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Singapore has so many attractions for treating the kids to a fun day out. Still, we’re always looking for something new to impress – whether for our energetic littlies or temperamental teens. Luckily, the Little Red Dot always has a new treat in store, be it a museum opening, a fantastic new playground, or a fun theatre show for the fam. The difficulty is finding them. You can call off the search – we’ve done the hard work and compiled a list of all the best new openings in Singapore! Without further ado, here are all the new things to do with kids in Singapore…
New things to do in Singapore with kids
1. Fun-filled celebrations taking place in October!
Is October the most happening month of 2022 or what? We have Children’s Day, Deepavali, and Halloween to look forward to! There are so many things to do that we’ve lost track and need a guide for all of them. On top of that, there are other commemorative things to take note of this month: Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and World Mental Health Day (10 October). Phew!
2. Malay Heritage Centre closes with a bang
Head down to Malay Heritage Centre for one last hurrah before it closes for a major revamp. The MHC ClosingFest features performances from local and international performers as well as various craft activities suitable for everyone. These take place over the weekends in October.
3. Are you a Sk8r boi? We say: see you later, boi!
Por Vida Skateboarding has opened the largest indoor skatepark in Singapore! The 6,708 square feet skatepark, located within Gr.id mall, offers a range of facilities solely dedicated to skateboarding. Visitors can either bring their own gears, rent or purchase them on site. Those who are keen to learn skateboarding can sign up for lessons here too. Classes are taught by specially selected certified skateboard instructors.
4. Focus on your mental health with activities at ArtScience Museum
Throughout the month of October, the museum is rekindling efforts to spread awareness on the importance of mental health. Mental Health for All features simple activities and programmes that focus on the many aspects of wellbeing. These range from physical, mental, and emotional health to care for the environment. While you’re there, don’t forget to explore Mental: Colours of Wellbeing, the museum’s latest exhibition. It features interactive exhibits, art projects, and installations that reflect a range of perspectives on mental health and ways of being. You’ll reflect upon, question and empathise with what it means to be human after going around the exhibition.
5. Science Centre’s blockbuster event returns for the third time
Head on down to the Science Centre for the third instalment of its blockbuster event, Untame: Spaces to Places. This edition gets visitors to embark on a journey across four key spaces through exciting activities. Expect a multi-dimensional experience including STEM-themed quests, online missions, sensory shows, games, DIY kits, activity trails, and even an after-dark fiesta!
6. Get a taste of Japan at Jurong Point’s first-ever Matsuri
If you’re not planning to visit Japan soon, here’s the second-best option – the Japan Matsuri Fair at Jurong Point. Let the mall whisk you away with a line-up of family-friendly activities, including food explorations, matsuri games, and traditional Japanese performances. Don’t forget to check out the Japanese-themed photo booth, where you can take loads of polaroid photos for keepsakes. For the claw machine fans out there, put your skills to the test and see if you can win plushies!
7. Singapore Biennale (AKA Natasha) is back for the 7th edition
The 7th Singapore Biennale 2022 (SB2022) has been named Natasha and runs from 16 October 2022 to 19 March 2023. This edition’s Biennale sees over 50 artists and collaborators from Singapore and Southeast Asia as well as other countries. Audiences can look forward to projects that create spaces for interaction, reflection, and public participation. The invited works and interventions are presented across different places in Singapore. These include Tanjong Pagar Distripark, Sentosa Cove, and even regional libraries.
8. Run for a good cause with the kids
Not all heroes wear capes. You can be a hero by participating in the POSB PAssion Run for Kids. Singapore’s longest-running race raises funds so that kids can have equal opportunities and realise their dreams. In celebration of the POSB Passion Kids Fund’s 10th anniversary, participants can look forward to a virtual race and physical event. There are also eco-friendly activities for the young and young at heart. Virtual run participants can clock 10km at their own pace and complete eco-missions. Psst, stand to win prizes worth up to $8,000! Hurry and sign up now – spots are limited to the first 1,000 sign-up. Registration ends on 10 October, with the races to commence on 30 October.
9. Life in plastic is fantastic at the House of Dreams
Want to be a Barbie girl in a Barbie world? You can do so at the Barbie House of Dreams, from now to 21 October at Level 4 of Ion Orchard. This first-of-a-kind exhibition showcases over 6,000 stunning Barbie dolls in ensembles from both luxury brands and homegrown labels. The dolls are from local Barbie enthusiast Jian Yang, who’ll also run exclusive workshops on creating upcycled eco-friendly outfits for this iconic doll. Come on Barbie, let’s go party!
10. Sentosa welcomes a day-to-night carnival beach experience
Located near Sentosa’s Beach Station, Central Beach Bazaar introduces three new attractions, including the 80-metre-high Sentosa SkyJet. The iconic Sentosa Musical Fountain will be making a comeback, while the third attraction offers simulation ride experiences and carnival games. There’s also International Food Street, a casual multi-F&B concept, to look forward to. Central Beach Bazaar is poised to enhance the existing nearby entertainment, retail, and dining experiences.
11. Spend a night (in style) at Gardens by the Bay
Like us, you probably love spending time at GBTB. So why not extend your stay by spending a night there? Garden Pod is a flagship hotel concept located within Serene Garden. The duplex suite accommodation comprises 70 sqm of space over two levels, connected by a sculptural spiral staircase. Oh, Garden Pod is designed to be sustainable, featuring elements such as drinking glasses being made from repurposed glassware. If you’re looking for an interesting staycay option, Garden Pod is it.
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12. Dive down the deep boo sea
Have a scarily good time at the SEA Aquarium with the latest spooktacular Halloween special event, Deep Boo Sea. Wander through an undersea neighbourhood to gather sweet treats, meet mysterious marine animals, and learn quirky facts. Snap scary selfies with friendly mantas Manja, Mako or Mika (who’ll be dressed in their Halloween best!) and wave to the skeleton divers! Psst, daily dives happen at 4.15pm, and the exciting feeding dives only take place on Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Make sure you book tickets online for a spookily good package deal – including pumpkin buckets for the kids to collect their candy!
13. The Minions are back (again!) with a new interactive exhibition
Look who’s popped up in a brand new hands-on exhibition… it’s the Minions! This fun exhibition with eight interactive zones looks like one-in-a-Minion. Snap a pic of yourself with the villains and visit the sets, have fun building a Minion, and take the personality test to find out which Minion you are. One of the highlights that you should do is take a tour of Gru’s lab and test out a Fartgun. We just know the little people are going to love this! Get your tickets here.
14. Go on an otterly fun adventure at Joo Chiat
Otah and Friends are back again for another outdoor discovery game. This time, the adventure takes place at Joo Chiat, where participants get to solve clues, learn bits of history, and discover the neighbourhood’s hidden gems. It’s the perfect mash-up between a walking tour and an outdoor escape room! Parents will have fun becoming the ultimate game master for their kids, dishing out Otah’s riddles and rewards! Everyone is encouraged to dress up in their favourite Sherlock Holmesesque outfits, or even as Otah himself, to further immerse themselves in the adventure. Otah & Friends: Go Gai Gai – Hidden Joo Chiat runs till 31 December.
15. A new Timezone has opened at Jurong Point
Timezone is one place that makes us feel like kidults. We can’t help but get in on the action, and the latest location is set to be supercharged! Have a blast riding around the drift bumper car track and test your skills on more than 160 games, including the Pink Date Timezone Claw Machines where you could win life-size plush toys! There’s also a Social Bowling Alley, and teams of six can don VR headsets and engage in an exhilarating multiplayer combat game at the Arkadia VR Arena.
16. Pixar’s pop-up mini-golf course is now open!
Much-loved pop-up mini-golf phenomenon, Pixar Putt, has opened in Singapore for the first time at the Bayfront Promenade at Marina Bay Sands! This open-air sensation is made up of interactive putt-putt holes inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Disney and Pixar’s most beloved films including Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Incredibles, Inside Out, and more. Course capacity is limited, thus it’s recommended that guests book online in advance to secure a preferred tee-off time.
We’re busy updating this list all the time. So stay tuned for more fam-friendly openings and new things to do in Singapore!