If your little one is not so little anymore, and has outgrown birthday celebrations at indoor soft play centres, or is way too cool-for-school for the bouncy castle birthday parties you threw in bygone years, fear not! We know what teens really want to do in Singapore, and have scoured the island for the best party ideas for teenagers in Singapore: spa days, adventuring and even a spot of surfing! Read on for huge brownie points with your teen when you suggest the best birthday ever…
THE ULTIMATE GAMING EXPERIENCE: VIRTUAL ROOM
Get that gamer teen off the sofa and into the immersive VR experience of their dreams. It’s a whole other level of social gaming with this team-based virtual reality experience. Up to 22 people can play at once in teams of up to four people. All they have to do is strap on a VR headset and jump into historical periods to solve puzzles and challenges and work together to save the world!
The package: One hour, inclusive of mission briefing, virtual team adventure and debriefing.
Cost: Mon to Thur: $44 per person, Fri to Sun and public holidays: $49 per person
Virtual Room, Basement 3, Lucky Chinatown, 211 New Bridge Road, Singapore 059432; singapore.virtual-room.com
READY, STEADY, GO: INTRIGG HOBBIES
Make your F1-loving kiddo’s dreams come true with a party by InTrigg Hobbies, where they will get to participate in slot car racing. Whatever is that, you ask? Well, it’s basically racing miniature vehicles on a table top race track. The remote-controlled cars will move guided by grooves and slots. You can also customise the racing circuit, pick a background you want to race against, and choose from a wide range of car models and genres. They can even go where the party’s at as long as it’s sheltered and has a power source.
The package: InTrigg offers in-house parties for one hour with snacks provided; they also offer fully-customisable packages that start at 2 hours of race time, including full set-up, 4-6 cars and even prizes for the winners!
Cost: In-house: From $25-30 per pax (for up to 8 kids), Deluxe package: from $420, Supreme package: from $550
InTrigg Hobbies, 410 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427636; www.intrigg-hobbies.com
SING YOUR HEART OUT: MANEKINEKO
This one’s for all the aspiring pop stars out there – and their diva friends! Let loose, within soundproof walls, as you sing to your heart’s content at Manekineko. This KTV bar stands out from the rest, thanks to its cute fortune cat-themed decor and vibrant interior. Standard rooms can fit up to 10 teens and offer free flow of drinks, snacks and, yup, even ice cream. But if you bump the party up to the VIP room, your youngesters also get to enjoy a pool table. We’re up for it either way – hand over the mic, please!
The package: 2 hour singing session inclusive of free flow drinks.
Cost: Prices start at $10-12 per pax for students
Manekineko, Various locations, including Lucky Chinatown; www.koshidaka.com.sg
HIT THE SURF: WAVE HOUSE SENTOSA
Being mum to a teen is a constant tidal wave of emotions so where better to ride those waves than by heading to Sentosa for a spot of surfing or bodyboarding over at Wave House? Your teen and party of dudes and dudettes will love this wet and wild idea, and with reasonably priced packages your wallet won’t feel totally wiped out either.
The package: Wave House will create a package that suits you.
Cost: From $58 per child (includes one hour surfing plus main meal and drink).
Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099007; www.wavehousesentosa.com
BEACH BASH: TANJONG BEACH CLUB
All teens fancy themselves a little bit hip ‘n’ happening, so where better to show off their cool status than at the impossibly stylish Tanjong Beach Club? Teens will love its top-notch grown-up menu (we especially love the delish lobster bun with a side order of truffle fries), and the Club’s mellow beach vibe. If lounging around on the oversized beach beds is not your teen’s bag, then they can spike a volleyball on the huge expanse of sand at the club, followed by a dip in the 20ft infinity pool. Private area hire is available and with a dedicated events team to customise the party, you can score extra points with your teen for hooking them up with a rodeo bull machine, dunking machine, giant Twister or giant Jenga. We want this party!
The package: The options are endless. The events team will put together to perfect package for you.
Cost: Day/Beach beds are free during the week, but have a minimum spend of $200 per bed at the weekends. Private area hire costs from $60 per person for a food and non-alcoholic drink package.
Tanjong Beach Club, 120 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098942; www.tanjongbeachclub.com
FOR YOUNG FOODIES: COOKING COMPETITION AT EXPAT KITCHEN
It’s probably high time those teens of ours starting being a bit useful in the kitchen. So get those budding MasterChefs to cook up a storm and make a party of it. Expat Kitchen’s cooking party is competition-style, with teams competing against each other to produce the best dishes using mystery ingredients. Chefs will be guided by the professionals whilst whipping up teen faves such as pizza, curly noodle frittatas, cupcakes and s’mores.
The package: E-invites, recipe folder (with your child’s portrait), qualified course instructor, ingredients supplied, snacks and juice, sit down meal, setting and cleaning up the party.
Cost: $1,000 for up to 10 kids, $40 for each additional child (11-15 kids), $30 for each additional child (over 15 kids)
Expat Kitchen, 9 Norris Road, Singapore 208252; www.expat-kitchen.com
THE GREAT ESCAPE: LOCKDOWN SG
Most teens spend a large amount of time and energy trying to escape… from doing the dishes, tidying their rooms, getting their homework done and walking the dog. We say put those cunning teenage brains to good use and organise a party at escape room venue, Lockdown SG. Parties can host up to eight people and once they have finished playing Houdini, head to adjoining cafe, Coffeemin, to continue the celebrations where you’ll find Xbox games, board games and a pool table.
Hot tip: If you book Lockdown SG and combine it with a Coffeemin two-hour hire, $50 less will escape your wallet by way of a discount.
The package: Options can be catered to your party requirements.
Cost: From $19 per person for Lockdown SG. From $6 per person per hour at Coffeemin. Birthday cake is extra charge.
Lockdown SG, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #02-33 Clarke Quay, Singapore 059817; www.lockdown.sg
RED CARPET TREATMENT: GOLD CLASS AT GOLDEN VILLAGE
Who doesn’t like a great big comfy reclining chair, a fluffy blanket and a cocktail glass full of M&Ms when watching the latest blockbuster movie? Your teen will love a VIP cinema party with friends, plus the burgers or fish ‘n’ chips that are served at their chairs without them having to take their eyes off of the silver screen. Bonus: Wine can be brought to your own comfy reclining chair while you supervise the teens…
The package: Prices are per seat and food and drink optional extras.
Cost: From $29 per seat.
Golden Village Cinemas, various locations; www.gv.com.sg/GoldClassHome
THE DAY TRIP: PULAU UBIN
If getting your teen out of the house for some fresh air is a bit of a challenge, then why not up the ante and challenge those teens to a treasure hunt? This will take some forward planning, but we absolutely love the back-to-basics vibe and natural beauty over at Pulau Ubin. Plus, we reckon the teens would secretly relish the chance of a trek and some treasure-hunting in the great outdoors. Drop them off at Changi Ferry Terminal with their maps, water, sunscreen, some cash, bug spray, their backpacks (and probably a mobile phone) and a sense of adventure and then pick them back up when they are exhausted, smelly with treasure in hand. Bike hire is also available over there as an alternative to trekking, and don’t forget to check out our guide to Pulau Ubin to help you plan the day!
The package: Entirely up to you!
Cost: Boat ticket: $3 each way
Access to Pulau Ubin is from Changi Ferry Terminal. Bum boats leave for the 15-minute journey once they have 12 passengers on board. Private hire is available at $30 per boat.
THE PHYSICAL CHALLENGE: FOREST ADVENTURE
Forest Adventure has upgraded for an even bigger and better experience so we say tip your teens out of bed and head over for an aerial treetop escapade. Think wobbly logs, rope swings, rickety bridges and a couple of leaps of faith: the perfect excuse for your teen to show off. The HoneyKids team has tried out the Forest Adventure experience and it’s definitely for fearless types (energetic teens will probably think it’s a breeze), but zip lining over Bedok reservoir after mastering a challenge is an unforgettable thrill!
The package: Dedicated supervising instructors; Reserved area at Base Camp, themed birthday invitations, themed birthday cake with candles, water and soft drinks for up to 20 kids.
Forest Adventure, Bedok Reservoir; www.forestadventure.com.sg
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