Who wants to 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 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 already know where to send our kids to learn martial arts, and we have water sports covered too. Plus, we know Lion City kids love hanging out at trampoline parks (have you seen the girls and boys backflipping 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. Check out these unique sports for teens!
Unique sports for teens in Singapore
#1 // The Archery Academy
If your kid admired the archery skills of Legolas in the Lord of the Rings flicks, this could be their sport! The Archery Academy 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 basic and advanced archery courses offer the perfect opportunity for your teens to learn an exciting new skill and develop their focus.
Where: The Archery Academy, 100 Turf Club Road, #01-02V, Singapore 287992
#2 // ACE Archery
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!
Where: ACE Archery, contact for more details
#3 // 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. Psst, they offer free trial classes to kids, too.
Where: FaMA Fitness and Martial Arts, 3A River Valley Road, #02-03, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
#4 // iFly Singapore
Now, this is a unique sport for teens that is unlike any other. If you’ve got a teen daredevil or wannabe Superman, head to Sentosa to try 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 an alternative sport? Suitable for children aged seven and up, iFly offers packages of 10 skydives each for $150, complete with coaching for first-timers. Each session lasts 90 seconds.
Where: iFly Singapore, 43 Siloso Beach Walk #01-01, Singapore 099010
#5 // 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.
Where: Changi Sailing Club, 32 Netheravon Rd, Singapore 508508, p. 6545 2876
#6 // Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre
Riders with no experience can sign up for a seven-week riding program, 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.
Where: Singapore Turf Club Riding Centre, 1 Equestrian Walk, Singapore 737863
#7 // Gallop Stable
Gallop Stable is a public riding centre with more than 200 stables. There are pony rides for kids aged three and up, and other horse-related activities like stable tours, carriage rides, pony and bunny 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.
Where: Gallop Stable @ Horsecity (Bukit Timah), 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992
#8 // Z Fencing
An Olympic sport being taught by an actual Olympian? Yes, please! Kids age eight and up will love training to be a real-life musketeer over at Z Fencing, which has over 6,000 square feet 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 programs, depending on ability. Definitely a unique sport for the teen… Touché!
Where: Z Fencing, Toa Payoh and Thompson Road locations
#9 // Superfly Monkey Dragons
Singapore is just made for parkour! 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 classes with Superfly Monkey Dragons, free-runners will be taught fundamental parkour movements including balance, landing, rolling, jumping, climbing and vaulting.
Where: Superfly Monkey Dragons, various locations
#10 // A2 Parkour
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.
Where: A2 Parkour, 261 Lavender Street, Singapore 338794
#11 // GymKraft
Learn the Olympic sport of trampolining as your teen performs acrobatics in the air at Gymkraft! This gymnastics centre is the perfect place to pick up skills in the sport, and students of all skill levels are welcome to participate. It also has parkour, dynamic wrestling and tricking classes – a sport with elements of martial arts, acrobatics and dance to perform creative sequences of kicks, flips and twists. Pretty cool!
Where: GymKraft, Singapore Badminton Hall, 100 Guillemard Road, Singapore 399718 and 6, Tampines Street 92, Singapore 528893
#12 // Snooker Zone
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.
Where: Snooker Zone, 600 Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #03-02 Toa Payoh, Singapore 319515
#13 // 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.
Where: Combat Skirmish Live, 116 Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-1655, Singapore 160116
#14 // Laser Clay
If the laser version just doesn’t cut it for your teens, then direct them to Laser Clay to shoot some clay targets (also known as clay pigeon shooting). They’ve got indoor and outdoor areas to shoot clay, and you can play them at any time of the day.
Where: Laser Clay Singapore, at Fort Siloso
#15 // 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 the Southern Islands to learn some basic theory and practical angling skills with My Fishing Frenzy Academy. Now, this is something the whole family can be on board for!
Where: My Fishing Frenzy Academy, 11 Cove Dr, Sentosa Cove, Singapore 098497