Just a hop, skip and jump away from Changi Airport is the east area of Singapore. Those with kids in tow can rejoice—whether it’s outdoor parks or indoor cafés, there’s plenty here to keep the whole brood entertained.
You’ll soon hear your kids yelling “Can we fix it?” and “Yes, we can!” at this outdoor attraction, which allows them to play ‘Bob the Builder’—they get to operate a life-sized excavator and use it to pick up bricks and metal bottles from a sandpit. At another station on-site, the children can even wield a ‘wrecking ball’. Located at several parts of Singapore including OneKM in Tanjong Katong, these huge play areas offer activities suitable for family members of all ages.
OneKM Shopping Mall. 11 Tanjong Katong Rd #01-56, Singapore 437157
Mon-Fri 11am-9pm; Sat & Sun 11am-10pm.
Swing down a flying fox, teeter across a suspension bridge, or jump from a treetop at Forest Adventure, Singapore’s first and only tree top obstacle course. The young—and young-at-heart—can test their limits here with various courses, set amidst the foliage of Bedok Reservoir Park.
The Kids Course comes with a continuous safety line, so be assured that your kid is in good hands. Those with a fear of heights can skate, run, cycle or even bird-watch at this tranquil spot.
Bedok Reservoir Park. Bedok Reservoir Road, Singapore 479244. +65 8100 7420.
Kid-friendly entertainment and activities abound at Downtown East. Catch an animated movie at Cathay Cineplex, channel your inner pop star at Teo Heng Karaoke or romp with your little ones at the Cow Play Cow Moo arcade. For a bout of fun on wheels, be sure to bring your tykes to Tayo Station, where they can zip around a miniature circuit while learning basic road safety rules.
Cathay Cineplex at Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close Level 4, Singapore 519599.
Showtimes available here.
Teo Heng Karaoke at Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close #01-304/305, Singapore 519599. +65 6214 3586.
Mon-Fri & Sun noon-1am; Sat noon-2am.
Cow Play Cow Moo at Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close Level 4, Singapore 519599.
Tayo Station at Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close Level 3, Singapore 519599. +65 6283 7900.
Mon-Fri 11am-8pm; Sat & Sun 10am-9pm.
Thyme@Aliwal Craft Cafe
The name of this café says it all. While the grown-ups eat—pick from pastas, burgers and Euporean and Asian-inspired dishes—the kids can ‘play’ at a well-stocked craft corner. The young ones will be spoilt for choice with the rainbow variety of markers, buttons, paper plates, thread, stickers, ribbons and more. For the craft-challenged, there are books that’ll provide step-by-step instructions—your kids will create impressive puppets in no time. The café’s retro interior looks good on photos too, so remember to snap away at the whimsical decor which includes vintage typewriters, old-school toys and even local childhood snacks.
Thyme@Aliwal Craft Cafe. 28 Aliwal Street #01-07, Singapore 199918. +65 6444 6400.
Mon, Wed-Thu & Sun 11am-9pm; Fri & Sat 11am-10pm.
PAssion WaVe (Pasir Ris Park)
If you want some real outdoor adventure, travel to the far east of Singapore—and by that, we mean Pasir Ris, which sits at the end of the East-West MRT line. Here, take a bus to PAssion WaVe which offers adventurous families a slew of water sports to try. Try kayaking or laser sailing on the seas (if you’re qualified), or combat the heights with abseiling and sport climbing. Families looking to relax can take a leisurely walk on the Mangrove Boardwalk—one of the two protected swamps in Singapore—which is home to native flora and fauna. Now, see if you can spot those mudskippers or mud crabs.
PAssion WaVe. 125 Elias Road, Singapore 519926. +65 6582 4796.
Wed-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat-Sun 8am-6pm.