Let the little ones climb to their hearts’ content at this multi-activity play centre. A range of rock walls are available, including two speed-climbing auto-belaying walls. Those as young as five can try to balance on the two-storey indoor high elements obstacle course, with the help of a parent, who are encouraged to climb with their younger kids. But the highlight at Let ’em Play is Singapore’s first augmented reality rock climbing wall. Challenge another player to hit as many bats as possible, climb a set route or pass a ball back and forth – all while hanging onto the wall, of course.
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. 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.
Nope, that’s not a bird or a plane. It’s just a bunch of children flying through the foliage of Bedok Reservoir Park in one of Forest Adventure’s three courses.
The Kid’s Course ($34/hour), for those aged five to ten years old – and at least 1.1 metres tall – features 16 aerial obstacle crossings before finishing with a 15-metre flying fox all the way down. For toddlers under four, there are trapezes, balancing beams and a spider net to navigate in the Mini Course ($15/three rounds). And adventurous kids ten and up are allowed on the Grand Course ($46/adult, $43/below 18), which packs in 35 ‘stages’ and four flying foxes – across water, no less – found 6 metres off the ground.
And fear not, parents: kids will be connected to a continuous safety line throughout the course and will not be disconnected until they’ve reached the end. While you aren’t allowed on the Mini Course, it has a raised platform for you to be nearer to your nervous tots.
Sixty kilometres-per-hour, 75 metres up and 450 metres long. MegaZip ($32/Singaporeans and PRs, $39.90/non-residents) is one of the longest and steepest zip lines – and probably fastest – in the region. While there is no minimum age to take the plunge, children need to be at least 0.9 metres tall – and they’ll still have to take flight in tandem with an adult. The reward? A breathtaking view of Siloso Beach.
Kids taller than 1.2 metres can navigate their way through ClimbMax ($39), a high-ropes course amid eucalpytus trees. There are three levels of difficulty, each with a dozen obstacles, to pick from – they range from 5 to 15 metres above ground.
Beat the heat at this indoor playground (from $9, free for infants below 12 months). The main attraction is the Adventure Highlands ($5.50/circuit), a rope course with a suspension bridge that puts your kids’ concentration, balance and nerves to the test. The lower course is designed for those below 1.1 metres – parents can walk beside them – while the upper level is for everyone else, adults included. And children above five and adults interested in rock climbing can scale The Cliff to improve their agility and hand-eye coordination, no prior experience needed.
It’s not just all about the older kids, though. There’s also a ball pool with orbs that light up in a kaleidoscope of colours and a ‘kinetic sand play area’ where toddlers build their own simple sculptures.
This edutainment centre (entry from $5) uses hands-on activities and facilities to introduce the wild world of science to those aged 18 months to eight. And, as you’d probably guess by now, gravity’s a big part of it.
Enter The Big Dream Climber. This fantastical two-storey-high wall features elements plucked from the mind of the Mad Hatter: hanging doors, flying fish, giant gears and huge leaves greet kids at every corner. And if they manage to scale the wall, they’ll arrive at the Music Zone, where they can go nuts on drums and organs, constructed from PVC pipes.
Chalk up brownie points with your kids by celebrating birthdays with an adventure party. And at this SAFRA centre, you’ll have a 15-metre-high, 400-metre-long sky walk – don’t worry, there are safety instructors and all the necessary equipment on hand – to take things to the next level. Literally.
There are indoor bouldering gyms, rock climbing walls and a laser tag facility to lose yourself in. Walk-ins aren’t accepted, though – you’ll have to make an advance booking, and there’s a minimum group size of 15 ($588.90/group).
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Sure, the Singapore Botanic Gardens is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and all that. But as much as we’re proud of that fact, there are scores more public parks in this ‘City in a Garden’ that are perfect for unleashing the little ones in.
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We pick out five joints to take the little ones to – without expecting a tantrum in return