When the heavens open, it can really put a dampener on play. Confined spaces and humidity can produce cabin fever that even play dough and colouring can’t break. Time to pop open those umbrellas and make a dash for cover somewhere else on this little island with our 10 rainy day activities for kids list!
Flower Power – Gardens by the Bay Conservatories
Children will love an exploration in and around plants from cool-dry regions around the world inside the Flower Dome. Pint-size mountaineers can scale a very safe 35 metre high mountain inside the cool-moist atmosphere of the Cloud Forest, and descend on walkways that give an aerial view of the canopy below, past the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.
Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953, p.6420 6841, Daily 9am-9pm. Admission is $15 for children aged 3 to 12 and $28 for adults for entry to both conservatories.
Let’s Get Physical – Amped
Bounce on 5000 square feet of interconnected trampolines at Singapore’s first indoor trampoline park. Timeslots available for small bouncers but it may take a little forward planning as sessions can get booked out in advance. Admission is $9 per child under 12, and includes a parent. If your child is under 3 you can jump along too and if they’re over 4 you can watch while your child has your heart in your mouth! Check the website for session times.
Amped, Level 2 of 369 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437126, p. 8669 4894.
Book It – Central Public Library
Find Cinderella in the basement and thousands of other characters waiting to be rescued by your little one. First, they will have to make their way through the enchanted forest – the world’s first green library for kids has taken root here with a magical tree house as its centrepiece. Pull up a branch or borrow their books to take home.
Central Public Library, 100 Victoria St, 01-01, Singapore 188064, p. 6332 3255, Mon-Sun 10am-9pm.
Blow my Mind – Singapore City Gallery
Let your kid make like a mini-King Kong as they step through Singapore on a tiny scale. Three floors of audio-visual exhibits and architectural models of Singapore should hold their interest till the rain abates. There’s also a 270 degree panoramic sights and sounds show. Be sure to check the website before you go, as it’s packed with educational resources as well.
Singapore City Gallery, 45 Maxwell Rd, Singapore 069118, p.6321 8321, Mon-Sat 9am-5pm. Admission is free.
It’s a Date – Ten Pin Bowling
Get goofy and strap on those Ronald shoes at Super Bowl or Orchid Bowl. Both have multiple locations and very reasonable rates at under $5, whether your visit is at a peak or non-peak time. Check their websites for locations and session times.
Super Bowl // Orchid Bowl
Take a Ride – Duck Tours
Quack quack and all aboard one wacky ride. Kids will love this amphibious outing, and the rain will be literally water off this Duck’s back. Book online and board at Suntec City.
Duck Tours, p. 6338 6877. Pricing is $2 for children aged 2 and below, $23 for children aged 3 to 12 and $33 for adults.
Food, Glorious Food – Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre
If you have a mini master chef on your hands, they will love a visit to this 24 hour, 7 hectare site that supplies fruit, vegetables, and dry goods to wet markets, hawker centres, and restaurants. Lively auctions take place between 2am and 4am, but with any luck, your little one won’t be feeling so lively at that hour. Check out blocks 6-13 for vegetables, 14 to 17 for dry goods, and 18 to 26 for fruit. Our pick is Xenxin Organic.
Xenxin Organic, Blk14 Pasir Panjang Wholesale Centre #01-25, Singapore 110014, p. 6779 7839.
Animal Crackers – Jurong Frog Farm
Listen to an American Bullfrog Choir, and observe how frogs camouflage themselves at this unique farm. A family tour will see children get the chance to pet, feed and take a photo with a frog. Make an appointment if you’re heading there during the week.
Jurong Frog Farm 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6, Singapore 718864, p. 6791 7229. Admission is $25 for a family tour.
Craftwork – Impressions Art Studio
Choose a ceramic animal or object and let your little one create a masterpiece with paint. Painting on canvas, batik and scrapbooking are also available. The best part? No need to book. Prices depend on the craft chosen.
Impressions Art Studio 02-25 Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Singapore, 259760, p.6465 8908, Mon-Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 11am-6pm.
Retail Therapy – Art Friend
From feathers to felt, this store has every variety of craft material waiting to be made into paper dolls, masks, or jewellery. The only limit is your imagination. Check their website for locations.
Now if this is not enough to occupy your little one’s on a wet day, simply don a pair of wellies and head to Horse City where some of our favourite potholes brim for some good old fashioned puddle jumping!
Images: Central Public Library, Gardens by The Bay, Duck Tours, Jurong Frog Farm.