Posted on January 05 2022
Whether it’s indoors or outdoors, there’s lots to see and do with the kids.
Singapore is never short of family-friendly activities to engage and entertain. With new facilities opening up ever so often, there’s plenty of things to do with the kids. Whether it’s indoors for a virtual reality fun experience or outdoors for some water play or adventurous fun, here’s our go-to list of where you can bring the troop as you plan some bonding time with them each month in the year ahead.
MANDAI WILDLIFE RESERVE
Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari & Jurong Bird Park
Get for a wild adventure at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve Parks. Every visit to Mandai comes with conservation included as the organisation commits a portion of their revenue to support conservation projects in Singapore and across Southeast Asia. At each of their parks, you and the kids can experience feeding the animals, go on a private wildlife tour and enjoy animal shows. Find out more about Singapore Zoo, River Wonders, Night Safari and Jurong Bird Park here. Don’t forget to book your timeslot prior to visit. Snacks are a must to bring especially if you’re planning a whole day out at the zoos. Pack them in the handy silicone snack bags from Stasher available from Motherswork and you’re all set! As with all outdoor locations, mosquito repellents are a must.
Address: Singapore Zoo, River Wonders and Night Safari, Mandai Lake Road, Singapore, +65 6269 3411; Jurong Bird Park, 2 Jurong Hill, Singapore 628925
Head out with the kids and explore Singapore’s highest open-air panoramic ride, SkyHelix Sentosa. This one-of-a-kind open-air gondola gently rotates as it ascends 35 metres above ground in a gentle spiral motion. You’ll be thrilled to dangle your feet in the air and soak in panoramic views from Sentosa all the way to Keppel Bay area and even the Southern Islands! It’s recommended that you are hands-free for the ride so donning a crossbody bag or backpack (available at Motherswork) is the safest option.
Address: 41 Imbiah Rd, Sentosa, Singapore 099707
ICE HOTEL @ SNOW CITY
If you’re looking for some respite from the heat, then Snow City’s latest attraction that stretches across a 17-metre snowfield is where you should be. Unpack your winter gear (or you can rent them from Snow City), and explore five thematic ice and snow art installation zones. You can book a package and feel like you’re truly on holiday as you enjoy drinks at the Ice Bar, have an elegant “daycation” at the Hotel Room, and snap some Insta-worthy shots at the Dining Room and Ice Throne. Tickets to the Ice Hotel Gallery are include access to the other attractions within Snow City like the Snow Field and Arctic Snow Slide. You might want to pack some hand warmers just in case!
Address: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Snow City, Singapore 609433,
COASTAL PLAYGROVE @ EAST COAST PARK
Coastal PlayGrove is definitely for the thrill-seekers and families who simply love the feeling of whizzing down slides, lots of slides. Located at the former Big Splash at East Coast, the playground spans 4.5 hectares of play areas that cater to different age groups. There’s also a nature play garden for the younger tots. If slides are not your thing, then the four-storey vertical net play area with numerous rope-based obstacles will challenge you and the kids. The small water play area is suitable for kids aged five to 12 years. You can also pack some beach toys for sand play by the shore after the playground. Toilets are conveniently located nearby making changing the kids easy.
Address: 902 East Coast Park Service Rd, Singapore 449874
ADVENTURE WATERCOVE @ SENTOSA
Plan a day out at Adventure Cove Waterpark with seven thrilling water rides, such as the Pipeline Plunge, that will definitely get your heart rate up, as you plunge down an elevated chute and careen across banked turns and radical twists, before splashing in a pool of water. Try your hand at snorkelling in the Rainbow Reef with the kids and you can ‘cuddle’ with 20,000 friendly fish. The Riptide Rocket, Southeast Asia’s first hydro-magnetic roller-coaster, is made for adrenaline-junkies, and if your kids are old enough, you have to let them experience it. End off the day with a leisurely ride down Adventure River. Don’t forget to slather on sunscreen, pack swimmers and extra clothes!
Address: Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269, +65 6577 8888
Let your little ones experience a whole different kind of museum at the ArtScience Museum and let their imagination go wild within the 50,000 square foot space. A must-visit with the whole family is Future World, Where Art Meets Science, an interactive permanent exhibition that is created in collaboration with teamLab, a renowned interdisciplinary art collective. Kids are sure to check out ‘Slide through the Fruit Field’ so have them wear socks for hygiene reasons. Additionally, bring along hand sanitisers so that you can sanitise their little hands after they explore each interactive section.
Address: Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974, +65 6688 8868
Step into Forest Adventure, Singapore’s largest treetop adventure park. Let your hair down and be free as you whoosh across Bedok Reservoir on their 300-metre zipline. There are four adventure courses to choose from – the Grand Course, comprising of 34 obstacles and four giant ziplines, Junior Course with 26 obstacles and two ziplines, including one over the water, Kids Course especially designed for kids aged five to nine years old, and the 300-metre Big Zip. Rest assured that you’ll be kitted with sturdy harnesses, helmet armour and each course is monitored by professional guides to coach you every step of the way. Make sure you bring along hardy water bottles like those from Contigo and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!
Address: 825 Bedok Reservoir Road, Bedok Reservoir Park, Singapore 479244, +65 8100 7420
HEADROCK VR @ SENTOSA
Step into a new dimension and away from the outdoors at the newly relocated HeadRock VR where eight larger-than-life extreme attractions will transport you to the depths of a jungle, balance off the edge of a high-rise building or navigate crazed zombies. There’a also a new kids media interactive indoor playground , Hello My Dino!, themed attraction! Get your tickets here!
Address: HeadRock VR Singapore, 80 Siloso Road, Southside Blk B, #01-03, Singapore 098969, +65 6963 4609
Step back into history and embark on a heritage trail of the countryside in Kranji or plan a trip to the farms like Jurong Frog Farm or Hay Dairies goat farm, in the vicinity. Also take a trip to Bollywood Veggies and explore Singapore’s very own farmland. You can also book a table at Poison Ivy for a refreshing farm-to-table meal. Venture a little further and you can visit the Sungei Buloh Wetland Reserve that’s home to some of the world’s rarest mangroves! Bringing a mosquito repellent like the Babyganics All-Natural Insect Repellent, is a must when visiting this area and bring along a sun hat too to safeguard against direct sun rays.
Address: Lim Chu Kang Road, Neo Tiew Road, Kranji Road
KF1 KARTING CIRCUIT
Singapore's largest go-karting circuit, KF1 Karting, is located within the Singapore Turf Club in Kranji and an all-new track at Singapore Expo. While there’s no minimum age to race in the kart, kids should be at least 1.40 metres tall in order to reach the pedals. For beginners and younger ones, choose the Novice Race and those who are more experienced, the Advanced Race. As a safety requirement, you need to wear covered shoes.
Where: KF1 Karting Circuit @ Kranji,1 Turf Club Avenue, Singapore 738078, +65 6891 1191; KF1 Karting Circuit @ Expo, 1 Expo Dr, Carpark H, Singapore 486150, +65 9340 2335
NERF ACTION XPERIENCE
For some family action fun, you have to visit Nerf Action Xperience at Marina Square that embodies the true spirit of Nerf in an arena packed with multiple-themed activity zones. You and the kids can navigate through obstacle courses, shoot hoops, kill zombies and play ‘capture the flag’. All participants must be 7 years and above to enter NERF Action Xperience and The Summit is suitable for those 1.3-metres tall and above. Grip socks are required so ensure that you and the kids have them on hand. Book your timeslot here.
Address: Nerf Action Xperience, 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-208, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, +65 8388 3448
Rolling in the mud or more like driving through it has got to be a whole lot of fun especially for the kids! Mud Krank is the first and only ATV facility in Singapore and is suitable for kiddos as young as four years old. What’s even better is that they can ride a 4×4 without any needing adult supervision! Mud Krank’s mission is to provide kids and adults an avenue for better mental and physical health, improve self-esteem, relieve stress all while engaging in high-octane fun. Everyone will have to undergo a mandatory training session before hopping onto an ATV. Helmets, elbow guards and knee guards are available on loan, but it’s best to bring your own. Book your ride here.
Address: Mud Krank, Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Farm H, Singapore 718813, +65 8908 7044
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