With your busy working schedule and social life, spending time with your loved ones may seem like a rare occurrence these days, but you really do not need a big gesture to reconnect and be the best parent you can be. Following the footsteps of Chetan and Shilpa, winners of the ‘Super Parents’ contest and their son, Sparsh in Singapore, all it takes is a fun-filled getaway together to strengthen your bond in this unique and fascinating city.
Eye-opening encounters with nature
A day out at the award-winning Singapore Zoo will be nothing short of rewarding–with ample chances to nurture your little ones’ curiosity. From face-to-face encounters with the elusive inhabitants of the Arctic to precious glimpses of endangered species from Asia’s remote rainforests, be prepared for an amazing journey around the globe.
Besides being home to the world’s largest amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander, the River Safari hosts celebrity giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, who might just indulge you by posing for photos that will make for prized souvenirs! At Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park, take your loved ones on a meander through some of the most remarkable rivers from all over the Earth – from the mighty Mississippi to the impressive Yangtze.
Spend an evening at the multi-award winning horticultural destination that is Gardens by the Bay, where the world’s tallest indoor waterfall nestles amidst lush plant life from the tropical highlands. At this verdant garden with stunning waterfront views, you and your loved ones will not only be able to walk along Supertrees that are 16 storeys tall, but also catch the mesmerising OCBC Garden Rhapsody, a beautifully choreographed light-and-sound show, at sundown.
Should your kids prefer more of an adventure, skip the shopping malls and usual entertainment after dinner and head to the Night Safari, where over 2,500 animals from more than 130 species welcome you in the dark! As the world’s first safari park for nocturnal creatures, there are plenty of chances to be enlightened as a family, such as through an informative tram-ride with live commentary or by taking a walk on the wild side via the popular Leopard Trail.
Finding fun in being fearless
There’s something about sharing an adrenaline rush that brings people closer together, and that is what an afternoon on Sentosa Island can do.
If none of you are afraid of heights, start the day off on a high note by taking a cable car there from Mount Faber. Then, take your family to the MegaZip Adventure Park, where they can experience the exhilaration of flying across treetops at up to 50 kilometres per hour, 75 metres above ground on ziplines. To turn up the thrills even more, drop by iFly Singapore, the world’s first largest themed wind tunnel for indoor skydiving and become a Super(hero) Parent–literally!
For something less gravity defying, the Skyline Luge Sentosa lets you and your loved ones whizz your way downhill through the jungle on a non-motorised carrier that you can control. After all the luging, reward yourselves with a ride that allows you to savour a scenic bird’s eye view of the surrounding greenery.
Want to beat the heat with a big splash? Then check out the Marine Life Park at Resorts World Sentosa™, where there are not only heart-stopping water rides for the more fearless to indulge in, but also leisurely ways to have lazy fun in the sun. Get wet by swimming with the magnificent Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins at Dolphin Island™ or dive with the sharks in the Shark Seas Habitat with over 100 sharks from 12 different species at the Adventure Cove Waterpark™ with your kids for a truly memorable time.
A chilling journey into the past
History is often a boring subject, but in Singapore, it can be a hair-raising experience that stimulates the senses! For a revealing glimpse into the city’s dark years during the War, discover the drama that occurred while debunking many of the long-held myths that live on at the War Trails by Changi Museum. Besides revisiting some of the original sites, you and your family will get to relive some of the tragic and triumphant tales recounted by the specialised researcher guides there.
Famous for its gruesome depictions of Chinese folklore’s 10 Courts of Hell, Haw Par Villa makes for an unforgettable outing with the kids. An ‘otherworldly’ theme park like no other, it houses colourful statues and tableaux that educate visitors on the mythology of one of Singapore’s four major ethnic cultures. Although, be warned – due to the graphic nature of some of the displays, parental guidance and discretion is strongly advised!
More than just food
Although the city is known as a culinary paradise, there are many concept venues that take the art of dining and drinking to a whole new creative level. These places also offer you and your family an exciting variety of ways to bond and be entertained at the same time.
Cookery Magic is one such space where you and your loved ones can try preparing popular Asian and Singaporean cuisines in a home-based class – then tuck into the meal together afterwards! Museo, on the other hand, offers art-jamming sessions that allow your kids to bring out their artistic spirits and express themselves on canvases, as you indulge in a cup of coffee and a delicious dessert or two.
The delights of playing pretend
Ever dreamt about taking a supercar – or even an aircraft – for a spin? Turn your fantasy into reality in Singapore with your loved ones! At Ultimate Drive, be like your favourite superstar racer by going behind the wheel of a Ferrari F430 F1 Spider or Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder. Whether you are speeding around the Singapore Grand Prix circuit or simply cruising around the coastline, your kids will be in for a wild whirl.
To lift your spirits even further, why not let your little ones pretend to be pilots at Flight Experience? From sitting in the Captain’s seat in the cockpit to flying a Boeing plane (with the help of actual qualified instructors), the realistic and immersive simulator makes for a memorable time for the entire family – whether or not you are a big fan of aviation.