The December school holidays will bring the kids some much-needed respite from the stress of going to school in a pandemic. Yet, if you have three screaming and whiny children running around the house like I do, you’ll know it’s a terrible nightmare.
So, my friends, the 2022 school year is set to start on the 4 Jan, which means you have an entire month to juggle WFH, festive meetups with uni friends and ex-colleagues, and the kids. Keep them entertained and exhausted this school holiday with these rollicking activities. Better yet, some of these places will offer you time off from your kids so you can head to a cafe nearby to continue working.
Top 22 places for kids to have fun at
|Admiralty Park and Tiong Bahru Park Playground||Free|
|Forest Ramble (Jurong Lake Gardens)||Free|
|Kidz Amaze (SAFRA Jurong, Toa Payoh)||$14/$10/$8 on Mon to Fri excluding PH and school holidays
$18/$12/$10 on Sat and Sun, PH and school holidays
|Kidz Amaze (SAFRA Punggol)||$16/$12/$8 on Mon to Fri excluding PH and school holidays
$20/$15/$10 on Sat and Sun, PH and school holidays
|Bouncy Paradise||$19 for 2 hours|
|Hedge Maze (Changi Jewel)||$7.20 entry fee (child)/ $10.80 (adult)
*ticket includes admission to Canopy Park, Discovery Slides, Foggy Bowls, Petal Garden, Topiary Walk
|Kiztopia (Jurong Point, Marina Square, Punggol)||$28 for 1 hour
$39.80 for 3 hours
|Hydrodash (Palawan Beach)||$13 for 5-6 years (1 hour)
$18 for 7+ years (1 hour)
|Gallop Stable (Bukit Timah or Pasir Ris Park)||$10 for pony rides
$45 to $85 for kids’ introductory lesson
|Stage Camp by Singapore Repertory Theatre||$300 for a week-long camp, 2 hours daily|
|Climb Central (Sports Hub, Novena, Funan)||$38 for an adult-child (day pass & equipment)|
|Forest Adventure (Bedok Reservoir)||$40.90 for a child (junior & kids course)
$40.90 for an accompanying adult
|Airzone (City Square)||$25 for 1 session|
|NERF Action Xperience (Marina Square)||$59 for Ultimate bundle (includes Challenge, Create, digital photo, grip socks, voucher)|
|Snow City||$17 for 3-12 years (1 hour Snow Play and 1 bumper car ride)
$21 for adults (1 hour Snow Play and 1 bumper car ride)
|Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration (Suntec)||$21 for 2 standard tickets (adult & child)|
|Museum of Ice Cream (Dempsey)||$44 for a single admission (for groups of 2 or 3)|
|The Pantry – Outdoor Playground (Dempsey)||$5-$39 for a snack up to a set lunch|
|Buds by Shangri-La||$988 for 20 entries or $2,288 for unlimited entries (year-long membership, reopens for application in January 2022)|
|Kids Club by Hard Rock Hotel Singapore (Sentosa)||$12 per hour|
|Waka Waka (Furama Hotel)||$28 for a standard child ticket
$135 for 6 passes
|Wild Wild Wet||$26 (weekdays/Sat, Sun, school holidays and PH) for 3-12 years and 55 years and above
$35 (weekdays/Sat, Sun, school holidays and PH) for 13 years and above
Admiralty Park and Tiong Bahru Park Playground
Why spend a bomb on entertainment when the kids can entertain themselves for hours at a good playground in a public park? Just remember to keep a safe distance from other families and bring along hand sanitisers.
Admiralty Park is one of our top picks thanks to its 26 slides. There’s even a family slide which a group of four can slide down together.
Another of Singapore’s best playgrounds can be found at Tiong Bahru Public Park. The Tilting Train theme will have kids climbing through the zany sloping carriages of a train suspended in mid air, a surreal experience if there ever was one.
If you live in the west, you’re in for a treat. Let your children loose at the new Jurong Lake Gardens’ child-friendly Forest Ramble – a giant sandpit play garden with 13 adventure stations in the likes of swings, giant spiral slides, trampolines, and balancing logs.
You’ll also find amenities such as bathrooms, cafés, plenty parking lots, and hawker centres and shopping malls such as Jurong Point, JEM, and Westgate nearby.
Kids Amaze’s massive indoor playgrounds will knock the socks off kids up to the age of 12. Families with toddlers should head to the SAFRA Toa Payoh branch, which has a dedicated toddlers’ play area. Slides, climbing frames, nets suspended in the air and ball pits are just some of the features on offer.
SAFRA Punggol is home to Splash @ Kidz Amaze, which is an indoor water park with fountains, slides and paddle pools. Parents can participate too, so don’t forget to bring along your swimsuits. But for those who prefer to chill, consider SAFRA Jurong, which has a cafe within. Reserve a spot via email.
Is your kid constantly bouncing off the walls at home? Then they’ll go nuts at Bouncy Paradise, the world’s largest indoor bouncy castle playground, located in a 20,000 sq ft air-conditioned area.
In the mega bounce house, your kid will find a unicorn rainbow slide transporting them directly to a massive ball pit, which sits right next to a trampoline zone — you can imagine the chaos that will ensue. There’s also a toddlers’ play zone for kids aged 1.5 to 4 years. Pre-book your tickets online.
Finally, a reason to go to Changi Airport again! Hedge Maze on level 5 of Jewel has got facilities that can be enjoyed not just by the young but by the young at heart, too.
For a $7.20 entry fee, you get to slip down the Discovery Slides, run through clouds of mist in the Foggy Bowl, and take a stroll through the scenic Petal Garden and Topiary Walk.
For an added fee, you can cross the Canopy Bridge, wander through the Mirror Maze, or walk through the Sky Nets. If you want to try everything on offer, consider purchasing a bundle.
This indoor park with multiple play areas is great for little explorers. These areas include indoor playgrounds with features such as ball pits, slides, a sand pit, trampolines and a train ride.
But the highlights are surely the Ninja Warrior Course (amply padded, of course) and the mini indoor driving school. Less rambunctious kids might like the role play rooms, which are kitted out to look like a grocery store, kitchen, dressing room and so on.
Book tickets on their website to avoid disappointment.
Beat the heat by taking your kids to Hydrodash at Sentosa, a water park where everything floats. Whether you’re clambering up a giant inflatable pyramid or slipping down a water slide, you won’t have to worry about grazed knees. Kids as young as 5 years old and adults of all ages can participate.
The park floats on the waters off Sentosa. While you won’t exactly be in the depths of the deep blue sea, you’ll be equipped with life jackets just in case.
Kids can’t get enough of My Little Pony? Then they will jump at the chance to enjoy a pony ride or horse riding lesson at one of Gallop Stables’ two ranches.
Horse riding lessons are available to children aged 3 years and above. Otherwise, opt for a leisurely trail ride or a short pony ride for your toddler. After you’re done, take an easy 20 min stroll (or 5 min drive) up to Riders Cafe for a brunch overlooking rows of private horse stables.
Stage Camp by Singapore Repertory Theatre
The Singapore Repertory Theatre will be holding theatre camps for kids from 29 November to 3 December 2021 , 6 to 10 December 2021, and 13 to 17 December 2021. For 2 hours per day, your child(red) will get to learn about sustainability and the environment while developing confidence, communication, and creativity on stage. At the end of the week-long programme, expect to attend your child’s final performance before they ‘graduate’ from the camp.
You’ll be shuttling your child between the Singapore Repertory Theatre’s venues at Havelock II and KC Arts Centre along Merbau Road. Tickets are now available online.
Time to drive your kids up the wall instead of the other way around! Kids aged 5 to 12 years measuring at least 1.1m and weighing at least 20kg can join Climb Central’s Starter Club, which aims to teach kids the basics of climbing.
For your convenience and sanity, opt for the adult-child entry set (priced at $38 or $60) which includes day passes and equipment rental fees for climbing shoes and harness.
If you’ve got a teenager tagging along, a youth entry set is priced at $28 and it includes equipment rental too. As capacity is now limited, you’ll have to book on their website ahead of time in order to reserve a slot.
This treetop adventure park will have your kid climbing, ziplining and siding through thrilling obstacle courses. Some of the challenges are not for the faint of heart, but fear not, as they have an easier kids’ course for younger children aged 5 to 9 years.
The highlight, which parents will no doubt want to try, is a 300m zipline that takes place entirely over water. Book a slot on their website.
Ever look at those giant nets suspended in the air at City Square Mall and wonder why they are there? They’re actually part of Airzone, an elevated, multi-level playground that will have you bouncing in the air above the shopping mall’s atrium space.
Other than simply enjoying the sensation of floating in the air, you and your kids can also crawl through a 3D maze made of nets or slip down a giant slide, all while being gawked at by shoppers.
NERF Action Xperience
If you’ve got a NERF gun collection and bullets strewn all over the house, clean up that mess, hide the NERF guns, and bring your kids to the NERF Action Xperience in Marina Square. There are four types of activities to choose from, namely “Compete – Zombie City” where your kids will shoot at physical and digital zombies, a grouped “Camp Dune” challenge (that’s been postponed for safety measures), and a rope and slides course called “Conquer”. For younger children and toddlers, try the “Create” mission where they’ll get a paint-filled gun, T-shirt, and tote bag to go wild.
Here’s one to make you feel old. Snow City turned 21 years old this year and although the main attractions remain the same (sliding down the ice ramp on a tyre), there are now more activities to make your trip to the west worthwhile. A bundle ticket deal entails you to an hour’s snow playtime, a bumper car ride, winter jacket, and winter boots.
There are ‘mandatory’ photo booths that you’ll have to pass through, although the purchase of photographs upon checkout was non-obligatory with no hard-selling involved.
Pop-Up Disney! A Mickey Celebration
Located at Suntec City, the Disney! Pop-up is the stuff for Mickey fans with 7 exhibition rooms spanning retro, black and white comics, and neon lights themes. You’ll be sure to walk away with a full iCloud storage and tonnes of Facebook and Instagram-ready pictures.
For those of us who love the souvenir shop more than the actual exhibition itself, you’ll be glad to know that a full collection of Disney merchandise will be available for sale – including a local inspired durian series of plushies.
Museum of Ice Cream
Feeling a little brave this week? Try the Museum of Ice Cream where you and your kids will be guided through 14 ice cream-themed installations and be served unlimited sweets along the way. At the end of the exhibition, you’ll find yourself in an all-pink souvenir shop stocked with all things pink (including Kydra workout wear?). Afterwards, you’ll probably want to shake off your kids’ sugar rush nearby around the Dempsey blocks before heading home.
The Pantry – Outdoor Playground
If you have work to be done for a few hours but need to quell your restless kids, love free parking, and need to sort your kids’ lunches, head to The Pantry at Dempsey. Choose between indoor or outdoor seats (with fans, mosquito repellents, and a view of the outdoor playground), order yourself a decent lunch, and whip out your laptop. Your kids will be able to run wild and play before your eyes at the outdoor playground as you work.
Buds by Shangri-La
In laws bailed on their babysitting plans tomorrow but you have an urgent half day meeting to attend to? Check yourself into a staycation at Shangri-La and you’ll be able to park your kids at the buds by Shangri-La kids club for the entire day. Otherwise, this exclusive kids club comes with annual memberships at $988 for 20 entries or $2,288 for unlimited entries. Since these are year-long membership, application only reopens in January 2022 (and there’s a waiting list at the moment).
Kids Club by Hard Rock Hotel Singapore
For parents who prefer their kids to be supervised and occupied with activities, check your kids into the Resorts World Sentosa’s Kids Club (located next to the gym at the Hard Rock Hotel). For $12 per hour, your child will participate in play and creativity activities throughout the day. Do note that the Kids Club only takes in children aged 3 to 12.
Waka Waka by Furama Hotel
Located at the ground floor lobby of the Furama Hotel, Waka Waka is an indoor playground with numerous standards and bundles you can choose from – a standard playtime ticket, a eat and play buffet bundle, play and sandwich workshop bundle, or even a full-day boot camp option if you need time away from your child. You can keep a close eye on your child by parking yourself (and your laptop) at the lobby lounge nearby.
Wild Wild Wet
This water park in the Pasir Ris area has been around for ages, so if you and your kids have never tried it, now is your chance. You’ll scream your head off on rides with names like Vortex and Free Fall, or if your kids are younger, splash around in the calmer children’s areas and playground.
Other than individual day passes, Wild Wild Wet is also offering bundle passes to both Wild Wild Wet and the D’Ultimate Xcape Dino Inflatable Park from $36 . You can either buy tickets in person or book online.
Which activity will you choose for your child? Leave a comment below!