Let’s face it, Singapore weather in UNPREDICTABLE, so we’re always on the hunt for fun things to do indoors with kids (have you seen our mega guide to the best indoor playgrounds in Singapore?). Between the bouts of torrential rain, scorching heat and protecting our kids from air pollution during the haze, we’ve had our fair share of days when entertaining the kids outdoors just isn’t an option. If you’ve read and re-read all your favourite children’s books or exhausted your usual indoor playgrounds and list of rainy-day activities for home, we’ve prepared a whopper list of ideas – for kids of all ages – for you to choose from. So whether you’re looking for high-energy adventures such as laser tag or snowboarding (yes, you can do this in Singapore!), or want to chill out at a fantastic library or spend a day at the cinema with a difference, there’s something here to keep the whole family amused with our 100 things to do indoors…
Keep them entertained with culture
1. ArtScience Museum
Kicking off our 100 things to do indoors is ongoing FUTURE WORLD exhibit, the ArtScience Museum which tops our list for a blistering hot or rainy day activity… it really is a mind-blowing experience that will mesmerise the kiddos. Enter a room where flowers bloom on the walls, sit back and watch waves, stack giant blocks glowing with light and enter a ball pit like you’ve never seen before. Get the full scoop on our own visit to FUTURE WORLD and head over to the ArtScience Museum, stat. Here’s a hot tip: take advantage of Family Fridays, when the cost of one adult ticket includes entry for up to four kids!
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018974. p. 6688 8888; www.marinabaysands.com/museum
2. Asian Civilisations Museum (ACM)
Whether you have lived in Asia your whole life, or are making it your home for now, this museum is packed with really cool stuff from around these parts and is a worthwhile expedition for finding out about Asian history and culture. With a recent and ongoing renovation, there are more displays than ever, making it a great pick for a rainy afternoon. We particularly love checking out the bounty from a 9th-century Tang shipwreck – extra marks for this one as it is not only fun, but free!
Asian Civilisations Museum, 1 Empress Place Singapore 179555. p. 6332 7798; www.acm.org.sg
3. Maritime Experiential Museum
Connected to S.E.A. Aquarium, the Maritime Experiential Museum is one of the newer museums in Singapore. Here, kids can experience Asia’s long and rich maritime history and discover Singapore’s own story as a trading port. Displays are multi-sensory and interactive so your little sailors can have fun while learning cool stuff. Check out the life-sized ship replicas, the collection of drums that kids can create some serious noise on, and don’t forget to head to the Typhoon Theatre to take a thrilling ride on board a sailing ship! Do note that it is currently undergoing major renovations and is due to re-open in its full glory later in 2017.
Maritime Experiential Museum, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269, p.6577 8899; www.rwsentosa.com
4. Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum
If you’ve got dino-mad wannabe palaeontologists, take them to Singapore’s very own Jurassic World. With three 150 million year old diplodocid sauropod dinosaur skeletons on show for small and large humans to gawk at in wonder, this really is a big treat for dinosaur fans. Take note though that this is NOT a pitch up and have a look place like most museums: tickets must be pre-booked via SISTIC.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377; www.lkcnhm.nus.edu.sg
5. National Museum of Singapore
The clue is in the name and this one has been around for donkey’s years (since 1887!), but this is our top pick for a day out learning about the country we live in. Kids will love the two new immersive art installations as they enter the main gallery, Story of the Forest and Singapore, Very Old Tree, and we throughly enjoyed the Singapore History Gallery for a history lesson on our this small but mighty island developed from Singapore to Syonan-To and finally to the Singapore we know today.
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd Singapore 178897. p. 6332 3659; www.nationalmuseum.sg
6. MINT Museum of Toys
Take your youngsters on a trip down your own Memory Lane to show them the toys you used to play with back in the day when there were no game consoles (unless Binatone TV Master counts?). With its world-class collection of vintage toys and childhood memorabilia from more than 40 countries, this place will serve up a heap of nostalgia for parents, and puzzled wonderment for the kids. If you have a Star Wars fan in the house, then the current Robot Toys Through Classic Movies exhibition will be right up their intergalactic street.
MINT Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street Singapore 18838. p. 6339 0660; www.emint.com
7. Peranakan Museum
Discover the culture of Peranakan communities in Southeast Asia at the Peranakan Museum. Try to visit on the second Sunday of the month to catch the Straits Family Sundays program, a four-hour workshop which includes a craft activity, a guided tour plus music and dancing.
Peranakan Museum, 39 Armenian Street Singapore 179941, p. 6332 7591; www.peranakanmuseum.sg
8. Singapore Art Museum
The Singapore Art Museum (SAM) is home to modern and contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia. SAM has one of the world’s largest public collection of modern and contemporary Southeast Asian artworks and for any arty kids in your brood, this is a perfect hangout. Don’t forget to visit The Learning Gallery, where small folk are encouraged to get thinking about art.
Singapore Art Museum, 71 Bras Basah Rd, 189555; www.singaporeartmuseum.sg
9. Buddah Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
There are so many beautiful temples to explore in Singapore, and we especially love The Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a four-storey Buddhist temple and museum complex found in the heart of the Chinatown district. The temple is based on the Tang dynasty architectural style and built to house the tooth relic of Buddha. This place is ornate, opulent and full of fascinating tales and history. Make sure you catch one of the free guided tours for this must-see temple and museum.
Buddah Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, 288 South Bridge Road Singapore 058840; www.btrts.org.sg
10. National Gallery Singapore
The National Gallery is one of our absolute favourites for a family day out and when Sunday rolls around, you’ll often find us at the Keppel Centre for Art Education, hanging out at the Colour Wall and exploring Sandra Lee’s Enchanted Treehouse. If you love the place as much as we do, you’ll also know how hard it is to drag your kids away from the Who’s In the Woods interactive forest. Head on over before the end of October 2017 to catch the cool, colourful activities happening as part of the first Children’s Biennale: Dreams & Stories.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #01–01, 178957; www.nationalgallery.sg
11. East Inspirations Chinese Tea Party
We stumbled across this truly lovely antique shop purely by chance on a lunchtime stroll, and can’t wait to go back to experience one of its Chinese Tea Parties. All teas will be served as part of a personal collection belonging to owner, Mr Cheong, and he and his friendly staff will happily share tea, stories and hospitality: all they ask in return is your time and sincerity by way of payment. Kids welcome!
East Inspirations, 33 Pagoda Street, Singapore 059192; www.east-inspirations.com/experience
12. Parkview Museum
Calling all shark lovers! If you haven’t had a chance to dive into the On Sharks & Humanity exhibit, happening now until 9 September at the Parkview Museum Singapore, now’s the perfect time! Shark lovers big and small can sink their teeth into this intriguing exhibit of vivid sculptures, paintings and films. Did we mention it’s absolutely free?
Parkview Museum Singapore, 600 North Bridge Road, Parkview Square, Courtyard & Level 3; www.parkviewmuseum.com
Libraries for little book worms
13. Central Public Library
Located in the belly of the National Library, My Tree House is a beautifully and sustainably designed haven for book lovers – and it’s the world’s first ‘green’ library for kids. Jam-packed with over 45,000 books for kids four to 12 years, there’s enough here to keep even the most avid of bookworms entertained. With plenty of space for the kids to lounge around with a good read, you will also find e-reading kiosks and The Knowledge Tree, an interactive installation that promotes environmental awareness. It’s all in line with the library’s eco-friendly ethos. Saturday and Sunday reading sessions make this a great weekend pit stop for all.
#B1-01 National Library Singapore 100 Victoria Street Singapore 188064; www.nlb.gov.sg
14. Queenstown Public Library
With regular craft sessions, movie screenings and even gardening activities, Queenstown has a lot going on for the whole family. Pop by for the Story Time session every Wednesday, 7.30pm to 8pm and Saturday 10.30am to 11am.
Queenstown Public Library, 53 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149297; www.nlb.gov.sg
15. Woodlands Regional Library
Could there be a better theme for this library than an enchanted wood? Little ones are sure to love the Enchanted Tree display and they will not be short on a book choice or two; with some 8000 titles to choose from, this place boasts the largest collection of Asian children’s literature in Singapore! With its very own catalogue for kids (Kids Cat), even tiny bookworms can search for their own reads, easy peasy.
Woodlands Regional Library, 900 South Woodlands Drive, #01-03 Woodlands Civic Centre, Singapore 730900; www.nlb.gov.sg
16. The Cat Museum, Muses and Mansion
The Cat Museum, Muses and Mansion is the purr-fect destination for lovers of all things feline. Aptly situated on Purvis Street, The Cat Museum is comprised of three areas: The Museum depicts the history of cats around the world, Muses is an art space where you can get creative with your crayons, pencils, paints or camera amongst the resident cats, and the Mansion is a playground for the kitties – complete with toys and scratch posts. Drop by between noon to 2pm and you can de-stress by playing with adorable furry friends as part of the ‘Lunchtime Kitten Therapy’ programme. Or, if you’re looking for a kitty to add to the family, The Cat Museum also works with the Cat Welfare Society to find orphaned felines a forever home.
The Cat Museum Muses and Mansion, 8 Purvis Street, #02-02 Singapore 188587, p. 6336 2133; www.thecatmuseum.com.sg
18. Meomi Cat Cafe
Tucked away in Kampong Glam, this cafe is the place to unwind with some feline friends. Priced at $13 per hour and $5 for subsequent hours, children four years and above are allowed in to pet and play with a cute furry friend.
Meomi Cat Cafe, 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801, p. 6296 0339; www.facebook.com/meomicatcafe.
19. The Cat Cafe
A paw-some way to spend a wet or hazy day if you have kids six years and older. Unlike its competitors that charge by the hour, The Cat Cafe allows you to spend all day here to hang out with the kitties as you pay per entry ($15). Visitors can even join in feeding the felines at special times throughout the day.
The Cat Cafe, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030, p. 6338 6815; www.thecatcafe.sg.
20. Neko No Niwa
Owners Sue Lynn and Sam are firmly believe in the power of feline friends to help relieve stress and sadness. This one gets a big paws up from us as its feline superstars have all been rescued. Bring kitty-loving kids age seven and up for this one.
Neko No Niwa, 54A Boat Quay (Level 2), Singapore 049843, p. 6536 5319; www.catcafe.com.sg.
21. The Company of Cats
The Company of Cats is another cat cafe with a conscience. All of its residents are rescue cats. Bring your kids age seven years and up to hang out with kitties while you munch on hot pocket toasties and sip coffee. Meet Belle, the Meowketing Director, who is a favourite amongst visitors for her incredibly soft fur and quiet personality, and Elliot the Sales Meownager, who loves having his head stroked for hours. The cover charge is $14 per hour and $5 for subsequent hours.
The Company of Cats, 6B Mosque Street (Level 2), Singapore 059486, p. 6220 3835; www.thecompanyofcats.sg.
22. We are the Furballs
If you’re more of a dog person, then take a woof-while visit to We are the Furballs: a dog-petting cafe. The four-legged furries here are all smaller dog breeds and they will love playing with new human friends age 10 years and up. Entrance is $8.50 on weekdays and $9.50 on weekends.
We are the Furballs, #07-07, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067; www.facebook.com/wearethefurballs.
Under the sea… under the sea…
23. S.E.A Aquarium
Check out this amazing marine world which is home to more than 100,000 fishy friends in every shape, size and colour imaginable. The shark tunnel, containing over 200 of these cool predators, is a must, as is the gigantic Open Ocean habitat which will have you wondering if you are watching the marine life, or if they are watching you! We particularly love the shipwreck and open aquarium at the end of the exhibit, where kids can touch and hold underwater creatures. This spectacular aquarium will have family members of all ages mesmerised.
S.E.A. Aquarium, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098269; www.rwsentosa.com
For crafty kids and cooks
24. Imagine Artly
This little gem is a hit with our HoneyKids junior reporters, who have spent many a rainy afternoon making sand art, decorating ceramic figures, and getting creative with a window painting or two over the years. There’s a heap of fun stuff here for kids to get crafty with. Find this cheap and cheerful boredom-buster outside Isetan on the second floor of Parkway Parade.
Imagine Artly, Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Road, Singapore 449269, p. 9008 5398; www.facebook.com/imagine.artly
Chances are that if you’ve been in a shopping mall around Singapore recently, you will have noticed kiddos riding on mechanic lions, giraffes and elephants around the place! ZooMoov are fairly new to Singapore, but already popular with little ones who fancy whizzing around the shops on an animal ride. Look out for ZooMoov’s cool arts ‘n’ craft stations too, where small hands will love making squidgy pictures out of colourful dough.
ZooMoov, various locations, www.zoomoov.com
26. Eat Play Love
Eat Play Love is every parent’s dream… a fantastic cafe with yummy Thai and Western grub with a side order of craft for the kids! Little ones can get crafty for just $5 per hour (two hours on weekdays) and have a ton of fun with the free-flow art materials to create their own masterpieces – while parents dine in peace. Your crafty kid can choose to create foil art, make paper puppets or dolls and monsters, make a sock monkey or tinker with kiddy fave, Shrink Plastic.
Eat Play Love, 28 Aliwal Street #01-07 Singapore 199918, p. 6444 6400; www.eatplaylove.com.sg
27. Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle
Just off Jalan Bahar, you’ll find one of the last two dragon kilns in Singapore! Apart from the fascinating and humungous dragon kiln itself, the main attraction is spending an afternoon rummaging through its vast collection of pottery. Sign up for a pottery workshop to try your hand at your own creations – there are sessions for both littles and grown-ups. Events are regularly updated on its Facebook page so you can plan your own day of clay throwing with the kids.
Thow Kwang Pottery Jungle, 85 Lor Tawas, Singapore 639823, p. 6268 6121; www.facebook.com/tkpotteryjungle
28. The Pantry Cookery School
We have long lusted over the cakes and scrummy delights served up at The Pantry. But now we can use the oncoming wet season to our advantage and book some hands-on cooking classes for the kiddos: it’s all part of our grand plan to have our little cooks whip us up some treats!
The Pantry Cookery School, 75E Loewen Road, Singapore 248844, p. 6474 0441; www.thepantrycookeryschool.com
29. Pizza Express Pizza Making Party
UK household name Pizza Express arrived on Singapore shores last year (in Orchard to be exact) – dough balls and all. Its pizza-making parties run for two hours – during which time your little chefs will don a hat and apron and get messy with flour, dough and delicious ingredients – and we think any kind of gathering that teaches our kids how to make pizza is a winner for sure!
Scotts Square, Unit B1 08/09, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore, 228209; www.pizzaexpress.sg/parties
30. Cookery Magic
Besides learning how to be the next Nigella Lawson or Gordon Ramsay, your little chef will get a mental workout at Cookery Magic too. Sign the kids up for the Cooking Up A Story class, where the children are read a story before being guided through the kitchen to create the dishes from the tale. A novel AND yummy idea for sure.
Cookery Magic, 117 Fidelio Street, Singapore 458492, p. 9665 6831; www.cookerymagic.com
31. Hungry Mummies Cookery Class
This one might need a little forward planning, but if you fancy doing some cooking with your mini chef then this is the answer. Mother and child classes are available upon request and held in your own kitchen where you can whip up yummy kid-friendly recipes such as cauliflower mac and cheese and sausage rolls. Classes can be tailor-made to suit even the fussiest little eaters!
Hungry Mummies, p. 9743.7685; www.hungrymummies.com
A day at the movies – with a difference
32. The Projector
This refurbished historic cinema is currently Singapore’s coolest cinema thanks to its 70s feel and vintage charm. Catch a kid’s classic movie in either The Green Room, which boasts old-fashioned flip-up chairs, or the Redrum, which has bean bags in the lower rows where you can cosy up and feast on popcorn.
The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Singapore 199589; www.theprojector.sg
33. Imax at the Omni-Theatre
Enjoy a larger-than-life movie experience at Singapore’s IMAX dome theatre. Its recent upgrade to a highly advanced digital fulldome system is designed for a fully immersive experience and new additions to the screenings include live shows by science educators so your kids will can enjoy a thorough exploration of space science.
Omni-Theatre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433; www.omnitheatre.com.sg
34. Alliance Française
In the mood for a French cinematic treat? Alliance Française has monthly screenings of children’s French films so your little one can be exposed to a new language and cultural experience. Très bon!
Alliance Française, 1 Sarkies Rd, Singapore 258130; www.alliancefrancaise.org.sg
35. Gold Class at Golden Village
Treat yourself to a cocktail glass of sweets, a massive comfy chair and waiter service for your popcorn with this ultimate movie experience. With locations scattered around the Little Red Dot, Gold Class at Golden Village is the comfiest way by far to watch a movie with the rug rats.
Golden Village, Various Locations; www.gv.com.sg/GoldClassHome
36. The Screening Room
Get together with some other mums and hire out one of the cool rooms here to play some movies of your own choice. Little ones will love having their very own cinema!
The Screening Room, 12 Ann Siang Road Singapore 069692; www.screeningroom.com.sg
Burn some energy!
37. Zoom Park Asia
Occupying over 20,000 square feet, Zoom Park Asia comprises 10 attractions (activity zones) including a trampoline dodgeball court, swinging fidget ladder, high performance trampoline mats, parkour walls, slam dunk courts, slackline, tumble tracks and a 17-metre lateral rock wall. Even the most high-energy kids will tire out here!
Zoom Park Singapore, 200 Pandan Gardens #01-14, Singapore 609336, p. 6334-4615; www.zoomparkasia.com
Kids bouncing off the walls at home? Let them do it for real at Amped! If an hour of flying around on 5,000 square feet of trampolines doesn’t use up that crazy kid energy, then nothing will. Make sure to book in advance: locations are at Jurong East and River Valley.
Amped, Jurong East and River Valley; www.ampedsingapore.com
39. Onsight Climbing Gym
Onsight Climbing Gym is the biggest indoor climbing gym in Singapore and as children are natural climbers, this place will make a Spidey of your little one in no time. For $38 per child (minimum of two kids aged between five and 12), kids can clamber up walls and really challenge themselves here.
Onsight Climbing Gym, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718 (Old Singapore Badminton Hall), p. 6348 8272; www.onsight.com.sg
40. Clip ‘n’ Climb
Oh how we love this indoor play addition to the Tampines area, and with its 19 themed climbing walls , Clip ‘n’ Climb is an action-packed climbing theme park that is suitable for wannabe Spideys of all ages (minimum weight is 10kg). Check out our full review of indoor climbing for kids at Clip ‘n’ Climb Singapore before heading ofter to scale the lofty heights.
Clip ‘n’ Climb, HomeTeamNS Tampines, 51 Tampines Ave 4, #03-03 Tampines Hub Singapore 529684; www.hometeamns.sg
41. MBS Skating Rink
For those of you who fancy a spin around a skating rink but without the cold, Marina Bay Sands offers just the thing. Its rink is family-friendly and suitable for all levels of skating prowess from novice to intermediate. Take note though: the Skating Rink will be closed from 16 October 2015 to 9 January 2016 for the annual Christmas event.
MBS Skating Rink, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956; www.marinabaysands.com
42. Urban Ski
Skiing and snowboarding in sunny Singapore? Bring it on! The newly opened Urban Ski provides ski fun for kids as young as four year on its indoor rotating ski slope. Skiers and Snowboarders of any level can learn, improve and perfect their technique without having to travel to far-off lands for ski season.
Urban Ski, Millenia Walk 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-46/47/48/49 Singapore 039596, p. 62380575; www.urbanski.com.sg
43. Ice Skating at Kallang Ice World
Head to Kallang Ice World to whizz around on a competition standard ice rink for some ice-skating fun. Skate hire is available on site, and there is a spectator’s gallery for those who would rather watch than whirl!
Kallang Ice World, 5 Stadium Walk Singapore 397693, p. 6242 1220; www.leisurepark.com.sg
44. Snow City
Snow City is the only permanent indoor snow centre in Singapore – who doesn’t love the idea of a mini winter wonderland in the tropics for kids to experience Arctic conditions, igloos and ice? Warm gear is provided and the kids will love the snow chamber, which features a 60m long snow slope for the whole family to try some snow tubing!
Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd Singapore 609433, p.6560 2306; www.snowcity.com.sg
This 5,500 sq ft laser tag operation is sure to be a big hit with adventurous and older kids. With 35 game formats to cater to every skill level and for kids age seven onwards, you and the mini-tactical team can navigate through mazes, shoot down opponents and have a whole heap of fun. Rain and haze-proof activity sorted.
LaserOPS, 60A Orchard Road B1-04/05/06, Singapore 238890; www.laserops.com.sg
46. Belly Dance Discovery (BDD)
Need a rainy season activity? Why not sign the kids up for a bellydancing course? This one runs every Saturday for Little Genies age five upwards, from 12-1pm. Kids will learn the ancient art of Middle Eastern creative movement, which will improve co-ordination and body awareness for your little shakers while they have fun and make new friends.
Belly Dance Discovery, Various Locations, p. 9879 9960; www.bellydance.com.sg
47. Golazo Futsal Singapore
Futsal is a variation of soccer/football, which is played with five to seven players a side. So get your small strikers together with some friends and get a pitch booked for an hour or two of futsal fun at an all-weather, sheltered pitch. If you would rather spectate than participate, check the schedule as the live games are open for public viewing.
Golazo Futsal Singapore, 21 Jurong West Street 23, Singapore 648196 ; www.golazo.com.sg
48. The Cage
Is your sporty kid in need of some action? Sign your wannabe David (or Davinia) Beckham up for the Little Big People football coaching classes (age four to 16) at The Cage, or hire a pitch ad hoc for a bunch of kids to run riot with a soccer ball. The Cage also offers, in association with Shaws Little League, some great sports and fitness classes including tennis, golf, basketball, and rugby.
The Cage, Kallang and Turf City locations, p. 6344 9345; www.thecage.com.sg
49. Orchid Bowl
Strike yourself a pile of fun by donning a pair of funky bowling shoes (available for hire on site) for a spot of ten pin bowling at an Orchid Bowl. Suitable for kids of all ages (once able to walk, of course), bowling is a great and affordable activity for the whole family.
Orchid Bowl, Various Locations; www.orchidbowl.com.sg
50. Trifecta Martial Arts
This martial arts school specialises in Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu classes, with lessons running every day for different age groups and skill levels. Kids as young as three can join in these classes designed to help children build confidence, develop a positive attitude, and pick up some cool life lessons along the way.
Trifecta Martial Arts, Bukit Timah, Novena and River Valley; www.trifecta.com.sg
Head to Telok Blangah with your little bugs age from age two for a fun yoga class with a twist. This combination of storytelling, action songs and moves inspired by yoga all make for a magical class for kids that encourages creativity and confidence. Want more? Check out our guide to yoga classes in Singapore for kids.
YogaBugs, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994, p. 6469 1873; www.yogabugs.com.sg
52. Superfly Monkey Dragons
Parkour for kids? Now here’s something to leap about. Active kids will be buzzing with excitement when they find out they can learn the art of parkour here in Singapore (and for those who have no idea what that means, you may know it as free running: a sport which involves rapidly moving through an urban environment, negotiating obstacles by running, jumping, and climbing). Kids as young as four can join the fun, and you can choose from drop-in classes or courses. This activity can be based both indoors and outdoors, so check class schedules for full details.
Superfly Monkey Dragons, Various Locations, p. 8511 5510; www.superflymonkeydragons.com
Head over to iFly with your over-sevens and experience the ultimate thrill-seeking experience: sky diving! Thankfully, this is where your daredevil kids can experience all the fun but without the risk. First-timer packages come with a training session, complimentary flight gear, personal training from a flight instructor and a flight certificate to prove that you and your small sky diver have conquered gravity!
iFly, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Sentosa Island Singapore 099010; www.iflysingapore.com
Safe, soft landings for small people
54. Playeum, The Children’s Centre for Creativity
This cool concept over at Gillman Barracks consists of a series of creative spaces designed as a playground to ignite the imagination. Playeum’s new exhibit, Making it Home – Dreaming Rooms, Making Spaces, Creating Places is now open and is packed with hands-on fun that will get young minds thinking about the home as a source of many ordinary materials that can have multiple purposes in supporting imagination, innovation and sustainability. There’s a soft play section for tiny visitors, too. Look out for the pink elephant at the entrance!
Playeum, Blk 47 Malan Road Gillman Barracks #01-23 Singapore 109444. p. 6262 0750; www.playeum.com
55. Cool de Sac
A cool choice for cool kids from age six months up to 12, this place comes with enough choice to suit even the most hyperactive of kiddles. While your day away with a coffee or ten while the small people tear around checking out the various play stations which include Lego building, art areas, a tree house, climbing structures and slides and an area dedicated to the more dramatic amongst the family in the form of Backstage. Tweens will also have fun here challenging friends to the various geeky consoles available for them to develop their thumbs on.
Cool De Sac, 3 Temasek Boulevard Suntec City Mall #02-379/80 Singapore 038983. p 6337 0205; www.cooldesac.com.sg
Amazonia play centre is jam-packed with fun for all the family. With 9000 square feet of space, this place has it all: an eight-metre high slide, five-level play gym, fun zones including 3D glow golf and a space-ball shoot out, plus a toddler play area and a jungle gym zone. There is food AND coffee, so tired kids and worn-out parents are well taken care of.
Amazonia, #03-08 Great World City Mall (Level 3), 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994. p. 6235 4522; www.amazoniafun.com
Fidgets @ The Grandstand is a winner with all the family, from itty bitty toddlers up to the bigger kids and parents. And it’s a fab way to entertain the kids after they’ve endured a long browsing session through Chillax Market and Pasarbella with you! Here, older kids get to take part in cool classes such as baking, art and craft and even a make-over (for an extra fee), while little ones can enjoy the special toddler area where they can play without being knocked flying by the enthusiastic older kids. Need to refuel? Just take a seat at the in-house cafe.
Fidgets,200 Turf Club Rd, #03-10 The Grandstand, Singapore, 287994. p. 6466-7611; www.fidgets.com.sg
58. The Polliwogs
With three centres to choose from (Eastpoint Mall, Vivo City and Suntec City), The Polliwogs offers sure-fire fun for kids. Slides, climbing and ball pools galore will keep them entertained all day long. Added bonus? The in-house coffee lounge is kitted out with CCTV so that you can keep an eye on your kiddies while you sneak in a caffeine hit.
The Polliwogs, Eastpoint Mall and Suntec City locations, p.6376 8097; www.thepolliwogs.com
59. Waka Waka by the Polliwogs Annex @ Furama
When we heard about the brand new “Waka Waka” offering from The Polliwogs in River Valley, we just had to road test it on your behalf. Straight up – our kids had an absolute BLAST! A fun animal safari theme runs throughout the centre, and it has a range of cool zones to entertain different ages which is actually quite rare for an indoor play centre in our experience. Definite tick of approval – we’ve already scheduled our next visit and were bringing friends!
407 Havelock Road, Furama Riverfront, Annex@Furama #05-01; www.thepolliwogs.com/waka-waka
60. Explorer Kid
Explorer Kid has two locations, Downtown East and AMK Hub. Kids will love checking out the enormous indoor spaces which boast a cliff rock climbing wall, glowing ball pit, toddler area and an adventure highlands rope course.
Explorer Kid, E!hub@ Downtown East 3rd Floor, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore, 519599 and AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore, 569933. p.6589 1668; www.explorerkid.com
61. Kidz Amaze
With 12,700 square feet of space designed specially to be visually appealing as well as developmentally sound, Kidz Amaze is one that not only suits the teeny ones, but actually has cool stuff for the tween and teen brigade too. Chuck the whole family in there for a serious day of fun.
Kidz Amaze SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 Singapore 319387, (and there’s a branch at SAFRA Jurong). p.6355 4550; www.safra.sg
62. The Petite Park
The Petite Park is aimed at the under seven’s with equipment designed to encourage social participation, co-ordination and balance. The mini-carousel is a hit with the little ones, and the role-play area packed with cool toys to encourage your little chef, your home-maker or even your firefighter into some serious play-acting.
The Petite Park, Changi City Point, p. 6636 1568; www.petitepark.com.sg
63. Kaboodle Kids
This ‘Imagination Playground’ on the East Coast is a fantastic way to get those small brains active while having oodles of fun! Kaboodle’s oversized blue foam blocks, noodles and balls are designed to inspire creativity. The sky is the limit with what you can create – but there are also great suggestions for what you can build and the lovely staff here are only too happy to help. Mini master builders can construct their own castle, ball ramp, or even a race car – but we have to say, quite a few dads get engrossed in the fun here, too. The most fun? Demolishing the creations, of course.
Kaboodle Kids, 88 East Coast Road, #02-05 Katong Square, 423371. p. 6247 7020: www.kaboodlekids.com.sg
64. Go-Go Bambini
Every day is a play day at Dempsey’s kid hang-out Go-Go Bambini. With a playscape that includes a flying fox, ball pits, tunnels, climbing walls, interactive panels and the some super high slides, this is four levels of space to explore for kids of all ages. With an in-house cafe to re-fuel at, this one is a great choice for a whole day of non-hazy fun.
Go-Go Bambini, Block 8 Dempsey Road #01-15 Dempsey Hill Singapore 247696. p. 6474 4176, www.gogobambini.com
65. Royce Kids Gym
Royce Kids Gym is aimed at babies and toddlers and we especially love this place for being savvy enough to rotate and change their toys on a regular basis, giving our small people something new and fun to play with every time we go. Monster High dolls are a new addition to their toy stash so while it is pitched at younger kids, there is also plenty to do for those up to age seven.
Royce Kids Gym, Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road #02-20/21, Singapore 179030. p.6720 1111; www.roycekidsgym.com
66. Power Kids Gym
Have yourself a high energy kid to entertain? Look no further than Power Kids Gym and its open gym sessions! A soft space for your budding gymnast to roll, cartwheel, jump, swing and rope climb all in a safe place, which is sure to wear out the even the buzziest of kids
Power Kids Gym, 81 Clemenceau Avenue, #02-12 UE Square, Singapore 239917.p. 6333 8511; www.powerkidsgym.com
67. Hokey Pokey
Hokey Pokey is as educational and is it fun for kids from 6 months to 6 years. Let them explore freely to develop their sensory motor skills while still having a ton of fun. Created by five mums who know exactly what kids love, this is a great choice for your little ones who fancy dressing up as Spiderman, baking pretend cakes for the family or tearing around in soft and safe space.
Hokey Pokey, 33 Sengkang West Avenue #B1-28/29 The Seletar Mall Singapore 797653. p. 6702 2981; www.hokeypokey.com.sg
68. Teddy and Me by Singkids
If it is bright, colourful and innovative play equipment you are after, then rain or shine bring the kids to Teddy and Me by SingKids at Changi Airport. Small people will have hours of fun checking out the interactive stuff that is geared for you not to sit and watch, but for you to join in with too. A soft, safe play zone for whiling away an otherwise boring stuck at home kind of day.
Changi Airport. p. 6832 8002; www.singkids.com.sg
69. The Tiara Society
Step into your own fairytale and transform your little frogs into princes and princesses for the day! The Tiara Society literally is your little one’s dream come true as they rummage through the racks of princess gear and host a tea party dressed head-to-toe in royal finery. Our own Junior Reporters had a ton of fun as Queen Elsa and a dashing knight, and while this is geared more towards the pink princesses of the family, the younger boys will have a great time too (being bossed about by an older sister mostly).
Tiara Society, UE Square, #01-32, 83 Clemenceau Avenue, Singapore, 239920.p. 68229485; www.thetiarasociety.com
70. The City
Imagination is one of the best ways of learning. Fact! And The City has imagination in abundance! Your mini humans will have a chance to try out life as a grown-up by trying a heap of professions such as doctors, firefighters, police, nurses, chefs or even a barista! They will also love checking out the superhero zone and then visiting the miniature supermarket (dressed as a superhero if they so wish!). There’s a new branch at i12 Katong to check out too!
The City, #03-04A Liang Court Shopping Centre, River Valley Road, Singapore 179030. p. 6250 6507, and i12 Katong, 112 East Coast road #03-31; www.thecity.com.sg
71. Cookie & Monkey Kid’s Lounge
Do you fancy a spot of shopping minus the tiny folk and their tantrums? Well head to VivoCity where you will find Cookie & Monkey Kid’s Lounge which provides a drop-off service for kids age around 2 and upwards (so long as they are toilet trained). The kids will have a blast with the carers, creating some fabulous arty masterpieces and playing with the piles of toys in the Lounge while you browse your way around Vivo in peace.
Cookie & Monkey Kid’s Lounge, #02-105/106 VivoCity 1 Harbourfront Walk Singapore 098585. p. 6222 2868; www.facebook.com/Cookie-Monkey-Pte-Ltd
This place is massive! Kids can work in a career of their choice in the mini replica city which houses streets, shops, workplaces, fire stations, cafes and even an Oreo factory! Not only is this place top-notch fun, but the kids will learn the value of money as they spend their pay check in KidZos currency around town. Read our review on KidZania Singapore before heading over to find your little ones’ future vocation!
Kidszania, 1 Cove Avenue, Singapore 098537. p. 6653 6888; www.kidzania.com.sg
73. Trapped Escape Room Singapore
Escape Room Singapore is an experiential attraction where a group of players have to work together in a team to solve mysteries, find clues and ultimately find their way to victory. There are three themed rooms to choose from (including a Friday the 13th room and an World War 3 room), and each room is suitable for different ages ranging from seven and up. So find yourself an escape route from your usual haunts and book yourself in for some super sleuthing and escapology!
Trapped Escape Room Singapore, Locations at Kampong Glam and Orchard Link; www.trapped.sg
74. The Escape Artist Singapore
The Escape Artist has nine active themed rooms across two outlets (Harbourfront and Prinsep Street), with varying levels of difficulty to cater for everyone from newbies to the professionals. Kids under 12 years need an accompanying adult to be in the room with them, which means the grown ups will have a ton of fun too helping to solve the plots and puzzles of the experience.
The Escape Artist Singapore, Harbourfront and Prinsep Street; www.theescapeartist.sg
75. Lockdown Sg
Lockdown Sg is a reality first-person adventure game brought to life. In the game you and the kids (children age 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult), are locked in a room and must work out how to escape. The game requires players to use critical thinking skills in order to solve the challenges and riddles, perfect for a bit of family bonding time!
Lockdown Sg, Clarke Quay Central; www.lockdown.sg
Tricks for the eyes
76. Trick Eye Museum
Trick your eyes well and truly at the Trick Eye Museum where it manages to turn two-dimensional paintings into three-dimensional images. Through the use of optical illusions and three-dimensional paintings, floors and ceilings will come alive and make for some hilarious photography opportunities. Be ready for a couple of hours of fun and laughter, all with a dose of education and culture.
Trick Eye Museum, Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway #01-43/44 Singapore 098138; www.trickeye.com
77. Sentosa 4D Journey to Mysterious Island
This state-of-the-art theatre is fun for all family members measuring over 90cm. Be tossed around in your seats as you live the adventures of the Journey 2: The Mysterious Island
Sentosa 4D Journey to Mysterious Island, Imbiah Lookout Sentosa; www.sentosa.com.sg
78. Sentosa Extreme Log
Head over to Sentosa CineBlast for a thrilling 4D motion-simulated ride. CineBlast combines the virtual ‘roller coaster’ rides with high-definition wide-screen projection so that you and the kids will be tricked into thinking you are flying to the top of a mountain before a stomach-churning rush back into the valley. This one is suitable for smalls over 90cm.
Sentosa Cineblast, Imbiah Lookout Sentosa Island; www.sentosa.com.sg
Jump on your own horse, put on your stetson hat and start shooting the bad guys in this Old West themed 4D interactive shoot-out game. Minimum height is 110cm for your small cowboys and girls.
Desperados, Imbiah Lookout Sentosa; www.sentosa.com.sg
80. Flight Experience Flight Simulator
Top of the”when I grow up” list for many kids is the role of a pilot. Well now the sky is the limit and they can try out for themselves life as a pilot as part of the Flying Start program. Offering an exclusive learning program especially designed for children and students of all ages, the aim is put children in the Captain’s seat of a Boeing 737. All sessions are fully interactive and allow children to have fun in a learning environment as part of the Junior Jet Club experience.
Flight Experience Flight Simulator, Singapore Flyer 30 Raffles Ave #02-06 Singapore 039803; www.flightexperience.com.sg
81. Madame Tussauds
Families have been flocking to Madame Tussauds around the world for over 250 years to rub shoulders with their fave stars, and now this popular attraction has made it to Singapore. You and the littlies can strike a pose on the red carpet with the likes of Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp, before hopping on to the ‘Spirit of Singapore’, the first ever Madame Tussauds boat ride which will sail your through a dazzling, fantasy Singaporean garden. You definitely won’t feel a dummy for picking this great family day out!
Madam Tussauds, 40 Imbiah Rd, 099700; www.madametussauds.com
Theatre and performing arts
82. Kids Performing Academy of the Arts
Kids Performing Academy of the Arts is a school developing children as young as three years in the art of performing. Courses in performance training include singing, dancing, acting and stage performances. So unleash the mini thesp in your child and sign them up for a possible path to stardom!
Kids Performing Academy of the Arts, 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-478 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983, p. 6836 5008; www.kidsperforming.com
83. Dancing Kids
Aimed at your little dancers age five and below, join in these $10 classes at various condos on the East Coast for either its Music and Movement Class or Mummy and Me Ballet. The aim of the classes is to allow your small ballerinas to build confidence and interact in a structured environment, whilst improving their coordination, learning basic dance movements and of course having fun! Group and individual ballet lessons are also available.
Dancing Kids, various locations, p. 9028 9485; www.facebook.com/dancingkidssg
84. Tanglin Arts Studio
If your child wants to get to the pointe and dance then Tanglin Arts Academy has it all: ballet, hip hop, tap, jazz, freestyle, and even Glee Club! Billy Elliots in the making can have their turn with boys-only classes. Ages from two and upwards.
Tanglin Arts Studio, Various Locations, p. 6479 0304; www.tanglinartsdancestudio.com
85. Singapore Repertory Theatre
If the clouds have set in, or the haze is unbearable, then check out the Singapore Repertory Theatre (SRT) for performances sure to be a big hit with the littlies. With plenty of productions by The Little Company, aimed at families showing all through the year, do join its mailing list for news of upcoming theatrical delights.
Singapore Repertory Theatre, DBS Arts Centre – Home of SRT, 20 Merbau Road Singapore 239035, p. 67338166; www.srt.com.sg
86. PLAYTime! Esplanade
As well as being a super funky building to check out anyway, Esplanade have an ongoing theatrical programme going on, PLAYtime! is a series designed for young audiences aged two to four with the aim of nurturing their interest in performing arts. At PLAYtime!, toddlers in the audience will be encouraged to join in the narration with simple actions. Each presentation aims to develop linguistic and physical awareness, while encouraging interaction and play with other members of the audience. Like its Facebook page to stay updated on future sessions.
PLAYTime! Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive Singapore 038981; www.facebook.com/playtime.esplanade
A bit of pampering
87. Trimmings Salon and Spa
A great choice for mini divas, Trimmings Salon and Spa features a pocket friendly menu of manicures, pedicures, facials and massages for kids aged up to 15 years. It is a perfect pampering pick for a kid-friendly spa party (choose from Best Friend Forever or Princess Party), and also runs a Fun Manicure Class for beauty fans who fancy learning all about the art of manicures.
Trimmings Salon and Spa, 75e, Loewen Road Tanglin Village Singapore 248845, p. 6471 1922; www.trimmings.com.sg
88. Curly and Spike
Do your little one’s tresses need some serious style help? In that case use a bad weather day as an excuse to head to Curly and Spike for a choice of not just cool cuts, but you will also find on offer face painting, massages, manicures, pedicures and more. And if you fancy getting together a small tribe of glam smalls then why not book a party with hip themes like Princess Party, Dazzling Divas, Bollywood Night, Arabian Jewels and Retro Disco to choose from?
Curly and Spike, UE Square 81 Clemenceau Avenue #02-14, Singapore 239917, p. 6733 9298; www.curlynspikestore.com.sg
BabySPA offers not only baby massages and haircuts at its centres, but also hilarious photo opportunities at its water training sessions of your child bobbing around in a tub supported by a rubber ring. Located throughout Singapore, this is a fun choice for your teeny tiny people and guaranteed to have both baby and you chuckling!
BabySPA, Various Locations; www.babyspa.com.sg
Fun on the menu
Eating out with kids can sometimes be, erm, challenging. So to make for a dining experience easy for all, take yourselves down for some food and some fun to Marche. With a dedicated children’s play area, and great kid’s food choices for even the pickiest of eaters, this is top of the menu when it comes to hiding from the haze with some tasty grub.
Marche, Various Locations, www.marche-restaurants.com
91. The Bank Bar and Bistro
Rain clouds ruining your picnic plans with the kids? If so head to The Bank Bar and Bistro which not only caters for the kiddies, but also features a dedicated playroom. Grown ups get to eat and chat in peace while the smaller diners are entertained amongst a heap of toys.
The Bank Bar and Bistro, #01-01 One Shenton 1 Shenton Way Singapore 068803; www.thebankbar.com
Last but definitely not least…
92. Changi Airport
Changi Airport is one of the few airports in the world where local people go just to hang out. Why? Well for most airports they are geared to just being a gateway to overseas destinations, but for Changi Airport it is already quite the family-friendly destination in itself. With an indoor soft play, airplane spotting opportunities, huge slides, the sky train and indoor playgrounds, this is a one stop place for hours of fun for family members both small and large.
Changi Airport, Airport Boulevard Singapore, p. 6595 6868; www.changiairport.com
93. Science Centre
The Science Centre remains a perennial fave for the whole family. With geeky gadgets galore, super cool exhibits, and a ton of whacky stuff to make you go “wow”, this is a day out that will suit any age. It certainly knows how to make science inspiring and exciting with its interactive exhibits, housed over 14 galleries, which cover a wide range of topics related to science, technology and mathematics. We love the Butterflies Up Close exhibit for a back-to-nature experience.
Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Rd Singapore 609081; www.science.edu.sg
94. Gardens by the Bay
Take the kids over to Gardens by the Bay and get out of the dodgy weather by entering the Cloud Forest Dome, a mysterious world veiled in mist and boasting its very own 35m mountain for you to explore. Get blasted by the the world’s tallest indoor waterfall as you arrive, and then make your way to the moutain summit to begin your descent back down through the clouds. A fun and educational choice where kids will learn about the unique biodiversity and geology of cloud forests as well as the environmental threats they face today. Once you have conquered the mountain, head next door to the Flower Dome. Displays change regularly and always have a topical theme to sniff and admire.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive Singapore, 018953; www.gardensbythebay.com.sg
95. Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom
Creepy crawly your way over to the Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom for a day out that won’t bug you in the slightest. Part inside, part outside, it is surrounded with lush tropical greenery and showcases a huge variety of beautiful butterflies and interesting insects.
Butterfly Park and Insect Kingdom, 51 Imbiah Rd Singapore 099702; www.jungle.com.sg
96. St Games Cafe
For the video-game loving young folk this is a hot spot of pure gaming heaven, St Games Cafe aims to inject a huge dose of video-gaming fun and entertainment to everyone in a cosy and comfortable setting. You will find everything from Wii to Kinnect here along with a ton of game choices, so with its great package deals and fun staff this is definitely a choice your kids will love.
St Games Cafe, #03-06 Handy Rd, Former Cathay Building Singapore 229233; www.stgamescafe.com
97. Build-A-Bear Workshop
For the soft at heart, this is a bear-y special choice for a teddy bear-themed experience that combines the universal appeal of plush animals with an interactive process that allows children from three to 103 to create their own huggable companions. We only wish they did some of the wardrobe choices in our size!
Build-A-Bear Workshop, Various Locations; www.buildabear.com.sg
98. Singapore Airforce Museum
For a high-octane, free day out, you can’t get any better than the Airforce Museum. Sprawling over almost 11,000 m² of land, the kid-friendly exhibitions spread across an outdoor gallery plus eight air conditioned indoor galleries. Who knows, maybe while you’re daydreaming about Maverick and Iceman, your little one might have found a vocation.
RSAF Museum 400 Airport Road Singapore 534234; www.mindef.gov.sg
99. The Observatory
If your kids are old enough not to turn into pumpkins once darkness descends, kick off your weekend at the Science Centre Observatory. Your junior astronomers will leave starry eyed and full to the brim with telecscope skills and planetary facts.
The Observatory (Omni-Theatre Building) 15 Science Centre Road, Singapore 609081; www.science.edu.sg/events/Pages/Stargazingfaq
100. Quan Fa Organic Farm
We love our organic vegetable deliveries from Quan Fa Organic Farm, and a visit to the farm itself is our idea of a great green day out with the kids. Step into nature’s classroom on an awesome organic farm tour and smell, touch and taste organic veggies, harvested on the spot! Learn about the different stages of growing fruits, salad greens, herbs and vegetables, from seeding to harvesting.
35 Murai Farmway Singapore 709145; www.quanfaorganic.com.sg
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