Adventures await kids of all ages in Singapore with plenty of fun-filled hands-on activities that’ll keep them entertained for hours. From art classes for your little Picassos, to horse riding for tiny thrill seekers, we’ve got you covered. Here are just a few of our picks that are sure to pique your child’s interests:
For the nature lovers
The Animal Resort offers five acres of land where your kids can interact with free-roaming animals and experience the rustic kampong (village) life. The resort is home to horses, rabbits, guinea pigs and exotic birds like cassowaries. This is a chance for your children to get up-close and personal with these animals seen in their storybooks and television shows. Kids can try their hands at being a budding zoologist by closely observing how their furry friends behave while feeding them. Admission is free, and this resort is suitable for all ages.
The Animal Resort. 81 Seletar West Farmway 5, Singapore 798061.
Horses are often depicted as dignified and gentle, with distinct personalities—the perfect animals for tiny tots to interact with. Take your whole family on horse riding and equestrian sport activities at the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Children from ages 3 to 12 can try pony riding, where they can roam the grounds with the smaller animals for just S$10. Professional horse keepers will be there to tend them, so rest assured your children are in good hands. If you would like an introduction for your kids to get exposed to the world of equestrian sport, this is the perfect avenue for them to learn how to guide and care for these majestic creatures. Fees vary with lesson choices, and activities are suited for children aged 3 and up.
Bukit Timah Saddle Club. 51 Fairways Drive, Singapore 286965.
For the budding explorers
Singapore’s arts and heritage district, Bras Basah, is a must-see for the family. Here, you can explore various museums and monuments. Wander around Queen’s Street for art murals inspired by this district’s colourful history. Then, head to Fort Canning Hill, a historic landmark where kids can learn the story of Singapore's evolution from a trading post to an international maritime centre at the Maritime Corner @ Fort Canning. Little historians can marvel at the Fort Gate, a remnant of a fortress built in the 19th Century, which still stands till today. Nearby, the National Museum of Singapore is a place the family can explore the nation’s history through exhibitions or storytelling sessions. Within minutes, step into Singapore Art Museum and discover for yourselves Southeast Asia’s most prominent collections. The Cathay offers the family a quick wind down after a fun-filled day and it also houses Freeing SG, an exciting escape room where kids can put on their thinking caps and become Sherlock Holmes. Work as a family to solve mysteries to escape the room before time runs out.
Fort Canning Hill. River Valley Rd, Singapore 179037.
Daily 24 hours.
National Museum of Singapore. 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897.
Singapore Art Museum. 8 Queen Street, Singapore 189555.
The sky is not the limit for our aspiring astronomers. Children can now get closer to the stars at our observatory. The Singapore Science Centre Observatory holds stargazing sessions every Friday night, from 7.50pm to 10pm. It’s one of the few in the world that is located next to the Equator. This means the kids can view constellations from both the northern and southern celestial hemispheres here. Experts are always around to explain how these state-of-the-art telescopes work to curious minds, and help point out these constellations and other celestial objects. It’s suitable for visitors of all ages.
Science Centre Singapore Observatory. 21 Jurong Town Hall Road, Singapore 609433.
For the artists
At Artify Studio, the young and young at heart can come and unleash their creativity. Kids can join in on personalised workshops or go on parent-and-child art jamming sessions where they can learn to paint and create art together. Let your child’s time in Singapore inspire his artworks at this pay-what-you-wish studio. Take home the masterpiece—it’s the perfect memorabilia. Suitable for toddlers and above.
Textile Centre. 200 Jalan Sultan #08-05, Singapore 199018.
Tue-Fri 12.30-5.30pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
At this cafe, the grown-ups can enjoy a delectable range of café grubs while their kids create art and play in their very own craft corner. Thyme@Aliwal Craft Café, provides children with all the materials they need to craft an interest for scrapbooking and bring their characters and stories to life. This activity is suitable for toddlers and above.
Thyme@Aliwal Craft Cafe. 28 Aliwal Street #01-07, Singapore 199918.
Mon-Thu, Sun 11am-9pm. Fri-Sat 11am-10pm.