Make new friends, help your little one develop social skills, and have a whole lot of fun at these fab playgroups in Singapore. Check out our top picks for infants up to five years old...
While there are a ton of cool indoor playgrounds and top-notch preschools here in Singapore, we love taking our toddlers to a good old-fashioned playgroup too. If your nursery rhyme repertoire needs some new material, or you’ve exhausted your art and crafts stash, these organised playgroups offer loads of fun. At these Singapore playgroups, tots will improve their motor skills, be introduced to music, and they’ll even build on their social skills too – all of which will help kids settle into school when they’re ready for the next big leap!
So if you fancy a bit of parent participation (go on, you know you have just as much fun with playdough as the kids do!) and are looking for somewhere where your under-fives can hang out and make some new buddies before they start school, then we have some super fun picks for you and your little one… We give you our guide to the best playgroups in Singapore!
Best playgroups in Singapore
State-of-the-art sensory play: Infant and Toddler Atelier at Blue House
If themed tactile play is the name of your little one’s game, mixed in with a great big dose of singing with musical instruments, plus a dash of art and craft, the Infant and Toddler Atelier at Blue House Nursery and International School (pictured top) is where it is all happening. With two locations at Turf City and UE Square, these beautiful, Reggio Emilia-inspired spaces are a toddler’s dream come true. They can explore a wind tunnel, splash paint, examine leaves against a light box and make new friends… all with the security of mum on hand for those wobbly, shy moments. For little ones aged six months to three years – drop-in sessions and packages are available.
Outdoor escapades: St George’s Mums and Tots
If your kids are all about fun, and not so much about structure, then head to St George’s Church in Dempsey. This playgroup is for newborns up to four years. Throw yourself into 90 minutes of indoor and outdoor play, which includes a 30-minute sing-a-long sesh for the warblers amongst you.
Wiggle, jiggle and jive: Jiggle Wiggs
If your little one is a bit of a mover ‘n’ groover, then this drop-in, parent participation class is fab for you both. Jiggle Wigs is a music and movement class aimed at babies and toddlers along with their parents. Mums, you also get to wave the scarves, shimmy with the shakers and blow the bubbles too. Jiggle your way to its Facebook page to check out timings and locations to suit. For kids seven months to three years old.
A toddler’s wonderland: Tea & Tots
Get out of the house and let the tiny people aged eight to 18 months take part in circle time, storytelling, sensory play, music and movement and arts and crafts – all in a 75 minute session at IIS’s Tea & Tots! Held in the first boutique international school in Singapore, Integrated International School (IIS), tots a little older can head to the Reggio Emilia inspired drop-off programme, Little Tykes. Be sure to check out the Ocean Snoezelen Room for peaceful sensory pleasure. And if you fancy a break from all the fun, you and the toddler can help yourself to tea and snacks.
Training up mini-Olympians: The Yard
We’ll admit, we’re big fans of The Yard. Its classes for tots aged 18 months to 3 years fit the bill on developing motor skills for budding gymnasts and non-gymnasts alike. Sign up for 50 – 60mins of fun within the dedicated tots area and have the small people try out all sorts of tot-sized gym equipment. Think tunnels, ropes, ladders and climbers. And now that it’s open in Dempsey, it’s twice as accessible for guaranteed fun!
Parent and child fun: White Lodge
We love nothing more than hanging out with our small people (before we know it they won’t be so small and won’t want to hang out with us!). So we also love the Parent and Child Programme for kids aged six months to 2.5 years at White Lodge. Fun activities include circle time, music and movement, art, sensory play and outdoors adventures. Sessions run for 90 minutes, and if you’re caught on the hop and unable to attend, helpers and other caregivers are welcome too. All round loveliness!
The more mess the better: Mucky Pups Messy Play
If your small bundle of energy is a fan of getting a little bit grubby and a whole lot creative, then you would be barking mad to miss out on Mucky Pups. Run by a mum who knows her messy stuff (she has two boys of her own), this is a 45-minute parent participation group that involves singing, dancing, games, bubbles and, of course, art: aka mess! We love that this is a flexible class to suit busy lives. The first session is free and after that you only pay if you attend. Plus, you don’t have to tidy up once the messy mayhem has finished! This Singapore playgroup is for kids age one to three years.
Discovery central: The PLAYhouse
Previously known as Playdays, The PLAYhouse has moved to the Old Fire Station with a huge upgrade to its facilities. This includes a garden, sandpit, fish pond and rabbit run. In addition to offering classes for bubbas aged 6 months to 3.5 years, you’ll also find music, arts and crafts, water and sand play as well as cooking (and eating of course). Small student to teacher ratio means classes are kept cosy and intimate.
Music and movement: Dancing Kids
With two parent participation classes to pick from, and based at condos around the East Coast, Dancing Kids knows a thing or tutu about having fun through dance. Its Music and Movement class is aimed at littlies age six months to three years old. It involves songs, games, musical instruments and of course, that all-important parachute at the end of the session. Mums and dads get to join in too! But if you have a budding ballet dancer in the family, why not join a Mummy and Me ballet class? Sessions will include mime, coordination exercises, songs and props, plus some high-energy fun!
Supplementary fun: Rosemount International School Parent & Child Program
Offered to enrolled students of Rosemount International School, the Parent & Child Program is a directed session for kids aged between two months to two years. Filled with activities designed to encourage imagination and develop motor skills, little ones will have a blast with role play, arts and crafts, music and sensory play. Meanwhile parents, you’ll get the chance to have actual grown up conversations with one another!
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Top image: IIS Tea & Tots