Rain pouring down? Blazing heat? Hazy Singapore day? No problem – we've found 100 things to do indoors with kids of all ages...
Let’s face it, the weather in Singapore is 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 list of rainy-day activities at 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!), 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!
GET A CULTURE FIX
1. ArtScience Museum
With its new Disney: Magic of Animation exhibit, the ArtScience Museum is top of our list for a blistering hot or rainy day activity. It really is a mind-blowing experience that will mesmerise the kiddos. Fall in love with your favourite Disney stories and characters, and uncover the artistry and technological innovations that bring to life the characters we love and adore. No doubt, it’s a popular attraction so we suggest purchasing your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment! We also go wild for the amazingly cool and interactive FutureWorld exhibit.
ArtScience Museum, 6 Bayfront Ave Singapore 018974, p. 6688 8888
2. Asian Civilisations Museum
Whether you’ve 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. 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
3. Trick Eye Museum
Trick your eyes well and truly at the Trick Eye Museum, where two-dimensional paintings are transformed into three-dimensional images through the use of optical illusions and clever angles. This place makes 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, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #01-43/44, Singapore 098138, p.6795 2371
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 is a big treat for dinosaur fans! Unlike other museums in the city, tickets to the museum must be pre-booked via SISTIC.
Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, 2 Conservatory Drive, Singapore 117377
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. Head for the glass rotunda at level 2 where you will find Story of the Forest, an immersive experience that transforms 69 drawings from the William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings into three-dimensional animations. Very cool!
National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd Singapore 178897, p. 6332 3659
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 Atari 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.
Mint Museum of Toys, 26 Seah Street Singapore 18838, p. 6339 0660
7. Singapore Science Centre
Get your kids interested in science as they wander around the Singapore Science Centre! There are fun, hands-on activities and exhibitions for the kiddos to enjoy that’ll fuel their interest in science. See the life cycle of butterflies, explore its living laboratory of plants and animals in their habitats, discover the relationship among the different forms of energy with an interactive exhibit and other cool exhibits that might just blow their minds.
Singapore Science Centre, 15 Science Centre Rd, Singapore 609081
8. Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum
There are so many beautiful temples to explore in Singapore, and the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, a four-storey Buddhist temple and museum complex found in the heart of the Chinatown district, is one of them. Here’s a cool fact: the temple’s architectural style is based on the Tang dynasty, and built exclusively 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.
Buddha Tooth Relic Temple and Museum, 288 South Bridge Road Singapore 058840
9. 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 with our small humans. The current exhibit, Wandering in Black and White, will have your little ones exploring cityscapes using sight, sound and touch.
National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
LIBRARIES FOR LITTLE BOOKWORMS
10. 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.
Central Public Library, National Library Singapore, #B1-01 100 Victoria Street, Singapore 188064
11. Tampines Regional Library
If you are living in one of the East Coast neighbourhoods, then head down to Tampines Regional Library, where every third Saturday of the month you will find special programs for small people age four to six years. Kids love the craft sessions and puppet shows, and don’t forget to check out Story Time every Tuesday from 4pm to 4.30pm, first Sundays of the month 12.30pm to 1pm, and Saturdays from 11.30am to 12pm (on the second and fourth Saturday of the month). Want to boost your child’s understanding in Mandarin or Malay? Then pop round to the library on the second Sundays of the month from 12:30pm to 1pm for storytelling in Mandarin, and every first Friday of the month from 4pm to 4.30pm for storytelling in Malay.
Tampines Regional Library, 1 Tampines Walk, #02-01 Our Tampines Hub, Singapore 528523
If you haven’t checked out one of Singapore’s newest libraries, you need to – not only is it super-friendly for kids, it boasts 200,000 books, magazines, and audio-visual materials in its new space. Plus, there are plenty of nooks and crannies and space for the kiddos to sit around and read. There’s also a Children’s Zone where kids can check out digital books and activities, and a makerspace where they can make their own DIY crafts, fiddle with puzzles and more. Storytelling sessions are on every Thursdays and Fridays, from 5.30pm to 6pm.
[email protected], 1 Harbourfront Walk, #03-05 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
13. 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! And, it has its very own catalogue for kids (Kids Cat) so tiny bookworms can search for their own reads: easy peasy!
Woodlands Regional Library, 900 South Woodlands Drive, #01-03 Woodlands Civic Centre, Singapore 730900
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 for the Story Time session every Wednesday from 7.30pm to 8pm and Saturday from 10.30am to 11am.
Queenstown Public Library, 53 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149297
15. Meomi Cat Cafe
Tucked away in Kampong Glam, this cafe is the place to unwind with some feline friends who love human companionship. Plus, you’ll also get play and pet with each of the seven cats that reside in the cafe, while you enjoy your pastries and beverages. Suitable for children aged six and over.
Meomi Cat Cafe, 668 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188801, p. 6296 0339
16. Neko No Niwa
Owners Sue Lynn and Sam 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
17. 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 ($16). Visitors can even join in feeding the felines at special times throughout the day. Fun fact: all cats in The Cat Cafe are adopted or re-homed strays!
The Cat Cafe, 241B Victoria Street, Singapore 188030, p. 6338 6815
18. I.N.U Cafe & Boutique
Pup down to this dedicated doggo cafe where you’ll get to treat yourself and the kids to delectable Asian delights. Plus, if you’ve got a furkid, there’s a dedicated in-house grooming service, pet boutique on-site, and food specials for furkids!
I.N.U Cafe & Boutique, 530 Balestier Rd, #01-06/07 Monville Mansions, Singapore 329857
19. We are the Furballs
If you’re more of a dog person, then take a woof-while visit to We are the Furballs, Singapore’s first 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 $12.50 per person for 1.5 hours.
We are the Furballs, #07-07, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067
FOR THE SEA-LOVERS
20. 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
21. Maritime Experiential Museum
Connected to S.E.A. Aquarium, the Maritime Experiential Museum showcases Asia’s long and rich maritime history, where you can 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 onboard a sailing ship!
Maritime Experiential Museum, Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Singapore 098269
FOR CRAFTY KIDS AND COOKS
22. 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, even with 3D pens!
Imagine Artly, Parkway Parade, 80 Marine Parade Rd, Singapore 449269, p. 9857 1611
Formerly Eat Pray Love, [email protected] is every parent’s dream… a fantastic cafe with yummy Western-Asian fusion grub with a side order of craft for the kids! Little ones can get crafty for just $5 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 other crafts!
[email protected], 28 Aliwal Street #01-07 Singapore 199918, p. 6444 6400
24. 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
25. ToTT Store
This kitchen supply store should be your go-to whenever you need new kitchenware! But that’s not why we’re including ToTT in this list: the store has regular cooking classes for junior chefs and even has culinary camps over the holidays. Your little one will be whipping up cakes and signing up for Junior Masterchef in no time. And it’s a good bonding sesh with your kids!
ToTT Store, various outlets, check the website for more details on locations for classes.
26. 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. Private mother and child classes are available upon request and held in your own kitchen where you can whip up yummy kid-friendly recipes. Classes can be tailor-made to suit even the fussiest little eaters! If not, check out their small group cooking classes.
Hungry Mummies, 58 Telok Blangah Heights, Singapore 100058, p.8860 0038
A DAY AT THE MOVIES (WITH A DIFFERENCE)
27. The Projector
This refurbished historic cinema is currently Singapore’s coolest cinema thanks to its ’70s feel and vintage charm. Check its website periodically for screenings of kid-appropriate films!
The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, #05-00, Singapore 199589
28. IMAX at the Omni-Theatre
Enjoy a larger-than-life movie experience at Singapore’s IMAX dome theatre which, if you didn’t know, doubles up as an observatory, too! With a highly advanced digital full-dome system, it’s designed for a fully immersive experience and new additions to the screenings include live shows by science educators, so your kids will enjoy a thorough exploration of space science.
Omni-Theatre, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
29. 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
30. 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.
31. 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
BURN SOME ENERGY
32. Amped Trampoline Park
If an hour of flying around on 5,000 square feet of trampolines doesn’t use up that crazy kid energy, then nothing will. Amped Trampoline Park comprises multiple activity zones including a gladiator pit, slam dunk zone, trampoline dodgeball court, parkour wall, high-performance trampoline mats and a foam pit. Even the most high-energy kids will tire out here!
Amped Trampoline Park, 46 Kim Yam Road (The Herencia Level 2) Sports Hall, Singapore 239351, p.8228 5961
33. 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 $12 per child, 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
34. 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
35. 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
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, 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. Best for kids aged seven onwards.
LaserOPS, 60A Orchard Road B1-04/05/06, Singapore 238890
37. Jessy Zhou Belly Dance
Need a rainy season activity? Why not sign the kids up for a belly dancing class? Kids will learn the ancient art of Middle Eastern creative movement, which will improve coordination and body awareness for your little shakers while they have fun and make new friends.
Jessy Zhou Belly Dance, 511 Guillemard Rd, #02-30, Singapore 399849, p. 9450 8991
38. Golazo Futsal Singapore
Futsal is a variation of soccer/football, which is played with five to seven players on each 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
39. 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, three venues – Kallang, Turf City, and Home United Youth Football Academy. Visit its website to find out more.
40. Holey Moley
Holey Moley has great mini-golf courses that are fun for the whole family. Putt your way with the kids through 18 mini-golf holes, which are all modelled after familiar Singapore landmarks. No special skills, training or fitness level required! Just be ready for lots of funs and challenges. Psst, it’s also a bar, so be sure to bring the kids there before 8pm!
Holey Moley, Clarke Quay, 3B River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024, p. 800 492 2410
41. 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 tenpin 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.
42. 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, Central Square, 20, #01-05 Havelock Rd, Singapore 059765, p. 8111 7019
43. Ohmsantih Yoga
Let the kids enjoy a nurturing and non-competitive environment to relax and play at Ohmsantih Yoga! The theme of each class is suggested by students and teachers, which encourages creativity and confidence. Your young ones will enjoy its mindful activities and games that tie in with yoga poses and self-awareness.
Ohmsantih Yoga, 50 Bussorah St, Singapore 199466, p. 9336 2556
44. Superfly Monkey Dragons
Parkour for kids? Now here’s something to jump for joy 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
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 skydiver have conquered gravity!
iFly, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01 Sentosa Island, Singapore 099010
46. Pororo Park
One of our top soft play centres, this is one of our fave things to do indoors with kids in Singapore. This Pororo-themed kid’s indoor playground has a Hinoki pit that is a feast for the senses – not only is it safe, but it also stimulates multiple senses at once during play. Kids can also play pretend and shop at the Petty Supermarket, or dive into the Shark Ball pool, hop aboard the Pororo express train, visit Pororo’s house and so much more.
Pororo Park Singapore, 6, #02-29 Raffles Blvd, Marina Square, Singapore 039594, p. 6250 9700
47. SuperPark Singapore
Go crazy with all the activities SuperPark has to offer! This indoor playground has three exciting activity areas that are full of non-stop fun. Jump around on the trampolines in the Freestyle Hall, shoot some hoops at its Game Arena or race your friends at the Adventure Area. Parents, we’re sure you’ll want to join in the fun, too!
SuperPark Singapore, #02-477, Suntec City (North Wing), 3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 1, Singapore 038989
An indoor playground and a kid’s arcade? This massive children’s entertainment centre is the stuff of every kid’s dream – they can climb around the jungle gym, work on their crafting skills, play with kinetic sand and Legos and so much more. Dang, we wish we were kids again!
Kidzland, The Grandstand, #02-14, 200 Turf Club Rd, Singapore 287994, p. 6763 3773
49. BOUNCE Singapore
Get all the wiggles out at this high-octave jumping area. With trampolines at every corner and various thrilling activities, the kids will probably never want to leave. By the end of the session, we guarantee they’ll want to go down for nap time without making any complaints.
BOUNCE Singapore, Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd, #09-01 Cineleisure, Singapore 239695, p. 6816 2879
It might seem daunting – considering it’s a suspended net playground in a mall – but you have nothing to worry about at AIRZONE! There are three levels to explore, each with distinct themed zones and unique games that all members of the family can enjoy. It’s also incredibly thrilling being able to look down at the atrium of City Square Mall as you jump around on the bouncy nets. Not to worry though, the nets are safe enough to hold the weight of two public buses!
AIRZONE, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Road, #02-K4, K10, Singapore 208539, p. 3159 0767
This place absolutely has to be in any ultimate guide to things to do indoors with kids – it’s a massive hit for both the kids and the adults! Littlies can work in a vocation of their choice in the mini replica city that houses streets, shops, workplaces, fire stations, cafes and even an ice-cream factory. Not only is this place top-notch fun, but the kids will learn the value of money as they spend their paycheck in KidZos currency around town.
Kidszania, 31 Beach View, #01-01/02, Singapore 098008, p. 6653 6888
52. 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. Psst, head to the one at the Punggol which has an indoor water playground, equipped with slides, water fountains and other cool water activities – very cool!
Kidz Amaze, SAFRA Toa Payoh, 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 Singapore 319387 (and there’s a branch at SAFRA Jurong and SAFRA Punggol), p. 6355 4550
53. Nerf Action Xperience
Singapore’s newest and possibly, the hottest attraction for kids is in town! Head to the world’s first Nerf Action Xperience for a jolly good time with your best mates for an epic Nerf battle showdown! The kiddos can play timed challenges, capture the flag or fight against zombies in this action arena. It’ll be so fun, the kiddos will never want to leave.
Nerf Action Xperience, 6 Raffles Blvd, #01-208 Marina Square, Singapore 039594
SAFE, SOFT LANDINGS FOR SMALL PEOPLE
54. Playeum, The Children’s Centre for Creativity
This cool concept in Gillman Barracks consists of a series of creative spaces designed as a playground to ignite the imagination and presents a hands-on exhibition that changes every year, so there’s something new to enjoy whenever you visit. 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
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, Katong Square, 88 E Coast Rd, #02-05, Singapore 423371, p. 6247 7020
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 a trampoline basketball hoop shoot out, plus a toddler play area and a jungle gym zone. There’s 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
57. The Polliwogs
With two centres to choose from (Vivo City and Suntec City), The Polliwogs offers surefire fun for kids. Slides, climbing and ball pools galore will keep them entertained all day long. There’s also a separate play area for toddlers to help them develop their fine motor skills, and free wi-fi and a cosy lounge area for parents to have some fun, too!
The Polliwogs, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #03-12 VivoCity, Singapore 098585 or Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #02-728, Tower 4, Singapore 038983, p. 6376 8097/6235 5781
eXplorerkid has two locations – Downtown East and AMK Hub. Kids will love checking out the enormous indoor spaces that boast a cliff rock-climbing wall, glowing ball pit, a roller skating rink, toddler area and an adventure highlands rope course.
eXplorerkid, [email protected] Downtown East 3rd Floor, 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore, 519599 and AMK Hub, 53 Ang Mo Kio Ave 3, Singapore, 569933, p. 6589 1668
59. The Petite Park
With two locations – East and Central – The Petite Park is aimed at the under-7’s with equipment designed to encourage social participation, coordination and balance. The mini-carousel is a hit with the little ones, and the role-play area is packed with cool toys to encourage your little chef, your home-maker or even your firefighter into some serious play-acting.
The Petite Park, Kallang Wave Mall, 1 Stadium Pl, #01 – 06 / 07, Singapore 397628, p. 6282 7061
60. Cool de Sac
A cool choice for cool kids from age 6 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 10) while the small people tear around the various play stations, which include Lego building, art areas, a treehouse, climbing structures and a dress-up area with stage. 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 Blvd Suntec City Mall #02-379/380, Singapore 038983, p 6337 0205
61. 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 some super high slides, this is four levels of space to explore for kids of all ages. And, it has an in-house cafe for you and the kiddos to re-fuel at – 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
62. Power Kids Gym
Have yourself a high energy kid to entertain? Look no further than Power Kids Gym and its gym classes! It’s 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
63. Little Planet Playland
Let the kids engage in imaginative and purposeful pretend play at Little Planet Playland! Its small but interconnected children’s play area reinforces good social skills in a group play environment, and allows role-playing through hands-on experiences. The little ones will have a blast using their creativity and imagination!
Little Planet Playland, 176 Orchard Rd, #02-21 The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843, p. 6268 6595
64. My Little Climbing Room
Do the little ones like climbing around the house? If so, head to the first rock climbing room for children. It’s a great way for them to build motor skills and expend their restless energy. Plus, it’s also a great workout, and will teach them to build confidence and overcome fear. A win-win for all!
My Little Climbing Room, The Promenade @ Pelikat, 183 Jln Pelikat, #B1-101, Singapore 537643, p. 8774 2883
65. buds by Shangri-La
You might not know this, but luxe hotel Shangri-La has a kids interactive play space for guests and non-guests of the hotel! This curated play space allows kids to learn through play in a creative, interactive environment. Visit the muddy room for a neon drawing session, sing your heart out on a stage or head to the ball pit at the explorer zone! Fun times, guaranteed.
buds by Shangri-La, 22 Orange Grove Rd, Singapore 258350, p. 6213 4833
66. Aquarius Cove
This ocean-themed playground’s best quality isn’t just its jungle gym – but unlimited playtime on weekdays! And, of course, its aquatic-themed play area that features many marine animals… How many can you name?
Aquarius Cove, 29 Carpenter St, Singapore 059923, p. 6532 5550
67. Hip Kids Club Playground
When the going gets tough if you’re out shopping, you’ll want to pop in Forum the Shopping Mall and let the kids play at its Hip Kids Club Playground. It may seem elementary, but they’ll still love the ball pit. Sign up for its one-year membership so you’ll always have a place to stop by when the kids get restless.
Hip Kids Club Playground, 583 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238884, p. 6732 2469
68. The Joy Of Toys
We love the remarkable selection of toys that this indoor playground offers kids! Plus, its conducive and calm environment provides families with a relaxing and fun recreational area that all can enjoy. A treat for the senses for your little ones!
The Joy Of Toys, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street #03-51 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817, p. 9007 4679
69. Fun N Laughter
Spend some quality time with your young one and play together at this fun indoor playground. Its two-storey structure is big enough for parents, and there are other activities like a cannonball blaster, aerial runway, trampolines and wave slides for all to enjoy.
Fun N Laughter, City Square Mall, 180 Kitchener Rd, #B2-32, Singapore 208539, p. 6509 9766
70. Sunshine Childhood Playland
For parents who live in the north of Singapore: great news, you don’t have to travel far to find a fun indoor playground! Head to Northpoint City and play at Sunshine Childhood Playland. Besides your usual play equipment, it has a cute event space that you could totally hire to celebrate bubs’ birthday!
Sunshine Childhood Playland, various malls. Check their Facebook page for locations.
MIND GAMES FOR THE WHOLE FAM
71. The Escape Hunt
Escape rooms are great fun, because they’re never the same – well, unless you select the same themed room every time. Pop by The Escape Hunt and try to wiggle yourself out from its themed rooms by accomplishing the secret assignment or solving a murder. The tweens and teens will love the thrill of finding clues and attempting their escape. It’s a great way to bond with the family!
The Escape Hunt, Concorde Hotel Singapore, 100 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238840, p. 6100 0828
72. Trapped Escape Room Singapore
Trapped 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 several themed rooms to choose from, and each room is suitable for different ages ranging from seven and up. So find yourself an escape route from the haze and book yourself in for some super sleuthing and escapology!
Trapped Escape Room Singapore, 2 Orchard Link, #02-20 SCAPE, Singapore 237978
73. The Escape Artist Singapore
The Escape Artist has themed rooms 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 helping to solve the plots and puzzles of the experience.
The Escape Artist Singapore, 52 Telok Blangah Road, Telok Blangah House, #01-01, Singapore 098829, p. 6646 0357
74. 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, Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #02-02, Singapore 238858, p.6677 8478
TRICKS FOR THE EYES
75. Sentosa 4D Adventureland
This state-of-the-art theatre is fun for all family members measuring over 90cm. Be tossed around in your seats, feel the (haze-free) wind blowing in your face and the odd crab scrambling over your feet (not real we hasten to add!). This clever experience will have you all believing you really are part of the Captain Lucky and his pirate crew’s gang on the search for hidden treasure!
Sentosa 4D Adventureland, 51B Imbiah Rd, Singapore 099708, p. 6274 5355
76. Madame Tussauds Singapore
Meet your favourite celebrities in real life! Go gaga over English royal Queen Elizabeth II, acclaimed pop singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, football star Cristiano Ronaldo and other popular personalities at this wax museum. Plus, if you’re a fan of all things Marvel, you won’t want to miss out on the interactive Marvel 4D experience where you’ll get to see your favourite Avengers come to life!
Madame Tussauds Singapore, 40 Imbiah Road, Imbiah Lookout, Sentosa, Singapore, 099700, p. 6715 4000
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
78. Cow Play Cow Moo
Who doesn’t love playing games at an arcade? With the dazzling lights and sounds (plus exciting prizes to be won!), the kiddos will definitely enjoy trying their luck at different games. This arcade, in particular, is known for its soft and colourful plushies and carnival tickets galore. Parents, we hope you’re good at winning them cause we’re sure the kids will love one.
Cow Play Cow Moo, Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Tower 3 & 4 #03-372, Singapore 038988
79. Timezone Flagship Store
The kids will be the happiest at Singapore’s largest arcade! There’s something for everyone at this arcade – there are even bumper cars and bowling alleys. Plus there’s a bookable party room with arcade games of all kinds that your kids will totally beg for when their special day comes around.
Timezone Flagship Store, 1 Harbourfront Walk, 02-43 VivoCity, Singapore 098585, p. 6376 9658
80. Fat Cat Arcade
If your kids aren’t really fans of carnival arcade games, but love claw machines, you’ll want to head to Fat Cat Arcade. Not only does it have the largest collection of claw machines in Singapore, but prize winners can also choose from more than 500 items! The kiddos will have a hard time picking out their favourite. Coins at the ready!
Fat Cat Arcade, [email protected], 313 Orchard Rd, #05 – 05, Singapore 238895
81. Sands Theatre
Broadway and the West End might be miles away, but you can certainly bring the kids for an entertaining night out at Marina Bay Sands Theatre! Treat the kiddos to one of the hottest musicals or shows in town – we guarantee they’ll love seeing their favourite stories and new ones come alive through brilliant stage and sound production.
Sands Theatre, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956
82. Victoria Concert Hall
Enjoy orchestral music from the Singapore Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore’s oldest concert hall. The orchestra has regular free and paid concerts that cater to the whole family. Be sure to check out its schedule for an updated list of venues and ticketing information.
Victoria Concert Hall, 9 Empress Place, Singapore 179556
83. Academie of Stars
Kids Performing Academy of the Arts is a school developing children 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!
Academie of Stars, 406 Joo Chiat Pl, 2nd Level The Yards, Singapore 428084, p. 6909 7678
84. 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, while improving their coordination, teaching basic dance movements, and of course, having fun! Group and individual ballet lessons are also available.
Dancing Kids, various locations, p. 9028 9485
85. Tanglin Arts Studio
If your child wants to get to the pointe and dance then Tanglin Arts Academy has it all! Billy Elliots in the making can have their turn with boys-only classes. Plus, baby ballet. How cute!
Tanglin Arts Studio, 22 Camden Park, Hollandse Club, Singapore 299814, p. 8123 6770
86. 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 awesome productions by The Little Company showing throughout the year, all aimed at families, it’s a must. Don’t forget to 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. 6733 8166
87. Esplanade Pip’s Club
As well as being a super-funky building to check out anyway, Esplanade has an ongoing kids’ club designed to help cultivate an early appreciation for the arts through exploration and play. Though it may be a membership-only club, we recommend signing the kiddos up if you frequent the area!
Esplanade Pip’s Club, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981
A BIT OF PAMPERING
88. Curly & 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 also 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 Parties, Dazzling Divas, Rockstars and Glittery Awards Night to choose from?
Curly & Spike, UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Ave, Singapore 239917, p. 6733 9298
BabySPA offers not only baby massages and haircuts at its centres, but also hilarious photo opportunities at its water training sessions – think shots 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 we guarantee it’ll have both baby and you chuckling!
BabySPA, various locations.
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.
91. DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
If your kid’s a huge superhero fan, bring them to this superhero cafe! There are life-sized statues, themed seating booths and comic-book-inspired menus sure to thrill every DC Comics fan. Plus, you can purchase apparel, accessories and memorabilia to bring home as well.
DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe, 2 Bayfront Avenue Bay Level, 01-03, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972, p. 6688 7610
92. Charlie Brown Cafe
This casual restaurant serves up quality food and artisanal coffee. But besides that, fans of the lovable Charlie Brown and the rest of the Peanuts gang will certainly enjoy reading the comics available. Don’t miss out on ordering their decadent chocolate lava cake, too!
Charlie Brown Cafe, Orchard Cineleisure, 8 Grange Rd, #04-01 Cathay Cineleisure, Singapore 239695, p. 6737 5979
93. Settlers Cafe
If you’re a fan of the popular board game Settlers of Catan or any other board cafe for that matter, check out Singapore’s first board game cafe! Not only are there hundreds of board games to choose from, but if the kids are hungry, the cafe serves up food so you can enjoy hours of uninterrupted board game fun.
Settlers Cafe, 39 N Canal Rd, Singapore 059295, p. 6535 0435
94. The Mind Cafe
Here’s another board game cafe that will tickle your fancy! Spend some good quality time with the family playing your favourite board game or learning the rules for a new one. Plus, parents can enjoy its artisanal coffees and delicious food. Goodbye technology, hello old-fashioned fun.
The Mind Cafe, 60A Prinsep St, Singapore 188664, p. 6334 4426
LAST BUT MOST DEFINITELY NOT LEAST…
95. 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
96. Jewel Changi Airport
Singapore’s hottest new attraction, Jewel Changi, is not only a snazzy mall with upscale boutiques, but has a thrilling 14,000 square metre recreational park for kids of all ages to enjoy – even the kids at heart! There are slides, a mirror maze and sky nets that you can jump around with the kids. So much fun!
Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd, Jewel, Airport Blvd, Singapore Changi Airport, Singapore 819666, p. 6956 9898
97. 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 35-metre mountain for you to explore. Get blasted by the world’s tallest indoor waterfall as you arrive, and then make your way to the mountain 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, p. 6420 6848
98. 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, p. 6275 0013
99. Saint Games Cafe
For the video-game loving young folk, this is a hot spot of pure gaming heaven. Saint Games Cafe aims to inject a huge dose of video-gaming fun and entertainment to everyone in a cosy and comfortable setting. You’ll 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.
Saint Games Cafe, 1 Stadium Pl, #02-09 Wave Mall, Singapore 397628, p. 8754 8365
100. 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.