Wondering what's on in Singapore this week? Check out these awesome things to do and family-friendly activities for a ton of fun with the kids this weekend! And psst - we've got some mid-week inspo too!
It’s that time again, and the all-important question of what to do with the kids this weekend. Stuck for ideas? Never fear – we’ve got a list full of goodies to keep all the fam busy. From heading outdoors to make the most of the weather (we hope!), and checking out some awesome playgrounds, like the slide-tastic Admiralty Park. Or, how about rounding up the gang and opting for a stroll along one of these pram-friendly (and very pretty) walking routes. We’ve got plenty of indoor ideas too, just in case! For starters, don’t miss the fab exhibitions taking place this weekend. It’s the last few days of Singapore Art Week, so if you haven’t made it to any of the super-cool, kid-friendly exhibits yet – then add it to your list. Enjoy!
Top things to do this weekend in Singapore (and throughout the week!)
1. Get the festive feels in Chinatown
Get into the Chinese New Year spirit and check out one of our favourite neighbourhoods: Chinatown. It’s filled with activities to keep the kids busy, from museums to the most beautiful temples, and not to mention the delish food! This time of year is particularly special with the CNY decs in full splendour. Check out the impressive display of Oxen along Eu Tong Sen Street for starters!
2. Become inspired at DiscovHER – Science Centre Singapore
In support of the UN International Day of Women and Girls in Science on 11 February, the Science Centre Singapore is shining a spotlight on women and girls in STEM with its DiscovHER 2021: Inspiring the NeXXt Generation campaign. Running from the 29 Jan – 7 Feb, there’s a whole of host of exciting workshops available for budding scientists to get involved in. There are also lots of online activities to experiment with too!
3. Take a family stroll
Try a new walking route this weekend to get the fam enjoying the great outdoors (if the weather is cooperating, of course). From the stunning seaside vistas along the Bukit Chermin Boardwalk to our fave kid-pleaser Robertson Quay, there’s something for all ages (and they are pram approved too, yay!).
4. Get crafty for Chinese New Year!
Book one of these festive workshops taking place on the 30 January at the Chinatown Street Market. The kids can get their craft on making cartoon miniatures, perfect for CNY table decs. Or, form a pattern using fuse beads with a range of Chinese New Year inspired designs, pretty! There’s even pottery making to try their hand at. Recommended for age 8 and over, each workshop is $20. We say get booking; we reckon they are going to be popular!
5. Explore one of these fabulous playgrounds
We love checking out a new playground, and it earns heaps of brownie points with the kids too. Luckily for us, Singapore has playgrounds galore, so chances are there’s always a new one to explore somewhere in the Little Red Dot. A particular fave is Admiralty Park with serious slide appeal. Yes, it’s a bit of a way if you’re not based near Woodlands, but it’s totally worth it. Other big hitters include West Coast Park, and of course Marine Cove at East Coast Park. We also have a soft spot for Jubilee Park in Fort Canning. We could go on…but instead, check out our top playground list for the complete rundown!
6. Final call for the Light to Night Festival
If you haven’t checked out the fab Light to Night Festival yet, then you really must! Yes, it might be past bedtime, but we say it’s worth keeping the kiddos up late to see the iconic buildings of the Civic District in a twinkling array of lights.
7. Go back to nature at Bollywood Veggies
Weekends are made for exploring new places, and sometimes we crave ditching the city and getting back to nature. A relatively easy task in the Garden City! One of our favourite kid-friendly places to get a real nature fix is Bollywood Veggies. Situated in idyllic Kranji, this farm-come-market-come-restaurant is perfect to while away a few hours surrounded by lush greenery. Don’t leave without trying the scrummy menu at Poison Ivy Bistro. Whilst you’re in this neck of the woods, check out these kid-friendly farms too!
8. Get creative at Singapore Art Week
It’s the final day of Singapore Art Week on the 30 Jan, so there’s still time to check out one of the fab exhibits taking place. For your art fix out West, head to Gillman Barracks and hunt for five fictional endangered critters created by a range of local artists. There’s also plenty of Augmented Reality to try out, sure to impress the kids! Or, head over to our favourite Little India and explore the ARTWALK Little India with six new artworks in the heritage precinct to spot. Psst. The latter runs until 6 Feb, so you still have time if you miss it this weekend!
9. Book an art class
If the kids are feeling inspired by Singapore Art Week, then keep up their artistic enthusiasm and channel that energy through one of these fabulous art classes. From toddlers to teens, there are classes for every age and interest. There’s no need to let the kids have all the fun; many offer adult classes too if you want to get creative!
10. Discover a new museum!
We always like to have rainy day back up plans just in case the weather doesn’t play ball, and high on our list is exploring one of the kid-friendly museums in Singapore. From going back in time and discovering dinosaurs at the Lee Kong Chian Natural History Museum, to seeing the Singapore of tomorrow at the Singapore City Gallery, you’re in for a treat with the array of options suitable for toddlers, right the way through to those hard-to-please teens!
Wait, there’s more! BONUS THINGS TO DO THIS WEEK IN SINGAPORE
Looking for more things to do this weekend with the kids? Phase 3 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. So if you want more ideas for things to do this week with kids, you’ve got it. Because we love ya.
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. Keen to explore? Enjoy 30% off exhibition tickets with a free Sands Rewards Lifestyle membership card!
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. Although there is increased capacity in Phase 3, you’ll still of course need to wear your mask at all times (unless you’re shovelling popcorn in your face, obvs). Want to know what’s hitting the screens in 2021? See our guide to all the best family films coming out in 2021.
Hit a cafe early doors!
Kids don’t understand lie-ins? You’re not the only ones. On a brighter note, least you’ll bag a spot at one of these fab coffee shops which understand our kids and open early. Hotfoot it down and grab your caffeine fix to see you through until lunch.
Take bubs to a soft play
All kids love an indoor play area, but sometimes the littlies of the gang are overlooked. We’ve compiled a list of tot approved play places to make sure that’s not the case. After the complete list for older siblings? 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!
Try a new park
This is one thing we LOVE to do in Singapore – sit and play on the grass! 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 is open! Check out our guide for the full scoop.
Hang out with the grandparents
If you ask us, our kids should be hanging with the Grandies almost every day of the week (even though they drive us nuts sometimes!). So, we’ve put together a list of all the fun things to do in Singapore with the seniors – the kind of family-friendly activities that won’t have them wilting in the Singapore heat, but will keep the kids busy too!
Head to the zoo
Singapore Zoo, how we love you! We’re so excited to say hi to all our animal pals again. Just remember it’s running at roughly 65% occupancy in Phase 3, 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
Make the most of the January sales and grab a bargain at one of our fave shopping malls in Singapore, you deserve it!
Here’s a little reminder about changes we can enjoy in Phase 3:
- Groups of up to eight people are allowed to meet (eight visitors are also allowed to your home)
- Increased capacity at malls and operating capacity increased at some attractions
- Larger religious services and weddings
- Live performances up to 250 allowed
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.
Whatever activities with kids you decide on this week, have a good one, folks. And watch this space for more fun things to do this weekend!