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.
Things to do
Gather the kids for some fun at Jewel Changi Airport’s massive indoor wonderland. 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. Enjoy free admission to Canopy Park from now until March 31.
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. Enjoy one-for-one admission to Snow City from now until March 22.
Let your little astronomer be starstruck as they look up to the starry skies at the Science Centre Observatory. Look past the artificial illumination of the city and to the stars light years away with its 40cm mega-telescope. Because this observatory is one of the few in the world located so close to the equator, it offers stargazers views of both the northern and southern hemispheres. Enjoy one-for-one admission to Science Centre Singapore from now until March 22.
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.
A fun and thrilling waterpark for the young (and the young at heart), Adventure Cove Waterpark guarantees a splashing good time for the whole family. From high-speed water slides including a water tornado ride and Asia's first hydro-magnetic coaster, as well as a lazy river to float away under the sun, it's easy to spend a whole day at this waterpark. Besides the exciting attractions, there are plenty of opportunities to learn and encounter with marine life. You can snorkel with over 20,000 tropical fish, wade among rays and more.
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.
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.
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.
The world’s first night zoo is home to over 130 species of nocturnal animals – all in their natural habitat without any barriers. Observe over 900 nocturnal animals like striped hyenas, lions and mountain deers out of any enclosures and in their natural habits with the use of special lighting techniques. Take a 50-minute tram ride through the lush secondary rainforest where you can get off and follow four walking trails to get close to the animals.
Manatees, crocodiles, flamingos and monkeys are just some of the many animals you'll meet in this river-themed wildlife park, which boasts the world's biggest freshwater aquarium and a panda exhibit housing the friendly giants Kai Kai and Jia Jia. Hop on a boat or take a walk and come face-to-face with creatures from the greatest rivers in the world including the Amazon and the Nile. Maximise your family trip by visiting next door neighbours Singapore Zoo, and Jurong Bird Park, all within the same vicinity.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Everyone's welcome to bounce, prance and run around SuperPark Singapore, an all-in-one indoor activity park from Finland, located at Suntec City Mall. The double-storey 40,000 square foot play space features over 20 exciting adrenaline pumping games including tube slide, indoor flying fox, and a trampoline zone. This school holidays, let 'em run riot at the iTeacher Lü and SuperBoxer featuring a plethora of interactive physical edutainment games to encourage active learn and play.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Events to keep 'em entertained
Embark on a magical adventure with your little explorers at the Esplanade's interactive theatre series for children between the ages of two and six. Expect local stories of friendship, playfulness and imagination that ignite your kid's creative flame, encouraging learning through the performing arts.
Let the kids' imagination run wild through play and the arts at Playeum's hand-on exhibition, I-Opener. The multi-sensory experience features play-worlds inspired by the artistic designs and creations of four artists with a disability – Dr. Dawn-joy Leong, Cavan Chang, Sol Pickens, and Jo Devadason. Beyond the play-worlds, children up to 12 can explore shadows and light, transform artworks into holograms, and create colourful collages by letting their eyes roam.
If there's one thing Singapore's known for, it's the food culture here. Inspired by local snacks, this all-new digital projection light show at ION Sky takes you on a flavourful adventure with whimsical characters like Ang Ku Kueh Girl, Roti Prata Boy and Kueh Lapis Girl. Follow them as they do all they can to defend their Food Wonderland.
You can never go wrong with a family movie. Grab some popcorn and catch another magical Disney-Pixar gem with your little movie buff. Playing in cinemas now, Onward follows two teen elf brothers who cast a spell to bring their dad back from the dead.
The ArtScience Museum’s first-ever permanent exhibition is a world of high-tech, immersive digital art installations. Together with creations 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.