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The best things to do with kids in Singapore

Keep ’em tots, tykes and teens sharp and active with exciting events, activities and other things to do in Singapore

Written by
Cam Khalid
,
Delfina Utomo
&
Jayme Chong
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Had your breakfast this morning? Great, because you’re going to need all that energy to get you through the high-octane activities Singapore has in-store for the toddlers, pre-teens and teens. No matter what your kids are into – be it the arts, science, or sports – keep your pint-sized posse occupied with heaps of physical challenges, cool exhibitions and some edutainment fun. Plus, we believe that the school holidays should be used for exploration and the creation of fond family memories. Here are some of the best activities around town to do just that.

RECOMMENDED: The best kid-friendly events to check out during the school holidays and the best hiking trails for kids 

  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

It's easy to see why the crowds keep returning to the Skyline Luge. Bring the whole fambam and your adventurous friend group for a leisure race down four thrilling luge tracks – choose from the Dragon, Jungle, Kupu Kupu and Expedition trail. Each trail has specially designed features such as hairpin corners, exhilarating tunnels, and exciting downhill slopes as
they speed through lush tropical forests in Sentosa. 
When you reach the bottom of the track, scramble onto the Skyride again for a treetop ride back to the starting point and a view of the Singapore skyline and South China Sea – and do it all over again.

On Friday and Saturday nights from August 20 to September 18, do the whole experience under the evening lights with Night Luge. There will also be a complimentary New Zealand Natural ice cream for every purchase for the 4 Luge & 4 Skyride Night Luge. 

  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

Deemed as the largest nature wonderland in the heartlands, Jurong Lake Gardens is Singapore's latest national garden, spanning a whopping 90-hectares. Beyond the flora and fauna, the grounds are specially landscaped and designed for families and the community to come together to play, learn and bond. Children can burn their energies by taking on the various obstacle courses, hopping about at the sunken trampolines, flying across a zip line, and scrambling up a tower to go down a tube-like slide.

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  • Kids
  • Playgrounds
  • Woodlands

Take a wild ride down any one of the 26 unique slides at three main play areas: Junior Play, Adventure Play, and Family Terracing Play. The young and the young-at-heart can slide down The Curved Roller Slide, a 34-metre-long outdoor slide lined with black tubes similar to that of a conveyor belt for easy sliding. Besides the slides, there’s an inclusive playground fitted with a wheelchair swing and merry-go-round to support play between children with and without needs.

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  • Things to do
  • Walks and tours
  • Bukit Panjang

If you're looking for a leisurely hike with the family, head to Hindhede Nature Park located next to Bukit Timah Nature Reserve which has easy trails and well-defined footpaths perfect for families, children and hiking beginners. Scenic and serene, it is also an excellent spot for wildlife watching as it is home to inhabitants like the banded woodpecker, clouded monitor lizard and plaintain squirrel so it pays to keep your eyes open when taking a walk. The main highlight of course is the picturesque Hindhede Quarry which is located at the end of the park. 

  • Things to do
  • Changi 

As you bike down Changi Airport Connector with the fam, keep an eye out for the city’s largest permanent outdoor display of life-sized dinosaurs. Changi Jurassic Mile is home to over 20 different prehistoric, colossal creatures including the tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptors, and parasaurolophus – the tallest standing at about five-metres high. While you explore the grounds, look out for the baby dinos hatching from their massive eggs, and try to spot all nine species along the one-kilometre cycling and jogging path.

Don't miss: Make it a family affair with the Changi Cycling Experience at Hub & Spoke (from $14), where you can explore the Changi Airport Connector and Jurassic Mile with a two-hour bicycle rental, enjoy a $5 F&B voucher at Hub & Spoke café, get a two-time entry shower pass and an informative map of Jurassic Mile. Children below the age of 12 will receive a free activity booklet containing various dinosaur-themed puzzles and stickers.

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  • Changi 

Jewel Changi Airport’s wonderland makes a great indoor playground for both kids and kidults. Burn your energy by weaving through various mazes, bouncing on nets, sliding down an art sculpture, and admiring the stunning views of the HSBC Rain Vortex and Shiseido Forest Valley from above a glass bridge. Alternatively, take a breather at a misty garden, pose for a selfie with the many animal topiaries, and stop and smell the roses at a floral fantasia.

Don't miss: While you're at Jewel, make the most of your family day out with an Amazing Race at Changi Experience Studio ($138 for one child and one adult) where you can learn the workings of managing an airport. Taking place from March 13 to 21, the half-day programme invites families to take part in many fun activities to score points, complete challenges and win prizes.

  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

Sing Under the Sea as you ogle at over over 100,000 marina animals at S.E.A. Aquarium through a brand-new underwater experience complete with refreshed educational content and immersive audio-visual programmes. This complements the aquarium's recent facelift which features specially designed light effects and fascinating soundscapes. 

Don't miss: The Sea of Tiki makes for a fun, themed experience for the whole family – matching Hawaiian shirts are optional. Follow five legendary tikis along an enlightening trail and befriend the tropics’ most fascinating marine animals – keep your eyes peeled for a majestic volcano and the adorable lei-wearing (Hawaiian flower garland) manta ray mascots. The long-awaited dive feed is also making its comeback after its downtime since the circuit breaker.

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  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

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 the Minions and the Madagascar squad. 

Don't miss: Frolic in the tropics with Tropical Thrills, where you can meet the king of fun at Aloha Talk with King Kahula, and catch your favourite characters including the Minions, and the Sesame Street crew in their best tropical island ensemble alongside stilt-walkers and hula dancers. 

  • Sport and fitness
  • Kallang

Where else can kids burn off their energies with fitness-related activities besides the Singapore Sports Hub? Children aged six to 12 can pick up a new sport in the hub’s Learn-to-Play programme – the schedule changes monthly but expect basketball, kin-ball, baseball, inline skating and everything else kids love. For some splashin' good time, head to Splash N Surf for a water play area. Otherwise, catch some waves on the Stingray, and learn to half-pipe surf while having a go at bodyboarding and skimboarding.

Don't miss: Active children can sign up for Sports Hub Multi-Activity Camp, happening from March 15 to 19. This five-day camp keeps your children agile with a variety of sports including soccer, frisbee, floorball, rugby, and dodgeball.

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  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

An institute built for the cultivation of everything scientific (yeah, science!), this kid-friendly institution features regular exhibitions that promote the physical, life, applied, technology, and industry sciences. The centre also lays claim to Singapore’s only domed cinema, the Omni-Theatre, which is equipped with state-of-the-art IMAX technology. It also has a 40-centimetre mega-telescope which gives little astronomers a closer view of the starry skies at the Science Centre Observatory.

Don't miss: Kickstarting World Water Day, which falls on March 22, the science centre teams up with the Public Utilities Board (PUB) for a slew of activities to raise awareness about water conservation. Let your little Einsteins immerse themselves in the shape-shifting wonders of the water cycle in the Day as a Droplet Gallery Hunt, or try their hand at the various Wet & Wild activity booths.

  • Things to do
  • Jurong East

While natural snow is unlikely to fall in tropical Singapore, the city makes up for the lack of sub-zero temperatures with faux snow. Spanning at 3,000 square-metres, the three-storey-high winter wonderland has a 60-metre-long snow slope, an ice gallery, a bumper car arena, and photo-taking memories to capture those magical moments. Keeping the energy high, the centre's latest addition is a Winter Shooting Arena where teens can have an icy paintball shoot-out. Younger children can play in the family-friendly Snow Chamber where there's an Inuit home, a snow playground, and a treehouse adventure playground. There's also a bumper car arena for some high-octane fun.

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  • Sport and fitness
  • Leisure centres
  • Kallang

They say everywhere can be a playground – that's certainly the case for Airzone, the world's first indoor suspended net playground that welcomes both the young ones – and the not too young as well. Occupying the atrium space between different floors in City Square 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 and try out the slides or just hang out on the suspended nets. 

  • Things to do
  • Bukit Panjang

New to the hiking game? Start with the 63-hectare Dairy Farm Nature Park. The main trail is paved, so you don't have to rough it out Bear Grylls-style with the little ones. Make your way to the Wallace Education Centre for hands-on activities and exhibits that tell the story of Dairy Farm’s changing landscapes. Keep a lookout for the striking red and yellow heliconias as well as the monkeys, pangolins, and butterflies along the way. For a chance to spot rare species of dragonflies and the critically endangered birds known as Little Grebe, head towards the scenic Singapore Quarry at the park’s south-western end.

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  • Kids
  • Tanglin

Singapore is home to the first garden in Asia dedicated to children. With the aim of promoting awareness and education, the Jacob Ballas Childen's garden is divided into several spaces for play and exploration – there's a farm, orchard, and forest with stream and ponds. The active tykes can burn some energy at the trampolines, treehouses, and flying fox zipline. For a cool down, head to the sheltered outdoor café nearby with all-day brunch items for the whole family.

  • Kids
  • City Hall

As part of this year’s edition of Small Big Dreamers, the showcase titled An Artist’s Tropical Landscape features safe and engaging interactive activity stations for the little artists, inspired by local painter Georgette Chen’s artwork Tropical Fruits. The kids can get creative drawing fruits, and engage in sensorial play in the curious audio area where they can listen to the sounds various fruits might make. More imaginative fun awaits at the Keppel Centre for Art Education’s imaginative Art Playscape where there are various interactive kinetic zones.

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  • Things to do
  • Yishun

A colossal playground for the young and the young-at-heart, "Singapore’s First Smart Clubhouse" boasts the city's largest multi-installation indoor hub, and first indoor Player versus Player (PvP) airsoft arena. The little ones will love the Peranakan-inspired indoor playground complete with a climbing slide tunnel, a sports pitch, a foam ball shooting arena, an interactive trampoline, a ball pit, and a ninja course – all designed to engage the senses. Older kids can get then check out Adventure HQ which features a 233-metre-long roll glider, a 14-metre-long slide, a 165-metre-long artificial cave, a 15-metre cloud climb, and a two-tiered, 16-obstacle indoor challenge rope course.

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  • Things to do
  • Sentosa

Live out your ultimate Wipeout dream at Singapore's very first floating aqua park. Both kids and kidults can climb, slide, leap and bounce at the massive inflatable playground and obstacle course – think a giant bouncy castle in the sea, just off Sentosa's Palawan Beach. To maximise the fun for everyone, the water park is split into four zones with varying difficulty levels – Level 1 is specially designed for kids aged five to eight (every one child has to be accompanied by one adult), and Levels 2, 3 and 4 are for those aged nine and above.

  • Sport and fitness
  • Climbing
  • Bedok

Let your little ones channel their inner Spider-Man with The Rock School's climbing gym in Bedok. The colourful space is specially tailored for kids between the ages of four and fourteen, with kid-friendly handholds and programme resources, as well as gentler wall profiles. Rain or shine, your mini Spidey can scale the indoor bouldering room and the four-lane sheltered top-rope wall in a safe and comfortable environment.

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  • Travel
  • Changi 

Over at Changi Airport Terminal 3, the kiddos can have their fun at the Cartoon Network-themed Play! indoor playground. The star of the show is a Powerpuff Girls interactive game that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to transform players into one of its adorable hero characters. There are also Ben 10 play spaces including ball pits and slides. Parents, don't worry – the playground is padded out to the fullest, with soft-fall floors.

  • Kids
  • River Valley

After a major facelift in 2019, Amazonia is back with an arctic theme that's oh-so-cool (see what we did there?). Kids can go down the city's highest indoor wave slide, jump around on the netted trampoline, and dive into the snowball pit (no actual snow included). There's also a massive 3,000-square-feet play-gym which features kid-friendly challenges for the active tykes. Babies, on the other hand, can enjoy themselves at the soft-play area which is separated from the larger children's area, and features a mini slide, ball pit, interactive play panels, and swings.

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  • Things to do
  • Pasir Ris

From rapid flume rides to four-storey slides and wave pools, there's no shortage of fun at this water park in the East. The little ones can take it easy in the meandering river or splash around in Yippie!, a shallow sloshing area. The Yakult Professor’s Playground – with its slides, ladders, water cannons and fountains – will entertain older kids for hours. 

  • Things to do
  • Pasir Ris

Whether you're jumping on the Tik Tok trend-wagon, or revisiting a popular pastime of the, um, past, HiRoller Indoor Skating Rink in Pasir Ris offers state-of-the-art experiences on both inline and roller skates – think disco lighting and thumping music. It's also a great spot to introduce the kids to both inline and roller skates. You won't even have to worry about your kids falling flat on their faces – there are inline skating athletes and certified instructors to guide them through the glide.

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  • Things to do
  • Games and hobbies
  • City Hall

A huge hit with the kids and kidults since the late 80s, the iconic Nerf brand opens the 18,000-square-feet dedicated Nerf entertainment centre that encourages active learning and team bonding. Get your heart pumping at multiple indoor themed activity zones that test your agility and creativity through active play, teamwork and more. And if all that shooting and dodging flying pellets got you working up an appetite, refuel at the food and beverage areas. There are also retail stalls with exclusive Nerf merchandise for you to expand your arsenal.

  • Kids
  • City Hall

The 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. Besides fun times at the bouncy castle and trampoline arena, let them try the grown-up world for size and fake it – hopefully – until they make it by grocery shopping, cooking, driving and more at the role playrooms and even bring home the goodies they have made in the kitchen.

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Overcome the obstacles of Forest Adventure
  • Kids
  • Bedok

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.

  • Things to do
  • Western Water CA

Charity starts at home, so why not bring the little ones to the SPCA. The society emphasises the importance of treating all animals and birds with kindness and respect, and schools everyone on animal welfare and more. It also runs a shelter for adoptable dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs – you might even end up adopting a furkid too.

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  • Things to do
  • Mandai

Spread over 26-hectares of lush nature reserve land, the zoo is home to more than 2,500 animals, with over 300 species, from across the globe. Unlike traditional caged zoos, it’s one of the world’s first 'open concept' zoos that have animals in individually landscaped enclosures and zones. Here, you can have breakfast with the orangutans (currently suspended), say hello to the friendly Asian elephants, and see the rare white tiger in the flesh.

While you’re in the area, visit the manatees, crocodiles, flamingos, and pandas next door at the river-themed wildlife park River Safari. Come face-to-face with over 30 animals from the rainforest on a boat ride aptly named Amazon River Quest. Then in the evening, squeeze some time for the Night Safari, the world’s first night zoo. Witness what over 2,500 nocturnal animals from 130 species get up to after dusk, in naturalistic habitats, and without barriers, via the use of special lighting techniques.

  • Things to do
  • Mandai

After admiring animals in their respective enclosures, bring the kids to Singapore Zoo's Rainforest Kidzworld where they can interact with the animals – that means actual touching of furry critters is allowed! They'll 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.

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Find the perfect story at Woods in the Books
  • Shopping
  • Bookshops
  • Tiong Bahru

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.

Ice skate a figure eight at The Rink
  • Sport and fitness
  • Jurong East

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.

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Shop for a teddy bear at The Better Toy Store
  • Shopping
  • Orchard

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 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.

Kick about at The Cage
  • Sport and fitness
  • Stadiums
  • Kallang

Let your mini Mo Salah dribble and pass at Singapore's "first indoor football stadium". The Cage allows football enthusiasts to bend it like Beckham on six 5-a-side pitches – rain or shine. The space is perfect for small practices, friendly matches, and free-flow footies with your aspiring footballers. Open on a regular, the venue has energetic music pumping through its speakers to keep the ball rolling.  

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  • Kids
  • Buona Vista

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.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Marine Parade

Sandbank is big on family-fun, and it shows – the casual diner has a 15-metre plunge pool that spans the front of the outlet, with a third of the pool dedicated to children and the rest to adults. With a drinks menu that features a wide array of draught beers, wines and cocktails, parents can unwind and sip on their beverage of choice while the little ones have their fun. If the kids are feeling peckish, Sandbank offers a kids' menu, kids-friendly utensils and baby high chairs – they even have a baby changing station for ultimate convenience.

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Jump around at Bounce Singapore
  • Kids
  • Orchard

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.

  • Kids
  • Playgrounds
  • Marina Bay

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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  • Things to do
  • Marina Bay

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.

Sit in for a storytelling session at the library
  • Things to do
  • Orchard

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.

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  • Attractions
  • Beaches
  • Central

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.

  • Things to do
  • Punggol

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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  • Kids
  • Punggol

Splish, splash, splosh with the little ones at this indoor water wonderland. And by little ones, we also mean that babies under 12 months get to enjoy free entry. The water playground stretches out to 23,000 square feet, with five slides and eight play decks that are 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. For those with tots aged 18 to 36 months, head over to a separate wading area where water jets gently spray streams at you.

  • Art
  • Marina Bay

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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  • Things to do
  • Kent Ridge

This little theme park of horrors is both terrifying and impressive at the same time. Multi-coloured statues and tableaux depict scenes from Chinese history and mythology in bright, gaudy colours, making it look more menacing than they should. Still, it's fun to explore this sloping park in the West with the little rugrats. New to the park? Read our guide for the best bits to look out for.

  • Things to do
  • Yishun

Escape the hustle and bustle of the concrete jungle at this tranquil sanctuary for nature lovers. Doubling as a 24-hour prawning paradise, this scenic multi-recreational park invites you to embrace the thrill of the grill when you barbecue your fresh catch of prawns and yabbies. The little ones can also try their hand at longkang fishing or prawning. If you lack the patience for prawning, burn your energy with other activities like futsal and paintball as well.

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Ride a horse at Gallop Stable
  • Things to do
  • Bukit Timah

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.

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Baby goes swimming with Aquaducks
  • Kids
  • Kent Ridge

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.

  • Things to do
  • City Hall

This venue is temporarily closed.

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.

The fun's just begun

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