Plan ahead for a solid weekend of fun by making sure you know what's open around town...
Can you believe it’s July? Half of the year has gone by in an instant, and Phase 2 is fully in session. And we’re so glad the weather has finally perked up for the kids to play and head outside… Whether that’s at a playground or a park with their bikes, at a museum or at a library curled up with a good book. Though, we still have to wait a little longer for our favourite indoor play areas to open. But for now, we’ll just enjoy strolling and running around our fave parks and eating inside a restaurant. And here’s what you can get up to this weekend with the kids in tow!
Top things to do this weekend
Head to the park (and sit on the grass)
Goodbye, red tape: the grass is officially open! Yep, we’re desperate to take the sproglets to our fave parks and actually enjoy ourselves there. Take your pick from one of Singapore’s prettiest green spaces, pack yourselves a picnic and games, and then enjoy all that fresh air. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Come to think of, don’t forget the mozzie repellant either… and maybe pack a brolly while you’re at it, too!
Got a pool at your condo or house? Heading to the pool and seeing our condo pals is one of the things we’ve missed the most these last few months. So, if you’re wondering what to do this weekend, grab those floaties, don your swimmers and make a splash! Looking for public pools? Check out our guide here.
Hit the shops
All this lockdown life means we’re in need of some physical retail therapy… Finally! Which is lucky, considering retail businesses have opened their doors again to the flurry of excited shoppers (us included). Whether you’re in need of some more kids clothes, craft supplies or new toys, it’s time to shop ’til you drop! Read up on our fave family-friendly malls and then head on down. Don’t forget to whip out your phone to scan those QR codes before entering!
Visit the museum
We have been waiting for FOREVER for the museums to open. And we finally can! Bring the kiddos out on a field trip to our favourite museum or heritage centre. As usual, be sure to have your phones at the ready for SafeEntry check-in and temperature checks. And note: interactive exhibits will still be closed – so if you’re unsure, do a quick check online to see if the museum is open before heading over with the tykes.
Eat INSIDE at a restaurant or cafe
Yep, no more relying on delivery and takeaway, whoop! We get to head out to our fave kid-friendly restaurants and cafes again. From burgers and pizza to ice-cream and afternoon tea… where to begin? Important to note for date night: you can’t have more than five diners per table, plus liquor sales (and drinking of it) must stop at 10.30pm. Keep your eyes peeled as well for kids-eat-free deals to make the outing even sweeter!
One for us parents! Tame those unruly Covid-19 tresses and banish those bushy brows. Of course, the kids can also get in on the action and enjoy a spiffy new kids’ haircut. Bowl cut, be gone!
Head to the playground
Here’s one parents of energetic littlies will be happy out: playgrounds are opening! Get set to burn off some energy chasing the kids around climbing frames, swing sets and roundabouts. Here’s our pick of the best playgrounds for kids in Singapore.
Hit the beach
Yesssss… sand play and splashing the sea awaits! Beaches are open in Phase 2. Great if your beach babies are asking you about things to do this weekend. Pack your buckets and spades and head to the seaside.
Visit your favourite attractions
If you and the kids are big animal lovers like we are, you’ll be so excited to know that several attractions like the Singapore Zoo, S.E.A. Aquarium, River Safari, Universal Studios Singapore and more will be opened today! Psst, you’ll need to pre-book your tickets before heading down. Don’t forget to mask up and practice social distancing measures as well, too. Plan well in advance!
Wait, there’s more!
Looking for more things to do this weekend with the kids? Phase 2 means sports, public facilities and gyms, plus tuition and private enrichment classes (except singing or voice training classes) have resumed. Which we have a LOT of time for.
What ISN’T open in Phase 2?
While we’re pretty chuffed about all the ‘things to do with kids this weekend’ inspo, you’ll have to wait a little longer for some activities to resume. Here’s what the government has listed as the still-closed facilities and activities:
- Entertainment venues (no bars, sorry)
- Large-scale events and venues
- Some indoor and outdoor attractions, such as indoor play centres, cinemas and theatres
- Paintball game centres and billiard halls.
Whatever activities with kids you decide on this weekend, don’t forget to keep wearing your face mask. And yes, while the kids are back to school, working from home will still be the norm where appropriate for the foreseeable. Watch this space for more updates!
Enjoy your weekend, folks!