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.
National Gallery Singapore. 1 Saint Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957.
Mon-Thu, Sun 10am-7pm; Fri & Sat 10am-10pm.
Admission is S$20/adult, S$15/child (7 to 12 years old). Children under 6 enter for 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.
ArtScience Museum. 6 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018974.
Future World admissions are at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm, 2.30pm, 4pm and 5.30pm (last entry).
Tickets from S$17/adult, S$10/child (2 to 12 years old).
Forget soggy hot dogs and fish fingers—at Saint Pierre, a fancy French restaurant helmed by celebrity chef Emmanuel Stroobant, the kids’ menu is as painstakingly put together as the ones for their parents.
The meal delivers as fine dining panache as those meant for grown-ups. Courses include smoked trout cannelloni, blue lobster with sea lettuce, and a finale of chocolate, blood orange and honey tuile.
One Fullerton. 1 Fullerton Road #02-02B, Singapore 049213.
Mon & Sat 6.30-11pm; Tue-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6.30-11pm.
Far East Organization Children’s Garden
Pack your towels, sunblock and swimwear—Far East Organization Children's Garden, an 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 four and seven-and-a-half metres, respectively, and together they form a nature trail that takes you through the canopies.
Gardens by the Bay. 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953.
Tue-Fri 10am-7pm; Sat & Sun 9am-9pm.
Admission is free.
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?”
UE Square. 83 Clemenceau Avenue #01-35/36, Singapore 239917.
Visit here 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. 8 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018951.
Daily 24 hours.