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Singapore has so many attractions when it comes to treating the kids to a fun day out, but we’re always on the lookout for something new to impress them with – whether it’s 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 snazzy new playground, or a fun theatre show for the fam. The difficulty is finding them. The good news is you can call off the search because we’ve done the hard work for you and compiled a list of all the best new openings in Singapore. So, without further ado, here are all the new things to do with kids in Singapore…
New things to do in Singapore with kids
1. Otah & friends have two new homes to explore!
That loveable critter, Otah, is off on two new escapades and needs your help! First up, get the kids working on a mission to find seven secret tools to launch a rocket into space. Set in a colourful schoolhouse, visitors need to uncover hints to discover all the parts before time runs out. Or, if the kids love playing shops – how about a grocery adventure? Explore Otah’s shop-themed wonderland and help him find the missing ingredients for his tea party. Either option is sure to keep the kids (and adults!) entertained.
2. Largest LEGO store in South East Asia arrives in SG!
Lego fans, rejoice! Now there’s a new destination that should be top of every fan’s list – the new LEGO store in Resorts World Sentosa! There’s loads to explore; from checking out the largest mosaic model in SG to making your own mosaic portrait using the LEGO Mosaic Maker! Don’t miss the two-level diorama either, which offers a bird’s eye view of Sentosa so the kids can spot all of Sentosa’s sights in LEGO form!
3. New play spot in Sentosa – Forest Play @ Sentosa
Looking for a new outdoor playground that’s big on nature? Look no further than Forest Play @ Sentosa! Embark in Forest Play and explore the natural surroundings, which provides loads of opportunities for littlies to use their imagination to create dens and more! From muddy discovery and sand play to obstacle courses. There are also dedicated programmes led by nature rangers who will guide kids on all things nature from foraging to how to tie ropes!
4. Go back in time at Changi Chapel and Museum
Looking for a new family day out? Take a peek inside the revamped Changi Chapel and Museum (CCM) and learn a whole lot of history. Check out the personal stories of prisoners of war who were based in the Changi prison camp during the Japanese Occupation. There are eight exhibition zones to explore with a range of artefacts that are sure to impress the kids such as a never-before-seen 400-page diary, a dinner menu, plus a toothbrush made from scratch! It’s free for Singaporeans and PRs, and $8 otherwise (kids under six are free!).
5. Scale new heights at Upwall Climbing!
Upwall Climbing is the latest place to head to for rock climbing fun! Based in Pasir Ris, Upwall Climbing is a beginner-friendly facility, so it’s a great option if you’ve not scaled heights before, or if you’re introducing the kids to rock climbing. Check out the ‘What’s UP’ introductory climbing class for beginners, or sign up for one to one sessions for some private coaching!
6. New playground alert for the Westies – Bukit Batok Central playground
The latest addition to add to that already lengthy list of outdoor playgrounds is one for the West siders. As part of Bukit Batok Neighbourhood Park, this play space has plenty to offer up, with kids young and old well catered for. There’s netplay, a mini climbing wall, super-duper tube slides, and that’s just for starters. Plus, there are some great walks when you’ve finished up at the playground via the fab, new boardwalk. Add it to the family day out bucket list!
7. Two new Kiztopia locations!
Great news – the ever-popular Kiztopia has opened a new Kiztopia club at Jurong Point, and there’s another one opening in Punggol Town Square on 17 July 2021! Featuring multiple play zones, trampolines with AR, and vertical climbing structures, the kids are sure to be kept busy! There’s also a family cafe for a much-needed pit-stop post play (and your caffeine fix!)
8. Fun for all the family at Coastal PlayGrove in East Coast Park
Coastal PlayGrove is the latest play spot to arrive at East Coast Park, with plenty of fun for everyone. Based at the former Big Splash site, there’s a nod to its waterpark roots with structures similar in style to the much-loved former waterslides. Older kids will make a beeline for the four-storey play tower filled with netplay areas, rope-based challenges, and of course, tube slides! There’s a smaller play area for the littlies and a sand play area, amazing water play, plus a nature playground. Best make a day of it!
9. Adventure Cove is back!
Ok, so not new as such, but we couldn’t be more excited about the news that Adventure Cove has reopened! Take on the rapids at the Adventure River, or for thrill-seekers young and old, try the Whirlpool Washout! We’ll see you on the rapids!
10. Explore the Museum of Ice Cream – opening in August 2021!
You read that right. Our favourite part of town, Dempsey Hill, will soon be home to the Museum of Ice Cream – the stuff of kid’s (and, let’s be honest, parent’s) dreams! Opening in August 2021, this is a pretty exclusive import to Singapore, with the original (and only) Museum of Ice Cream being based in NYC. There’s a small number of tickets still available if you want to secure yours in advance, but you’ll have to move fast – this is likely to be the coolest exhibit going in more ways than one!
11. Get back to nature at COMO Adventure Grove – Singapore Botanic Gardens
Singapore Botanic Gardens just got even more fun with the addition of COMO Adventure Grove. Located in the Gallop Extension, we love that this playground has so many nods to its surroundings. From the weeping fig play structure to the giant jackfruit to clamber over. Then there are the play structures based around the saga tree pods for the little ones to explore. Don’t forget a stroll along the Mingxin Foundation Rambler’s Ridge before your day is done!
12. Check out the interactive exhibits at the Forest Discovery Centre
Whilst you’re in Singapore Botanic Gardens checking out the new COMO Adventure Grove, you should also pop along to Forest Discovery Centre @ OCBC Arboretum. The beautiful black and white bungalow is worth a look for the building alone, and that’s before you step inside and check out the interactive displays. The centre shines a spotlight on the amazing biodiversity that this area offers and is a fun, educational (and cool!) option to have on your list post-playground fun!
13. Uncle Ringo’s Funfair is in town
We love visiting fam-friendly Punggol, and with Uncle Ringo’s funfair is in town; there’s another reason to visit! There are loads of rides to choose from, including a Ferris wheel, train ride, and that favourite pirate ship! Open every Thursday – Sunday until December 2022; there’s all-out fun to be had. Plus, the Punggol Container Park has some fab food options, too – yay!
14. I12 Mall in Katong reopens later this year!
After a revamp, I12 Mall in Katong will be opening its new snazzy doors later this year, and we can’t wait to check it out! There’s indoor fun for the kids with Climb Asia, Golden Village, plus a play area! And we also hear that a PS Cafe will also be opening too, hooray!
15. Check out the views at the SkyHelix Sentosa – opening in 2022
Can Sentosa get any more fun? Apparently so, with the new announcement of the SkyHelix Sentosa! Set to open in 2022, this new attraction will be situated in the Imbiah Lookout area of Sentosa and will form an open-air rotating gondola, offering amazing views over Sentosa and beyond! Definitely one for the Singapore bucket list…
16. Extreme thrills aplenty at Slingshot in Clarke Quay – opening in 2021
Got a head for heights? Adrenaline junkies should make a beeline for Slingshot in Clarke Quay, which is due to open later this year. Located next to the existing attraction, GX-5 Extreme Swing, the new addition will take the accolade of the tallest slingshot in Asia! So if you fancy being catapulted 70m into the air, add this to the list. Definitely one for teens and above only!
17. Burn some energy at SuperPark Singapore!
SuperPark Singapore has reopened with over 20 activities for the whole family to enjoy, spread across three zones: an Adventure Area, Game Arena and Freestyle Hall. We’re talking trampolines, foam pits, rock walls, and even archery! Then there’s a kid-friendly gym, skate and scoot areas, pedal car tracks, a flying fox, obstacle courses… we could go on!
We’re busy updating this list all the time, so stay tuned for more fam-friendly openings and new things to do in Singapore coming soon!
Top image: COMO Adventure Grove in Singapore Botanic Gardens, photography by NParks