With its gleaming skyscrapers and bustling business district, Singapore may not strike you at first as a giant playground for your little ones – but all it takes is a keen sense of fun and adventure over one long weekend to uncover the many exciting experiences that await all kids and kids-at-heart.
Of fairy tales and furry tails
Happening over the kids’ March school holidays is the award-winning production of Disney’s Beauty & The Beast, put together by the very same producers of The Lion King from Broadway. Featuring Tony Award®-winning costumes and an Academy Award®-winning score, this perennial children’s classic being brought to life on stage is a spectacle not to be missed as a family. Although it is a ‘tale as old as time’, the values found within the story still make for virtuous traits to nurture in your young.
For more performances of the furry kind to bond over, be sure to catch the cute antics on display by the stars at the Pet Expo such as Bobo, Singapore’s first skateboarding dog who charmed the crowd with his skills last year. As the city’s largest all-encompassing fair dedicated to pets and their well-being, expect educational and entertaining workshops, competitions and activities that include a showcase of unique breeds as well as 'speed-dating' for interested adopters to find the potential loves of their lives!
Around the world in 24 hours
If your children are fans of the animal kingdom, a day out at the award-winning Singapore Zoo will be nothing short of rewarding – with ample chances to cultivate their curiosity. From face-to-face encounters with the elusive inhabitants of the Arctic to precious glimpses of endangered species from Asia’s remote rainforests, every visitor is in for an amazing journey around all corners of the Earth.
Also, plan a trip to the River Safari, Asia’s first and only river-themed wildlife park that lets you meander through some of the most remarkable rivers all over the globe – from the mighty Mississippi to the impressive Yangtze. Besides being home to the world’s largest amphibian, the Chinese giant salamander, the park’s famous residents include celebrity giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia, who might just indulge you by posing for a photo or two.
For a truly immersive and awe-inspiring experience for the family, spare some time to get up close and personal with more than 100,000 creatures from the mysterious underwater universe at the S.E.A. Aquarium™ at Resorts World™ Sentosa. Relive moments of childlike-wonder as you soak in beautiful views of the blue planet’s marine life from the depths of the Bay of Bengal to the Great Lakes of East Africa with your kids. Better yet, opt for the highly recommended Ocean Dreams sleepover for the incredible opportunity to tour behind-the-scenes and wake up surrounded by shimmering schools of fish!
A slower pace of enjoyment
Some may find it hard to imagine that there is another side to the modern metropolis that is Singapore, but that is precisely what Kranji Countryside Farms offer; a refreshingly rural experience amidst lush natural surroundings. A true hidden gem for those with green fingers and the like, the Wild Wild West – as this ‘agri-tainment’ destination is also known – has vegetable, mushroom, frog, fish and goat farms as well as pottery makers where your little ones can learn and play should you need a break from the city buzz.
Prawning is also a popular must-try past time amongst families, where you can 'work' for your dinner together. Although it requires a lot of patience and a little bit of skill (or luck!), it is a unique way to have fun with your loved ones – and the fresh barbecued seafood dinner you can enjoy at the end makes it all worthwhile. Places like Hai Bin, Singapore’s biggest prawning facility, even stay open for 24 hours so you can pick up a rod at any time.
If the very thought of horses and horse-riding makes it hard for you or your kids to rein in the excitement, do not forget to drop by the Gallop Stable for an outing well spent. Besides affordable joy rides and lessons for all ages, there are pony and donkey feeding opportunities, treasure hunts on horseback and even outback campfires to chill out at.
Bringing the outdoors indoors
There is no feeling quite like the freedom of defying gravity – even if it is attained through bouncing endlessly on 5,000 square feet of interconnected trampolines! At the AMPed Trampoline Park, you and your loved ones can not only jump to your hearts’ content but also dive with reckless abandon into a foam pit and even practice a little bit of parkour – all within a safe and dedicated environment.
Then, for those who are up for more of a challenge, Kinetics Climbing provides beginners and enthusiasts with a stimulating vertical playground of sorts. As a first-timer, tackle your fears of scaling heights with your family under the guidance of certified instructors who live and breathe the sport. If you are already experienced, try your hand at the many routes, which are frequently updated for unforgettable thrills.
To wind down after a day full of adrenaline rushes, take a stroll around the multi-award winning horticultural destination that is Gardens by the Bay. Besides marvelling at stunning waterfront vistas and massive 16-storey-tall Supertrees, savour lush natural beauty inside the Flower Dome and Cloud Dome with your loved ones, such as the breath-taking Tulipmania exhibition and the world’s tallest indoor waterfall.