Who wants to swing from a trapeze, leap through the city, spar with a sword or learn to shoot a bow and arrow? We've found the out-of-the-ordinary sports and activities in Singapore where teens can pick up an awesome new skill...
If you have a teen at home lounging around and complaining of boredom, then it might be time to tip them off the couch. We know where to send our kids to learn martial arts; we have water sports covered; and we know Lion City kids like hanging out at trampoline parks (have you seen the girls and boys back flipping and wall running with almost zero effort?). But what about something completely new and unexpected, like archery, fencing, or even some high-flying lessons on a trapeze? We’ve got some new challenges below that will test your teen’s coordination, stretch their skills and build their strength – both mental and physical.
Archery Club of Singapore
If your kid admired the archery skills of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings flicks, this could be their sport! The Archery Club of Singapore aims to introduce archery to young and old alike, and provides coaching to anyone who wants to learn how to shoot a bow (it’s more complex than you think!). Its in-house junior and youth training programmes offer the perfect opportunity for your teens to not only learn an exciting new skill and develop their focus, but to progress to competition levels too.
Archery Club of Singapore, Punggol South Archery Centre, Hougang Avenue 8, next to Block 543; www.archeryclubspore.com
ACE Archery offers programmes for individuals, schools, CCAs, and even themed birthday parties for teens and younger kids. This is where your teen can develop the muscle and motor skills to shoot a bow with grace and precision – and if they really get into the sport, the club also sells all the archery essentials, accessories, and tools you need to stay on point!
ACE Archery, 807 King George’s Avenue, Singapore 200807; www.ace-archery.com.sg
FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts
Little Tigers Muay Thai at FaMA isn’t your typical martial arts class. Kids pick up this martial arts discipline through play and participating in contests and games, like dodgeball, to learn footwork, techniques and train reactions. In case you’re worried your tween might be trotting home with a black eye, the good news is that there’s absolutely no sparring and only minimal contact involved.
FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts, #02-03 Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020, p. 6352 0992, e. [email protected]; famafit.com
If you’ve got a teen daredevil or wannabe Superman, head to Sentosa for an experience like no other – indoor skydiving. Your teen will be flying high in no time, doing tumbles and zipping up and down the wind tunnel. If they’ve got the knack for it, they might even be able to match up to Singapore’s own homegrown 15 year old Kyra Poh, the fastest flyer in the world. How’s that for a unique sport? Suitable for children aged seven and up, iFly offers packages of two flight sessions of 10 skydives each. Each session lasts 90 seconds.
iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore 099010, www.iflysingapore.com
Changi Sailing Club
At the Changi Sailing Club (CSC), kids seven to 12 can pick up basic sailing skills at the Optimist Introductory Sailing Course and learn how to captain their very own vessel. The Optimist is a single-handed sailing dinghy suitable for kids up to 15 – the perfect starting point for sailors. They’ll pick up all the know-hows of sailing including knotting, capsizing and how to rig a boat. Members of CSC can sign up to the Youth Sailing Programme to learn how to race as well.
Changi Sailing Club, 32 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508508, p. 6545 2876, e. [email protected]; www.csc.org.sg
Seletar Water Sports Centre
At Seletar Water Sports Centre, teens have an option to bypass the Optimist and try out the Byte sailboat, a fast and fun singlehanded one-design dinghy. There are also lessons for those interested in something more leisurely, plus you can also renting your very own kayak or dinghy. You can also sign up for inflatable dinghy rowing and sunset kayaking where you can enjoy nature at its very best.
Seletar Water Sports Centre, 101 Seletar Club Road, Singapore 798273, www.seletarclub.com.sg
Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre
Riders with no experience can sign up for a seven-week riding programme, while experienced equestrians will be assessed and assigned to suitable classes. The Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre also offers group lessons of at least three riders, private lessons, and even lease out horses and ponies. Here, you can also find livery facilities, along with a fully-equipped equine surgical facility where you can leave your horse in good hands should you decide to buy one. Perfect for kids aged eight and up.
Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, 1 Equestrian Walk, Singapore 737863, p. 6879 3600, www.stc-ridingcentre.com
Gallop Stable is a public riding centre with over 10 riding arenas, 10 experienced instructors and a whopping 150 horses and ponies. There are 20-minute pony rides for kids aged three and up, and other horse-related activities like stable tours, carriage rides, pony and donkey feeding and camps for kids. Once junior gets the hang of it, they can even take a ride around the arena or even venture out on trail rides along Fairways Green Track or Fairways Sand Ring.
Gallop Stable @ Horsecity (Bukit Timah), 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992, Gallop Stable @ Pasir Ris, 61 Pasir Ris Green, Carkpark C, Singapore 518225, e. [email protected]; www.gallopstable.com
An Olympic sport being taught by an actual Olympian? Kids age eight and up will love training to be a real-life musketeer over at Z Fencing, which has over 6000sqft of sparring space. This is a great sport for building strength, coordination and agility: sure, fencing is one of the more elegant sports, but it’s all about learning to attack, defend and counter attack! Young fencers will move through a five-level curriculum and can join either core or elite programmes, depending on ability. Touche!
Z Fencing, Toa Payoh and Thompson Road locations, p. 6354 0102, e. [email protected]; www.zfencing.com
Superfly Monkey Dragons
Parkour is set to be huge here in Singapore: the city is just made for it! This dynamic discipline, which involves moving through an urban landscape literally in leaps and bounds, will help youths develop not only their coordination, but their confidence too. There’s nothing cooler amongst the teens right now than to have wall-running skills! During the classes, free-runners will be taught fundamental parkour movements including balance, landing and rolling, jumping, climbing and vaulting.
Superfly Monkey Dragons, various locations, p. 8511 5510; www.superflymonkeydragons.com
Built by free-runners for free-runners, A2 Parkour will energise your teens by teaching them to navigate a series of courses in a safe, controlled environment designed to minimise risk. Teens will train together in teams with the aim of encouraging them to become fully fledged members of the parkour community. We love that these guys offer pay-as-you-go options, so you have nothing to lose if the kids decide that bouncing off walls is not their bag after all.
A2 Parkour, CT Hub 2 #06-75, 114 Lavender Street, Singapore 338729, p. 9184 9744; www.a2movements.com
Wave House Sentosa
Surf’s up! We’re always looking for an excuse to head over to Sentosa with the kids, and Wave House is the perfect hangout for teens to try their hand at looking and being chilled. Teens can choose their wave: the Double Flowrider provides bodyboarding fun suitable for beginners while the Flowbarrel is geared towards the more experienced, braver riders (we’re talking 100,000 gallons of water per minute being pumped out at 30mph). Check the website for session times so that your teenagers can catch the right wave to learn this too-cool-for-school sport.
Wave House Sentosa, 36 Siloso Beach Walk, Singapore 099007, p. 6238 1196; www.wavehousesentosa.com
Imagine attaining the strength of a Cirque du Soleil acrobat, the beautiful lines and grace of a ballerina, and the controlled movements of a Pilates practitioner. Aerial Fitness is a great way to have fun while learning new skills at a height. Three aerial elements are involved: Silks, hoop/lyra and the double trapeze and students of all skill levels are welcome.
GymKraft, Singapore Badminton Hall, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718, p. 9128 4644, e. [email protected]; www.gymkraft.com
Zoom Park Singapore
By now your teen is sure to have checked out all the trampoline joints around Singapore, but now it might be time to bounce into some trampoline classes and aerial acrobatic fun. Jump Acrobat lessons at Zoom Park Asia are designed for kids up to age 16 to hone their somersaulting skills and perfect their backflips in a safe environment. Lessons are led by British coach Jessica Hinton, and jumpers will be taught to master all of the fundamental skills involved with trampolining. Book now to inject some high-energy fun into your teen’s life!
Zoom Park Singapore, 200 Pandan Gardens, Singapore 609336, p. 6334 4615; www.zoomparkasia.com
If your teenager is looking for an activity that doesn’t involve breaking into a sweat, but still requires skills and fun, you could have the winning shot by suggesting snooker or pool. Group sessions and individual lessons are available over at Snooker Zone and are coached by S.E.A Games gold medalist, Marvin Lim.
Snooker Zone, 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #03-02, 600 @ Toa Payoh, Singapore 319515, p. 6258 8909, e. [email protected]; www.snookerzone.wixsite.com
Shooting Sports: Air Rifles, Clay Target and Laser Clay
Teens who are keen to pick up an air rifle will need to prove they’re up for the challenge if they want to join the Altius Global sports shooting teams. Training is frequent, and all keen teens will need to pass an initial assessment of their physical and emotional aptitudes before being able to join a programme. Testing our teens’ emotions? Good luck!
Altius Global, 2 Bukit Batok West Avenue, Level 2, Singapore 659003 and 60 Yishun Avenue 4, Singapore 769027, p. 6268 5333, e. [email protected]; www.altiusglob.com
Combat Skirmish Live
Much like clay pigeon shooting or trap shooting, laser clay at Combat Skirmish Live is the safer, greener option that involves deactivated 12-bore shotguns being fired at infrared beams by up to five players at a time. The system is sound-simulated, so there’s still that all-important and realistic shotgun ‘bang’! Book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Combat Skirmish Live, Mon-Thurs 287C Jurong East St 21, Singapore 603287, Fri-Sun 18 Boon Lay Way #1-100, Singapore 609966 , p. 6272 4649; www.combatlasersingapore.com
Clay Target Shooting
If the laser version is just not cutting it for your teens, then direct them to Clay Target Shooting to learn trap, double trap, skeet, sporting clay and down-the-line skills, collectively part of clay target shooting (also known as clay pigeon shooting). Teens will learn how to use and handle safely 12-gauge shotguns in a series of recreational challenges and disciplines set out for them by on-duty coaches.
Clay Target Shooting, p. 9836 9707, e. [email protected]; www.claytargetshooting.com.sg
My Fishing Frenzy Academy
Teens have a great knack for sitting around doing not-a-lot, so put that inertia to good use and get them to sit around on a boat while picking up a new skill, and maybe even dinner! Set sail to Lazarus Island to learn some basic theory and practical angling skills with My Fishing Frenzy Academy: this is something the whole family can be on board for.
My Fishing Frenzy Academy, 52 West Coast Ferry Road, Singapore 126887, p. 9003 7485; www.mffa.com.sg