Get your little ones perked up before the school term returns with these fun-filled, hands-on activities.
Visiting Singapore with the whole clan? You’ll want to check out these family-friendly places that will keep both the kids and grown-ups entertained.
National Gallery Singapore
If you need proof that even the little ones can appreciate art, this is it. At the Keppel Centre for Art Education, housed in the National Gallery Singapore, let the kids roam around four immersive spaces where they can touch, feel and play with the exhibits.
They won’t have to stand still and stare at artworks on the wall here — the children can even ‘enter’ a painting in The Enchanted Tree House, a huge installation that takes them into a magical forest, through a labyrinth and down a winding river.
The National Gallery Singapore is located at 1 Saint Andrew’s Road.
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-7pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm.
Admission is SGD 20/adult, SGD 15/child (7 to 12 years old). Children under 6 enter free.
Stomp around in a roomful of virtual flowers, play with glowing spheres, or lose yourself in a galaxy made of crystals at Future World, a visually stunning exhibition at the ArtScience Museum.
Japanese design collective teamLab created these dazzling installations by bringing together cutting-edge technology, an artist’s instinct and a child-like fascination with the world. Trust us: you’ll struggle to keep up with the kids at this exhibition.
The ArtScience Museum is located at 6 Bayfront Avenue.
Opening hours: 10am-7pm daily.
FutureWorld Admissions are at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry).
Tickets from SGD 17/adult, SGD 10/child (2 to 12 years old).
Forget soggy hot dogs and fish fingers — at this fancy French restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant, the kids’ menu is as painstakingly put together as the ones for their parents.
Titled ‘Flora and Fauna’, the meal is designed to educate children about the five tastes, one per course: sour, sweet, salty, bitter and umami. Only the finest ingredients are used — think Hokkaido scallop for the ‘sweet’ course and lobster tail for the ‘salty’ one.
Saint Pierre is located at 1 Fullerton Road, One Fullerton #02-02B.
Lunch service is available Tuesdays to Fridays, 11.30am to 3pm (last order 2.30pm).
Dinner service is available Mondays to Saturdays at 6.30pm to 11pm (last order 9.30pm).
Closed on Sundays.
Urban Ski Singapore
You’ll be able to ski down snowy slopes — well, almost — at this indoor skiing and snowboarding venue. On a mechanised, artificial ‘slope’ that works like a giant version of a treadmill you’ll find at the gym, beginners and children alike can learn the basics of the sports without the danger of careening down an actual cliff.
Saturdays are reserved for the young ones, too, so that’s the best time to visit with your brood.
Urban Ski Singapore is located at 9 Raffles Boulevard, Millenia Walk.
1-hour lessons from SGD 230 and up, SGD 100 for a public session, SGD 330 and up for group lessons (2 to 4 pax).
Skating Rink at Marina Bay Sands
We may live in the tropics, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put our own spin on a winter wonderland. Strap on those ice skating boots and head to the 600-square-metre indoor ice skating rink at Marina Bay Sands (fun fact: the rink’s been christened by World Champion and Olympic Medalist Michelle Kwan). The rink is a family-friendly space perfect for novice and intermediate skaters — so fret not even if it’s junior’s first go on the ice.
Skating Rink at Marina Bay Sands is located at The Shoppes, Canal Level, B2.
Opening hours: 11.30am-8.30pm, closed for maintenance 5-6pm.
SGD 7 per hour for adults and SGD 6 per hour for children.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden
Pack your towels, sunblock and swimwear — this outdoor playground nestled in Gardens by the Bay is all about getting everyone drenched. Unleash the tykes on the water tunnels, stepping springs and aqua jets, some of which are equipped with motion sensors that detect movement to create a mini fountain show.
There’s even a toddler play zone meant for tots up to five years old. When you’re done splashing around, also check out the two rainforest tree houses in the garden. They rise up 4 and 7.5 metres high, respectively, and together they form a nature trail that takes you through the canopies.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden is located at Gardens by the Bay.
Opening hours: Tue-Fri 10am-7pm, Sat & Sun 9am-9pm.
Admission is free.
This labyrinthine space is less a museum than a gallery mind-bending optical illusions that you can interact — and take tonnes of photos — with. The children can pose as angels, escape the jaws of a massive crocodile and be swept away in the house from Up. The illusions are created thanks to clever perspectives and detailed paintwork, so all you really need is a bit of imagination and a good camera.
Alive Museum is located at #03-372 Suntec City Mall Tower 4, 3 Temasek Boulevard.
Opening hours: 10am-10pm daily.
Blue House Infant and Toddler Atelier
Exploring the city can be exhausting for toddlers, so perk them up at this indoor playground designed with three-month-olds to three-year-olds in mind. You can pop by for a two-hour drop-in session, during which your child can play with toys that flex their imagination and creative muscles (in other words, “open-ended toys”).
But it’s not just for fun and games — Blue House promises an educational experience centred around the belief that creativity in children can be ignited by them asking the simple question, “What if?”
Blue House Infant and Toddler Atelier is located at #-01-35/36 UE Square, 83 Clemenceau Avenue.
Opening hours: 9am-5pm daily.
Visit their website for pricing information.
With a water park, cycling lanes and open fields with expansive vistas of the city skyline, Marina Barrage offers families a full day of fun under the sun. Grab a kite from the nearby Barrage Cove, which stocks kites of all shapes and sizes, and see them soar over the Marina Bay — it’s definitely the best place on the island to do so. And on the Green Roof of the Barrage, you’ll find a leisurely picnic spot to park yourselves and set up camp. Nothing to munch on? No problem. Just get snacks and beverages from Barrage Cove while you’re choosing a kite.
Marina Barrage is located at 8 Marina Gardens Drive.
Open 24 hours.