Spending one on one time with that special little someone
“I’m busy”, “In a moment”, “Just wait”, “Soon”, “Not right now”. Sound familiar? If your child just doesn’t seem to have enough time for you these days (and is starting to copy your catchphrases), it’s time to set aside those enrichment classes, play dates, extra curricular activities and clear the schedule for some quality one on one time. Write an invitation, seal it with a kiss and ask your little one out on a date with one of these suggestions.
Singapore Dance Theatre
Fluff up the tutu for this outing. Little twinkle toes will be enamoured with ballerinas and enraptured by stories of the ballet when they attend one of the special programmes conducted by Singapore Dance Theatre. The Dance Appreciation Series @ The Esplanade is a one-hour session where audiences see excerpts from a current SDT production and hear explanations about how ballet choreography translates a story through dance. One @ The Ballet is a monthly one-hour dance presentation that focuses on different aspects of staging a production and allows little one to get up close and personal with dancers. Squeals of delight compulsory!
Singapore Dance Theatre
See all of Singapore’s major landmarks in 18 small holes at this indoor mini golf complex. Future Arnold Palmers will be challenged with lots of obstacles and moving parts as their ball braves a ride on the MRT, to the Zoo and on a Cable Car set to animation and special effects. Bring your socks and take a swing.
Lilliputt, 902 East Coast Parkway, Block B #03-05 Big Splash, Singapore, 449874, p. 6348 9606. Open Tues-Sun, 10am-8pm
Rug up and get down the slopes on a snow tube together in Singapore’s only sub-zero environment. Liquid Nitrogen Experiments and an educational Ice Gallery are on offer too if sliding on tyres ever gets tired. $23 for a child aged 3 to 12 will provide 2 hours of snow play or pay $16 and get one hour plus Science Centre Admission. Adults are charged at $28. Jackets and boots are included in admission but you can hire waterproof gloves and pants for a small additional fee.
Snow City, 21 Jurong Town Hall Rd, Singapore, 609433, p. 6560 2306. Open Daily 10am – 6pm
Central Fire Station
A trip to Singapore’s oldest surviving fire station may light your kids up inside. The Civil Defence Heritage Gallery houses some amazing antique fire engines that kid’s can climb in and investigate. If you visit on a Saturday morning they may get a chance to hold a fire hose and ride in a working fire engine. No admission charges.
Civil Defence Heritage Gallery, 62 Hill St, Singapore, 179367, p. 6332 2996. Open Tues – Sun 10am – 5pm.
Present little and big feet for a joint pampering at Blow + Bar. While you get a mani/pedi, your little one can indulge in a Princess Package all of their own too. A mani/pedi for children under 9 is $35 and $45 for 9 to 12 year olds. To indulge in the latest nail sticker trend and choose from a selection of formaldehyde-free polishes, visit Nail Candy. They have a variety of packages to choose from.
Blow+Bar, 7 Rodyk St, #01-32 The Watermark Condominium, Singapore, 238215, p. 6238 733. Open Mon-Thurs 10:30am-9:30pm, Fri-Sat 10am-9:30pm, Sun 10am-8:30pm Nail Candy, 112 East Coast Rd, #01-36 112 Katong, Singapore, 428802, p. 6604 6585.
Bottle Tree Park
Put a sign on your front door to say “Gone Fishing” and head to Bottle Tree Park for a spot of angling together. Amongst several other attractions in the park, is a family pond where you can try your hand at local style Kampung Longkang (drain) Fishing. Using a net, or even your bare hands, there are a variety of fish to catch including Red Guppies, Swordtails and Goldfish. If it’s after 5pm on weekend you can also take a paddle around the lake in a giant swan. Wade on in.
Bottle Tree Park 81 Lorong Chencharu, Yishun, Singapore, 769198, p. 6759 7077. Open Saturday – Sunday 7am-7pm.
Don’t expect a handwritten thank you card, but hopefully taking some time out together will provide some hugs and laughs. If it’s a disaster date though, there is always ice cream!