If your little one is not so little anymore, and has outgrown birthday celebrations at indoor soft play centres, or is way too cool-for-school for the bouncy castle birthday parties you threw in bygone years, fear not! We know what teens really want to do in Singapore, and have scoured the island for the best party ideas for teenagers in Singapore: spa days, adventuring and even a spot of surfing! Read on for huge brownie points with your teen when you suggest the best birthday ever…
THE PAMPER SESH: FOUR SEASONS SPA & L’OCCITANE
For your teenage divas with expensive tastes, why not treat them to some retail therapy on Orchard Road, followed by a luxe treatment at the divine Four Seasons Spa & L’Occitane? Girls will be in heaven after enjoying a Shea Nourishing Comfort Facial (perfect for sensitive skin), or a Revitalizing Aromachologie massage (which helps relieve physical and mental stresses like boyfriend woes/exams!).
Hot tip: This is the ONLY spa in Singapore where you will find L’Occitane spa treatments.
The package (treatments priced individually per person): Complimentary use of sauna, steam room, swimming pool and car park.
Cost: Shea Nourishing Comfort Facial: $175, Revitalizing Aromachologie Massage: from $160). Other options also available.
Four Seasons Spa & L’Occitane, 190 Orchard Boulevard, t. 6734 1110; www.fourseasons.com/singapore/spa
HIT THE SURF: WAVE HOUSE SENTOSA
Being mum to a teen is a constant tidal wave of emotions so where better to ride those waves than by heading to Sentosa for a spot of surfing or bodyboarding over at Wave House? Your teen and party of dudes and dudettes will love this wet and wild idea, and with reasonably priced packages your wallet won’t feel totally wiped out either.
The package: Wave House will create a package that suits you.
Cost: From $58 per child (includes one hour surfing plus main meal and drink).
Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, 099007, t. 6377 3113; www.wavehousesentosa.com
PULLING STUNTS: THE FLYING TRAPEZE & ROCK WALL
Head to the Shangri-La Rasa Resort and soar above Siloso Beach as your teen party swings its way into some high-flying fun. The kids will get to try out life as a flying acrobat and with the assistance of a certified trapeze instructor will hang upside down and attempt some impressive stunts whilst eight meters off the ground. Once all that hanging around is over and done with, next up is a scramble or two up the rock wall. Empty bellies will definitely need refuelling after all that action, and the adjoining pizza joint, Trapizza will definitely hit the spot.
Hot tip: Our own HoneyKids teen reporter says the spaghetti carbonara is “boss” (translation: really rather nice).
The package: Options can be catered to your requirements.
Cost: From $10 per swing and $5 per climb.
The Flying Trapeze & Rock Wall, 101 Siloso Road, 098970; www.shangri-la.com/singapore/rasasentosaresort/sports-recreation/sports-facilities/
BEACH BASH: TANJONG BEACH CLUB
All teens fancy themselves a little bit hip ‘n’ happening, so where better to show off their cool status than at the impossibly stylish Tanjong Beach Club? Teens will love its top-notch grown-up menu (we especially love the delish lobster bun with a side order of truffle fries), and the Club’s mellow beach vibe. If lounging around on the oversized beach beds is not your teen’s bag, then they can spike a volleyball on the huge expanse of sand at the club, followed by a dip in the 20ft infinity pool. Private area hire is available and with a dedicated events team to customise the party, you can score extra points with your teen for hooking them up with a rodeo bull machine, dunking machine, giant Twister or giant Jenga. We want this party!
The package: The options are endless. The events team will put together to perfect package for you.
Cost: Day/Beach beds are free during the week, but have a minimum spend of $200 per bed at the weekends. Private area hire costs from $60 per person for a food and non-alcoholic drink package.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, 098942, t. 9750 5323; www.tanjongbeachclub.com
FOR YOUNG FOODIES: COOKING COMPETITION AT EXPAT KITCHEN
It’s probably high time those teens of ours starting being a bit useful in the kitchen. So get those budding MasterChefs to cook up a storm and make a party of it. Expat Kitchen’s cooking party is competition-style, with teams competing against each other to produce the best dishes using mystery ingredients. Chefs will be guided by the professionals whilst whipping up teen faves such as pizza, curly noodle frittatas, cupcakes and s’mores.
The package: E-invites, recipe folder (with your child’s portrait), qualified course instructor, ingredients supplied, snacks and juice, sit down meal, setting and cleaning up the party.
Cost: $1500 (up to 10 children), $35 each additional child (11-15 children) or $30 each additional child (over 15 kids).
Expat Kitchen, 9 Norris Road, 208252, t. 6299 4221; www.expat-kitchen.com/
THE GREAT ESCAPE: LOCKDOWN SG
Most teens spend a large amount of time and energy trying to escape… from doing the dishes, tidying their rooms, getting their homework done and walking the dog. We say put those cunning teenage brains to good use and organise a party at escape room venue, Lockdown SG. Parties can host up to eight people and once they have finished playing Houdini, head to adjoining cafe, Coffeemin, to continue the celebrations where you’ll find Xbox games, board games and a pool table.
Hot tip: If you book Lockdown SG and combine it with a Coffeemin two-hour hire, $50 less will escape your wallet by way of a discount.
The package: Options can be catered to your party requirements.
Cost: From $19 per person for Lockdown SG. From $6 per person per hour at Coffeemin. Birthday cake is extra charge.
Lockdown SG, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-33 Clarke Quay, 059817, t. 6222 6100; www.lockdown.sg
RED CARPET TREATMENT: GOLD CLASS AT GOLDEN VILLAGE
Who doesn’t like a great big comfy reclining chair, a fluffy blanket and a cocktail glass full of M&Ms when watching the latest blockbuster movie? Your teen will love a VIP cinema party with friends, plus the burgers or fish ‘n’ chips that are served at their chairs without them having to take their eyes off of the silver screen. Bonus: Wine can be brought to your own comfy reclining chair while you supervise the teens…
The package: Prices are per seat and food and drink optional extras.
Cost: From $29 per seat.
Golden Village Cinemas, various locations, t. 6653 8166; www.gv.com.sg/GoldClassHome
THE DAY TRIP: PULAU UBIN
If getting your teen out of the house for some fresh air is a bit of a challenge, then why not up the ante and challenge those teens to a treasure hunt? This will take some forward planning, but we absolutely love the back-to-basics vibe and natural beauty over at Pulau Ubin. Plus, we reckon the teens would secretly relish the chance of a trek and some treasure-hunting in the great outdoors. Drop them off at Changi Ferry Terminal with their maps, water, sunscreen, some cash, bug spray, their backpacks (and probably a mobile phone) and a sense of adventure and then pick them back up when they are exhausted, smelly with treasure in hand. Bike hire is also available over there as an alternative to trekking, and don’t forget to check out our guide to Pulau Ubin to help you plan the day!
The package: Entirely up to you!
Cost: Boat ticket: $3 each way
Access to Pulau Ubin is from Changi Ferry Terminal. Bum boats leave for the 15-minute journey once they have 12 passengers on board. Private hire is available at $30 per boat.
CREATIVE FUN: FLOWER ARRANGING WITH SOPHIE AT WILD FOR FLOWERS
If your teen is the hands-on type then why not host a pretty but practical party in the form of a flower arranging session? Sophie at Wild for Flowers is one of our favourite florists in Singapore, and runs parties for budding florists that will have your teens blooming with happiness. Bonus: no need for party bags at this flowery affair as guests will all get to take home a floral arrangement created by their own fair hands.
The package: Sophie is a qualified florist and will come to your home/function room with a truck load of carefully selected blooms for your floral masterpieces. Containers, aprons and full guidance will be given plus all mess will be taken care of for you once the party has finished.
Cost: $30 per person (minimum of ten).
Sophie@Wildforflowers, t. 9733 0534; www.facebook.com/sophieatwildforflowers
THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: FOREST ADVENTURE
Forest Adventure is currently upgrading for an even bigger and better experience (it reopens in May 2017, folks) so we say tip your teens out of bed and head over for an aerial treetop escapade. Think wobbly logs, rope swings, rickety bridges and a couple of leaps of faith: the perfect excuse for your teen to show off. The HoneyKids team has tried out the Forest Adventure experience and it’s definitely for fearless types (energetic teens will probably think it’s a breeze), but zip lining over Bedok reservoir after mastering a challenge is an unforgettable thrill!
The package (six kids & one supervising adult):
Dedicated supervising instructors; Reserved area at Base Camp, themed birthday invitations, themed birthday cake with candles, water and soft drinks. Full packages and prices will be confirmed once Forest Adventure reopens in May.
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir, t. 8100 7420; www.forestadventure.com.sg
Photography: Paramount Pictures
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