We love our kids – dearly – but sometimes on a Sunday it's nice to just sit and watch...
Juggling work and motherhood is part and parcel of parenting the world over, but after a particularly stressy week in the office, or a challenging few days of constant kid company (have you seen our 52 ways to take a mum time out?), we think it’s fair to want to let off some child-free steam at the weekend. Easy enough on a Saturday if you have a wonderful helper (and the mummy guilts don’t get you), but Sunday is a whole different ballgame. We’ve come to the rescue with five things to do with your kids – but not actually do WITH your kids – on a Sunday. Did somebody say supervised playroom?
1. Hit the beach
Challenge the kids to make the biggest sandcastle village creation ever while you sit back on a sun lounger at one of Singapore’s awesome beach clubs. Tanjong Beach Club and Ola Beach Club make for particularly relaxing Sunday vibes with the family, the latter upping the ante with a swimming pool and inflatables!
2. Go for brunch
Whether it’s bubbles and oysters, or a less extravagant fuss-free brunch spot you’re after, there are plenty of eateries that serve up a side-order of supervised kids’ rooms here in Singapore. Check out our guide to the best family-friendly brunch feasts and line them up accordingly.
3. Settle in at an indoor play centre
Pick an indoor play centre with a cafe attached (the one at Cool de Sac has a licensed bar – just sayin’) and let the kids run riot while you catch up on a podcast or relax with a book. If you have an only child, or sibs that just don’t get along, hedge your bets for being left in peace by encouraging the kids to bring a mate along. Not only will they be entertained without you having to do the entertaining, but you can call in the return favour from the friend’s parents another time. If you do see the kids coming: hide.
4. Join a social club
It’s not a cheap option, but you’ll get your money’s worth in easy weekends by joining a social or sports club in Singapore. Many of the clubs have supervised kids’ playrooms, activity schedules and workshops. The only thing you need to worry about is whether to use the spa, the pool or the golf course while the small people are kept busy.
5. Pack a picnic and head to the park
Hit the park! But make sure there are plenty of playgrounds to keep the kids busy. Set up camp with a lovely picnic, and kick back and relax while the kids wear themselves out. With so many pretty parks and island-hopping ops to be had, you’re all set for weeks of chilled Sunday adventures.
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