New kid-friendly activities in Singapore
Kids are adorable but if there’s one thing we know for sure, keeping them entertained can prove to be one heck of a challenge. Whether they’re tiny tyrants or princes and princesses, that’s up to you to decide but here are 15 new kid-friendly activities that ought to keep every sort of youngling happy.
We’ve included only attractions and activities that have opened in the last year or so.
1. Do a photoshoot at SG’s first self-photo studio for babies
Image credit: @abbylovestudio
Self-photo studios have been all the rage lately and with good reason – you can grab great pics thanks to the provided props, lighting equipment and outfits. Snap adorable shots of your little one at Singapore’s first self-photo studio for babies at Abbylove Studio.
Image credit: @abbylovestudio
Opening hours: By appointment only
Telephone: 8128 3280
2. Visit Science Center’s free poop-themed exhibit
Reserved as number two on our list is a poop-themed permanent exhibit at Science Centre Singapore. The relatively new “Know Your Poo” exhibition is flushed with all things to do with the doo-doo. This includes models of poo and replicas of the night soil trucks that the older gens may be familiar with.
Best part is, entry is free for all Singaporeans and PRs on weekdays – perfect for the school holidays!
Price (Singaporeans and PRs): Free on weekdays | $6/adult & $4/child on weekends
Price (Standard): $12/adult & $8/child daily
Address: Hall B, Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening hours: Fri – Sun, school & public holidays 10AM-1PM & 2AM-5PM (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays)
3. Embark on an ATV trail adventure in Kranji
Image credit: @mud.krank
While the grown-ups have go-karting to enjoy, kids can live their best Tomb Raider lives at Singapore’s first ATV adventure park in Kranji. Mud Krank provides the off-road experience in a safe and controlled environment that kids of all ages can enjoy. Junior all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) are available for tots as young as four, while older kids can have a go at the larger advanced ATVs.
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No experience is needed and helmets, elbow guards and knee guards will be provided with every booking. While you’re in the area, also check out Kranji’s other family-friendly gems such as Bollywood Veggies and Hay Dairies.
Rates: From $20/15-minute session for Junior ATVs | From $35/15-minute session for Advance ATVs
Address: Gallop Kranji Farm Resort, 10 Neo Tiew Lane 2, Singapore 718813
Opening hours: Tue – Sun (Closed on Mondays). View Mud Krank’s available sessions here.
4. Play Elsa at Snow City’s -5°C Ice Hotel Gallery
If your mini-mes adore Frozen and Frozen 2, you can bet they’ll have a ball of a time in Snow City’s Ice Hotel Gallery. Much like Elsa’s castle, almost everything is made of ice from the throne and bar, down to a frosty bed. This permanent exhibition is inspired by the ice hotels of the Nordic regions, which you can add to your family’s travel bucket list once VTL resumes.
Price: From $22/adult & $18/child
Address: Snow City Singapore, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 10AM-5PM | Sat – Sun 10AM-6PM (Closed on Mondays)
5. Snap photos and make your own cup noodles at Slurping Good!
Cup noodle is the name of the game. These springy noodles obviously aren’t the healthiest of snacks but they taste delightful and are perfect as the occasional sinful treat. At Slurping Good!, wander through a myriad of aesthetic exhibits featuring various cup noodle ingredients and interactive games.
End the visit at the Noodle Lab, where you can mix and match your perfect cup of noodles and have a chef whip it up right away. Adjacent is Eatbox by the organisers of Artbox, with plenty more food to refuel.
Price: From $21 – includes a tote bag, vouchers and claw machine tokens. Children under three enter for free.
Address: Tekka Place, Annex Building, 2 Serangoon Road, #01-51 to 54, Singapore 218227
Opening hours: Fri 12PM-8PM | Sat & Sun 10AM-8PM (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays)
Telephone: 9697 3884
6. Enjoy a spacious kid-friendly staycation at Dusit Thani Laguna
Rooms sizes start from a decent 36sqm and come with a 55” TV
Staycations are a couple’s best escapade but the same can be said for families. Dusit Thani Laguna has plenty to make a staycation with children easy as pie, starting with complimentary kid-sized pillows and board games like Monopoly available upon request. Once you’ve settled in, spend the afternoon at the hotel’s shallow wading pool for kids.
Shallow kid’s pool with fountains
Seasonal kid-friendly workshops like seashell photo frame-making and CNY craft activities will also be available at an extra cost. And, if you’re the sort that treats your kiddo like royalty, sign them up for head to toe pampering at the in-house Devarana Wellness Spa, with sessions for children available from $135.
Rates: From $283/night
Address: 11 Laguna Golf Green, Singapore 488047
Telephone: 6841 8888
7. Side down a 4-storey-high tower for free at Coastal PlayGrove
The average playground has nothing on Singapore’s largest outdoor play feature at ECP’s Coastal PlayGrove. In what can be considered the mother of all playgrounds, find exciting features that can enthral kids for a whole day. Be sure to dress your kid comfortably to enjoy the four-storey high slide and thrilling vertical climbing nets, and bring along a spare set of clothes for the water play area*.
Vertical climbing nets
Try to find this hidden bamboo grove
After which, the fam can also explore the rest of East Coast Park with more seaside playgrounds, glamping opportunities and bike rental shops.
*Water play area is closed until further notice.
Address: 902 East Coast Park Service Road, Singapore 449874
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 8AM-8PM (Closed on Mondays)
8. Experience Disney IRL at a pop-up Mickey event
The nearest Disneyland may be in Hong Kong, but from now till 20th March 2022, Singapore has Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration that both children and the young at heart will adore. Of the exhibition’s seven themed rooms, highlights include a dreamy tunnel based on Fantasia and interactive backdrops for family selfies.
Price: $25/adult | $20/child | $103 for a bundle of five tickets
Date: Now till 20th March 2022
Time: Mon – Fri 11AM-7PM | Sat & Sun 11AM-9PM
Venue: 1 Raffles Boulevard, Suntec Convention Centre Level 3, Singapore 039593
9. Go on an adventurous Mongolian-themed staycation
If there’s anywhere in Singapore that we can expect something unorthodox, it’s Yishun. Situated within ORTO, Beyond Expedition’s 2D1N Mongolian yurt getaway is a slice out of the land of unspoiled wilderness. Kids and adults alike can take part in a survival course and enjoy a movie night under the stars, before calling it a night – in an authentic yurt from the Embassy of Mongolia, no less.
While you’ll get a taste of the nomadic life, it won’t be an overly strenuous experience with an in-camp washroom complete with shower facilities, along with AC and proper beds in the yurt.
The experience will only be around till March so be sure to book soon.
10. Get a sugar rush at the Museum of Ice Cream
Opened in August ‘21 with great fanfare is the Museum of Ice Cream, hailing from San Francisco. 2022 would be a great time to visit since you’ll no longer have to fight for tickets with the initial crowd. The little ones can leap into a ball pit filled with sprinkles, clamber up a pink-fied version of our iconic dragon playground and enter an ice cream maze, among 14 installations.
Best of all, enjoy complimentary Potong popsicles and soft serves from the ice cream stands dotted around the exhibits.
Price: Single tickets at $42/person | $40/person for group of two to three | $38/person for groups of four or more
Address: 100 Loewen Road, Singapore 248837
Opening hours: Thu – Sun 10AM-10PM (Closed from Mondays to Wednesdays)
11. Explore a safari-themed playground near Punggol MRT
Socks are compulsory so bring your own if you’d prefer not to purchase one from the facility
Image credit: Kiztopia
Indoor playground Kiztopia will be a familiar name to most. Just a 4-minute walking distance away from Punggol MRT, their newest safari-themed outlet has 12 zones with a sandpit, ball pit and arcade play area that children are sure to love.
Image credit: @gracefaithleong
P.S. Parents can enjoy a cup of coffee and some snacks at the Kiztopia cafe while watching over the little ones.
Price: From $19.80/child + one accompanying adult | $10 for additional adults
Address: 85 Punggol Central, #01-01 to 04 Punggol Town Square, Singapore 828726
Opening hours: Mon – Thu 10AM-8PM | Fri & Sun 10AM-9PM
12. Have a painting party at a splatter paint studio
Throwing a tantrum is one way for the little ones to get a timeout. But throwing paint? That ought to properly get any angst out of their system without breaking any house rules. At Splat Paint House, kids can have a blast with art jamming sessions gone wild. Visitors are given a canvas, paint and tools, but you can feel free to get paint anywhere – including on the walls and on each other.
The paint here is all kid-safe, water-soluble and non-toxic – even the UV versions that are available at night! Any paint that lands on your clothes can easily be washed away with some water and soap.
Address: 207a Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574346
Opening hours: Wed – Fri 3PM-9PM | Sat 11AM – 9PM | Sun 11AM-7PM
Telephone: 8882 0839
13. Conquer new heights at a kid-friendly rock climbing wall
Image credit: @upwallclimbingsg
Rock climbing may seem daunting but it ain’t only for adults. Youngsters up for the challenge can try rock climbing out for the first time at Upwall Climbing, with introductory 2-hour group climbing sessions held just for children (from $55).
Once they’ve learnt the ropes, they can also try their hands at the handful of kid-friendly routes on the high walls.
Image credit: @upwallclimbingsg
Address: 1 Pasir Ris Close #01-105, Singapore 519599
Opening hours: 9.30AM-10.45PM, Daily
Telephone: 8028 7028
14. Spend the day outdoors at Botanic Garden’s nature-themed playground
The playground has swings, slides and climbing nets.
Image credit: @mumscallingblog
Young ones can take a break from technology at Singapore Botanic Garden’s newest outdoor playground, COMO Adventure Grove. Not your usual stairs + slides affair, this playground has an aesthetically pleasing nature-inspired facade and a giant fruit that kids can scale to feel like they’re in Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach fairytale.
Image credit: @jojo3kids
Address: 5 Gallop Road, Singapore 258960
Opening hours: 7AM-7PM, Daily
Enjoy a day out at these new kid-friendly attractions
Try these new activities in Singapore if you’ve already had your fill of the standard picks of Universal Studios Singapore, Jurong Bird Park and Singapore Zoo. From ATV rides and rock climbing to playgrounds indoors and out, there’s bound to be something that your kids would love from this list.
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Cover image adapted from: @abbylovestudio