Playground For All Ages

Trick Eye Museum
1 Trick Eye Museum

When it comes to family bonding, creating memories and having fun are on top of the Eppersons’ list and this includes traveling. This trip to Singapore was my first time with just my boys, Tom (husband) and Dylan (son), and it was important that they got to see, taste and experience the City in a Garden. It didn’t matter if our schedule was jam-packed—eating in new restaurants, visiting museums, or discovering the new places; we were together, having fun, and dare I use a couple of the most over-used terms in parenting today?—bonding with some good, old-fashioned quality time.

The Trick Eye Museum in Singapore is a 3D optical illusion art exhibit, where you can take crazy photos using the art technique ‘Trompe-l’oeil’ (Trick of the Eye) to create optical illusions, making flat paintings appear 3D! It’s a museum where the rules such as “no touching” or “no photography” do not exist. In fact, visitors are encouraged to interact with the paintings and to take as many photos as they want. How amazing is that? It is also a place where adults and kids can make their dream come true no matter how wild they are.

2 Singapore Zoo

The Singapore Zoo is an award-winning wildlife park, where animals can roam freely in their natural habitats. We also got to experience the Jungle Breakfast with Wildlife at Ah Meng Restaurant, a yummy western-style, al fresco breakfast in the good company of our jungle friends. 

ArtScience Museum
3 ArtScience Museum™ at Marina Bay Sands®

We were excited to explore ArtScience Museum and we had so much fun in our visit to Future World, its new permanent exhibition! This place has 16 spectacular art installations housed in a fully immersive 1500-square-metre digital universe and brought to life in real-time through visitor presence and participation. Dylan enjoyed this interactive world, which responds to behaviour, and changes according to your creative input.

Learning the Fun Way

KidZania Singapore
4 KidZania Singapore

At KidZania Singapore, kids learn about different professions through role-play in a fun and functioning city. Kids can take on jobs, carry out assignments and earn/spend money here and parents are encouraged to let their child figure things out by themselves and learn through play.

Tom and I are so on board with this concept and we pretty much left Dylan on his own. Here’s Dylan as a fireman in training!

National Gallery Singapore
5 National Gallery Singapore

We visited the National Gallery Singapore, a new visual arts institution which oversees the largest public collection of modern art in Singapore and Southeast Asia. We began our tour at the Keppel Centre for Art Education where children can discover art through imaginative play. It features a changing series of special displays and an interactive area for children to explore their creativity.

Dylan had so much fun running around this area! There are hidden slides, 3D tables and stools and other mind-bending activities suited for the young and young-at-heart.

Arteastiq
6 Arteastiq

Arteastiq is a boutique tea house oasis that offers a respite from the bustle of the city. The premium tea lounge has an elegant ambience with a comprehensive medley of artisanal tea selections for all occasions and delicious dishes. One of the most exciting part of our trip was art jamming in Arteastiq. The tea lounge is incorporated seamlessly into the art studio to provide an entirely new therapeutic experience that exposes the inner artist in all of their customers while sipping tea or wine.

We were given a canvas, unlimited acrylic paint, brushes and other equipment, and we were allowed to let our imagination come to alive without any inhibitions. When we told Dylan that there were no rules to what he wanted to paint, he was eager to paint and he enjoyed the session so much that he finished painting in less than 30 minutes.

Jaime Oliver
7 Jamie’s Italian

Tom and I are big fans of Jaime Oliver. We were so psyched to find out that he opened a restaurant in Vivo City, Singapore! This was the first time we’ve eaten at Jamie’s. We were delighted by the rustic interiors and warm and cosy vibe of the restaurant.

National Kitchen
8 The National Kitchen by Violet Oon

Helmed by local celebrity chef Violet Oon, National Kitchen is a celebration of fine local flavors reflecting Singapore’s culinary heritage through Peranakan cuisine. We dined indoors in an elegant dining hall and it was the first time Dylan had Hainanese Chicken Rice!

To find out more about Jenni Epperson’s trip to Singapore with her family, don’t forget to check out her blog at http://www.jenniepperson.com/tag/singapore/.