker Space is home to household and recycled items that older kids can use as materials to build their own toys. Who says indoor play can't be creative too?
Unleash your kids' inner tarzan
The main attraction of this jungle-themed indoor playground (from $22, free for babies below 12 months) is the four-wave slide, the highest of its kind standing at 8 metres tall. Another striking feature is the 10-metre high adventure climbing maze filled with long tunnels, suspension bridges, trampoline and obstacles, and its part of the main play area suitable for children aged three to 12 years old. Right beside the bistro, which serves full meals in addition to finger food, is the toddler area. And as expected, it’s filled with plenty of toys from foam blocks to the ubiquitous ball pit.
What sets Amazonia apart is its play rooms: glow-in-the-dark mini 9-hole mini golf course and spaceball shootout where you can engage in a friendly competition with your children. Additionally, Amazonia provides personalised party planning for children of all ages in their 4D party rooms.
Improving motor skills
New Zealand's indoor climbing theme park Clip 'n Climb has set up base at HomeTeamNS Tampines' space located at the refurbished Our Tampines Hub, a community and sports centre. You won't find any run-of-the-mill climbing stations here, though. Test your limits and scale over 19 colourful themed walls ($25/90 mins) that range from easy for the rookies to difficult for the more experienced. The best part? The park utilises an automatic belay system, which means you and your friends can climb the different walls at the same time without having to take turns belaying one another. But don’t let its quirky looks fool you, each station stands at 8 metres and are designed to be mentally challenging, featuring different types of grips and obstacles. Experience a twist in rock climbing at the Dry Ice wall where you’ll be given ‘ice picks’ – a pair of wooden sticks – to scale the structure and maneuver yourself to the top.
The fun doesn’t just end there. Once you’re done working on your upper body strength, regroup and hop over to Laser Quest for a 10-minute-long laser tag mission where participants can either team up or battle as single players ($14/mission).
Playground within a school
Go Go Bambini (from $15, free for babies below six months) is one of the oldest indoor playgrounds in town. But a recent overhaul under new owners includes lots of wood elements, high ceilings and glass for natural light to flood in. The spacious area includes mazes of tunnels to crawl through, a floor piano and rock-climbing foam walls, one of which even lets children jump right into a ball pit underneath. There’s also a separate toddler area where the little ones can play masak-masak and tumble around in their own mini ball pit.
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