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53 Things To Do With Kids In Singapore For Every Weekend Of The Year

Things to do with kids in Singapore


Parents can surely relate to this: the weekend is approaching and you’ve got 2 whole days to entertain your young ones. You sure as heck don’t want to stick them in front of the TV all day, and you want to have some quality time with them, so what shall you do? Head to the same ol’ playground? Or try something new?

Well, we’ve got you covered. These things to do with kids in Singapore will tide you over every weekend of the year, be it activities for outdoorsy families or animal lovers. Plus, they include plenty of learning opportunities, of course.


– Nature activities to do with kids in Singapore –


1. Go longkang fishing at Qian Hu Fish Farm



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@kzliang via Instagram

Kids and fish are almost always a failproof formula – and you don’t have to fork out a tonne of money for them to ogle colourful marine and aquatic creatures for a few hours. Bring them to farms such as Qian Hu Fish Farm to wander through rows of tanks and aquariums, housing creatures such as discus and stingrays – all available for purchase if you have a tank at home.

Kids can even try out longkang fishing and experience a fish spa for themselves, then wind down at the onsite cafe.

Those intrigued by fish farming can also check out this Agriculture and Fish Farming Sustainability Tour

Qian Hu Fish Farm
Admission Fee
30 mins: $7/pax
Address
71 Jln Lekar, Singapore 698950
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
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2. Play goat farmer for a day at Hay Dairies for free


Farm animals are part and parcel of every other kids’ nursery rhyme. So, bring them to meet some friendly goats at Hay Dairies, the only goat farm in Singapore.

With over 800 animals calling the farm home, kids can learn how to milk a goat, feed some friendly billies, and even have a taste of fresh goat milk.

Hay Dairies
Address
250 Neo Tiew Crescent, Singapore 719866
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 04:00 PM Show More Timings

3. Catch a glimpse of the last century at Bukit Timah Railway Station



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@asriloqmann via Instagram

You’ll barely feel that you’re in modern-day Singapore at Bukit Timah Railway Station. The restored station gives you a glimpse into the romance of long-distance train travel – just think of it as a local version of Taiwan’s Shifen Old Street, where you can find a cafe, a heritage gallery, and bright yellow wagons for kids to explore.


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@yellowlemonie via Instagram

Wander along the train tracks for your Na Xie Nian IG shot before relaxing at 1932 Story cafe for some bites and a drink.

Bukit Timah Railway Station
Admission Fee
Free admission
Google Reviews
4.5
(1,602)
Address
#1 Bukit Timah Railway Station, Singapore 599938
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings

4. Step into the Jurassic period at free dino-themed attractions



Image credit: Changi Airport Group

The Jurassic period intrigues all of us, but especially the kids. For the tiny tots who can’t get enough of dinosaurs, there are several dino-themed attractions scattered around Singapore – and no, we’re not just talking about Changi Jurassic Mile.


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@causewaypointsg via Instagram

At Causeway Point, dive headfirst into the world of T-Rexes at a free-entry rooftop water playground. And over at Gardens By The Bay’s Jurassic Nest Cafe and Food Hall, dinosaur statues are dotted all over the safari-concept food court, and above your seats.

Animated Jurassic Nest shows with life-sized dinos happen every hour in the alfresco area and indoor dining hall, and your kids can also see plants and fish with a genetic heritage that can be traced back to ancient times along the Jurassic Encounters Trail.

Changi Jurassic Mile
Admission Fee
Free admission
Google Reviews
4.3
(2,219)
Address
Airport Boulevard, Changi Airport Connector
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings
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Causeway Point Water Playground
Address
Woodlands Square
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
Jurassic Nest Food Hall
Google Reviews
3.8
(272)
Address
Supertree Grove, 18 Marina Gardens Dr, #01-19, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings

5. Enjoy a stroller-friendly visit to the cool Tropical Montane Orchidetum


Babies, for obvious reasons, aren’t the easiest companions for an outdoorsy day out. But at the National Orchid Garden’s Tropical Montane Orchidetum, moms and dads don’t have to worry about struggling with strollers thanks to the wide pavements and gently sloping ramps. 

Enjoy a walk around the gardens, which recreate the vibes of a high-elevation forest, while you wheel your tot around with ease. On a hot afternoon, escape the heat of the attraction’s cool glasshouse, with soothing Genting-like temperatures of around 20°C.

Admission Fee
Singapore residents: $5 for adults, $1 for students and seniors aged 60 and above
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Google Reviews
4.8
(1,134)
Address
1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening Hours:
Friday 08:30 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
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RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$10.10

6. Go on a kid-friendly hiking trail



Flat waterfront boardwalks at MacRitchie Reservoir.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve gone deep into the forests and nature reserves of Singapore, discovering and paving new trails along the way. Indiana Joneses, take your kids along with you for a weekend hiking adventure. There are tonnes of well-developed trails with playgrounds and other kid-friendly features to visit for a day out that the entire family can enjoy.

Dairy Farm Nature Park has nature-themed trick-eye photo ops while the Singapore Botanic Gardens has a ridge with child-friendly educational signboards.

Read our article on kid-friendly hiking trails for the lowdown.

MacRitchie Reservoir Park
Google Reviews
4.7
(1,128)
Address
Lornie Rd, Singapore 298735
Opening Hours:
Friday 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
Dairy Farm Nature Park
Address
100 Dairy Farm Road, Singapore 679057
Opening Hours:
Friday 07:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
Admission Fee
Free
Google Reviews
4.8
(1,134)
Address
1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569
Opening Hours:
Friday 08:30 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
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RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$50.00

7. Visit animals of the land, water, and sky at the Mandai Wildlife Reserve


The 4-in-1 Mandai Wildlife Reserve, comprising the Singapore Zoo, the Night Safari, River Wonders, and Bird Paradise will provide a full day or more of edutainment for the kiddos.

Start with the Singapore Zoo with over 2,000 animals to observe. You can conveniently cover the River Wonders after that, to wave hello to adorable pandas Kai Kai, Jia Jia, and their son Le Le, or head down for live shows where you might just get splashed by the cheeky sea lions. In the evening, walk over to the Night Safari to go on an Amazon River Quest or take a buggy ride on a Safari Adventure Tour.

While you’re at it, check out Mandai’s new Bird Paradise, formerly known as Jurong Bird Park. Let your tot feed colourful starlings, fish-loving pelicans, nectar-drinking lories, and flightless cassowaries. Make time for the twice-daily Wings of the World and Predators on Wings shows at the Sky Amphitheatre, where you can see birds show off their natural abilities with their trainers.

Google Reviews
4.3
(200)
Address
20 Mandai Lake Road, Singapore 729825
Opening Hours:
Friday 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$43.00

8. Sample a farm-to-table meal at Bollywood Farms



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Bollywood Veggies

If you’re looking for an outdoor activity beyond the usual nature parks and reserves, head to Bollywood Veggies, tucked away in the Kranji countryside. The 10-acre farm is a rustic gem offering a taste of kampung life with tours and activities.

Plant rice in a paddy field or enjoy a guided tour by dropping them an email at enquiries@bollywoodfarms.com. Kids can also have their first taste of a farm-to-table dining experience here at the in-house Poison Ivy Bistro, with a seasonal menu created using their own fresh produce.

Bollywood Farms
Google Reviews
4.2
(1,535)
Address
100 Neo Tiew Road, Singapore 719026
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings

– Entertainment activities for kids in Singapore –


9. Catch a movie from $5 at Jewel Changi’s kid-friendly Shaw Theatres Dreamers



The movie sound volume here is softer than usual, and the lighting is dim but not pitch-black.
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@dailylife____saigon via Instagram

Putting your kid in a cramped and dark space with loud noises is, well, a disaster waiting to happen. But that’s not to say fun movie nights are out the window. Jewel’s Shaw Theatres Dreamers is made just for our tiny ones with every bit of the experience being kid-friendly. 


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@slhchen via Instagram

There’s even a small play area for the restless ones to stretch their legs mid-movie.

Shaw Theatres Jewel
Admission Fee
Shaw Theatres Dreamers rates
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Google Reviews
4.5
(636)
Address
Shaw Theatres Jewel, Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Boulevard, #B2-237, Singapore 819666
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10. Visit S’pore’s largest inflatable indoor playground at Bouncy Paradise



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Bouncy Paradise via Facebook

Bouncy Paradise is the largest inflatable playground in Singapore with a 20-lane rainbow slide, 5 giant ball pits, rock climbing walls, wipeout-style challenges, and trampolines.

Make it a playdate with your friends’ little ones as well – the kids can go nuts, expelling their unlimited well of energy in this humongous 20,000 sqft space.

Bouncy Paradise
Admission Fee
$19 for 2 hours
Address
200 Pandan Gardens, Singapore 609336
Opening Hours:
Friday Closed Show More Timings

11. Spend a full day with heart-pumping activities at Adventure HQ


Here’s an upgrade from your neighbourhood playground: Adventure HQ at HomeTeamNS Khatib is a 2,800sqm play zone filled with thrilling activities. They’ve got suspended obstacle courses, the tallest indoor slide in Singapore, an artificial cave network, and our favourite of all – an 8m-tall parabolic slide with some free-fall action.

Plus, Singapore’s first Call of Duty-like airsoft arena TactSim is within the same building for the kiddos who can’t get enough of FPS games.

Admission Fee
From $40.75 (weekdays)/ $48.90 (weekends)
Google Reviews
4.9
(6,654)
Address
2 Yishun Walk, Singapore 767944
Opening Hours:
Friday 02:00 PM - 09:30 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$58.00

12. Enjoy PVP challenges at the indoor NERF Action Xperience theme park


Another throwback to the prime era of great childhood games is NERF Action Xperience. Zombie City takes kids into a simulation of an apocalyptic city with moving and still targets to shoot, while Capture the Flag is a PVP dream come true – you’ll get to fire at your opponents without holding back.

Bullets are unlimited, and more importantly, soft and spongy, so there’s no risk of bruising a la paintball.

Admission Fee
From $42 for a standard ticket.
Google Reviews
4.5
(41)
Address
6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-208 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours:
Friday 02:00 PM - 03:00 AM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$39.37

13. Visit an arcade with a mini-bowling alley & Neoprint booth


Arcades may not be the same as they once were, but their heydays are not over. In fact, at certain arcades, things are only just picking up, with “wilder” activities and more high-tech games.

From bumper cars to mini-bowling, arcades in Singapore are gradually getting revamps that’ll thrill kids and the young and heart alike.

Remember Neoprints? Your kids won’t, but getting a family group photo here will be a good chance to show them our hangout activities from the past. We found one of these machines in the flagship Timezone branch at Vivocity – and everything’s in English!

For more arcades in Singapore:

Timezone – Vivocity
Address
1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #02-43 Singapore 098585
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings
Contact Information

14. Dive into a sprinkle pool at the Museum of Ice Cream


Kid or not, ice cream has got to be one of life’s ultimate guilty pleasures. Have the family go ham with free-flow ice cream, from classic Potong sticks to soft serve cones, at the Museum of Ice Cream Singapore.


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@vvens via Instagram

Hailing from San Francisco, the pretty pink attraction is home to lots of cute backdrops to snap tons of photos with. While navigating the 14 themed rooms, find swings, a bouncy castle, and even a massive sprinkle pool you can hop into.

Admission Fee
From $31/pax
Google Reviews
4.5
(4,532)
Address
100 Loewen Rd, Singapore 248837
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$47.00

15. Let the kids explore the 7-gallery Children’s Museum Singapore



Image credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

As Singapore’s newest public museum run by the National Heritage Board, the Children’s Museum Singapore has something for every kid – aspiring time-travellers can head to a room modelled after colonial Singapore, fans of flora and fauna can explore a paper sculpture room that pays tribute to Southeast Asia’s nature, and even 2-4 year olds who may not be able to catch up with their older siblings have their own free-play room with an interactive hawker food cart.


A heritage talk for kids (left) and an activity station teaching kids all about healing plants found locally (right).
Image credit: Children’s Museum Singapore

Your museum experience won’t end after you leave either, as the museum organises regular art competitions that let kids show off their creativity and engage with Singapore’s culture and history by drawing in response to prompts and challenges.

Children’s Museum Singapore
Google Reviews
4.4
(83)
Address
23-B Coleman Street, Singapore 179807
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
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16. Take them on a shopping spree at a warehouse toy store



The large warehouse shop is just a stone’s throw from IKEA Tampines.
Image credit: @t_fortoys via Instagram

It’s time to stow away the iPad and take your little one out to pick some real toys at T for Toys Store. Your shopping basket will be filled with activity sets, costumes, art and craft materials, and building blocks in no time at all. The best part is, prices are known to be super affordable here, with toys starting from just $1.

T for Toys
Address
18 Tampines Industrial Cres, #01-02A Space@Tampines, Singapore 528605
Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
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17. Scream your lungs out at Universal Studios Singapore



The Battlestar Galactica ride.

Your kids will never get bored at Universal Studios Singapore, especially when they’ll be spoilt for choice among 24 rides. Older and bolder kids can get an adrenaline rush on the Battlestar Galactica roller coaster while younger ones can go on gentler rides such as Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey.


Puss In Boots’ Giant Journey.

If you’re tired from the heat, head indoors for one of the shows such as the immersive Shrek 4-D Adventure. You can also meet some of your favourite cartoon mascots and movie characters at the meet-and-greet sessions.

Admission Fee
From $59 (Local), $62 (Tourist)
Google Reviews
4.6
(95,758)
Address
8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$77.71

18. Be a fireman for a day at an SCDF fire station open house



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@p3iling12 via Instagram

Fire station open houses are a great opportunity for children to learn about the stations’ inner workings. Most fire stations in Singapore hold open houses every Saturday morning, during which your kiddo will get a chance to sit in a fire engine, slide down a fireman’s pole, and even see a fireman’s hose in action!

Don’t stop there – add on a visit to the Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, a free-entry 2-storey museum in the Central Fire Station that’ll give the kids a more intimate look into the behind-the-scenes happenings in the Singapore Civil Defence Force.

Admission Fee
Free
Google Reviews
4.6
(404)
Address
62 Hill St, Singapore 179367
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$50.00

– Sports and adventure activities for kids in Singapore –


19. Take on a challenge with X-Scap8’s aerial skateboarding & cycling


Here’s one for the older kids ready to take on a challenge: among X-Scap8slew of new activities are high elements courses and aerial skateboarding and cycling. That’s not all – those who prefer to do ground-level activities can have a ball of a time at the bottle-smashing zone, take a swing at the golf simulator, and challenge one another at the arcade. 


The Smash Lab, where you can break bottles with safety gear.

Kids can also enjoy a smashing time – literally – at X-Scap8’s bottle-smashing zone, and try classic arcade games such as Pac-Man from just $1 at the mini arcade. 

Admission Fee
Infinity & beyond - high elements: $35/pax for 1 session (45 mins)
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Google Reviews
4.4
(53)
Address
181 Orchard Rd, #07-02 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$29.00

20. Chase new heights at kid-friendly rock climbing walls



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Glen Francis via Google Maps

Rock climbing doesn’t have to only be for grown-ups. There are plenty of rock climbing and bouldering gyms in Singapore, and the kiddos aren’t left out of the fun. Head over to Climb Central at i12 Katong for cartoon-themed walls that are kid-friendly.

The young ones can also scale the walls of UpWall Climbing at Downtown East, Pasir Ris, or Climb at T3 at Changi Airport.

Climb Central Katong
Admission Fee
From $44.28 for a first-timer Adult-Child Entry set with equipment
Address
East Coast Road, #04-01/02 112, Singapore 428802
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 11:00 PM Show More Timings
Upwall Climbing Pasir Ris
Address
1 Pasir Ris Close #01-105 Singapore 519599
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 10:30 AM Show More Timings
Climb@T3
Google Reviews
4.6
(24)
Address
65 Airport Boulevard, #B3-01/02 Terminal 3, Singapore 819663
Opening Hours:
Friday 02:30 PM - 09:30 PM Show More Timings
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21. Try a virtual kid’s course at Five Iron Golf



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Five Iron Golf

Family days out won’t be subjected to Singapore’s erratic weather at indoor golf simulator Five Iron Golf. Adult ranges aside, they’ve also got golf clinics every weekend afternoon that are made just for the young ones, with golf balls and kid-sized clubs provided.

Five Iron Golf
Admission Fee
Off-peak hours before 5PM: $42.5/30 minutes for four players
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Google Reviews
4.9
(381)
Address
139 Cecil Street, #13-01, Singapore 069539
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings

18. Attempt wakeboarding at Singapore Wake Park



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@singaporewakepark via Instagram

If you’re missing Bali’s waves but can’t fly there so soon, you can still do some pretty cool water sports at Singapore’s very own Wake Park. With secure line systems to pull you across the water, the park is suitable for beginners as young as 6 to try their hand at wakeboarding and cable-skiing.

You can choose between different systems, depending on whether you want to go on your own or if you want to wakeboard with others at the same time. For beginners, it’s probably better to go for an individual session, so that the instructor can focus solely on you for your first few tries.

After your sesh, refuel at the on-site Coastal Rhythm Cafe & Bar from which you can also spot visitors riding the waves.

Singapore Wake Park
Admission Fee
From $50/rider for a 1h session
Address
1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891 (near Car Park E1)
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings

23. Conquer the ziplines at Forest Adventure



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@linggermaine via Instagram

Forest Adventure has 3 different high-element obstacle courses for all ages, with the Kids Course with 22 crossings and 2 zip lines catering to children aged 5-9. There will be instructors and safety precautions to make sure that your entire experience is danger-free. 

Forest Adventure
Admission Fee
From $38/pax
Google Reviews
4.5
(711)
Address
Bedok Reservoir Park, Carpark A, Singapore 479244
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:30 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings

24. Beat the heat at free water playgrounds



Play @ Heights Park Toa Payoh

With the hot and humid weather, your little one will thank you for any chance given to splash around in a water playground. Make a visit to Toa Payoh for its new Play @ Heights Park, a wet and dry playground that’s nestled among towering HDBs.


Clusia Cove.

Westside folks won’t be left hanging – you guys can head to Jurong Lake Gardens’ serene Clusia Cove playground instead. Easties, take your kids to Splash-N-Surf at Kallang Wave Mall where they can have fun running around the fort, going down the slides, and getting refreshing spritzes of water from the fountains. And Northies can splash around in the Jelutung Harbour Park water playground in Sembawang.

Read our article on free water playgrounds in Singapore.


25. Get bouncing at a trampoline park



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@bouncesingapore via Instagram

Energetic kids will love trampoline parks where they can bounce to their heart’s content. Places such as JUMPRROCKS @ Kinex have trampolines, themed bouncy castles with basketball hoops, and inflatable slides for all-out fun. And Amped Trampoline Park at Raeburn Park even has a bouncy air court where kids can shoot hoops or kick a ball with their buds for 50 minutes at a time.

JUMPRROCKS
Admission Fee
From $12
Google Reviews
3.1
(12)
Address
11 Tanjong Katong Rd, B1-05 Kinex Mall, Singapore 437157
Opening Hours:
Friday 03:00 PM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings

– Educational and cultural activities for kids in Singapore –


26. Visit aesthetic museums such as the National Gallery & ArtScience Museum



Sketch Town at ArtScience Museum.

Museums don’t just provide interactive games and activities for your child, but also teach them about various topics such as art, technology and culture. The ArtScience Museum has a permanent Future World exhibition where large interactive screens can turn your crayon drawings into animals.


Art and craft activities at the National Gallery Singapore.
Image credit: National Gallery Singapore

The National Gallery Singapore houses the kid-friendly Keppel Centre for Art Education that your family can visit as many times as you wish. Apart from its public play spaces and educational interactive installation art, they also have activities including family art workshops and storytelling sessions.

Note: Even though general admission to the main galleries of the museum is ticketed for visitors from abroad, the Keppel Centre is free for all.

Admission Fee
The Museum Ticket - includes Permanent and Special exhibitions:
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Google Reviews
4.5
(14,565)
Address
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$18.17

Keppel Centre for Art Education
Google Reviews
4.6
(71)
Address
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew's Rd, Singapore 178957
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
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27. Experience winter in the tropics at Snow City Singapore



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@linda.cla via Instagram

Get your kids away from Singapore’s sticky heat and head to Snow City Singapore for a change in scenery and temperature. The sub-zero compound has 3-storey high snow slopes that’re 60m long for them to slide down.


Image credit:
Snow City Singapore

Your kids can explore igloos, have a go at the bumper cars, and stroll into the Ice Hotel Gallery which displays ice sculptures and furniture. Do bring their own winter hats and waterproof gloves if you have them for more fun playing in the snow.

Admission Fee
From $19/child | $26/adult
Google Reviews
3.5
(1,966)
Address
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$6.56

28. See natural phenomena come to life at the Science Centre Singapore


The Science Centre Singapore will fascinate your child with everything from typhoon simulators to VR experiences that will virtually take them into outer space. Step into The Mind’s Eye, a permanent exhibition with optical illusions that’ll enthrall the little ones. The rainbow-coloured Mirror Maze, laser maze, and fear exhibits are among the many other stations that’ll make time fly.


Let the kids try operating machines such as cranes at KidsSTOP.

While there, you can also pay KidsSTOP a visit. The zone is designed to let children play and learn in different themed zones, such Flight & Space, which lets them make their own constellations, and The Big Dream Climber, which features a 9m climbing structure with a music room at the top.

Admission Fee
(Singaporeans & PR): Free on weekdays during the school term | $4/child, $4/senior citizen (above 60 years old), and $6/adult on weekends and PHs
Google Reviews
4.4
(6,949)
Address
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$9.60
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29. Interact with Singapore’s story at the Singapore Discovery Centre



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@sin_kok_wai via Instagram

Singapore Discovery Centre, built to commemorate Singapore’s past and present, is great for kids because of its interactive exhibitions, 4D simulator rides, and games.

After reopening in 2020, it now boasts Singapore’s largest escape room complex the Black Lake Facility and the XD Theatre Ride with motion and weather effects.


The Black Lake Laser Battlefield.
Image credit: Singapore Discovery Centre

Also check out an AR gallery retelling significant Singapore historical moments, and pedal boats which your kids can ride while you steer them on the nearby lake.

Admission Fee
Varies, depending on activity.
Google Reviews
4.7
(6,410)
Address
510 Upper Jurong Road, Singapore 638365
Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$8.59

30. View sharks and stingrays at the S.E.A. Aquarium at Sentosa



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@playinsingapore via Instagram

S.E.A. Aquarium is a gorgeous underwater world of unique marine creatures. The see-through tunnels of the aquarium give you a view of the sharks and stingrays in the aquarium while the Open Ocean Habitat has art and craft sessions to keep your kiddo occupied.

Educational programmes for kids are held here from time to time, some letting them roleplay as ocean conservation workers and some bringing them to have a close-up look at sea life with on-site aquarists and scientists. With limited group sizes, these tours will give your child a more in-depth experience of marine creatures.

Check out our colleague’s experience working at the S.E.A. Aquarium for a day on our YouTube channel.


31. Snap optical illusion-style photos at the Trick Eye Museum



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@river_nadine_lara_naomi via Instagram

Any kid would be thrilled at the optical illusions at the Trick Eye Museum, where 2D backdrops actually show up as 3D images when seen from a certain angle. You can spend hours here posing to your heart’s content as you pretend to skydive, for example, or ride a unicorn.


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@sonic.yxy via Instagram

The museum now includes 2 rooms with AR technology, so your kids can interact with virtual motion effects, including fire and water, visible through an app.

Admission Fee
$32/adult, $28/child (4-12 years), $28/senior
Google Reviews
4
(2,996)
Address
80 Siloso Road, Southside, Blk B, #01-04, Singapore 098969
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
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RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$20.20

32. Stargaze with a telescope on a clear and cloudless day



Image for illustrative purposes only.

Don’t leave after visiting the Science Centre Singapore’s quirky optical illusions and interactive exhibits. Hang out till late to catch their stargazing sessions every Friday night ($17/pax). Here, you can gaze through their powerful telescope to spot stars, planets and faraway galaxies. Pair this with their accompanying digital planetarium shows for a night out the kids will love you for.

If you’re a Northie, Woodlands Galaxy Community Club has a rooftop observatory with a telescope you can peer through for just a dollar. Alternatively, use our stargazing spot guide combined with the Meteorological Service Singapore’s cloud coverage tracker to find a good public stargazing spot.

Admission Fee
(Singaporeans & PR): Free on weekdays during the school term | $4/child, $4/senior citizen (above 60 years old), and $6/adult on weekends and PHs
Google Reviews
4.4
(6,949)
Address
15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$9.60
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33. Make your own bikes at Unspokin to explore easy cycling trails


Bikes aren’t just customisable at Unspokin’s bicycle workshops. You’ll get a shot at building your very own bicycle from an assortment of parts. Choose the colour for your frame, handpick different components from handles to pedals, and put everything together with the help of a professional.

The 4-hour-long session gets the kids in touch with every nook and cranny of their 2-wheelers – plus, it’s a good conversation starter when you come across other families pedalling along Singapore’s many cycling routes.

Unspokin
Google Reviews
5
(41)
Address
3 Lor Bakar Batu, #05-03, Singapore 348741
Opening Hours:
Friday 02:00 PM - 08:00 PM Show More Timings

34. Check out vintage toys at the Mint Museum of Toys



Image adapted from Mint Museum of Toys

If it’s one thing that kids love for sure, it’s toys, and the Mint Museum of Toys is stocked to the brim with over 50,000 of them. The museum houses a world-class collection of vintage toys and collectables, many dating from the 1840s to the 1980s, that show how toys have evolved from way before your time to your child’s.

You might just recognise characters such as Popeye, Superman, Felix the Cat and the Flintstones. The museum also holds themed kid-friendly events and limited-duration activities announced on its socials, so do time your visit to coincide with one.


35. Join a kids’ activity at your local community centre or residents’ committee centre


There’s no need to venture beyond your neighbourhood for your kid to interact with new friends or to learn about their culture and community, as local community clubs (CCs) and residents’ committee (RC) centres regularly hold child-friendly events and classes at affordable prices.

Events include field trips to factories or family-friendly events, festival-themed storytelling, art and craft project workshops, skill courses from first aid to programming for kids, and classes run the gamut from speech and drama to playgroups to LEGO- and robot-building.


– Indoor activities for kids in Singapore –


36. Have a meal in a restaurant where kids eat for free



Bouncy castle at Cafe Melba
.
Image credit: @cafemelbasingapore via Instagram

Food: the glorious thing that keeps us all alive, made even better when it comes free for your hungry hippo child. There are plenty of restaurants out there where kids can eat free – think ramen, vegan food and even buffets.

Check out Cafe Melba at Goodman Arts Centre, Mediapolis, and Mount Sophia, where kids eat for free every Monday. Depending on which location you visit, there’s an open space for the little ones to scamper around, a kid’s corner, and even complimentary colouring sheets.

List of Cafe Melba locations.


37. Avoid the sun by heading to indoor playgrounds



Image credit:
@w00sunny via Instagram

Some days are just too hot for us to go outdoors, so it’s great when we can retreat into the cool comfort of indoor playgrounds, conveniently located within malls. Try out the pastel-coloured Smigy Playground PLQ, which is the largest indoor playground in the east, complete with a driving circuit, castles, and a ball pit with a digital game screen.


Image credit:
Klook

Or, drop your child off at The Polliwogs, with a new branch at Clarke Quay which opened in 2022, complete with a play area exclusively for toddlers.

Check out our article on the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore for more ideas.

Smigy Playground – Paya Lebar
Google Reviews
4.1
(167)
Address
10 Paya Lebar Rd, #03-05/06 PLQ Mall, Singapore 409057
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
The Polliwogs VivoCity
Admission Fee
Adults: $10 (Mon-Fri) | $12 (Sat-Sun & PH)
Google Reviews
4
(330)
Address
1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-12 VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #12, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:30 AM - 08:30 PM Show More Timings

38. Visit Airzone, the world’s first suspended net playground


Head down to Airzone at City Square Mall, where nets that hang 2-5 storeys high will give you a bouncin’ great time. As the world’s first indoor suspended net playground, it’ll have your kids jumping into a ball pit and zooming down long slides that’ll take them from one storey to another.

After you’ve bounced your heart out, grab refreshments and drinks or enjoy smart TV entertainment at the lounge, where lockers to store your barang, phone chargers, and shoe racks are also located for your convenience.

Admission Fee
$20/session
Address
City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #02-K4, Singapore 208539
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 08:30 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$21.45

39. Drop by a window decal and sand art craft kiosk



Star Arts at Westgate.
Image credit: Star Arts via Facebook

Many malls such as Westgate and City Square Mall have art kiosks, where you can sit down and rest your legs while your child releases his or her inner Picasso. They’ll give your kids the opportunity to spend 1-2 hours painting wall decals or doing sand art, which they can later bring home.

Address:3 Gateway Drive, #04-K1 Westgate, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 12.30pm-8.30pm | Fri 12.30pm-9pm | Sat-Sun 11am-9pm
Contact: 9191 4819


40. Treat the family to a kid-friendly staycation



Castle-themed suite at the Shangri-La.

Image credit: Shangri-La

Give the family a treat by taking them to one of the several kid-friendly hotels in Singapore for a staycay that will have everyone well-refreshed and entertained. One of these is Shangri-La, home to themed rooms and Buds at Shangri-La, an in-house curated indoor playground where parents can drop their kids off and enjoy some couple time.


Image credit: Furama Riverfront and Waka Waka

Alternatively, Furama Riverfront’s castle-, underwater-, and pirate-themed rooms are ideal for staycays with 2 adults and 2 kids. You’ll get pool access with floats and water toys, and easy access to Annex@Furama’s separately charged Waka Waka safari-inspired indoor play zone.

If you’re celebrating a birthday or special event with 1 child up to age 12, you can dine here in the evenings to enjoy free kids’ playtime with every 2 mains and 1 kids’ meal bought. Weekday walk-ins get unlimited playtime too.

Address
22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$345.59
Address
405 Havelock Rd, Singapore 169633
Opening Hours:
Friday Open 24 Hours Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$127

41. Cultivate a love for reading at public libraries



Woodlands Regional Library.
Image credit: @aqilahreads via Instagram

Encourage a love for reading in your little one by taking them down to libraries such as Woodlands Regional Library. It features a forest-themed corner with a giant artificial indoor tree and make-believe pond, as well as a sensory learning centre with books and toys of varying textures.

At Sports Hub Library, kids can play giant chess a la Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Else, library@harbourfront gives you a panoramic view of the sea, with deck chairs laid out for you to take in the great view as you read. The new Punggol Regional Library also houses a sprawling ground floor with a toy library, costumes for imaginative play, and an interactive word projection room.

Read our article on child-friendly features at public libraries.


42. Make your own pancakes at Slappy Cakes



Image credit: Slappy Cakes Singapore 

DIY pancakes. Need we say more? Slappy Cakes lets you and your kiddo choose from a wide range of batters for your pancakes, which you can squeeze out into your desired shapes with a nozzle bottle.

Toppings such as chocolate sprinkles and fruits can be added to your creations. Not only will your kids be well-entertained, but you can also turn your visit into a brunch outing.

Slappy Cakes (Beside Dancing Crab)
Google Reviews
4
(62)
Address
418 Northshore Dr, #01-11 Northshore Plaza II, Singapore 820418
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:30 AM - 03:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information

43. Run around at Pororo Park, a themed jungle gym



Image credit:
Pororo Park Singapore

Pororo Park‘s indoor playground revolves around Pororo the penguin himself and his different cartoon animal friends. Kids can thoroughly explore a themed playground featuring a Pororo Express train track, sensory Hinoki wood pit, jungle gym and ball pit, and bouncy castles.

There’s even a mini supermarket where children can play pretend chef, and the on-site Loopy’s Cafe with a kid-friendly menu.

Pororo Park
Admission Fee
Kids: $38/2 hours
Address
6, #02-29 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, Singapore 039594
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:30 AM - 08:00 PM Show More Timings

44. Have a thrill with the rides at Sentosa 4D AdventureLand



Image credit: Sentosa

A day out at Sentosa means guaranteed thrills for the kids, and these don’t have to stop if you’re hit by Singapore’s unpredictable rainstorms. Sentosa 4D AdventureLand, located at Imbiah Lookout, is an indoor, interactive virtual reality game zone where you can embark on log rides down a river, an adventure on a fantasy island, a cowboy-style shootout, or a ride through a ghostly mine.

Check the 4D cinema’s screening times in advance so you can arrive on time to experience action movies with simulated fog, rain, wind, and every bump and jolt as if you were the main character.

Catch an array of adventures, including a scary ride and action-adventures such as Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

Admission Fee
4-in-1 Combo (Children): $34
Address
Imbiah Road
Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM - 07:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$23.00

45. Cuddle dogs and cats at a pet cafe



Image credit:
Meomi Cat Cafe via Facebook

Cat cafes such as Meomi Cat Cafe will let your children enjoy a meal and learn how to interact with the cute kitties milling about. The friendly staff will also share the background stories of your newfound furry friends. Tip: come later in the day as the cats tend to nap when the sun’s out.


Image credit: @whatthepugcafe on Instagram

If your kids are dog people, then What The Pug dog cafe will make your heart melt completely. Each ticket includes a 45-minute pug-petting session, a canned drink, and an instant photo, plus you can purchase $3 treat bags for your child to feed the dogs and practice tricks such as getting them to sit.

This cafe only serves drinks, but you can also play one of the many board games available there.

Get an entry package to We Are The Furballs.

Meomi Cat Cafe
Admission: $14/adult and $7/child per hour
Address: 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801
Opening hours: 11am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 6296 0339

What The Pug
Admission:
$20 on weekdays, $25 on weekends
Address:
80 Haji Lane, Singapore 189271
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 12pm-8pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 6293 3350


46. Go prawning without worrying about mozzies at FishBugis+



Image credit:
Ed Chua via Google Maps

Located on the 7th Floor of Bugis+ is FishBugis+, Singapore’s only rooftop indoor prawn fishing pond and bar. Since the prawning pool is comfortably air-conditioned, no one has to fight the onslaught of mozzies or spray on a layer of sticky insect repellent.


Image credit:
FishBugis+

Restless kids can also head to the children’s longkang fishing pond. As for parents? You can relax at the in-house fish spa or crack open a cold one while the kids run free.

Fish@Bugis+
Admission Fee
Rod rental: $20/hour | $30/2 hours | $39/3 hours
Google Reviews
4.4
(803)
Address
201 Victoria Street, #07-05/06, Bugis+, Singapore 188067
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 AM Show More Timings
Contact Information

– Outdoor adventures for kids in Singapore –


47. Bring your kid to a summer or end-of-year camp


While your kids are still young, the June and December holidays should be packed with fun and activity, not monotonous tuition. Bring them to a summer or end-of-year camp in Singapore to socialise with new friends and learn new skills in an interactive manner without the pressure of grades.

From coding and robotics camps to gymnastics and field sports, art, music, dance, drama, and second language immersion camps, Singapore’s educational centres and international schools have something for everyone – you’ll wish you were a kid again.


48. Operate a construction vehicle at Diggersite


Let your little one experience being a builder for a day at the construction-themed Diggersite, where they’ll don safety helmets and vests and operate a mini digger, alongside other small-scale construction machinery.

Not only will they be having fun, they’ll also be improving hand-eye coordination and motor skills.

(Closed) Diggersite
Admission Fee
Children: $18/pax
Address
91 Lor Chencharu, Singapore 769201
Opening Hours:
Friday Closed Show More Timings

49. Instill a love for nature in your kids at farming & eco-friendly lifeskills workshops



Kids’ camps run by City Sprouts.

Image adapted from City Sprouts Facebook

City kids have few opportunities to romp around in forests and farms, but City Sprouts @ Henderson and Edible Garden City at Queenstown are the answers to that. These are modern-day spots where plants and veggies flourish. They also organise farming and eco-friendly life skill classes for the young ones.

Bring your kids to City Sprouts’ gardening, camping, composting, and even cooking workshops, and have them learn how to grow their own fruits and veggies at Edible Garden City’s camps and farm tours.

Another nature learning hub, Ground-Up Initiative (GUI), will soon be moved to Yishun Walk beside HomeTeamNS Khatib from its current site near ORTO Yishun. Here’s hoping that its outdoor life skills, farming, and cooking classes will be restarted there soon.

City Sprouts (Previously known as Sprout Hub)
Google Reviews
4.5
(327)
Address
102 Henderson Rd, Singapore 159562
Opening Hours:
Friday 09:00 AM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
Edible Garden City
Google Reviews
4.8
(57)
Address
60 Jln Penjara, Singapore 149375

50. Reminisce at old-school playgrounds


Take a walk down memory lane by bringing your kiddo to some of the old-school playgrounds that you once played at. The Dragon Playground at Toa Payoh is a classic icon, designed back in 1979. Another one is the mosaic-tiled Clock Playground at Bishan. Your children will be having a ball on the duck spring riders and clambering up the ladders to head down the slides.

Read our article on old-school playgrounds


51. Snorkel among fish at Adventure Cove Waterpark



Image credit:
@erikahocson via Instagram

Adventure Cove Waterpark is not just any water theme park – they’ve pulled out the big guns with their Ray Bay attraction, where you can wade in water and feed stingrays. Or, snorkel at the Rainbow Reef and enter the underwater world of many different brightly-coloured fish amongst the reefs.

Race your kid on the Dueling Racer slides as the two of you plunge down on mats to see who reaches the finishing line first. Or team up together in Spiral Washout as you both hang on to your floats and spin round down the slide at top speed.

Admission Fee
Adult (18-59): $26 for non-peak | $32 for peak
Show More
Google Reviews
4.4
(5,148)
Address
8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269
Opening Hours:
Friday 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM Show More Timings
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$22.00

52. Get an adrenaline rush with the Skyline Luge


The Skyline Luge Sentosa is a thrilling experience where you and your child can zoom down slopes and tracks on a vehicle that moves with gravity and momentum. Before you ride the luge down the hill, you can opt to take the Skyride, a chairlift that will let you soar above the canopy of trees with a Sentosa sea view. After getting to the top, choose from 4 luge trails to zoom down.

For a more memorable experience, come on Friday or Saturday nights when the tracks are colourfully lit and you can see a sparkling view of the sea around Sentosa as you ascend via the Skyride.

Admission Fee
From $32 for a package with 3 Luge & 3 Skyrides
Google Reviews
4.6
(8,226)
Address
45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099003
Opening Hours:
Friday 11:00 AM - 09:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$27.26

53. Have a splashing great time at Wild Wild Wet



Image credit:
@gyurizzing_ via Instagram

The water theme park Wild Wild Wet has undergone a revamp in recent times with new rides such as Torpedo, an 18m-high slide that keeps you going at 70km/hour, for daring children craving that adrenaline rush. For younger children, there’s the Shiok River, where all they have to do is relax on a tube float as the currents sweep them along gently.

Pro tip for families: book a cabana that comes with a curtain, mini-fridge for drinks, Wi-Fi, and a fan to cool off in between slides.

Admission Fee
Adult: $26 (Off-peak) | $35 (Peak)
Show More
Google Reviews
4.3
(4,049)
Address
1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 519599
Opening Hours:
Friday 12:00 PM - 06:00 PM Show More Timings
Contact Information
RECOMMENDED TICKETS AT S$23.20

Things to do with kids in Singapore


Everyone always seems to be occupied these days – with adults cramming deadlines at work and children occupied with school, family time does seem to be getting increasingly rare.

Instead of heading to the same places over and over again, toss the phones aside and head out with the kiddos to form some new core memories together. You’d never know just how much you might enjoy yourself!

Check out what’s near you with this list of activities on TSL’s Google My Maps:

If somehow, you need more activity ideas:


Cover image adapted from: Five Iron Golf, @linda.cla, @erikahocson, @river_nadine_lara_naomi, @mud.krank, Singapore Discovery Centre, Klook, @wearethefurballs, @diggersite, @playinsingapore, Bollywood Veggies, @vvens

Originally published by Persis Gan on 20th March 2019. Last updated on 31st May 2023 by Jessica Fang & Xin Tian Koh.
A portion of this content may contain referral links to products. Our opinions remain our own.

 

 

 

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