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Sad the weekend is over? Don’t be! With our super-duper suggestions for things to do with kids this week, you’ll be having all the fun before you know it. Yep, no more pondering about what to do today, parents. We’ve rounded up some ideas for kids’ activities, and – spoiler alert – we’ve found some goodies! From admiring the installations at ArtScience Museum, to rolling and crawling at Singapore’s best soft play areas, we’ve got it all. So whatever you decide to get up to this week with the family, have a good one… and don’t forget to tag us in your snaps on Instagram!
5 things to do with kids this week
#1: Spend the day at Gardens by the Bay!
It’s no secret that we NEVER get tired of visiting Gardens by the Bay. It’s just one of those places you simply must visit with your kids (and we’re happy to hang out there over and over again!). With its free water play, giant waterfall and rainforest in a dome, super fun floral displays and one of the most awesome playgrounds in town, Gardens by the Bay is possibly the most amazing attraction for families in Singapore. Since we’re such seasoned visitors (trust us, we’ve been there A LOT!), we’ve put together this super handy guide of everything fun to do with kids at Gardens by the Bay. Enjoy!
#2: Conquer Fort Canning Hill
When it comes to parks that are great for exploring, Fort Canning Hill ranks near the tippity top of them all. Why? Because Fort Canning isn’t just another urban oasis – it’s a treasure trove of history as well as family-friendly places just waiting to be explored. It’s full of wide open green spaces, plenty of wildlife, and even some nearby kid-friendly restaurants, too. Ready for a family day out? Here’s our guide to Fort Canning Hill with kids.
#3: Roll and crawl at a soft play area for tots
This one’s for all the tiny humans out there! If your bub needs somewhere to help support and encourage them developmentally (while having a heap of fun!), check out our list of indoor soft play centres. Packed with toys, soft landings and stimulation for kids of all ages, let bubba stretch their legs and get some tummy time at these baby-friendly playgrounds. Just don’t forget to read our survival guide for mums while you’re at it!
#4: Let them eat cookies!
Okay, okay – this is definitely one that us mums can enjoy too (maybe even more than the kids?!). Whether you like your cookies chewy, gooey, crunchy, chocolatey or even stuffed, we’ve done all the research for you (someone had to do it…) and found the best cookies in Singapore! So round up the kiddos and treat them to a cookie or three – bonus points if you manage to tick off the entire list!
#5: Admire the installations at ArtScience Museum
Good news for museum-hopping parents: ArtScience Museum has a range of family-friendly artworks to explore at Future World! Step into Inverted Globe, Giant Connecting Block Town, where interactive art turns into a vibrant cityscape with every move. Watch the kiddos have fun playing with cars, trains, planes and other vehicles projected on this virtual city! Are the little ones obsessed with aquatic life? Check out the Sketch Aquarium that lets them put pen to paper. Their creations will be brought to life as digitally rendered underwater animals, as if by magic. Plus, catch the free screening of ArtScience on Screen: Ode to Invention (till 11 September 2020, free admission – pre-book your seats online), spotlighting your inventors that inspire everyone to dream big, regardless of age. Keen to explore? Enjoy 30% off exhibition tickets with a free Sands Rewards Lifestyle membership card!
BONUS THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK!
Want more ideas for things to do this week with kids? You’ve got it. Because we love ya.
Head to an indoor play centre
Our littlies are so pleased that their fave indoor play areas are open once again. Check out our guide to our fave indoor playgrounds in Singapore, where you’ll find who’s open, who’s still closed and what the safety precautions in place are. Then read our survival guide for parents to ensure you leave with your sanity intact!
Catch a blockbuster
What to do today? Cinema time! So what social distancing and safety measures can you expect? Well, patrons must sit at least 1m away from each other, or a minimum of a two-seat gap. However, if you go as a party of up to five people, you’re allowed to sit together without the distance. Hooray for love seats, we say! There’ll be a limit of 50 people in the cinema hall, and you must wear your mask at all times (unless you’re shovelling popcorn in your face, obvs).
Have fun in the snow!
You read it right: Snow City has reopened for cool times aplenty. If you want to ‘chill’ out here with the kids, it’s operating in a five-day week, from Wednesdays to Sundays from 10am to 5pm. Snow City will also close from 1pm-2pm for disinfection, and a maximum of 50 guests will be welcomed at any one time. Tickets are available based on either an hourly or two-hourly basis.
Head to the park
This is one thing LOVE to do – actually sit and play on the grass again! Yep, parents: parks are officially open for fun again. Wondering where to go? Check out our guide to the best parks for kids in Singapore and then let them enjoy all that fresh air. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Come to think of it, don’t forget the mozzie repellant either…
Explore Jewel’s Canopy Park
It’s one of our top places to spend a few hours, so we’re happy to hear Canopy Park has now reopened! Check out our guide for the full scoop.
Curl up with a book at the library
Bookworms, unite: libraries are now open. Hooray! We’re already going through our TBR lists picking out what we’ll be borrowing first. Want to know the best libraries to take the kids to? Read our full article about it, then get reading!
Check out a museum exhibit
Boost the kids’ brain cells this week with a trip to the museum. A few select places have opened their doors, and more are following suit. Top of our list? The Art Science Museum. Find out what’s open and what’s closed in our handy guide.
Head to the zoo
Singapore Zoo, how we love you! We can’t wait to say hi to all our animal pals again. Just remember it’s running at roughly 25% occupancy, so be sure to get there early.
The pools are open, so why not take a quick dip with the littlies? We’ve also pulled together a guide on our fave public pools. Let’s just hope it stops raining so we can enjoy them! Don’t forget to check out our guide to where to buy the best kids’ swimmers so you can get all the gear.
Raid the shops
While we’ve been shopping up a storm online throughout lockdown, nothing quite beats hitting the shops IRL. So we’re jumping for joy that our fave shopping malls in Singapore are open again for trade. Yippee! If you’re looking for things to do with kids this week, why not head to your nearby mall and stock up on everything you’ve been missing.
Head to the playground
Anyone else overjoyed that park playgrounds are open again? Now for this rain to stop… If you get a dry spell this week, take the kids to burn off some energy on the climbing frames, swing sets and roundabouts.
Hit the beach
Yesssss… sand play and splashing in the sea awaits! Beaches are now open in Phase 2. If you’re looking for things to do with kids this week, why not grab all your gear and head to the seaside?
Don’t forget to safe distance!
While we’re enjoying our long-awaited freedom, don’t think the pandemic has disappeared – the risk of Covid-19 is still there. To do your part and stay safe, you’ll still need to limit close contact, maintain hygiene (keep washing those hands!) and continue with the safe distancing. In essence, wear your mask at all times when you leave the house, and stay at least one metre away from others.
Small-group social gatherings are allowed, but only up to a maximum of five people. We’re just glad we get to see familiar faces, to be honest! Households may also receive up to five visitors at home, which is great news if you’ve got a birthday coming up.
Whatever activities with kids you decide on this week, don’t forget to keep wearing your face mask. Watch this space for more updates…
Have a great week!