It’s often a challenge to find ways to occupy the kids. But with a diverse, family-friendly city like Singapore, it’s easy to discover fun-filled activities for your youngest. Here are 6 boredom busters for the kids in Singapore.

1. Let the kids play

A new activity space has opened up at The Esplanade, Singapore’s national performing arts centre. PIP’s PLAYbox is designed for children and families—and it’s completely free. Bright and airy, it gives kids a chance to get involved in arts and craft activities that vary throughout the year.

Outside is a custom-designed play structure where children can crawl around and explore. Inside, there is a small library where the little ones can engage in storytelling and other activities lying in its many nooks and crannies.

2. Climb through the trees

Forest Adventure is Singapore’s first and only treetop obstacle course. The kids will love climbing up, over, through and around ladders, swings, nets, trapezes and tunnels. The rope course set in the trees offers courses for children of all ages (adults included).

The kids’ course is designed for 5-10 year olds with 16 crossings and an incredible zip line finish. Meanwhile, the mini course is designed for the under-5s, letting them have their own first adventure above the ground.

3. Explore the ethnic quarters

While it might not seem the obvious way to beat boredom, a stroll around any of Singapore’s ethnic areas, including Chinatown, Little India and Kampong Glam will keep them entertained.

Surrounded by friendly locals, they’ll witness the colourful saris, spices and smells of Little India’s stands and stalls, the brightly painted shops and shop houses of Chinatown, and the many unique and interesting items on sale in the shops of Kampong Glam. Check out Bussorah Street for delightful wind-up toys and curious old telephones.

4. Show them a slice of life

Museums aren’t just for the grown-ups, and the museums in Singapore make learning art and history entertaining for the kids, too. One of the best places to learn about the arts is at the National Museum of Singapore and it also has a dedicated area for kids.

PLAY @ National Museum of Singapore encourages kids to enjoy their museum experience with lots of hands-on activities to unleash their creativity.

5. Children’s Garden at Gardens by the Bay

Located within the 101-hectare Gardens by the Bay, the Children’s Garden is packed with water play features, and climbing and exploring possibilities for children up to 12 years old.

The garden is broken down into 4 sections for different age groups. And with staff from Gardens by the Bay keeping a close watch in the area to ensure their safety, parents are free to relax while the kids splash around and have their own fun. This is guaranteed to keep the children occupied for hours; entrance is free, too!

6. A day of fun at Sentosa Island

Sentosa is Singapore’s playground island that’s full of beaches, family attractions, Asia’s very own Universal Studios Singapore, as well as resort hotels, beach bars and even sky diving. 

Parents and kids can have fun together riding the Luge, or learning about marine life at the S.E.A. Aquarium. 

With families to entertain, Singapore is awash with activities and excursions for the young and simply young-at-heart. Much more than just a large Asian city, it’s a playground for the kids, and a great destination to unwind with the family.