Playgrounds are great. Water play areas are refreshing. And museums are interesting. But sometimes you and your little one crave something different.
Here are 5 spots to try when the same old, same old isn’t cutting it.
While there are some options for boys, The Tiara Society is a place little girls (who love princesses, dress up and pink!) will love. With nine “chambers” designed for different types of imaginative play, you could certainly spend an entire afternoon here, dressing up, reading, and having tea parties (don’t forget your socks). They also do parties and celebrations and occasionally run special events. Check their website for details.
Best for: ages 1-10 years
Where: UE Square, #01-32, 93 Clemenceau Ave, 239920
Tel: 6822 9485
Hours: Mon & Tues, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Wed – Sun, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Part indoor playground, part learning center, part imaginative play, The City is a unique venue for kids. Here children can dress up as chefs, store clerks, doctors, nurses or policemen, and navigate through a virtual mini-city! They can drive on mini streets with traffic signs and lights, go to the supermarket, café, beauty salon, medical clinic and more. Have your next kids birthday here and check their calendar for special events.
Best for: ages 2 – 8 years
Where: The City, #03-04A Liang Court, 177 River Valley Road
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Help strengthen your child’s body and mind at Yogabugs – yoga for kids! Designed to engage your child, Yogabugs classes explore stories through movement. Your little one may soar like a bird, roar like a lion or race to the stars like a spaceship. Classes are grouped by age and will help your child develop coordination, concentration, self-confidence and flexibility and much more while always emphasizing fun!
Best for: newborns – 12 years
Where: 200 Turf Club Rd, 287994
Tel: 6469 1873
Hours: Class schedules vary.
Does your child like horses? Hidden in the great expanse of Bukit Timah, check out the Bukit Timah Saddle Club. Sign your kid up for beginner lessons, or attend a public horse riding lesson to see if they enjoy it. If they’re big fans, find out more about their pony camps that run throughout the year.
Head outdoors for some serious adventuring (yes, right here in Singapore). The folks at AdvenTour have made it easy for you to find an experience your child (and you!) would love. Choose from over 15 activities ranging from a climbing adventure to survivor experience to a treetop obstacle course and more! Book online and pay a deposit to secure your spot before you head out for your adventure.
Best for: ages 10 and up (Some activities have a height requirement, rather than age. See their website for details.
Where: Head office is at 1 Pemimpin Drive, #03-02
Tel: 6779 1031
Office hours: 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
By Kathleen Siddell, January 2016 / Updated by Melodi Ghui, June 2019
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