1. Outdoor Adventures
Playing outdoors provides your kids with lots of exercise. This helps to give their body the workout it needs to develop better muscle strength, coordination, and gross motor skills. As they run around in the fresh air and sunshine, your children will come across physical obstacles and challenges that may require them to use their whole body to overcome. And when they take up the challenge, you know they’re definitely getting in plenty of exercise!
Exercise also has the additional benefits of strengthening your immune system and helping you develop both cognitively and socially. Through the games your little ones create to play outdoors, they learn how to express themselves while improving their decision-making and organisational skills.
As a bonus, while your kids play outside, they may just discover a hidden talent or two while they pretend to be anything from a superhero to an astronaut!
2. Cultivating Creativity
Children are naturally inquisitive and imaginative, so what better way to nurture that than with activities that let their imagination take flight. Plus, this is a great way to bond and have fun with them. Here are some delightful places to inspire creativity on your next vacation!
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands®
At the Future World permanent exhibit in ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands®, your children will get to build up their creativity with the range of interactive displays offered.
For instance, the Media Block Chairs exhibit features giant blocks of fiberglass light cubes with indented and protruding sides which can be used to construct all types of structures, from benches to walls. These types of activities that encourage movement also support physical development. Having to move around and put together the blocks contributes to their attention skills and cognitive learning, both undoubtedly important abilities for your little ones.
Why not join in and perhaps build anything from an amazing castle to a spaceship ready to fly off to a distant planet? Involving yourself in these kinds of activities can really help improve communication with your kids. Building up a story will bring you closer together with them whilst helping language and literacy development as the kids learn about what’s being created and why.
The blocks are also able to “communicate information to each other” when they are connected, changing colour in the process. This means if a red block were to be placed on a blue block, the red would turn purple. This kind of puzzle helps your children to contextualize newfound knowledge as they try to find out how to get their desired colour.
The Sketch Town Installation is a wonderful way of bringing your kids’ imagination to life. Depicting a fictitious town based on Singapore, including recognisable landmarks such as Marina Bay Sands®, ArtScience Museum, the Merlion, and the Singapore Flyer; your kids can colour in and draw objects such as cars, airplanes, buildings, and spaceships. Once they’re done, they can scan them and see their inventions animate on a large projected screen! The ability to see their creations come to life will further spur their creativity.
The Sketch Town Paper Craft also enables kids to print their drawings into paper craft patterns, which can then be brought home to be assembled into 3D models! It’s times like this when their creativity can really flourish so it’s a good idea to keep in mind not to stifle their imagination.
Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore
At the Keppel Centre for Art Education, located in the National Gallery Singapore, your kids’ are in for a creative treat.
Art Corridor contains a large scale, colourful puzzle artwork titled Voyage that develops curiosity, imagination and tactile sensibilities in younger visitors. As colourful chips are moved along different paths, visitors actively learn about colour theory by observing the interplay of colours, patterns, and rhythms. You and your little ones can also discover the longest and shortest routes to complete the puzzle as you navigate to avoid hidden “traps” within the maze.
Let your kids be surrounded by things that inspire them. Children can develop curiosity through imaginative play at Art Playscape, a fantastical play area inspired by the idea of “entering a painting”. The Enchanted Tree House at the space invites young visitors to explore a magical forest, roam through a labyrinth and survive a dangerous river.
Settings like these help to put their imagination into overdrive and encourage them to dream bigger. When experienced together as a family, your children can also learn to share ideas and thoughts with others, which in turn encourages their emotional maturity.
At Slappy Cakes, order from 5 different pancakes batter flavours – buttermilk, whole grain, peanut butter, chocolate, zucchini for $8 each! This is where everyone in the family gets to create, design, and just have loads of fun with their very own DIY pancakes.
This is a wonderfully tasty activity to do with your kids. Don’t forget to show your own interest in the activity (let’s face it, we all want to play with our food) and to focus on the fun of the activity. There is no need to focus too much on the end result; your kids will adore you when you actively take part in what they are creating.
In a nutshell, bringing your children to interactive and creativity-stimulating places such as the ones above can greatly help them to develop a variety of important skills and abilities. Joining in with them also encourages communication and can help you get closer to your little ones.
3. Temper Taming Tips & Tricks
Bringing your children out for a trip can be a challenging experience. There may be outbursts, temper tantrums and arguments. To save your sanity and salvage your family holiday, we've talked to some parents and found out some tips and tricks to help when travelling with the little ones.
During the trip
Everything has hopefully been packed and it’s time to go. This is the period where you will have to monitor your child as closely as possible. Your child is like a finely tuned puzzle, where anything might upset them and lead to a lot of tears and frustration for both parties.
There are several factors for why your child might throw a tantrum or get upset, more so when travelling. First off, make sure you know what pushes your child’s buttons. Some children have more tantrums than others and all children react differently.
Some of the common causes of tantrums are when your child is tired, hungry, uncomfortable, or not getting what they want. There are several ways to go about handling this.
Firstly, try to plan out ample naptime for your kids because tired kids are not going to be easy to handle. If anything, try to have naptime with them! Well-rested travellers are the best kind of travellers.
Always make sure that your kids are comfortable while travelling. Whether in a car seat or hotel room, make sure nothing is causing them any discomfort; it could be as small as a scratchy clothes tag, or a cramped back seat.
Make sure your child is well fed because a hungry kid is most likely a cranky one (which kind of admittedly to adults as well). Get convenient snack packs for times like this to make sure they’ve got something to munch on and ensure they’re always hydrated.
What if they’re fed, comfortable and rested but are still making a screaming scene? Young kids haven’t yet learned how to deal with situations where their emotions take over. This is a good time to start teaching them how.
Never raise your voice or your hand, which just adds fuel to the fire. You must remain calm or at least pretend to. This kind of full-blown tantrum usually stems from them either not wanting to do something or being refused something.
Here’s the hard part, parents. Do not give in. Giving in means your child learns that they only need to scream and shout to get what they want. A calm head is required to get past it as painlessly as possible.
Usually there are two major parts of the tantrum you need to focus on. If you see it about to start, try to distract them with their favourite toy or picture book. The second is when it is in full swing and nothing you do seems to help. Don’t panic; never let your child think that throwing the tantrum will get your full attention. Bring them to a quiet and if possible, secluded area and wait for the tantrum to blow over.
Another thing to remember is to reward good behavior and give your children plenty of positive attention. This can be as easy as lots of hugs, and letting them know when they’ve done a good job. Children are more intense emotionally and they may not know how to control how they feel. By giving them validation that they are doing well, you let them know they are in a positive environment.
After the trip
Each tantrum should be treated like a learning experience. By handling everything calmly, your kids will hopefully understand that they too should act the same.
After each trip, you can ask your children what part they enjoyed the most. This helps them adopt the mindset that each new holiday is another adventure to be had.
Here are some places to check out on your next family vacation!
Time to get outside and have some family fun in the sun!
Skyline Luge, Sentosa
45 Siloso Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 099003
Make your way over to the Skyline Luge in Sentosa and experience the thrill of zooming your way down the hill in three-wheeled luge cart!
Port of Lost Wonder
54 Palawan Beach Walk, Singapore 098233
Or pay a visit to Port of Lost Wonder and let your kids have a splashing good time as they battle to protect the Pirate Ship, and enjoy the foam in the Bubble Party.
Mega Adventure Park - Singapore
Imbiah Hill Rd, Sentosa Island, Singapore 098967
Fancy an airborne adrenaline rush? Race each other through the air at Mega Adventure Park - Singapore! The park features various other exciting attractions that will keep your active kids delightfully occupied.
Explore the depths of your imaginations together at these interesting locations!
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands®
6 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018974
Bring your kids to a giant playground of learning where their creativity is allowed to flourish freely at ArtScience Museum. Go on and join in on the interactive activities for some family fun!
Keppel Centre for Art Education, National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew’s Rd, Singapore 178957
Inspiring adventures await you at the Keppel Centre for Art Education with play areas that bring your imagination to life and interesting puzzles that put your logic skills to the test.
Slappy Cakes, Resorts World Sentosa
26 Sentosa Gateway #01-29 Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269
Food and play aren’t usually allowed to mix but at Slappy Cakes both come together in a yummy combination. Why not see who can make the most creative pancake?
Temper Taming Tips & Tricks
Here are some examples of places to bring your kids that may interest them enough to forget why they were throwing a tantrum in the first place!
Wild Africa, Singapore Zoo
80 Mandai Lake Rd, Singapore 729826
See lions basking in the sun, Singapore Zoo’s first giraffe calf in 28 years, and many more animals that live in the grassy plains of Africa, right in Singapore! Your kids will be in awe and you might be too!
47 Malan Rd, Gillman Barracks, Singapore 109444
Visit Playeum and have lots of family fun with your little ones as you create, play and, imagine! From inventing to dancing, there is no doubt that you will have a most artistic family day out.
Wings of Time
Beach View, Singapore 098604
If there’s one thing that can grab a child’s attention, it’s a light show. At Sentosa, their famous Wings of Time tells a story of two children and a pre-historic, bird-like creature. Between the stunning water displays, lasers, pyrotechnics and more, you and your children won’t be able to tear your eyes away.