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. 11 Tanjong Katong Rd #01-56, Singapore 437157
Swing down a flying fox, teeter across a suspension bridge, or jump from a treetop at Forest Adventure, an obstacle course set among the foliage of Bedok Reservoir Park. The young—and young-at-heart—can test their limits here with various courses. 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.
Forest Adventure. Bedok Reservoir Rd, Singapore 479244.
eXplorerkid (Downtown East)
If rainy weather is putting a damper on your outdoor plans, head to eXplorerkid’s flagship outlet, an indoor space at Downtown East that boasts a sprawling play area—think playgrounds, ball pits, mazes, rock walls and sand pits. Tired parents can rest their weary feet at the TV area, and there's even a nursing room nearby for ease and convenience. Check out eXplorerkid’s programmes and events roster, too—artsy kids will love the craft workshops such as hand-painting or soft toy designing.
Downtown East. 1 Pasir Ris Close, Singapore 51959.
Mon-Fri noon-9pm; Sat & Sun 10am-10pm.
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.
Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-9pm. Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.
PA Water-Venture (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 PA Water-Venture 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. The less adventurous 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.
PA Water-Venture. 125 Elias Road, Singapore 519926.
Wed 2-6pm; Thu-Sun 9.30am-6pm.