The earlier the kids learn to swim, the better. AquaDucks is Singapore’s pioneer infant swimming school, with programmes adapted from a mix of European, USA, and Australian teaching techniques. The school prides itself on being child-centric, providing a safe and fun environment to build your child’s confidence in the water. Parent-child interaction is emphasised and you’re encouraged to be the personal coach, under the supervision of swimming instructors. The programme is divided into six levels to encourage children to reach the next milestone.
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After admiring animals in their respective enclosures, bring the kids to Rainforest Kidzworld in the Singapore Zoo where they can interact with the animals – that means actual touching of furry critters is allowed! Get to meet bunnies, goats, ferrets, guinea pigs, mini pigs, falabellas (that’s miniature horses for you) and rats. On top of consorting with the animals, young ’uns can also have a splashing time at the pool so be sure to pack some bathers.
A quaint bookshop that specialises in picture books, Woods in the Books is a literary wonderland for the curious ones. It offers a feast of pictorial treasures including classics like Goodnight Moon and Where the Wild Things Are, pop-up versions of The Little Prince and a wide selection of activity and colouring books. Bring your tots to a reading session at the store. They occur regularly so try your luck! You could be grooming Singapore’s next literary genius.
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The best part about The Better Toy Store is that it stocks toys for kids as young as three months all the way to teens – plus it even has a modest selection of collectibles and limited edition teddy bears for adults. That’s right, no one is too old for toys. For the toddlers, it is good to have toys that engage and build, rather than fragment, a child’s attention span. With that in mind, this chain stocks a huge array of toys selected for their play value, functional design and impact on the environment.
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Opening from June 15, the new massive indoor playground at Marina Square is an interactive play space for children 12 and below. Kiztopia offers an environment where kids can play and learn valuable skills as well. Let them loose at the bouncy castles and trampoline arena, pick up cooking, driving and more at the role playrooms and even bring home the goodies they have made in the kitchen.
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At some point, you have to take your kids out for a meal, so why not order comforting treats at this Aussie-inspired restaurant? The young ’uns can dig into stacks of pancakes with fresh berries and maple syrup, or French toast with honey at this cosy nook in the west. Kids eat free with every main course ordered on Mondays. But first: let them jump around the bouncy castle from 3pm, or let their creative juices flow at the arts and crafts corner from 5pm to 8pm.
Let the kids try the grown-up world for size and fake it – hopefully – until they make it. Featuring scaled down ‘real-world’ venues, the edutainment centre allows kidults to run the city and test out career paths such as firefighters, dentists and radio broadcasters.
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Encourage the kids to aim high at this kid-friendly obstacle course. Designed for those between five to nine years old, your mini adrenaline junkies can go ham on 22 crossings including zip-lines, ladders, swings, nets, and tunnels. Parents, don’t sweat – as safety is a priority, briefings are conducted once your kids are strapped in the harness prior to taking on the challenge.
This Olympic-sized rink maintains its frosty temperatures all year round, making it the perfect spot for some fun away from the sun. Aspiring figure skaters, ice hockey players and rookies can learn the basics of gliding and turning. There are also adorable ice skating aids in the form of penguins and seals for the extra confidence boost.
Unlike other book cafes, Huggs-Epigram only stocks Singapore reads: books about our country, and books written and published by Singaporean authors and publishers. The café, Huggs Coffee, serves espresso-based and local-style cuppas plus light bites like sandwiches and cakes.
Keep cool in Singapore’s sweltering weather by riding the waves at Wave House Sentosa. The lads and lasses can show off cool surfing tricks, improve bodyboarding techniques or take this opportunity to master the art of flowboarding – a hybrid board sport combining surfing, skateboarding and wakeboarding – on rides like the Flowbarrel and Double Flowrider.
Let your teens get a headstart at driving their first car – well, almost – when they go-kart on fun circuits at this racing arena. It has different experiences on offer, such as casual Fun Karting sessions and Grand Prix competitive group races that follow the F1 race format. As they bolt through the combination of tight corners, 90-degree turns, overtaking points, and long sweepers, they’re sure to feel the rush of a car racer. Hello, future Lewis Hamilton.
This one’s a no-brainer. Beat the summer boredom at Universal Studios Singapore. With so many rides and attractions across the park’s seven themed zones, teens can get their heart rates pumping on thrilling rides like the Battlestar Galactica: Human vs Cyclone. Don’t miss meet and greet opportunities with characters such as Marilyn Monroe and Transformers’ Bumblebee. Its all-new Universal After Hours programme offers a line-up of after-dark activities such as the Hollywood Dreams Light-Up Parade and a fireworks display.
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The superhero trend is still going strong, especially with the recent release of Avengers: Endgame. If your teen is a fan of all things superhero – whether it’s Marvel or DC – hop on the bandwagon with a trip to the DC Comics-themed cafe at Marina Bay Sands. It houses life-size statues of DC superheroes like Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman, and has comic book-inspired menus featuring superhero-themed dishes, like The Dark Knight Burger ($30.90), Smallville Schnitzel Chicken Burger ($23), Harley Quinn Fruity Yogurt Freakshake ($19.90) and Match Lantern Milkshake ($11.90), to feast on within themed seating booths.
There isn’t a moment of stillness at Bounce Singapore, where you can jump off walls and fly through the air. This addition to the trampoline scene has three areas designed for different interests and various levels of difficulty, so young tots, older teens, adults and even fitness enthusiasts are catered for. Got a pre-schooler in the house? Specifically designed for kids aged three to five, KinderGym is equipped with a safe, multi-sensory environment to give them their jumping fix.
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Surrounded by the lush greens of Gardens by the Bay, this outdoor playground has one mission in mind: to get everybody drenched. There are water tunnels, stepping springs and various jets your pint-sized terrors – or your mischievous side – can use to hose everyone else down. Even toddlers can get in on the aquatic action, with a safe play zone you’ll feel comfortable letting them roam around in.
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Marina Barrage attracts couples and families all year round thanks to its breathtaking 360-degree view of the bay area. Pack a picnic basket and a kite for some family fun. Don't have one? Browse through the cavalcade of colourful creations at the shop on the grounds. Then, help your kid unleash his or her kite into the air and let it sail in the bay's gusty winds.
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Elevate your tiny bookworms' reading experience by bringing them to engaging storytelling sessions regularly held at public libraries in Singapore, except for library@chinatown and library@esplanade. Children of various age groups, as well as parents, are invited to journey through the exciting adventures of Little Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, Jack and the Beanstalk and more.
Also, check out the spankin' new library@Harbourfront where there is a dedicated children's zone for young readers to learn through technology with the first-ever makerspace for those aged three to nine. The kids can also see stories come to life via the augmented reality books.
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Siloso Beach is a hive of activity with numerous beach clubs and an array of watersports options that simply exudes good summer vibes. And you can enjoy some fun under the sun without spending a dime here. Help your little beach bums with sunscreen application and watch them unleash their imagination in sandcastle building, splash around in the sea (with your guidance, of course) and play a friendly game of beach volleyball.
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This peaceful park offers four unique themes with something in-store for visitors of all ages. The Nature Cove features a picturesque view of the waterway, with areas for families to spend lazy Sundays on the grass. At the Recreation Zone, little ones can let loose with activities like water play and sand play, while the rest of the family gets a workout at the fitness corner.
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Escape to the countryside with the fam. At Kranji Countryside, kids can watch goats getting milked and even feed, erm, other kids at Hay Dairies, see vegetables being harvested and grown at Quan Fa Organic Farm, get schooled on organic produce at Bollywood Veggies, and more.
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Parents, relive your childhood and bask in nostalgia while introducing your kids to time-honoured characters like Tintin and Popeye at this private museum showcasing a collection of over 50,000 pieces of vintage toys. With rare, one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 40 countries – some of which date back to the mid-1800s – it’s easy to get caught up in past in this five-story shrine to toys.
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This 3,500sqft playground is home to all manners of swings and slides. Older kids can take on wobbly net climbing courses at a three-storey play structure aptly modeled after a lighthouse. For those with toddlers in tow, steer them over to the merry-go-round and grass maze.
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One for the kids – make a splash at this indoor water playground (from $8, free for babies below 18 months) that stretches out to 23,000 square feet. It has five slides and eight play decks, all interconnected by climbing structures. Big buckets of water topple at random over a few areas, so expect most children to cluster around that splash pad to get dunked. You probably don’t want to leave your toddler under that waterfall. Head instead to a separate wading area, specially for those aged 18 to 36 months, where water jets gently spray streams at you.
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The stunning lotus-shaped building is an iconic landmark in the Singapore skyline and also a place where art, science, culture and technology come together. Take your kids on an artistic adventure at the museum's permanent exhibition, Future World – Where Art Meets Science. Together with digital art installations by teamLab, a trip here will light up your kids’ creative bulb where they can watch their 2D crayon creation transform into animations, create thrones out of colour-changing blocks, and go down an interactive slide.
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Be blown away, or in this case, up, by this wind tunnel which gives the thrilling sensation of skydiving without having to jump out of a plane. Under the watchful eye of iFly's team of pros, kids can have a ball pretending to be Superman.
Saddle up – horse riding isn’t just for trust fund babies or polo players. Learning to ride at Gallop Stables starts from as little as $65 (per 30-minute session). The little ones can enjoy a 20-minute pony ride ($45) which is suitable for three years and up. Alternatively, opt to go on a supervised riding for an hour ($85) on the Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring.
Escape the hot and humid Singapore weather to experience the cold and snow at Snow City. Gather the family and dress up in matching winter gear – don't worry, these are available for rent – and stomp around in the snow. Slide down a 60m snow slope, take photos with life-sized snow sculptures in the artic playground or get toasty in an igloo home.
Events to keep 'em entertained
Take the kiddos on an art adventure through National Gallery Singapore. This year’s Children’s Biennale features 11 interactive artworks by local and international artists. Let your little hitmakers create their very own tunes at Chance Operations or embark on an experiential journey across time and space at Stardust: Soaring Through the Sky’s Embrace.
Go down the rabbit hole and enter the whimsical world of Alice in Wonderland from now until September 22. Suitable for curious creatures of all ages, the exhibition showcases the evolution of Lewis Caroll’s beloved characters throughout the years in various mediums. Further explore the space with hands-on activities, bespoke digital activities and more
Feast your eyes on a visual treat at the ArtScience Museum. Titled Floating Utopias, this playful yet poetic exhibition explores the history of inflatable objects, showcasing the effects they have on art, architecture and social activism over the decades after the first hot air balloon took off. There are also kid-friendly activities for your mini artists to get creative.
From now till August 31, travel back in time to the Cretaceous period and solve the mystery behind the elusive Australian polar dinosaurs. Get your little paleontologist started at seven thematic, multi-sensorial zones that explain the science of fossilisation. Engage with everything from holographic mapping to augmented and virtual reality environments.
Perfect for the whole family, delve further into Singapore’s past with a two-part showcase at the historic Fort Canning Park. Time Traveller is a cinematic experience that takes you through 700 years of history with five multimedia shows. While Pathfinder is a free-and-easy experience that presents Singapore’s journey from past to present through eight interactive pavilions and installations.
Strap in for a magic carpet ride to a whole new world with this hit Broadway musical. It’s a chest full of catchy songs from the Disney classic, fourth-wall-breaking humour, glittering costumes, and lavish sets to recreate the fantasy city of Agrabah. There's no doubt it's going to be shining, shimmering, splendid.