Who wants to leap through the city, spar with a sword or learn to shoot a bow and arrow? We've found some out-of-the-ordinary adventure sports for kids and teenagers in Singapore.
If your kids are looking for something a little more daring than a soccer club, and a whole lot riskier than a ballet lesson, then adventure sports might be the (nerve-wracking) way forward! We already know where to send our kids to learn martial arts, and we have water sports covered too. Plus, we know Lion City kids love hanging out at trampoline parks (have you seen the girls and boys backflipping and wall-running with almost zero effort?!).
But what about something completely new and unexpected, like archery, fencing, or even some high-flying lessons on a trapeze? From parkour and snowboarding to skydiving and abseiling, we’ve found just the right thing for your fearless kids. These new challenges will test your kid’s coordination, stretch their skills and build their strength – both mental and physical. (Mums: you are allowed to peek from behind your fingers while the kids are bouncing off walls and hurtling down icy slopes!)
While we shouldn’t stop our kids from being adventurous and trying out new things, we should make sure they’re protected while doing so. Consider getting a Personal Accident Insurance for the kids so that in the event that they do get hurt, you’ll be able to get them the best care without having to worry about hefty medical bills.
And it doesn’t even need to be an expensive plan! NTUC Income’s PA Secure is an affordable plan from just $68 a year for an individual plan¹, yet covers key benefits — including medical expenses (up to $3000²) for an injury due to an accident, daily hospital income ($150 per day for up to 50 days²); and seven infectious diseases like chickenpox, Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease, and dengue fever.
On top of that, PA Secure comes with two lifestyle optional benefits, one of which is Child and Student Care Expenses benefit. At just an additional $18 a year for each insured person, you can claim up to $500 per incident in reimbursement for childcare and student care centre fees³ should your kid gets injured from an accident and require hospitalisation; or if he/she falls ill from one of the seven infectious diseases and is on certified medical leave (terms and conditions apply).
So without further ado, check out these adventure sports for kids and teenagers, right here in Singapore!
Unique adventure sports and activities for kids and teenagers in Singapore
1. The Archery Academy
If your kid admired the archery skills of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings flicks, this could be their sport! The Archery Academy aims to introduce archery to young and old alike and provides coaching to anyone who wants to learn how to shoot a bow (it’s more complex than you think!). Its basic and advanced archery courses offer the perfect opportunity for your teens to learn an exciting new skill and develop their focus.
The Archery Academy, 100 Turf Club Road #01-02V, Singapore 287992
2. ACE Archery
ACE Archery offers programmes for individuals, schools, CCAs, and even themed birthday parties for teens and younger kids. This is where your teen can develop the muscle and motor skills to shoot a bow with grace and precision. And if they really get into the sport, the club also sells all the archery essentials, accessories, and tools you need to stay on point!
ACE Archery, 203B Compassvale Road, Singapore 542203
3. FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts
Little Tigers Muay Thai at FaMA isn’t your typical martial arts class. Kids pick up this martial arts discipline through play and participating in contests and games, like dodgeball, to learn footwork, techniques and train reactions. In case you’re worried your tween might be trotting home with a black eye, the good news is that there’s absolutely no sparring and only minimal contact involved. Psst, they offer free trial classes to kids, too.
FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts, 3A River Valley Road #02-03, Singapore 179020
4. Forest Adventure
Tweens who have outgrown the kiddie climbing gym can take to new heights at Forest Adventure (pictured up top). Pick your route to tackle obstacle courses and age-appropriate challenges or enjoy the thrill of the 300m zipline across the water. If they’re feeling keen, Mum and Dad can test their mettle, too!
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir Park, Singapore 479244
5. Changi Sailing Club
At the Changi Sailing Club (CSC), kids seven to 12 can pick up basic sailing skills at the Optimist Introductory Sailing Course and learn how to captain their very own vessel. The Optimist is a single-handed sailing dinghy suitable for kids up to 15 – the perfect starting point for sailors. They’ll pick up all the know-hows of sailing including knotting, capsizing and how to rig a boat. Members of CSC can sign up for the Youth Sailing Programme to learn how to race as well.
Changi Sailing Club, 32 Netheravon Road, Singapore 508508
6. Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre
Riders with no experience can sign up for a seven-week riding program, while experienced equestrians will be assessed and assigned to suitable classes. The Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre also offers group lessons of at least three riders, private lessons, and even lease out horses and ponies. Here, you can also find livery facilities, along with a fully-equipped equine surgical facility where you can leave your horse in good hands should you decide to buy one. Perfect for kids aged eight and up.
Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, 1 Equestrian Walk (off Woodlands Avenue 3), Singapore 737863
7. Gallop Stable
Gallop Stable is a public riding centre with more than 200 stables. There are pony rides for kids aged three and up, and other horse-related activities like stable tours, carriage rides, pony and bunny feeding and camps for kids. Once junior gets the hang of it, they can even take a ride around the arena or even venture out on trail rides along Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring.
Gallop Stable, locations in Bukit Timah and Pasir Ris
8. Z Fencing
An Olympic sport being taught by an actual Olympian? Yes, please! Kids age eight and up will love training to be a real-life musketeer over at Z Fencing, which has over 6,000 square feet of sparring space. This is a great sport for building strength, coordination and agility. Sure, fencing is one of the more elegant sports, but it’s all about learning to attack, defend and counter-attack! Young fencers will move through a five-level curriculum and can join either core or elite programs, depending on ability. Definitely a unique sport for teenagers… Touché!
Z Fencing, SAFRA Toa Payoh (ZTP), 293 Toa Payoh Lorong 6 #04-01, Singapore 319387
9. Superfly Monkey Dragons
Singapore is just made for parkour! This dynamic discipline, which involves moving through an urban landscape literally in leaps and bounds, will help youths develop not only their coordination but their confidence, too. There’s nothing cooler amongst the teens right now than to have wall-running skills! During classes with Superfly Monkey Dragons, free-runners will be taught fundamental parkour movements including balance, landing, rolling, jumping, climbing and vaulting.
Superfly Monkey Dragons, various locations
10. A2 Parkour
Built by free-runners for free-runners, A2 Parkour will energise your teens by teaching them to navigate a series of courses in a safe, controlled environment designed to minimise risk. Teens will train together in teams with the aim of encouraging them to become fully-fledged members of the parkour community.
A2 Parkour, 261 Lavender Street, Singapore 338794
Learn the Olympic sport of trampolining as your teen performs acrobatics in the air at Gymkraft! This gymnastics centre is the perfect place to pick up skills in the sport, and students of all skill levels are welcome to participate. It also has parkour, dynamic wrestling and tricking classes – a sport with elements of martial arts, acrobatics and dance to perform creative sequences of kicks, flips and twists. Pretty cool!
Gymkraft, locations in Tampines and Kallang Wave Mall
12. Snooker Zone
If your teenager is looking for an activity that doesn’t involve breaking into a sweat but still requires skills and fun, you could have the winning shot by suggesting snooker or pool. Group sessions and individual lessons are available over at Snooker Zone and are coached by S.E.A Games gold medalist, Marvin Lim.
Snooker Zone, 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #03-02, Singapore 319515
13. Combat Skirmish Laser Tag
Much like clay pigeon shooting or trap shooting, laser tag at Combat Skirmish Laser Tag is the safer, greener option that involves deactivated 12-bore shotguns being fired at infrared beams by up to five players at a time. The system is sound-simulated, so there’s still that all-important and realistic shotgun ‘bang’! Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Combat Skirmish Laser Tag, 116 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1655, Singapore 160116
14. Laser Clay
If the laser version just doesn’t cut it for your teens, then direct them to Laser Clay to shoot some clay targets (also known as clay pigeon shooting). They’ve got indoor and outdoor areas to shoot clay, and you can play them at any time of the day.
Laser Clay Singapore, 116 Jalan Bukit Merah #01-1655, Singapore 160116
15. My Fishing Frenzy Academy
Teens have a great knack for sitting around doing not-a-lot, so put that inertia to good use and get them to sit around on a boat while picking up a new skill, and maybe even dinner! Set sail to the Southern Islands to learn some basic theory and practical angling skills with My Fishing Frenzy Academy. Now, this is something the whole family can be on board for!
My Fishing Frenzy Academy, Sentosa Cove, 11 Cove Drive, Singapore 09849
16. Skypark by AJ Hackett
This is definitely not one for the faint-hearted! Head over to Skypark by AJ Hackett at Sentosa where you can bungee jump or ride a giant swing with your mates. Mum and Dad can get in the action by hopping on the giant swing where you’ll travel up to speeds of 120 kilometres per hour. Or, the kiddos can do it solo with the bungee jump – a 47-metre leap off its skybridge with terrific views of Sentosa. Plenty of thrill and adrenaline for a day!
Skypark by AJ Hackett, 30 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099011
17. Kinetics Climbing
Climbing 101 sessions for kids are specially designed for small hands and feet to learn about climbing in a completely guided environment at the indoor bouldering gym Kinetics Climbing. Kids aged at least four years old can safely clamber up indoor climbing faces in their two-hour session, plus brave parents are welcome to join in the fun too! Want to pursue rock climbing regularly? Explore other climbing gyms with our guide to the best rock climbing gyms in town.
Kinetics Climbing, 511 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218153
18. SportsQuest at Snow City
Craving snow in Singapore? Head to Snow City over in Jurong and join SportsQuest, the only winter sports school on the Little Red Dot, for a fun, educational intro to skiing and snowboarding. Students will be fully assessed on their skiing ability, and based on skill levels will then be placed in the relevant sessions.
SportsQuest, 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433
19. Singapore Wake Park
The first wake park in Singapore is a playground for adults and kids alike! Strap yourself in and get ready to shred around the lagoon with its cable ski system. If you’re an experienced rider, you can even challenge your skills with obstacles and ramps for some hang-time.
Singapore Wake Park, 1206A East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449891
20. iFly Singapore
Now, this is a unique sport for teens that is unlike any other. If you’ve got a teen daredevil or wannabe Superman, head to Sentosa to try indoor skydiving (pictured up top). Your teen will be flying high in no time, doing tumbles and zipping up and down the wind tunnel. If they’ve got the knack for it, they might even be able to match up to Singapore’s own homegrown 15-year-old Kyra Poh, the fastest flyer in the world. How’s that for an alternative sport? Suitable for children aged seven and up, iFly offers packages of 10 skydives each for $150, complete with coaching for first-timers. Each session lasts 90 seconds.
iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore 099010
Love this roundup of unique sports for teenagers? Check out this list of gymnastics classes and martial arts academies!
NTUC Income’s PA Secure Important Notes and Terms and Conditions
1. This premium rate is applicable for Plan 1 with yearly payment arrangement.
2. This benefit limit is applicable under Plan 3.
3. The Child and student care expenses optional benefit covers the insured child if he/she is unable to attend childcare or student care due to him/her:
being required to stay as an inpatient in the hospital for 4 days or more due to an injury or an infectious disease; or
being confined at home for 5 days or more under written medical advice by a medical practitioner due to an infectious disease.
Please refer to the policy contract for the full list of infectious diseases and terms and conditions of the coverage here.
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Information is correct as at 30 November 2021.