If your kids are looking for something a little more daring than a soccer club, and a whole lot more risky than a ballet lesson, then adventure sports might be the (nerve-wracking) way forward! From parkour to snowboarding, skydiving to abseiling, we’ve found just the right thing for your fearless kids here in Singapore. (Mums: you are allowed to peek from behind your fingers while the kids are bouncing off walls and hurtling down ice slopes!)
NO FEAR OF HEIGHTS?
If your children have a head for heights, then the sky really is the limit on some of these cool sports for your fearless kids.
Tweens who have outgrown the kiddie climbing gym can take to new heights at Forest Adventure (pictured top). Pick your route to tackle obstacle courses and age-appropriate challenges or enjoy the thrill of the 300m zip line across the water. If they’re feeling keen, mum and dad can test their mettle too!
Bedok Reservoir, p. 8100 7420; forestadventure.com.sg
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 your small skydiver has conquered gravity.
43 Siloso Beach Walk, #01-01 Sentosa Island, Singapore 099010; www.iflysingapore.com
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. Kids can clamber up walls and really challenge themselves, before abseiling back to terra firma again.
100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718 (Old Singapore Badminton Hall), p. 6348 8272; www.onsight.com.sg
Climbing 101 Sessions for kids are specially designed for small hands and feet to learn about climbing in a completely guided environment. Kids age five to 12 years can safely clamber up indoor climbing faces in their two-hour session, plus brave parents are welcome to join in the fun too!
511 Serangoon Road, Singapore 218153, p. 6291 5045; www.kineticsclimbing.com.sg
THE ART OF PARKOUR
Don’t let being a kid prove an obstacle when it comes to this adventure sport: the bigger the obstacle the more the fun! But what is parkour, aka free-running? In a nutshell, this super-cool sport was invented as a training programme for French Special Forces, with the word parcours literally translating from French into ‘the way through’. The c was changed to a k, and voila, parkour! This high-energy sport is basically a series of running, jumping and climbing elements over, through and around obstacles through an urban area. Ready? Set? Parkour!
Built by free-runners for free-runners, A2 Parkour teaches kids from age five and up to navigate a series of courses in a safe, controlled environment designed to minimise risk. Kids will train together in teams with the aim of encouraging them to become fully fledged members of the parkour communities over time. We love that these guys offer pay-as-you-go options, so you have nothing to lose if the kids decide that bouncing off of walls is not their bag after all.
CT hub 2 #05-91, 114 Lavender St, 338729, p. 9184 9744; www.a2movements.com
Superfly Monkey Dragons
Active kids will be buzzing with excitement when they find out they can learn the art of parkour here: and kids as young as four can join the fun. This dynamic discipline will help kiddos develop not only their confidence, but also their motor and social skills. During the classes, young free-runners will be taught fundamental parkour movements including balance, landing and rolling, jumping, climbing and vaulting.
Various Locations, p. 8511 5510; www.superflymonkeydragons.com
Kids looking to burn off some excess energy whilst building self-confidence and determination will love the parkour classes over at GymKraft. Sessions are basic enough for beginners to follow, but advance quickly over the speedy road to parkour prowess! Kids will be expected to think on their feet, take on the challenge and be a part of the buzzy parkour community.
Singapore Badminton Hall, 100 Guillemard Rd, Singapore Badminton Hall, Singapore 399718, p. 9128 4644, e. firstname.lastname@example.org; www.gymkraft.com
ADVENTURE SPORTS WITH A CHILL FACTOR
Living in the tropics can prove a bit tricky for snowboarding or skiing, but where there’s a snow, there is definitely a way! It turns out that there are more chilled options than you might think here in Singapore…
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.
21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433, p. 6560 2306; www.sportquest.com.sg
Top image: Forest Adventures, photography by Tracy Tristam
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